When people think of Grammy nominees, names like Beyoncé, Adele and Rihanna likely come to mind. This year, a member of the Case Western Reserve University community also join the ranks: Elizabeth Hankins, a PhD candidate in her seventh year in the Department of Music, who was a finalist for the 2017 Music Educator of the Year Award.
Hankins, who also is director of the Lakewood High School orchestra, ultimately wasn’t chosen as the winner, which was announced Wednesday. But she still considers it an honor to have been named one of 10 finalists—selected from a pool of more than 3,300 nominations—in recognition of the work she’s done with the Lakewood Project, which is considered the nation’s first high school rock orchestra. Read the full interview at the Daily.