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The Department of Music, Theatre, and Film at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) would like to announce that alumni Matthew Gardner (‘17 B.A. Music) has been named the 2023 Outstanding Young Music Educator by the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA). Gardner currently serves as the Choral Director at Austin High School in Decatur, Alabama. 

AMEA honors young members who have shown a special dedication to and enthusiasm for music education in Alabama. Named in honor of long-time AMEA and MENC leader Edward H. Cleino, this award recognizes innovative leaders who set high standards for our profession and offer inspiration and direction. Recipients have demonstrated professional and academic growth as music educators, as well as enthusiasm for teaching and a love of music. 

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