Andrew “Drew” Benware’s passion, dedication, and influence hit all the right notes for his students - and the prestigious Grammy Awards.
The two-time IC alumnus and current Summer Music Academy faculty member was one of 25 semifinalists nominated (out of 2,000 nationwide nominations) for the Grammy “Music Educator Award” honors. The award recognizes the “excellent and impactful” work of music educators across the nation.
“My passion for music education comes from a desire to live well always and do good always,” Drew says. “I try to inspire the good in others, and the vehicle I can use most effectively is my music.”
The nomination—spearheaded by the family of one of Drew’s students in Saranac Lake—came as a happy shock.