Michael Dye, NHS Choral Director, Named Florida Secondary Music Educator of the Year
Niceville High School Choral Director Michael Dye has been named the 2020 Florida Secondary Music Educator of the Year by the Florida Music Education Association. A native Arkansan, Dye has taught in Florida for 30 years.
Dye will be retiring at the end of this school year after 44 years as a public school music educator. He has been Niceville High School’s choral director since 1990. In 2004 he was Niceville High School’s Teacher of the Year and runner-up to the Okaloosa County Teacher of the Year. His Niceville choirs have earned a state-high 18 “Choirs of Distinction” awards. Under his leadership, over 500 students have been all-state singers. In the early 2000’s he spearheaded the effort to establish the Florida Vocal Association Men’s All-State Chorus. Dye has conducted all-state choirs in Florida and Arkansas as well as dozens of district and regional honor choirs. He has judged state choir assessments in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Under his direction, the Niceville Singers have sung in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, China, Spain, Italy, and France as well as three performances in Carnegie Hall. Dye has served as president of the Florida Vocal Association and the Florida School Music Association.
Dye will receive the award in January at the Florida Music Education Association’s 2020 Convention in Tampa.