Chautauqua Co. Teacher Wins Grammy Award

A teacher from Chautauqua County has received the first-ever music educator Grammy Award.

Kent Knappenberger, who has been a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years, was chosen from among 30,000 nominees. He will be flown to Los Angeles to receive his award on Saturday and will be a guest at the televised Grammy Awards show on Sunday.

The Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy created the award to highlight the influence music teachers have on their students. Neil Portnow, president of the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy, says “Many musicians would not be expressing their gift for creativity had it not been for the dedication and encouragement of a music teacher who inspired them to pursue a professional career.”


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