Mrs. Evelyn Champion, Orchestra Director
Mrs. Evelyn Champion graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from the University of Georgia in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and holds her Master of Music Education and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Georgia as well. Mrs. Champion taught orchestra at Daniell Middle School in Cobb County for nine years before transferring to Sprayberry High School in 2003. Mrs. Champion also chartered the Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter at Sprayberry. In 2016, Mrs. Champion moved to Northwestern Middle School.
Mrs. Champion is the 2011 Georgia American String Teachers Association String Teacher of the Year and the 2012 Georgia Music Educators Association Music Educator of the Year. Mrs. Champion is a 2013 “Woodruff Arts Center Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders” finalist for Music Education.
Mrs. Champion has been a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) since the early nineties and was recently elected President, and will serve from 2017-2019. An active clinician in the North Georgia area in middle school and high school, Mrs. Champion has judged performance evaluations and conducted honor orchestras throughout Georgia, and is also a GMEA Certified Head Adjudicator. She has also been involved in the selection process for Governor’s Honors Program music candidates at the state level. Mrs. Champion was elected Vice-President of the Georgia Music Educators Association and served a two-year term from 2007-2009, followed by a two-year term as the GMEA Orchestra Division Chair, also an elected position, from 2009-2011. As the Orchestra Division chair, Mrs. Champion founded the All College Orchestra and the Statewide Honor Orchestra. Again this year, Mrs. Champion is the statewide organizer for the GMEA All State Orchestras.
A freelance violinist, Mrs. Champion performs with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and is the Co-director of the Encore Orchestra Camp. She lives in Marietta with her husband J. Champion, and sons David, Charlie, and Sam, ages 12, 8, and 5. Her hobbies are gardening, biking, and of course, playing violin!