Congratulations to our 2018-19 Teacher of the Year!

Vonda Rogers-Cooper
Buchanan Elementary 

Presenting the 2018-19 BRSO Music Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching for 23 years. She has always promoted music abilities in her students and is loved by the faculty and staff at Buchanan Elementary.

Pictured above: Timothy Muffitt and Vonda Rogers-Cooper

Pictured above: Timothy Muffitt and Vonda Rogers-Cooper

Since 2005 the BRSO has honored outstanding music and classroom teachers who successfully integrate music with other disciplines across the curriculum and showcase the value of the arts in developing problem solving, creativity, logic, and other cognitive skills. By annually recognizing these local educators, we support them by providing winners with classroom materials in addition to inspiring other Baton Rouge educators to follow in their colleagues’ footsteps. Anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher for this award – friends, family, colleagues, and students. Former nominees may be re-nominated again each year. Former winners must wait one year before being eligible again.


  • Classroom or music teacher of students at any level, grades K-12
  • Public or private school
  • Must teach at a school located in one of the following parishes: Ascension, East & West Baton Rouge, East & West Feliciana, Iberville,  Livingston, Point Coupee, and Tangipahoa.

Winners receive:

  • Two full season subscriptions for BRSO’s 2018-19 season (includes all Masterworks, Pops, and Chamber series concerts!)
  • Two tickets to the closing night Masterworks concert of the 2017-18 season
  • Recognition dinner
  • Award Plaque and Banner, for the winner and their school