NFHS MUSIC ASSOCIATION “OUTSTANDING MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD”
MIKE COYNE, HOVEN
Coyne, former band and choral director at Hoven High School,
is the recipient of the 2006-07 NFHS Music Association
“Outstanding Music Educator” Award for South Dakota.
Mike describes his career as a music educator by saying the
“My career as a music teacher began and ended in the small
rural community of Hoven where I was the sole band and
choral director for 39 years.” During those 39 years,
approximately thirty-five of Mike’s students achieved
membership in the South Dakota All-State Band. His solo and
ensemble students have consistently earned Division “I”
ratings at the region music contest.
The Hoven concert band had thirty-nine consecutive years
of Division “I” Large Group Contest ratings and his concert
choir had twenty-eight years of “I” ratings. Under Coyne’s
direction, the Hoven High School marching band had a history
of success in both parade and field competitions. Although
enrollment numbers placed the school in Class “C” for
competition (the smallest division in South Dakota), Hoven
not only won the Class “C” competitions but also won the
“Over-all Trophy” on numerous occasions. In 1984, the Hoven
marching band won first place at the Winnipeg, Canada
Exposition Field Competition.
Coyne received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education
from Northern State University in
Aberdeen and his Masters Degree from the University of
Northern Colorado in Greeley. He has held numerous
leadership positions in the music community including two
terms on the South Dakota Bandmasters Executive Board and
two terms on the SDHSAA Music Advisory
Committee. In 1985, Coyne was named the South Dakota
Bandmaster of the Year.
Although he retired at the end of the 2005 school year,
he continues to be involved in music. For the past four
years he has served as the conductor of the Cathedral of the
Prairies Area Concert Choir that performs annually with the
South Dakota Symphony.
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