Memorial Music Teacher Honored in GRAMMY Competition

Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School Orchestra Teacher Victoria Alaimo has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. She now has the opportunity of advancing to semifinalist status in September, with the prospect of eventually being included in a pool of ten finalists from which the grand winner will be selected.
The Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Ms. Alaimo is among only 290 quarterfinalists that were identified out of more than 3,300 nominees from across country. The final award recipient will be honored during GRAMMY Week 2017, and finalists and semifinalists will be awarded monetary prizes and grants for their schools.

A member of the Valley Stream Central High School District music faculty since 2002, Ms. Alaimo served as Department Head of Fine and Performing Arts at Memorial from 2004- 2011. In addition to her role as a teacher, she is currently the Tri-M Music Honor Society advisor and the conductor of the select ensemble “Memorial Strings” which has held an undefeated 1st place title at the Dorney Park Music in the Parks Festival for five years running.

Ms. Alaimo also serves as a consultant and guest conductor for many non-profit educational organizations in New York and Miami. She was one of the conductors for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, where she led students in concerts at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and participated with students on performance tours throughout the world. As a musician, she has been featured in a number of prestigious programs, competitions and performance events.