Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 02, 2021
On February 28, the Phoenix Youth Symphony honored Sujoy Spencer (shown left), a member of the Rotary Club of the Brookfieldswith the 2021 Dr. Walter Temme Excellence in Music Education Award.  The orchestra schedules annually a tribute concert, to show appreciation for their music teachers. During this concert, one exceptional teacher is singled out for special recognition from nominations submitted by the students
Shown right, are Dr. Temme, Sujoy, and some of the student musicians who assembled for this special tribute concert. 
In introducing the award, a member of the review board commented that "of all the nominations over all the years, this one particularly stood out." Sujoy was recognized by her students for exceptional teaching skills, kindness, and generosity, and for "igniting a passion" for musical education. One student nominator praised her for allowing students to rent one of her violins if the students could not afford their own, adding, "If any student could not afford the payment, no child would be turned away."
Sujoy grew up in Needham and and now splits her year between Phoenix and Brookfield, where her family has summered for decades. Thanks to virtual technology, she serves as the Brookfields club's  co-president-elect.  Over the years, she has shared her exquisite violin skills, to entertain at numerous Rotary events. Professionally, she is a studio teacher specializing in violin, viola, piano, and recorder.
Congratulations, Co-President-Elect Sujoy, on this exceptional recognition from your students and the Phoenix Youth Symphony.  We have seen your talent and know your dedication to learning and community.  This honor is well-deserved.
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