About the Award
The John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award is named after a legendary jazz educator who served as a distinguished professor at Berklee College of Music for more than three decades. This award is offered in conjunction with the Jazz Education Network organization – presented at the national JEN conference and, starting in 2015, represented at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
LaPorta was an impressive teacher, colleague, and musician. He played a pivotal role in the earliest stage of formalized American jazz education—shaping the unique Berklee curriculum and influencing the artistic lives of thousands of students. This award recognizes an outstanding jazz educator who represents the highest standards of teaching and whose results in the classroom have brought distinction to their institution and their students.
The 2015 recipient is Ms. Janis Stockhouse!
About the Recipient
A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, Janis has spent the past 34 years as Director of Bands at Bloomington High School North. During this tenure, North’s Symphonic Band has qualified for the ISSMA State Finals 28 of 30 times, with 2 State Championships and numerous top 5 finishes to their credit. The Advanced Jazz Ensemble and Combo have earned “Honor” status at over 100 festivals in addition to appearing at the prestigious International Association of Jazz Education Annual Conventions in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2008. They have also performed at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic on three occasions, and at the 2002 North Sea Jazz Festival. In 2015, North’s Jazz Trio will be perform at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Convention.
Janis is the co-author of the Indiana University Press publication Jazzwomen: Conversational Portraits With 21 Musicians. She is an accomplished arts leader who has twice been elected as president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Janis also serves on the Alumni Board for the Indiana University School of Music, is currently president for the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and she has served on the Young Talent committee for the International Association of Jazz Education executive board.
Throughout her career, Janis has received numerous honors for her contributions to music education including being named the 2005 Arts Educator of the Year (Bloomington Area Arts Council); 1997 Indiana Music Educator of the Year; 2005 James B. Calvert Music Educator of the Year (Indiana Wind Symphony); 2007 Al Cobine Award for Jazz Education (Jazz from Bloomington); 2014 Jazz Hero (Jazz Journalists Association). In addition, she is a member of many professional organizations such as Jazz Education Network, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Indiana University Alumni Association, and the Indiana Jazz Educators Association.
Throughout her career Janis has shaped the musical and artistic lives of thousands of students—and proud to say that many of them have gone on to pursue their own careers in music as performers, university professors, high school teachers, or other professionals working in the music industry.