Jim Taylor, who led the McNary High School choir program to top honors at the Best in the Northwest competition along with a second-place finish at state, is this year’s Salem Music Educator of the Year, as determined by the Oregon Symphony Association (OSAS).

J. Taylor

Taylor, who received his master’s of choral conducting from the University of Arizona, will be recognized at Tuesday’s season-ending classical concert with the Oregon Symphony, featuring Elina Vahala.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is at Smith Auditorium on the Willamette University campus in Salem.

Taylor will be presented with a commemorative award and a check for $1,000 to augment his school’s music programs.

Among the other teachers considered for this award were Andy Thomas, director of choirs, Whiteaker Middle School, and Jennifer Loman-Bell, director of bands, Claggett Creek Middle School.

Tickets to Tuesday’s concert to honor Taylor can be purchased by visiting any Safeway TicketsWest outlet. Tickets range in price from $25 to $43. A service fee will apply.

A $5 student ticket fee is offered at the box office, the night of the concert.  They are available to any student, any age, with ID.  The box office at Smith Auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m.