AMEF Recognition Award

The AMEF Recognition Award is presented yearly at Music Conference Alberta. This prestigious award was established to recognize music educators (kindergarten through college, in private and public schools and studio teachers) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education in Alberta.

Colleagues, students, friends or other community members are encouraged to make a submission to recognize a deserving individual that has pursued excellence in music education in any genre.

Deadline to submit: August 31, 2022



2022 Recipient

William (Bill) M. Wahl | Medicine Hat, AB

William (Bill) M. Wahl

William (Bill) M. Wahl is a 4th generation band conductor. He is a graduate of the Music Education Lab program at U of A, has a Master’s of Education from U of Oregon and a Dip. F.A. in Advanced Wind Conducting from U of Calgary. His excellence in teaching and contribution to music education have been recognized by the CBDA, ABA, Phi Bet Mu, Alberta Learning, the City of Medicine Hat and Rotary International.

In addition to teaching for the MHPS District for 32 years, Bill worked as an adjudicator and clinician from B.C. east to Ontario. While teaching at CHHS, he took the bands touring in Europe seven times as representatives of Medicine Hat, Alberta and Canada at music festivals.

He also started and developed various instrumental groups to provide a place for Medicine Hat’s many talented musicians to showcase their musical interests and abilities. An example of this is the Medicine Hat Concert Band.

Bill recently retired after over 50 years of sharing what he loves dearly – music in general and instrumental music in particular.

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Past Recipients

Michael Massey | John Kadz | David Tutt | Linda Burwell | William van der Sloot | Lary Benson | Roberta Stephen | Mark Friesen | Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff | Nathene Arthur | Kim Mattice-Wanat | Alexandra Munn | Pat Frehlich | Monica Baczuk | Dale S. Jackson