Congratulations to Capital University's Professor Jim Swearingen who has been named the recipient of the Ohio Music Education Association Distinguished Service Award for 2014.
This is the highest award given by OMEA, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. He will be recognized at the annual Professional Development Conference opening session in Columbus on Friday, February 7.
“Words alone cannot even begin to describe how honored I am to be the recipient of this year’s OMEA Distinguished Service Award. While a large part of my professional career has been associated with writing music, teaching has always been at the heart of who I am and who I’ve always wanted to be," Swearingen said. "Capital University, my colleagues, and the many wonderful students who have passed through the hallways of the Conservatory have truly helped to make this award possible, and for that I’m extremely grateful.”
Swearingen is a professor of music education at Capital, having joined the faculty in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University, respectively.
A prolific, gifted composer and an inspiring educator, Swearingen's career spans nearly 50 years in both public school and higher education. If you or your children have ever played an instrument in a school band, chances are very good Swearingen's music was part of their repertoire.
With over 550 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements that reflect a variety of musical forms and styles. Many of his pieces, including over 100 commissioned works, have been selected for contest and festival lists throughout the world.
Swearingen is a recipient of several American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards for published compositions, and in 1992 he was selected as an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts from Bowling Green State University. In March of 2000, he was invited to join The American Bandmasters Association, considered to be the most prestigious bandmaster organization in the world. Swearingen received the 2002 Community Music Educator Award given annually by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009, the American School Band Directors Association, Inc., presented him with the A. Austin Harding Award, which celebrates valuable and dedicated service to the school bands of America. And in 2011, the Ohio Chapter (Mu) of Phi Beta Mu presented him with The Hall of Fame Award.
"No one has worked harder or more sincerely for the benefit of music education here in Columbus, regionally or nationally, than Jim Swearingen. Under his leadership, the music education program at Capital University has maintained its rich tradition of excellence," said Associate Dean Lynn Roseberry.
"He has generously given of his time and expertise to his students here at Capital for generations, just as he did when he previously taught in the communities of Sunbury and Grove City, Ohio" she continued. "He is a role model for all of us as music educators. The fortunate students who have worked under his tutelage are now doing the same for their students, which is, as he would have it. His legacy of high standards and inspired teaching will always be reflected in many, many lives.”
Located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.