Choral Director Bill Perring will be awarded the Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) Exemplary Teacher Award on Thursday, January 19, 2023. The ceremony is a part of the OkMEA Winter Conference and will be held at the DoubleTree in downtown Tulsa in the International Ballroom.
Exemplary teachers must have completed at least 15 years of active service as a music teacher and/or music administrator and been a member of OkMEA/NAfME for a minimum of 10 years. Recipients have also demonstrated excellence in the teaching of music, as evidenced by competitions, awards, and peer or administrator statements. Exemplary teachers are nominated by their peers, recommended by the OkMEA Awards committee, and confirmed by the OkMEA Executive Board.
Bill Perring is currently in his 32nd year of teaching, 29 of which have been at Guthrie High School.
He started teaching at Mayfield Junior High in the Putnam City District. After growing up in Corpus Christi, TX, he attended college at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee. He has worked on masters programs at TCU, OU and OSU where he was blessed to work under Ron Shirey, Dennis Shrock and Jerry McCoy.
In Guthrie, Perring directs the Concert Choir, Chorale, Victorian Singers, and a civic choir on occasion. His choirs have earned multiple sweepstakes awards and have been a featured choir at OkMEA four times. Perring also directs musicals at Guthrie High School and has performed with Lyric Theatre, Pollard Theatre and Upstage Summer Musicals as well as singing with Canterbury Voices.
He has been married to Sharon for 40 years, and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.