Music Hall of Fame

We are proud to announce we have named Ann Montzka Smelser and Judy O’Connor to the district’s Music Hall of Fame. They will be recognized at the Hats, Horses and Harmony fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on May 3rd at River Heights Golf Course clubhouse.

Ann Montzka Smelser will receive the Muse Award for work as an outstanding music advocate who has had significant influence in developing and fostering the growth of music programs, according to the release. She’s worked in the music community for more than 30 years and is the director of the Community School of Arts Suzuki Strings program.

Receiving the inaugural Maestro Award, Judy O’Connor will be honored as a retired music teacher who has had a significant effect in developing and fostering the growth of DeKalb middle school or high school music programs.


The 2018-2019 Music Hall of Fame nominations are now open!!! Be sure to nominate a retired music teacher or staff member from the district that you feel should be honored in our Music Hall of Fame as a Maestro Award Winner and/or nominate a music advocate that has had a significant impact on developing and supporting our district music programs that you feel should be honored in our Music Hall of Fame as a Muse Award Winner.

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, and the application forms can be accessed at the links below:

DeKalb Music Hall of Fame Maestro Nomination

DeKalb Music Hall of Fame Muse Nomination

Completed application forms can be emailed to, or they can be mailed to us at Dekalb Music Boosters, P.O. Box 249, Dekalb, IL 60115.

The chosen recipients of the awards will be announced in February and will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame at our Annual Hats, Horses and Harmony fundraising event on May 3, 2019!


To learn about the 2017-2018 recipient of the Dekalb Music Hall of Fame Muse Award, W. Dee Palmer, see the links below: