KMEA Hall of Fame
Vernon Nicholson
Inducted in 2000
Vernon Roy Nicholson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McPherson College and Master of Music Education degree from Wichita State University. He taught 46 years in Geneseo, Wichita, and Goddard, Kansas. Mr. Nicholson has supervised many student teachers from Wichita State University, Friends University, Bethany College, and Emporia State University. He continues to be an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the mid-states area. In addition to his public school teaching, Nicholson directed church choirs at Church of the Brethren, College Hill Methodist, and Grace Presbyterian. He has served as State ACDA President, KMEA District VI President, and State KMEA President. Vernon has directed the Kansas Ambassador of Music in European summer music tours for 29 years. Mr. Nicholson was the first person to receive the Harry Robert Wilson Award for outstanding contribution to the choral profession in Kansas. He was selected as an outstanding educator by the Academy of American Educators, and was selected for Who's Who Among American Teachers. McPherson College Board of Trustees presented him a Citation of Merit for outstanding service to profession, community, church, and college. The national Federation of Interscholastic Music Association awarded him the Outstanding Music Educator of a seven-state area. Nicholson's profile was presented on the Disney Channel as one of the top four winners of the Fine Arts Division of the American Teacher Awards.