Aylor Receives OBU Distinguished Music Alumni Award

Oklahoma Baptist University’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts honored Suzanne Aylor with the 2007 Distinguished Music Alumni Award at the annual Division of Music spring awards and scholarship banquet, Monday, May 5.

Aylor, a 1971 OBU graduate, currently is director of teacher support for MIDI Kids after school music programs. She is an active conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

“It was always my dream to attend OBU,” said Aylor. “I was able to fulfill that dream. I consider it a privilege to be honored by the university in this way.”

Aylor addressed music students at the banquet and encouraged them to use resources throughout their careers, and to focus on presentation.

“Who you are is more important than what you do,” she said.

After completing her bachelor’s degree from OBU, Aylor earned a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, with emphasis in piano.

For 29 years, she has taught vocal music in the Midwest City-Del City School System. She also has served as the American Choral Directors southwest division chair, as well as state repertoire and standards chair for show/jazz choirs from 1998-2000.

She was the state treasurer for the International Association for Jazz Education from 1997-2006, and chair for the All-State OCDA High School Jazz Chorus from 2001-2004.

In 1990, Aylor was listed in Who’s Who Among Teachers and in 1998 she was named Teacher of the Year at Carl Albert Junior High School. In 1999, Aylor received the Distinguished Service Award for Mid-Del Schools, and in 2004 she was inducted into the Midwest City High School Wall of Fame.

Aylor has two children, Christie and Brian. She also has two grandsons.