Gooch Awarded Educator of the Year

Warren Gooch, professor of music, theory and composition, received top honors at the 23rd annual Educator of the Year Banquet April 18.

Gooch teaches Music Analysis IV, Introduction to Music Composition and Music Composition Studio. He serves as chair of six campus organizations and is involved in numerous Truman programs and councils, including coordinator of the Master of Arts in Music program.

Warren Gooch received his doctorate in composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and his bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica.

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Warren Gooch

Outside of Truman, Gooch is active in countless music and arts organizations, such as the Iowa Composers Forum, Kirksville Regional Arts Association and Music Teachers National Association. Gooch also dedicates his time to local church-related activities such as church choir director and keyboard player, Sunday School teacher and Music and Worship Committee member.

Students nominate professors for Educator of the Year. Nominees then submit an essay and syllabus to the Educator of the Year committee, which selects the finalist.

In addition to Gooch, this year’s finalists included Elizabeth Hooper, Maria Nagan, Thomas Capuano and Shirley McKamie.

Students from the Pershing Society, Student Senate and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year Committee.