Bryan Station Middle orchestras’ Payne tapped as state’s Outstanding Director
Sarah Payne, who guides the orchestras at Bryan Station Middle School, recently received the 2019 Outstanding Director award (for grades K-12) from the Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. KY ASTA congratulated her at its Feb. 8 luncheon at the Bristol in Louisville.
“I believe that every child has the potential to become a great musician, and I try very hard to ensure that every student receives the opportunities they need to grow their potential,” said Payne, who also teaches strings at Deep Springs Elementary. “It was rewarding and very meaningful to be recognized at the state level -- nominated and selected by my colleagues.”
Payne is in her 12th year teaching, including eight at Bryan Station Middle. She has also taught at Northern, Arlington, and Yates elementaries. Outside of FCPS, Payne has performed with the Lexington Community Orchestra, Kentucky Bach Choir, and L.O.V.E. (Lexington’s Original Viola Ensemble). During the summer, she works at the Stephen Collins Foster Summer Music Camps as the viola instructor, assistant conductor, and conductor.
Payne received her Masters of Music degree from Eastern Kentucky University and her Bachelor of Music Education from West Virginia University. She is working on her Rank I and Gifted & Talented Certification at EKU. She is also an active member of KY ASTA and the Kentucky Music Educators Association, having served as the district and state chair. She received the KMEA District 7 “Middle School Music Teacher of the Year” award in 2013; she also was a semifinalist for the first-ever Grammy Music Educator Award in 2013 and a quarter-finalist in 2014 and 2015. In addition, Payne represented Kentucky in the December 2014 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine for “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”