Induction to the KMEA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Kansas Music Educators Association. KMEA established the Hall of Fame to honor those career members of the music education community in Kansas who have made a significant contribution to the growth of music in our state. Any music educator affecting music education in an exceptional manner may be considered. Formal induction and recognition takes place at the In-Service Workshop each February.
The KMEA Hall of Fame became a reality at the annual convention in Wichita in 1975. In compliance with the charge from the Executive Board, then president Ed Bartley announced the first nominees elected to the Hall of Fame at the annual KMEA Board meeting. The first recipients were inducted on Saturday, February 8, 1975 at the Festival Concert at Century II in Wichita.
In addition to having their name, photo, and teaching bio placed on permanent display, inductees receive a plaque inscribed as follows: