BATAVIA – Nazareth Academy announced it is inducting alum Keith Ozsvath, band music teacher with Batavia School District 101, into the school’s Fine Arts Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements at Nazareth and beyond.
While attending the school in La Grange Park, Ozsvath participated in concert band, jazz band, marching band, pep band and the pit orchestra for the spring musicals, according to a news release. During high school, his honors included the John Philip Sousa Award, DePaul University All-Catholic Honor Band, senior soloist and associate drum major. After his graduation in 1991, he attended Western Illinois University on a talent grant scholarship and majored in music education.
Ozsvath, a North Aurora resident, continues to share his passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, which, since 2000, was recognized three times for Best Community for Music Education through the National Association of Music Merchants. He leads the symphonic band, eighth-grade band and jazz ensemble, and continually finds new ways to foster his students’ learning by integrating technology into his lessons, the release stated.
Ozsvath also teaches graduate courses at VanderCook College of Music. He has presented numerous professional development sessions for music educators for various organizations, and has written educational articles for Yamaha, SmartMusic and Music for All.
His dedication to teaching has been recognized with the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015 and twice by "Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers." In 2017, he was honored with an Exemplary Educator Award from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. He has had the honor of being an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois at Urbana and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium held at Ball State University.