Mr. Wilson’s Second Act
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About the Entry
After glaucoma forces an elite professional trumpeter to quit the San Francisco Opera, he embarks on a new career in a middle school classroom. HIs tale anchors The San Francisco Chronicle’s look at music education in the public schools.
- Mr. Wilson’s second act: Virtuoso’s progression from SF Opera to middle-school classroom
- Farewell bid to the virtuoso who became a Richmond music teacher
- Marching toward perfection
- Jill Tucker, Education Writer, The San Francisco Chronicle
Comments from the Judges
“A beautifully written and moving portrait of a man who lost his identity — and threw himself into helping disadvantaged students discover theirs. The hours the reporter spent at the school really show, and she’s included just enough data and research to make this a bigger story about the importance of music education – and students’ unequal access to it.”
“Such a beautiful story. Just amazingly well told.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.