Congratulations to the 2014 senior class award winners, who will be honored and presented with their awards at the commencement ceremonies on May 2, 2014 at the Power Center:
Francesca Chiejina (voice): The Albert A. Stanley Medal
The Albert A. Stanley Medal is the highest honor awarded by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It commemorates the long and distinguished service of Albert A. Stanley, director of the School of Music from 1888 to 1921. This award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, during the last two years, has been most outstanding in his or her curriculum, with special consideration given to scholarship and public performance.
Jeanette Fang (piano): The Earl V. Moore Award in Music
Yuma Uesaka (saxophone, jazz studies): The Earl V. Moore Award in Music
Michael Hartung: The Earl V. Moore Award in Musical Theatre
Jacqueline Toboni: The Earl V. Moore Award in Theatre
Nola Smith: The Earl V. Moore Award in Dance
The Earl V. Moore Awards are given annually for outstanding achievement in the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. The awards are named for Earl Vincent Moore, who came to the University of Michigan School of Music as a freshman in 1908, joined the faculty in 1912, and served first as director, then as dean of the School from 1923 to 1960.
Annick Odom and Christina Rowan: The Willis Patterson Diversity Award
The Willis Patterson Diversity Award is presented to a graduating student who has used his or her talents and scholarly abilities to enhance the development of, and appreciation for, a more culturally and ethnically diverse community in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The award is named for Willis Patterson, who served the School of Music for 31 years, as professor of voice and associate dean for academic affairs and faculty appointments. Christina Rowan, a violin and organizational studies major with a minor in performing arts management, and Annick Odom, a triple major in clarinet, bass, and psychology, founded SMTD's student-run Mentors for Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra.
Jesse Donner - George Shirley Award for Excellence in Opera Performance
This new award honors exceptional achievement in opera performance. It is named for Professor Emeritus George Shirley, who, in a career that spanned 49 years, performed more than 80 operatic roles in major opera houses around the globe and was the first African-American tenor to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he performed for 11 years. He taught at SMTD for 20 years, retiring in 2007.