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Hall of Fame

2018 Recipients

Jessye Norman (MM ‘68 voice; Sc.D.Hon ’87)

Jessye Norman, one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists, is acclaimed for her performances in a wide range of leading roles with the world’s premier opera companies, in solo recitals and in concerts of her cherished classical repertoire with preeminent orchestras all over the globe. This extraordinary musical resonance includes her latest artistic expansion with her jazz ensemble and the extensive programming of music from the American musical theater, which she has entitled: American Masters.

She is the recipient of many awards and accolades including some forty honorary doctorate degrees from colleges, universities, and conservatories around the world, five Grammy awards including the ‘lifetime achievement award’, the National Medal of the Arts received at the White House from President Obama in 2010, and is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. She has received the highest recognition of the NAACP, the Spingarn Award.

Her community service includes trustee board memberships at The New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The New York Botanical Gardens.

She is called upon often to speak to her passionate involvement and advocacy of arts education. The Jessye Norman School of the Arts in Augusta, Georgia, is a tangible, living opportunity to address the need for education in the arts for school-age children in the town where her own studies and training began.

Frank Ticheli (MM ’83, trumpet and composition; DMA ’87, music composition)


Frank Ticheli’s music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald), and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Mr. Ticheli joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony, Carl St. Clair, music director, for whom he has composed many works.

His orchestral works have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and many others around the world. However, Mr. Ticheli is perhaps best known for his works for wind ensemble and concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire.

Frank Ticheli is the recipient of a 2012 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.

Mr. Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, “bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America,” and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, “given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America.”

His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Equilibrium, Klavier, Koch International, Mark, Naxos, and Reference.

1961 Russian Tour Band
Roberta Alexander
William Anderson
Mildred Andrews
Ann Arbor ONCE Festival
Leslie R. Bassett
Judith Becker
Harriet Berg
Harry Begian
Elizabeth Weil Bergmann
Jerry Bilik
Josef Blatt
William Bolcom
Eugene Bossart
Dale Briggs
Allen P. Britton
Wayne S. Brown
Francis Bundra
George R. Cavender
Russell Lewis Christopher
Gerald Cleaver
Robert Cogan
Hugh Cooper
Robert J. Courte
David Crawford
Richard Crawford
George Crumb
Louise E. Cuyler
Christine Dakin
Orien Dalley
Hans Theodore David
Chip Davis
Cedric Carl Dent
William Doppmann
Edward J. Downing
Rosalie Edwards
David Eisler
Nicholas D. Falcone
Ross Lee Finney
James Forger
Bruce Galbraith
Armando Ghitalla
Elizabeth Green
Nelson Hauenstein
Harold Haugh
Ralph Herbert
Thomas Hilbish
G. Maurice Hinson
H. Wiley Hitchcock
Marguerite V. Hood
Howard T. Howard
Marian Owen Hunt
Lawrence Hurst
Roger E. Jacobi
Bob James
Sharon Jensen
Kenneth Jewell
Ernest Jones
Edith Staebler Kempf
Nancy Ambrose King
Maynard J. Klein
John Krell
Paul R. Lehman
Eva Likova
Clifford P. Lillya
Larry Livingston
Albert Luconi
William R. Malm
Marilyn Mason
John McCollum
Charlotte Whitman McGeoch
Glenn D. McGeoch
Robert Emmett McGrath
John D. Mohler
Earl V. Moore
Marvelene Moore
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
Jack O’Brien
Fred Ormand
Charles E. Owen
Willis Patterson
Cynthia Phelps
Bob Phillips
Marianne Ploger
Ashley Putnam
Emil Raab
Larry Rachleff
Gail W. Rector
Willliam D. Revelli
H. Robert Reynolds
Mary Romig-deYoung
Gilbert Ross
Gustave Rosseels
Judith Dow Rumelhart
James D. Salmon
George Shirley
Donald Sinta
Glenn P. Smith
Carl St. Clair
Clarence E. Stephenson
Carolee Stewart
Louis Stout
William H. Stubbins
Laurence L. Teal
Mary Teal
Nelita True
Glenn E. Watkins
Floyd E. Werle