Alumni Awards: Hall of Fame

2024 Winners

Rachel Childers (BM ’03, MM ’06, horn)

Rachel Childers studio portrait holding her French horn, wearing black with dramatic black background

Michigan native Rachel Childers has been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2011. As second horn of the BSO, she occupies the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis chair. She is the first female member of the Boston Symphony brass section. Prior to moving to Boston, Childers was the acting assistant principal/utility horn of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She also held several positions in orchestras throughout California, affectionately referred to as the Freeway Philharmonic. Childers holds the distinction of being in the first class of horn players admitted to the Colburn School, in Los Angeles, where she studied with David Jolley and David Krehbiel. Childers received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Søren Hermansson. During her time at U-M she enjoyed performing with both the Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Band, where she began her college career as horn 4B under director H. Robert Reynolds.

Childers is devoted to education initiatives in her community. Her interest in this work began when she was a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she was partnered with underserved schools in the Los Angeles area. She continues this line of work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s education department. She is particularly proud of her involvement in the implementation of the “BSO in Residence” project, an initiative directed at her adopted community of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Childers also develops and performs programs for the BSO’s “Concerts for Very Young People” at local libraries and children’s museums.

While working towards her artist diploma at the Colburn School, Childers was a researcher in the Academic Development and Institutional Research Department at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Initially a data-entry clerk, Childers discovered a talent for statistical research and analysis. This interest in data continues in Boston, where she serves on the supervisory committee of the Symphony Credit Union and is a member director of the pension board of the BSO. Childers is currently on faculty at the Longy School of Music at Bard College and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she is also chair of winds, brass & percussion chamber music. During the summers, she teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Tanglewood Music Center, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She and her husband Sam, a bassoonist, have two lovely children and one loud cat.

Daniel Bernard Roumain (MM ’95, DMA ’00, composition)

Studio headshot of Daniel Bernard Roumain wearing a black leather jacket, with black background

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a prolific and collaborative composer, performer, educator, and social entrepreneur. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR has worked with artists from Philip Glass to Bill T. Jones to Lady Gaga, as well as with institutions including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Sydney Opera House. Acclaimed as a violinist and activist, DBR’s career spans more than two decades, earning commissions from venerable artists and institutions worldwide.

Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic, urban, and African American musical influences, DBR is a composer of solo, chamber, orchestral, and operatic works, and he has composed an array of film, theatre, and dance scores. He has composed music for the acclaimed film Ailey (Sundance official selection), released and appeared on 30 album recordings, and published over 300 works.

An avid arts industry leader, DBR is the first artistic ambassador with Firstworks; the first artist activist-in-residence at Longy School of Music; and the first resident artistic catalyst with the New Jersey Symphony. He serves as a board member for the League of American Orchestras and is a voting member for the Recording Academy, which bestows the Grammy Awards.

DBR earned his doctorate in music composition from the University of Michigan and is currently a tenured institute professor at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Past Recipients


Priscilla Lindsay
Ava Ordman


Kyra Gaunt
Margo Martindale


Robert Gillespie
Aaron Dworkin


Kay Kaufman Shelemay
George Balch Wilson


Richard Hawkins
Laura Karpman


Jessye Norman
Frank Ticheli


Gerald Cleaver
Marianne Ploger


Dale Briggs
Cedric Carl Dent


Marvelene Moore
Jack O’Brien


Harriet Berg
Bob James


Sharon Jensen
Robert Phillips


Wayne S. Brown
Robert Cogan
Ann Arbor ONCE Festival


William Anderson
1961 Russian Tour Band


Nancy Ambrose King
Larry Rachleff


Bruce Galbraith
Carolee Stewart


Jerry Bilik
Cynthia Phelps


David Eisler
Francis Bundra


James Forger
Carl St. Clair


Harry Begian
George Shirley


Rosalie Edwards
Robert Spring


Judith Becker
Emil Raab


Emerson Head
Fred Ormand


Christine Dakin
H. Robert Reynolds


Edward J. Downing
Elizabeth Weil Bergmann

Earlier Winners (1977-1999)

Roberta Alexander
Mildred Andrews
Leslie R. Bassett
Josef Blatt
William Bolcom
Eugene Bossart
Allen P. Britton
George R. Cavender
Russell Lewis Christopher
Hugh Cooper
Robert J. Courte
David Crawford
Richard Crawford
George Crumb
Louise E. Cuyler
Orien Dalley
Hans Theodore David
Chip Davis
William Doppmann
Nicholas D. Falcone
Ross Lee Finney
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
Kenneth Jewell
Ernest Jones
Edith Staebler Kempf
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
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
Charles E. Owen
Willis Patterson
Ashley Putnam
Gail W. Rector
Willliam D. Revelli
Mary Romig-deYoung
Gilbert Ross
Gustave Rosseels
Judith Dow Rumelhart
James D. Salmon
Donald Sinta
Glenn P. Smith
Clarence E. Stephenson
Louis Stout
William H. Stubbins
Laurence L. Teal
Mary Teal
Nelita True
Glenn E. Watkins
Floyd E. Werle