Butler School of Music

Butler School of Music Faculty Receive High Accolades.

faculty members from accross the Butler School of Music have recently received a host of noteworthy accolades.

Lorenzo Candelaria, Associate Professor of Musicology, was the recipient of the Robert M. Stevenson Award. One of the major research awards presented by the American Musicological Society, the prize is given for the year's outstanding scholarly work on Spanish and/or Latin American music. Candelaria received the award for his book The Rosary Cantoral (University of Rochester Press, 2008), a study of manuscript production, patronage and devotional practices in Toledo during the time of the Inquisition.

Andrew Dell'Antonio, Professor of Musicology, received The William David Blunk Memorial Professorship was established in 1977 as a tribute to Bill Blunk, longtime Director of the Dads' Association who served in the Development Offices of The University and the UT System for almost 30 years. This Professorship is designed to recognize a member of the University faculty who has demonstrated an outstanding record both of undergraduate teaching and of concern for undergraduates as demonstrated through advising and general guidance given to students. Such concern for students should have occurred within the context of excellent scholarship and high standards of performance. The basic designation of an individual as William David Blunk Memorial Professor is for one academic year, although the terms of establishment provide for the possibility of one or even two renewals for a truly outstanding individual.

Robert Duke, the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at the Butler School of Music received a career research award from MENC: The National Association for Music Education. The Senior Researcher Award is meant to recognize a sustained record of significant scholarly achievement related to music teaching and learning. One of his nominators for the award writes, "I don't know that there are words to adequately describe Bob Duke and his professional activity. To say that he has been a consistently productive scholar across a long career in higher education seems to understate the amount of activity in research and teaching he has maintained, the quality of that research and teaching, the positive influence he has had on students and colleagues, and the professional contribution he has made by shaping a research agenda that serves as a model for our discipline." The award was presented at the organization's biennial meeting in Anaheim on March 27, 2010.

Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute, and holder of John D. Murchison Fellowship in Fine Arts, and a Butler Professorship in Music, was awarded the Dads' Centennial Fellowship for 2010-11. The fellowship recognizes outstanding work with undergraduate students. Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships were established by the University of Texas System Board of Regents in 1983 with funds raised by the UT Austin Dads' Association and matching funds under the Centennial Teachers and Scholars Program. Selection of faculty members appointed as Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellows is based upon recommendations from the deans of colleges and schools offering courses for freshman undergraduates. Gedigian was one of only four professors across the university to receive the award this year.

Judith A. Jellison Professor of Music and Human Learning and the Mary D. Bold Professor in Music received the UT Board of Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award. The awards, which range from $15,000 to $30,000, are given to faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. Award nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. In the competition for the awards, faculty candidates were subjected to rigorous examination of their teaching performance over three years by campus and external examiners.

Brian Lewis Professor of Violin, and holder of theDavid and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy, has been appointed the Class of '57 Visiting Professor of Music Education at the Yale School of Music for the 2010-2011 academic year. By teaching a course in community engagement, and through his work with students participating in Yale's extensive Music in Schools Initiative, Mr. Lewis will help graduate students in the Yale School of Music develop their skills as educators and communicators. The Yale College Class of '57 visiting professorship, along with programs in the public schools and a biennial symposium on music education, is one of three components of the Music in Schools Initiative. The mission of the initiative is to support public school music and the training of young artist teachers who will help ensure the birthright of music for all children. Lewis will maintain his teaching duties at the Butler School of Music throughout the year, dividing his time between the two institutions.