The College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award


The College of Music Alumni Association annually seeks and accepts nominations for the College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize a graduate of the college who is making, or has made, an outstanding contribution to the music profession.

To nominate someone for this award, please download an application here [PDF].

Past Award Winners

Kathryn Brown 2011-12
Kathryn Brown
BM ('84), Piano Performance


Kathryn Brown is the associate head of the Piano Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She performs internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist.
Janet Williams 2010-11
Janet Williams
BM ('82), Vocal Performance and Music Education


Janet Williams is a vocalist, educator, and author of Nail Your Next Audition: The Ultimate 30-Day Guide for Singers.
Anton Armstrong 2009-10
Anton E. Armstrong
DMA ('87), Choral Conducting


Anton Armstrong is the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir. He received the MSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.
H. Warren Henry 2008-09
H. Warren Henry
PhD ('95), Music Education


H. Warren Henry is the associate dean for academic affairs and former chair of music education at the University of North Texas.
Henry Butler 2008
Henry Butler
MM ('74), Vocal Performance


Henry Butler is a musician, composer, and jazz pianist.
William D. Brohn 2007-08
William D. Brohn
BM ('55), Music Theory


William Brohn won a Tony Award in 1998 for Best Orchestration (Ragtime) and was nominated for the same award in 2002 for Sweet Smell of Success and in 2004 for Wicked.
Tage Larsen 2004
Tage Larsen
BM ('92), Trumpet Performance


In 2002, Tage Larsen became the first African-American instrumentalist appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently on the trumpet faculty at the DePaul University School of Music.