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
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.
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 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
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.
MM ('74), Vocal Performance
Henry Butler is a musician, composer, and jazz pianist.
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.
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.