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

2016-17
Jennifer Heemstra
B.M., Music Performance, with honors

Professional pianist, entrepreneur and Rotarian, received the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad from John Kerry. She is the founder of the Kolkata Classics Trust in India and the Pitch Pipe Foundation 501(c)(3), which links great artists to great need. Heemstra also earned her Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

2015-16
James Roe
2014-15
Nancy Faber
2013-14
Robert Stroker
B.M. Music Education; B.M., Music Performance; PhD Music Education


Stroker is the dean of Boyer College of Music and Dance and School of Theater and vice provost for the arts at Temple University. He also serves as dean of the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts.
2012-13
Warrick Carter
MM ('66), Music Education; PhD ('71) Music Education


Carter, educator, composer, and performer, was president of Columbia College Chicago from 2000 to 2013. He held academic appointments at Berklee, Governors State, and Maryland before serving as the director of entertainment arts for Walt Disney Entertainment for four years.
 
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. 
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.