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U of M School of Music to confer honorary degree on GRAMMY-winning composer Maria Schneider

Ceremony to be held Sept. 24 at Fall Convocation

August 28, 2012

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The University of Minnesota School of Music will confer an honorary degree on GRAMMY-winning composer, arranger and big band leader Maria Schneider on Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the School of Music’s Fall Convocation at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, on the U of M’s West Bank.

The Doctor of Humane Letters is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in their field.

The Convocation program will also feature a conversation on “Creativity for Music Careers: Leveraging Talent, Technic, and Tenacity” with internationally renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw, producer David Frost and engineer Tim Martyn. The conversation will be moderated by School of Music director David Myers. The University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble I, under the director of jazz professor Dean Sorenson, will perform works by Schneider.

The School of Music Fall Convocation is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Parking is available in the 21st Avenue ramp, one block southwest of the concert hall.

On Schneider’s honorary degree, School of Music director David Myers said, “For years, Maria Schneider has been a musical proponent and mentor to faculty and students alike at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Schneider’s work in the arts exemplifies the School of Music’s important initiatives in preparing career-aspiring musicians to traverse new musical landscape to be engaged leaders and entrepreneurs in society and their communities. It’s time for her alma mater, the flagship institution of the state from which she hails, to bestow its highest honorary accolade on this superbly talented, successful and deeply dedicated individual.”

For more information on Schneider, who will be in residence at the School of Music during September and record a new album in the concert hall, visit her website.

Complete biographies are also available for: Dawn Upshaw, David Frost and Tim Martyn.

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Established in 1902, the University of Minnesota School of Music offers a dynamic, comprehensive program to more than 550 music students in undergraduate and graduate programs, led by a world-class faculty of more than 50 artists, scholars, and teachers. The School of Music presents more than 400 free concerts per year. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call (612) 626-1094 for a brochure.

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