Legendary Composer Sofia Gubaidulina Awarded Honorary Doctorate

In June of 2011 the Department was deeply honored and tremendously excited to be able to sponsor the first honorary doctorate ever given to a composer or indeed any creative artist. The recipient of the degree was the magnificent Russian-Tatar composer Sofia Gubaidulina, a shining light among today’s composers, who was gracious enough to make her way to our shores all the way from her adopted home of Germany to receive the honor. While here she also attended the dress rehearsal and concert of her three of her works in a semi-private concert at Fulton Recital Hall followed by festivities at the President’s house for awardees special prizes and honorary degrees, and marched in the Convocation where a tribute to her was delivered by our own Shulamit Ran. It could not have been more exciting and moving for all involved—a day to go down in history and one in which Music took a decisive lead in the arts initiatives currently being advanced so vigorously by the University.

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