Meadows School of the Arts receives 2012 Grace Note Award

SMU Music Division Director Sam Holland with Sergio Espinosa and Gretchen Cabrera
(left to right) Orchestra Maestro Sergio Espinosa, SMU Meadows Music Division Director Sam Holland, and NPOI President Gretchen Cabrera.

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts received one of four Grace Note Awards from the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving during their “Sundays at the Symphony” concert Feb. 19, 2012. The awards honored four North Texas schools that are receiving national recognition for leadership in music education, training the next generation of young musicians.

The Meadows School received the award for its “nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs and professional diplomas in music and arts administration, training symphony professionals and administrators for American orchestras.”

The other recipients included DISD’s Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, honored for its nationally noted jazz and music performance programs and academic excellence; Texas Christian University, recognized for bringing national attention to chamber music and Latin American music through workshops and travel programs; and the University of North Texas, a music education pioneer that today has the nation’s largest accredited music school enrollment.

The awards were presented by Maestro Sergio Espinosa, Ph.D., and NPOI President Gretchen Cabrera.

“With its new Arts District, North Texas is becoming known for its emphasis on the arts,” said Cabrera. “We want to recognize four educational institutions that are receiving national attention for their exciting impact on music education.”

“It is a delight and a privilege to accept the award on behalf of the 70 gifted faculty and 300 incredible students in the Division of Music,” said Sam Holland, director of the Meadows Division of Music, in receiving the award during the ceremony. “Community orchestras such as NPOI perform a vital function in our culture, and it’s exciting to see that a number of SMU friends and alumni perform in the orchestra.”

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