JoAnne Brown Krause receives the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award during opening weekend ceremonies at the Hamel Music Center.

The Mead Witter School of Music Alumni Association and the Distinguished Music Alumni Award Committee welcome nominations for the School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who is making, or has made, an outstanding contribution to the music profession in service or in artistic impact.

Eligibility requirements & nomination form

Only living alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music are eligible. For purposes of definition, alumni must have received at least one degree from the School of Music. Nominations are due back to the School of Music by October 15, 2021.

For the purpose of judging nominations, an outstanding contribution should include evidence of one or more of the following:

  • Artistic Award: Exceptional skills and credentials as a music professional.
  • Service Award: Noteworthy contributions in music to society at large including significant influence on the candidate’s place of employment, community, and/or profession.

Mead Witter School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award candidates are reviewed each year by the Distinguished Music Alumni Award Committee, which consists of faculty emeriti, current faculty, the president of the School of Music Alumni Association, and the director of the Mead Witter School of Music.

2020 award winner Kenneth Woods (Cello, ’93) was nominated for “his artistic accomplishments and the numerous ways he has contributed to the music profession, and his outstanding career as a multi-talented professional musician.”

“The breadth and quantity of Kenneth’s work as a musician is awe-inspiring, and the consistent high quality of his artistic work is spectacular,” Professor of Chamber Music and Cello Parry Karp said. “While conducting has become the biggest part of his life as a musician, he has stayed very active as a cellist, musical writer, educator, composer and arranger.”