Join us for the Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony 2014

The Women of Color in the Academy Project is proud to announce that this year’s Shirley Verrett Award will be presented to Charles (OyamO) Gordon, Professor of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Professor of Theatre and Drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance. There will also be a tribute to Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, for his unwavering support and advocacy for WOCAP, and his vision for establishing the Shirley Verrett Award as a way of keeping her legacy alive at U-M.
This years ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 30 (4:30-6:30pm) at Stamps Auditorium. The award ceremony will include performances by acclaimed opera singer Marcia Porter,cousin and student of Shirley Verrett, and Daniel Washington, U-M’s Associate Dean for Faculty and Multi-Cultural Affairs and Professor of Voice in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. A reception will precede the event at 4:30 pm.
The Shirley Verrett Award, was established in honor of the late University of Michigan James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice; a teacher who “would have walked the world over for her students.” An internationally acclaimed opera singer who performed over 40 roles all over the world during the course of her illustrious four decade career, Ms. Verrett was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black singers after Marian Anderson’s historical Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.

To register for this event, please go to http://tinyurl.com/Verrett-Award