Friday, October 18, 2013

Hartt's Honorary Degrees Given in the 1980s

Prior to the 1980s, the honorary degrees Hartt awarded focused on professionals in the classical music arena and the benefactors without whose help Hartt would not have been possible.

The 1980s, however, had a different focus.  Jackie McLean started the Department of African American Music in 1980.  Some prominent jazz artists were awarded degrees and even some of the "classical" musicians were clearly within the sphere of the jazz world.  For example, David Amram is difficult to categorize as a classical composer, especially since he has well-known as a jazz french horn player, who appeared regularly with Dizzy Gillespie.  Even Yehudi Menuhin recorded some jazz collaborations.

Nevertheless, here is the next installment of the Hartt Honorary Degree Recipients.

1982 - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie

1985 - Benjamin D. "Benny" Goodman

1986 - Cornell H. MacNeill (link to - Hartt Alumnus

1986 - Dionne Warwick - Hartt Alumnus

1987 - Sir Yehudi Menuhin

1988 - John Williams 

1989 - David Amram 

 1989 - Sir Michael Tippett

1 comment:

  1. Who knew Benny received an honorary doctorate from Hartt? That's incredible, and deeply gratifying. Thanks for posting this, Mike.