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Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Award (formerly Citation of Merit) was established to recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society, their profession, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, one of its departments or programs, or to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society. This award has been presented annually since 1977.

Recipients of the 2013 award have been selected and are detailed below. Nominations for the 2014 awardees have been received and the winners will be announced after January 1, 2014.


2013 Inductees

Sharon Jensen, BA '69 and MA '71 (theatre)

Sharon Jensen

Sharon Jensen has served as executive director of Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts for 24 years. Jensen and Inclusion in the Arts received the 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre and in 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Jensen with the City’s diversity “Made in NY” award for Inclusion in the Arts’s “significant contributions to the City’s entertainment industry". Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts was also commended in 2005 with the Media Access Disability Award Award, in 2001 with the Rosetta Lenoire Award, in 1995 with a Drama Desk Award, in 1993 with the New York City Mayor's Very Special Arts Award, and in 1992 with the New England Theatre Conference Special Award for Achievement in Theatre. Jensen and Inclusion in the Arts champion the creative power of diversity and inclusion in theatre, film, and television. Jensen and her staff work closely with arts and entertainment unions, guilds, trade associations, artists and other professional practitioners for full inclusion throughout the industry. Previously, from 1971 to 1975, Jensen worked in the casting department of Theatre Communications Group and for the next 13 years, served as executive director of the League of Professional Theatre Training Programs. In 2002, Jensen organized and chaired the Theatre Diversity Coalition. She is a member of the board of The Actors Center (NYC); and served on the Task Force for the 1998 and 2009 National Summits on Careers in Arts for People with Disabilities. Jensen currently serves on the executive committee of United Cerebral Palsy’s Eleventh Annual Women Who Care Luncheon.


Bob Phillips, BM '76 and MM '79 (music education)

Bob Phillips


Bob Phillips is a pedagogue, composer, teacher trainer, and conductor in string education. He is an expert in the use of large group pedagogy and in the development of alternative styles for strings. In Saline, MI, Phillips built a string program with over 700 students that is a national model of excellence in both classical and alternative music. His orchestras have performed at Midwest Clinic in Chicago, as well as Michigan’s State Conference. He founded the nationally renowned folk-fiddling ensemble, Saline Fiddlers, which under his direction gained an international reputation performing multiple times at the White House and Kennedy Center as well as many TV and radio shows and international venues. Phillips has authored more than 18 book series that include 120 books for use in the classroom, all published by Alfred Music Publishing. With his his wife Pam (BGA, ’80), he has created 28 instructional DVDs for band and strings. He has had more than 100 compositions and arrangements published for orchestras and bands, in addition to being an award winning ASCAP composer. In fall of 2010, Phillips served as the endowed chair in music education at the University of Alabama. Currently, he is the director of string publications for Alfred Music Publishing and serves as president of the American String Teachers Association.

Past Recipients

1961 Russian Tour Band
Roberta Alexander
William Anderson
Mildred Andrews
Ann Arbor ONCE Festival
Leslie R. Bassett
Judith Becker
Harry Begian
Elizabeth Weil Bergmann
Jerry Bilik
Josef Blatt
William Bolcom
Eugene Bossart
Allen P. Britton
Wayne S. Brown
Francis Bundra
George R. Cavender
Russell Lewis Christopher
Robert Cogan
Hugh Cooper
Robert J. Courte
David Crawford
Richard Crawford
George Crumb
Louise E. Cuyler
Christine Dakin
Orien Dalley
Hans Theodore David
Chip Davis
William Doppmann
Edward J. Downing
Rosalie Edwards
David Eisler
Nicholas D. Falcone
Ross Lee Finney
James Forger
Bruce Galbraith
Armando Ghitalla
Elizabeth Green
Nelson Hauenstein
Harold Haugh
Ralph Herbert
Thomas Hilbish
G. Maurice Hinson
H. Wiley Hitchcock
Marguerite V. Hood
Howard T. Howard
Marian Owen Hunt
Lawrence Hurst
Roger E. Jacobi
Kenneth Jewell
Ernest Jones
Edith Staebler Kempf
Nancy Ambrose King
Maynard J. Klein
John Krell
Paul R. Lehman
Eva Likova
Clifford P. Lillya
Larry Livingston
Albert Luconi
William R. Malm
Marilyn Mason
John McCollum
Charlotte Whitman McGeoch
Glenn D. McGeoch
Robert Emmett McGrath
John D. Mohler
Earl V. Moore
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
Fred Ormand
Charles E. Owen
Willis Patterson
Cynthia Phelps
Ashley Putnam
Emil Raab
Larry Rachleff
Gail W. Rector
Willliam D. Revelli
H. Robert Reynolds
Mary Romig-deYoung
Gilbert Ross
Gustave Rosseels
Judith Dow Rumelhart
James D. Salmon
George Shirley
Donald Sinta
Glenn P. Smith
Carl St. Clair
Clarence E. Stephenson
Carolee Stewart
Louis Stout
William H. Stubbins
Laurence L. Teal
Mary Teal
Nelita True
Glenn E. Watkins
Floyd E. Werle

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