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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.


2016 Inductees

Dale Briggs (MSE '58 and PhD '68, chemical engineering)

Dale Briggs









Professor Emeritus Dale E. Briggs retired from the University of Michigan Department of Chemical Engineering in 1999 after 38 years on the faculty and began a long extensive involvement with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He began serving on Doctor of Musical Arts oral committees in 1995 as an external member and has served on more than 100 committees since. Dale and his wife Nancy established the Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Endowed Enrichment Fund in 2004 and have continued to make annual contributions. The Fund distributions reached a level in 2014 for the establishment of the annual Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition with cash prizes and external judges. In addition to his philanthropy, Professor Briggs contributes pots of flowering plants to several places in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the College of Engineering, and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System on a continuous basis. He served as a volunteer chaplain in the intensive care wards of the VA from 1999 until 2007 and taught Bible classes at the Washtenaw County Jail since 2007. Sadly, Briggs passed away in February 2016.


Cedric Carl Dent (BM '85, music education and piano)

Cedric Carl Dent








Cedric Carl Dent, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was a baritone vocalist, music arranger, and co-producer of the 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal group, TAKE 6. After 25 years, Dent retired from full-time performing and has been an emeritus member of the group since 2011. Dent is also a two-time Grammy nominated music arranger and contributed several arrangements for the Grammy Award-winning recording Handel’s Messiah A Soulful Celebration (1992). In 2014, Dent rejoined TAKE 6 for their induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. Since 2004, Dent has also been a professor in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN) where he directs the MTSU Singers (a vocal jazz ensemble), teaches a course he developed on the history of black gospel music, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory. He continues to compose and arrange for various live and recording projects. Most recently, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra commissioned a work from Dent for orchestra and chorus to be premiered in 2016. Dent holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Alabama, and the University of Maryland.

Past Recipients


1961 Russian Tour Band
Roberta Alexander
William Anderson
Mildred Andrews
Ann Arbor ONCE Festival
Leslie R. Bassett
Judith Becker
Harriet Berg
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
Bob James
Sharon Jensen
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
Marvelene Moore
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
Jack O'Brien
Fred Ormand
Charles E. Owen
Willis Patterson
Cynthia Phelps
Bob Phillips
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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