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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.

Nominations for the 2015 awards have been received. Results are announced in January 2015.


2014 Inductees

Bob James, BM '61 and MM '63 (composition)

Bob James
















Bob James is a two-time GRAMMY award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger and producer. James is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz, however, his music has also had a profound effect on the history of hip hop music, having been sampled often. Two of James’ songs - “Nautilus” from 1974’s One and “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” from 1975’s Two  - are among the most sampled in hip hop history. He was discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, and subsequently recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others. James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson, and Kenny Loggins. James has recorded 58 albums over five decades, including collaboration with his daughter, the group Fourplay, Earl Klugh, and Keiko Matsui, among many others. James began his own label, Tappan Zee Records and recorded his own gold seller, Touchdown, which included his composition, “Angela”, the instrumental theme from the sitcom ‘Taxi’, and possibly James’ best know work. One On One, the first in three collaborations with Earl Klugh, was awarded a GRAMMY in 1980 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and has sold over a million copies. In 1985, James moved to Warner Bros Records and recorded Double Vision in collaboration with David Sanborn, and produced by Tommy LiPuma. Double Vision was another GRAMMY award winner, selling over a million albums. James has been honored by many jazz music institutions, and by his hometown of Marshall, MO with the inaugural ‘Bob James Jazz Festival.’ In 2008, he and his close friend, Tony award-winning director Jack O'Brien, were awarded the International Achievement Award from the State of Michigan. He continues to tour nationally and internationally as a solo artist and with Nathan East, Harvey Mason, and Chuck Loeb as Fourplay.



Harriet Berg

Harriet Berg
















Photo Credit: HOUR Detroit Magazine

Harriet Berg is a Detroit-born dancer, choreographer, dance educator, and dance advocate. She taught modern dance for two decades at Wayne State University where she graduated with both a BFA (1947) and MFA (1969). She continued to study several styles of dance with recognized masters, including Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Lucas Hoving, Merce Cunningham, Theodore Smith and Christopher Flynn. She was on the faculty of the American Dance Festival where she was introduced to historical dance of the 16th through 18th centuries. She has been a lecturer in historical dance at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Marygrove College-Detroit. Berg is a co-founder of the Michigan Dance Archives at Wayne State’s Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit. Berg is the founder and director of several dance companies, including Renaissance Dance Company (1971), The Madame Cadillac Dance Theatre (1981), and Belles and Bachelors of Fort Detroit Company (2007). Berg's community service in several areas has been prolific. Beginning in the 1950s she has been associated with the Jewish Community Centers of Metropolitan Detroit: as dance director and instructor (1959-2009), as founder and director of the Young Dancers Guild (1962-2009), as founder and director of the Festival Dancers (1966-2009) and as founder and book producer for the Jewish Women in the Arts Awards (2000-2006).

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
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
Barbara Nissman
Weston Noble
Jessye Norman
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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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower