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UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 3 | Mar. 4, 2004


Dorothy Somerset Award Recipient Announced

Music Prof. Stephen Chatman is this year's recipient of the Dorothy Somerset Award for Excellence in Performance and Development in the Visual and Creative Arts.

As a professor of composition, co-ordinator of the School of Music's composition division, and director of UBC Contemporary Players new music ensemble, Chatman has mentored a generation of prominent Canadian composers.

His career as a composer spans nearly three decades. He has published more than 40 choral works and his orchestral compositions have been performed by symphonies around the world, including Berlin, San Francisco, Sydney and Vancouver. His music is regarded as eminently "accessible" with a complete musical expression, encompassing a broad range of musical traditions, eclecticism and post-modern aesthetics.

Chatman was recently invited by the National Library of Canada, Manuscript Section, Music Division to deposit his complete archives.

Sam Black Award Recipient Announced

Education Prof. Rita Irwin has been awarded the Sam Black Award for Excellence in Education and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts.

Irwin, a professor of art education and head of the department of curriculum studies, is recognized as a superb teacher and mentor to learners from a variety of cultural backgrounds. She has been honoured internationally, nationally and locally for her consistent and exemplary service and for her commitment to re-imagine and enrich the study and practices of teaching and learning through the arts.

Her research has focused in the areas of First Nations' art, culture and pedagogy, and art teacher education and educational change. Irwin has published extensively in the areas of art education, curriculum theory, qualitative research and teacher education.

An accomplished visual artist, she presented a solo exhibition of her paintings at a Richmond, B.C. gallery in 2003.

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