UBC Reports | Vol.
50 | No. 3 | Mar.
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
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
An accomplished visual artist, she presented a solo exhibition
of her paintings at a Richmond, B.C. gallery in 2003.