FAA Legacy Awards Include Three From Music
The Legacy Awards recognize college alumni and friends who have demonstrated courage, curiosity, and passion in their work.
Winners for 2021 incude:
Juri Seo (DMA ’13 Music), Emerging Legacy Award
Juri Seo has risen to national prominence as one of the leading young composers in the United States. Her highly imaginative and inventive music spans a range of genres and draws on a wide range of stylistic influences. Her music has been recognized with many of the most prestigious awards available to young composers in this country, including major fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Koussevitsky Foundation at the Library of Congress, and the Barlow Foundation; and a residency at the Copland House. Juri is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton University. In addition to her creative work as a composer, Juri is an outstanding pianist, versatile musician, and an experienced and dedicated teacher.
Daniel J. Perrino (BME ’48 and MS ’49 Music), Illinois Arts Legacy Award
Daniel J. Perrino, professor emeritus of music and recipient of the Chancellor’s Medallion at the University of Illinois, joined the School of Music faculty in 1960. During his time at Illinois, he served as the associate dean for the College of Fine and Applied Arts, coordinator of Alumni Affairs and Development, and dean of Campus Programs and Services. As dean of Campus Programs and Services from 1968–1976, Dan was instrumental in the creation of the African-American Cultural Program, Black Chorus, La Casa Cultural Latina, Krannert Center Student Association, and Quad Day. Dan’s love for the arts, for the University of Illinois, and for humanity created a profound and lasting impact on the University of Illinois campus and on generations of students and alumni past, present, and future.
John Charles Wustman, Illinois Arts Legacy Award
John Wustman, or the "dean of American accompanists," studied with John Kollen at the University of Michigan and in New York with Leonard Shure. He was a pianist for the rehearsals of the American Opera Society's presentation of Bellini's II Pirata that occurred in Carnegie Hall in 1959 and would later serve as a member of the jury at the Fourth International Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow with Mme. Callas. John has appeared in the leading concert halls of five continents with some of the greatest singers from the second half of this century including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Birgit Nilsson, Régine Crespin, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Carlo Bergonzi, and Luciano Pavarotti. Since 1968, John has been Professor of Music at the University of Illinois where he founded the vocal coaching and accompanying program in 1973. His students are engaged as singers, conductors, and repetiteurs at the Metropolitan Opera Company, Houston Grand, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric, Munich Staatsoper, and La Scala.
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