Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony & Concert to honor UM Professor George Shirley


Please Join Us for the Shirley Verrett
Award Ceremony, February 4, 2016
The Women of Color in the Academy Project is proud to announce that the 5th Annual Shirley Verrett Award will be presented to George Shirley on February 4 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Stamps Auditorium, North Campus. This award recognizes a U-M faculty member whose work – teaching, performance, scholarship, or service – supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

This event will feature a performance by acclaimed opera singer, Marcia Porter (cousin and former student of Shirley Verrett). A reception honoring Mr. Shirley will take place in the lobby immediately following the program from 6:00 pm until 6:30pm.    

George Shirley is the U-M Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice. With a career that spans over 56 years, Mr. Shirley is in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer. He has won international acclaim for his performances in the world’s greatest opera houses and has performed more than 80 operatic roles with many of the world’s most renowned conductors. Shirley received a Grammy Award in 1968 for his role (Ferrando) in the RCA recording of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In 2015, he received the nation’s highest public artistic honor, the National Medal of Arts, awarded annually by the President of the United States at the White House to those who have “demonstrated a lifetime of creative excellence”.
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Free Shuttle Service: To avoid the problem of finding parking on North Campus, a Golden Limousine shuttle will leave Central Campus at 4:30 pm from the front of Hill Auditorium. The shuttle will return at 6:30 pm following the reception.

The Shirley Verrett Award 

The Shirley Verrett Award was established in honor of the late University of Michigan James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice, Shirley Verrett, a teacher who “would have walked the world over for her students.” An internationally acclaimed opera singer who performed over 40 roles all over the world during the course of her illustrious four-decade career, Ms. Verrett was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black singers after Marian Anderson’s historical Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.

The Shirley Verrett Award was established in 2011 by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost and is administered by the Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW).


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