Last week I had the honor of attending A Celebration of Eastman in Houston with Eastman’s wonderful leadership faculty, alumni, and supporters. Eastman Dean Jamal Rossi presented Todd Frazier with the 2016 Luminary Award in recognition of Frazier’s incredible contributions to the arts. Students, you’ll know Todd Frazier as the founder of the American Festival for the Arts here in Houston! He is currently the Director of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital.
I was so happy to see Donna Brink Fox at the reception and to have the chance to thank her for her profound influence on my musical life. To students, Dr. Fox champions academic achievement, joy, and perseverance. To teachers, she demonstrates the lifelong positive impact you have on your students and their communities.
Speaking of Eastman’s leadership, I was thrilled to connect with Jamal Rossi, Eastman’s Joan and Martin Messinger Dean. His enthusiasm for music’s ability to change the world perfectly demonstrates Eastman’s dynamic role in the 21st century.