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Honorary Doctorates

The honorary Doctor of Music (D. Mus.) is the highest honor awarded by VanderCook College of Music. It is presented to noteworthy individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of music education as evidenced by their scholarly or creative achievements, outstanding service and leadership.


Richard Young - July 2016



Cheryl Lavender  May 2016

James & John D'Addario  July 2015



Michael Balter  July 2014


James T. Rohner July 2013


Paula Crider May 2013


John Whitwell May 2013



Joseph Lamond July 2012


Greg Bimm May 2012


Edward Harris & Michael Harris July 2011


Robert Vezzetti May 2011


Kenneth Snoeck May 2008


Vic Firth July 2010


Ray Cramer May 2010



Qian Ni July 2009


Morty Manus July 2008


Remo Belli July 2007


Duffie Adelson May 2007


Ted Lega May 2006


Keith Mardak July 2005

May 2017
Richard Crain

May 2009
Himie Voxman

July 1992
Lewis A. Schmidt

July 2016
Richard Young

May 2008
Kenneth M. Snoeck

July 1992
Guy F. Foreman

May 2016
Cheryl Lavender

July 2007
Remo D. Belli

July 1992
Richard Davis

July 2015
James D'Addario

May 2007
Duffie A. Adelson

July 1991
Neil Dunlap

July 2015
John D'Addario

May 2006
Ted Lega

July 1991 
Harris Bergh

July 2014
Michael Balter

July 2005
Keith R. Mardak

July 1990
Merle J. Isaac

May 2014
Freddy Martin

July 2004
Leo C. Harris

July 1990
Victor Zajec

July 2013
James Rohner

July 2001
Betty J. Bertaux

July 1990
Clifford Lillya

May 2013
Paula Crider

May 2000
Duane E. Johnson

July 1990
William D. Revelli  

May 2013
John Whitwell

July 1999
George A. Quinlan, Sr.

July 1990
Forrest Buchtel, Sr

July 2012
Joseph M. Lamond

July 1999
Leo J. Henning

July 1988
Richard E. Brittain

May 2012
Gregory L. Bimm

July 1996
Barbara D. Buehlman

July 1988
Albert Richard Casavant

July 2011
Michael L. Harris

July 1995
Tim N. Lautzenheiser

July 1987
Richard S. Peck

July 2011
Edward J. Harris

May 1995
Ethel Merker

July 1986
Ruth E. Artman

May 2011
Robert B. Vezzetti

July 1994
Michael J. Davis

July 1986
Vaclav Nelhybel

July 2010
Everett “Vic” Firth

May 1994
Wilber D. Elliott

July 1986
Haskell W. Harr

May 2010
Ray E. Cramer

July 1993
William R. Coyle


July 2009
Qian Ni

May 1992
Melvin L. Shelton




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