Acclaimed Organist-in-Residence to Present Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Lecture and Recital

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(L to R) -- Dr. James Bennighof, vice provost for academic affairs and policy and professor of music theory at Baylor, presents the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award to Dr. Joyce Jones, The Joyce Oliver Bowden professor of music, professor of organ and organist in residence at Baylor.
Feb. 15, 2011

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Dr. Joyce Jones, The Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music, professor of organ and Organist-in-Residence at Baylor University, will present the annual Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Lecture and Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Jones Concert Hall of the McCrary Music Building. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Jones received the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award in April 2010. Recipients of the award receive $20,000 and present a public lecture on an academic topic of his or her choosing during the following academic year.

Befitting the nature of her discipline, Jones's presentation - "From the Sea to the Heavens" - will be a lecture-recital. Celebrating the bicentennial year of the birth of Franz Liszt, Jones will discuss and perform four of Liszt's works, each associated with a specific text or image. Jointly presented by the Office of the Provost and the School of Music, the lecture-recital also is an event in the Midwinter Organ Conference, an annual gathering founded by Jones.

Jones's accomplishments as a performer, teacher and composer are numerous, varied and of the highest order. In 1998, she was the eighth person in 96 years to receive the highest award given by Mu Phi Epsilon, the professional music fraternity. In 2003, she was named the outstanding collegiate teacher of the year by the Texas Music Teachers Association. Also that year, she made her debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as the only organist to win the prestigious G.B. Dealey award.

Last year, the American Guild of Organists, a national organization comprised of more than 20,000 members, chose Jones as its 2010 honoree and presented a concert and gala reception in celebration of her career.

The Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year award is presented each year during the annual Honors Convocation to the faculty member who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at Baylor.

The award is based on:

• Teaching, which is judged to be of the highest order of intellectual acumen and pedagogical effectiveness,

• Research, which is recognized as outstanding by the national and international, as well as local, community of scholars, and

• Service, which is regarded as exemplary in building the character of intellectual community at Baylor.

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