Story posted May 04, 2010
The University of Southern Maine (USM) will confer an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, upon Bowdoin's Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus Elliot Schwartz, at its 130th Commencement, May 15, 2010.
Schwartz, a leading composer, performer and critic, is being honored for his lasting contributions to the field of music. Schwartz's achievements were recognized nationally In November 2006, when the Library of Congress acquired Schwartz's papers for its collection and marked the occasion with a performance of his works.
Schwartz is one of the nation's most visible proponents of new music. He has given lecture-recitals of American music here and abroad and been an active player in curricular reform through his presidency of the College Music Society.
In 2004, Schwartz was a visiting faculty member at USM's School of Music, and more recently, was a highlight of the School of Music's 2008 "Composing Together" workshop for graduate students.
Schwartz earned an A.B., A.M. and Ed.D. from Columbia University.