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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.


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


Vic Firth July 2010


Ray Cramer May 2010



Kenneth Snoeck May 2008


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 2016
Cheryl Lavender

July 2015
James D'Addario
John D'Addario

July 2014
Michael Balter

May 2014
Freddy Martin

July 2013
James Rohner

May 2013
Paula Crider
John Whitwell

July 2012
Joseph M. Lamond

May 2012
Gregory L. Bimm

July 2011
Michael L. Harris

July 2011
Edward J. Harris

May 2011
Robert B. Vezzetti

July 2010
Everett “Vic” Firth




May 2010

Ray E. Cramer

July 2009
Qian Ni

May 2009
Himie Voxman

July 2008
Morton L. Manus

May 2008
Kenneth M. Snoeck

July 2007
Remo D. Belli

May 2007
Duffie A. Adelson

May 2006
Ted Lega

July 2005
Keith A. Mardak

July 2004
Leo C. Harris

July 2001
Betty J. Bertaux

May 2000
Duane E. Johnson

July 1999
George A. Quinlan, Sr.





July 1999

Leo J. Henning

July 1996
Barbara D. Buehlman

May 1995
Ethel K. Merker

July 1995
Timothy N. Lautzenheiser

May 1994
Wilber D. Elliott

July 1994
Michael J. Davis

July 1993
William R. Coyle

May 1992
Melvin L. Shelton

July 1992
Lewis A. Schmidt

July 1992
Guy F. Foreman

July 1992
Richard Davis

July 1991
Neil Dunlap

July 1991
Harris Bergh





  July 1990

Victor Zajec

July 1990
William D. Revelli

July 1990
Clifford Lillya

July 1990
Merle J. Isaac

July 1990
Forrest Buchtel, Sr.

July 1988
Albert Richard Casavant

July 1988
Richard E. Brittain

July 1987
Richard S. Peck

July 1986
Ruth E. Artman

July 1986
Vaclav Nelhybel

July 1986
Haskell W. Harr




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