Friday, February 4, 2011

Grand Teton Music Festival Music Director Donald Runnicles to be awarded honorary doctorate

From the BBC's Scottish Symphony Orchestra site:

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) will confer an honorary Doctorate on Donald Runnicles at a lunchtime concert on Friday, 11 February 2011.

Runnicles is the music director for the Grand Teton Music Festival in Teton Village, Wyoming.

On announcing the Doctorate, Professor John Wallace CBE, said: “The Academy is a crucible of Scottish talent and a prolific contributor to contemporary British identity. We are delighted that one of the country’s greatest musical exports, Donald Runnicles, is spending a significant proportion of his time reinvesting all he knows in the future generation. He is an International Fellow, a member of our Board of Governors and a key player in our Memorandum of Understanding with the BBC. I am delighted that we are able to salute his contribution to the Academy and more widely to Scottish culture, by awarding him an Honorary Doctorate of Music.”

The Honorary Graduation ceremony will take place in the Academy’s concert hall as part of a concert by the Academy’s Symphony Orchestra performing music by Edward Elgar.