Press Release for Monday, May 1, 2006
UNF Music Professor Awarded Terry Presidential Professorship
Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Dr. Gary Smart, a music professor at the University of North Florida, has been awarded $7,500 as the recipient of the Terry Presidential Professorship. In honor of President John A. Delaney, this professorship was designed to recognize faculty achievements through the support of outstanding scholars. Financial support for this award was established through the generosity of Mary Virginia Terry, a former UNF Foundation board member and leading local philanthropist.
A UNF faculty member since 1999, Smart has published numerous musical compositions and has performed in concerts all over the world, including Japan, Indonesia, London and Hawaii to name a few. He also performed in several tours with the Henry Mancini Orchestra for six years in the 1960s.
"Gary Smart is a supremely talented musician, equally accomplished both as a composer and a performer across a range of musical styles," said Mark Workman, UNF acting provost and vice president. "He will bring honor to the Terry Professorship and enrich our community through the music that this award will enable him to compose and perform."
Smart has a doctorate in music from Yale University. Before coming to UNF, he taught at the University of Wyoming and was a visiting professor of music at Kobe College in Japan as well as an exchange professor at Osaka University. Smart has received various honors, including the Yessin Professorship, the John Day Jackson Composition Prize and the Greenwald Composition Prize. Additionally, he has been awarded the Horatio Parker Memorial Fellowship at Yale University and the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Berkshire Music Center.