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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Music professor chosen for AVC's highest faculty honor

Music Professor Dr. David Newby was named Wednesday afternoon as Antelope Valley College’s Scholar in Residence for 2012-13, the highest honor accorded a faculty member at the college.

Newby was recognized during the annual Faculty Recognition Day held in the Performing Arts Theatre at the Lancaster campus.

In recommending Newby for the honor, colleague Carolyn Burrell cited Newby’s extensive musical contributions to the college and to the community as an instructor, as well as artistic director and conductor of the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale.

Criteria for the annual award include the candidate’s ability to increase knowledge within a discipline, bring credit to the college, and serve as a “compassionate and skillful educator who opens visionary insights for students.”

Newby came to AVC in fall 1989. He has a bachelor’s degree in music from Illinois State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Indiana University.

Aside from teaching 26 different music courses at the college, Newby has led the symphony and master chorale. In addition, he founded the AV Children’s Choir, served as guest conductor for the Pasadena Festival Orchestra and Kern County Honors Orchestra, and served as a guest lecturer or visiting professor with the University of California, Riverside, Tunghai University in Taiwan, Korean Christian Music Conservatory and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.

The master chorale, under his direction, has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Los Angeles Music Center, plus numerous local venues.

Newby’s dissertation on Igor Stravinsky’s opera “Oedipus Rex,” won the Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Directors Association and was hailed by the Choral Journal as “a major contribution” to literature on Stravinsky. Also, he was awarded the Louis Bozigian Arts Award.