September 21-23, 2005
ITEM 128-1011-R0905 Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Music upon Esther England; The University of Montana-Missoula
THAT: Esther England, Professor of Music, in her 35 years of outstanding service to The University of Montana and to the State of Montana, has earned the appreciation and commendation of the Board of Regents of the Montana University System, and merits recognition as Professor Emeritus of Music.
EXPLANATION: Professor Esther England graduated from The University
of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with high honors in 1966. Following graduation, she trained with the Musikhochschule München and obtained additional language training at the Goethe Institut before returning to The University of Montana in 1969 as a voice teacher, performer, Opera Workshop Director, and Music Director.
Dr. England founded and for 13 years directed the Western Montana Community Opera Workshop, and has served as Musical Director for both the UM Department of Drama/Dance and Missoula Children’s Theatre musical productions. A number of her voice students throughout her teaching career have gone on to major career in musical theatre and opera, both in the United States and in Europe. Many of her former students teach in high schools and colleges throughout the United States.
In recognition of her many years of teaching excellence, Professor England received The University of Montana Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998 and the CASE Professor of the Year Award for Montana in 2002.
In addition to these outstanding accomplishments as a performer and educator, Professor England served ten years as Associate Dean for the School of Fine Arts. She continues to keep The University of Montana high in her life’s priorities and has established a scholarship for outstanding vocal performance majors.
Professor England has provided significant contributions to the Department of Music, the School of Fine Arts, The University of Montana, and the profession. She warrants recognition for her accomplishments and service with the title of Professor Emeritus of Music.