Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance announces recipients of 2021 MaTilDa Awards
Every spring Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance recognizes distinguished students and community members with MaTilDa Awards, which are named to honor Matilda Dodge Wilson, who donated the land on which Oakland University is built.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s award recipients were announced virtually on Tuesday, March 16 by Dr. Amy Hardison Tully, director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD); and Kerro Knox 3, professor of theatre and associate director of the SMTD.
“Awardees are selected every year by the faculty for achievement, talent and citizenship, as well as contributions to the departments and to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance,” Tully said.
This year’s award recipients include:
Distinguished Musicianship Award
Outstanding Student in Voice Performance
Outstanding Student in Piano Performance (undergraduate)
Outstanding Student in Piano Performance (graduate)
Outstanding Students in Instrumental Performance (undergraduate)
Outstanding Student in Instrumental Performance (graduate)
Outstanding Students in Music Education
Pat and Mercedes Nicosia Meadow Brook Estate Award
Gittlen Achievement Award in Acting
Gittlen Achievement Award in Theatre Design and Technology
Gittlen Achievement Award in Musical Theatre
Gittlen Theatre Award
Distinguished Dance Students
Maggie Allesee Choreography Award
Outstanding Dance Performance
Outstanding Students Service Award – Music
Outstanding Student Service Award – Theatre
Outstanding Students Service Award – Dance
SMTD Award (for commitment to the interdisciplinary nature of the school)
“Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, to everyone who is receiving a MaTilDa Award this year,” Tully said. “We are, as usual, so proud of your work and so inspired by your work, especially as we continue this important work during these very interesting and creative times.”
The awards will be presented at the following events:
• Music (voice and piano) - Sunday, April 11 after University Chorus and Oakland Chorale
• Music (instrumental) - Sunday, April 25 after Instrumental Ensembles Concert
• Theatre - Friday, April 30 after How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
• Dance - Monday, April 18 after Senior Dance Concert
For more information, visit www.oakland.edu/smtd/community-engagement/matildas. To watch the announcement of this year’s award recipients, visit www.YouTube.com.