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Gambit recognizes Loyola faculty for support of the arts

Loyola press release - February 7, 2011

Gambit Weekly and the Big Easy Foundation honored New Orleans classical music, opera and dance communities at its annual Tribute to the Classical Arts awards ceremony this morning, at the Monteleone Hotel located in downtown New Orleans. Several members of the Loyola community were included in this year’s line-up of nominees and award winners.

Jean Montès, D.M.A., associate professor of music and director of orchestras, received special recognition for his work supporting music students who were victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Following the earthquake, Montès, along with help from the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, organized a massive effort to collect and deliver more than 500 music instruments to students at Holy Trinity School of Music in Port-Au-Prince, Ecole Musique Dessaix-Baptiste in Jacmel, and Ambassador's Music Institute in LaPlaine. He traveled to Haiti twice in 2010 with students and volunteers to deliver the instruments to the earthquake victims. Montès says he has more than 1,000 additional instruments still to deliver.

“We gave music students in Haiti something tangible so they can continue to keep music in their lives,” said Montès. “Their new instruments brought them comfort and support in the wake of the earthquake in which most instruments and supplies were lost.”

Emel Songu Mize, Ph.D., and R. Ranney Mize, Ph.D., chair and member respectively of the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts Visiting Committee, were given the Classical Arts Patron Award. The two were commended for starting the Medicine in the Arts program at LSU's medical school, and for their unwavering support of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans Friends of Music, and other organizations that train artists and develop new audiences for the classical arts.

In addition, the Loyola Ballet was nominated in the Best Classical Ballet category for the fall 2010 production of Sleigh Ride.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.