Locke Awarded the Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professorship in Music

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dr. John Locke, Director of Bands and conductor of the UNCG Wind Ensemble, has been awarded the Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professorship in Music. Established in 1988 and launched in 1992, this Professorship was the second endowed professorship established at UNCG, and the first funded through the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Since 1982, Locke has directed UNCG Summer Music Camp, which hosts over 1,750 students each summer and boasts the honor of being "America's Most Popular" music camp. Under his direction, the UNCG Wind Ensemble has released 16 commercially available compact discs which have received widespread acclaim. In 2003 Locke received the "Outstanding Teacher Award" from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. In 2007 he received the "Old North State Award" from Governor Mike Easley, and in 2012, Governor Bev Perdue awarded him with the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine", one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen who has contributed 30+ year of service to the state.

On receiving the professorship Locke says, "I am truly humbled to learn of this prestigious honor and it came as a complete surprise. My sincere thanks to Dean Alexander, Provost Perrin, and Chancellor Brady for their trust and support. Ironically, I've been at UNCG so long that I knew Marion Stedman Covington for whom this Distinguished Professorship is named. Dean Robert Blocker introduced me to Mrs. Covington in 1983 and she graciously donated all of the t-shirts for the Summer Music Camp students in our very first summer. She was a loyal supporter of music at UNCG over the years and it was the generosity of her family which established this endowment in her name."

The recipient of the Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professorship in Music is expected to: Continue to be actively engaged in significant musical activity at national and international levels; Interact regularly with faculty and students through master classes, seminars, and workshops; Help attract outstanding prospective faculty and students to the University; Serve as a consultant and mentor to others; Serve as a resource to scholars/creative artists in related disciplines.

The professorship will be formally awarded at an event held during the spring semester.