DOMINIQUE - RENÉ DE LERMA
Distinguished Alumnus for 1995
ominique-Renéde Lerma is the University of Miami School of Music's Distinguished Alumnus for 1995. He was presented the award at the School's commencement ceremony in May. De Lerma joined the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra as oboist in 1944 while still in high school, and entered the University as a theory major in 1946. He studied oboe with Marcel Tabuteau at the Berkshire Music Center and Curtis Institute, but returned to the University of Miami to complete his studies toward the bachelor's degree, after which he joined the School of Music faculty. He pursued graduate study at Indiana University and received the Ph.D. degree there in 1956 before returning to the University of Miami faculty.
Of de Lerma, Connie Weldon said:
"He is the best English horn player I ever heard!"
De Lerma left Miami in 1961 to replace the chairman of musicology at Indiana University who was on leave, and taught, over the next twenty-five years, at distinguished institutions, including Oklahoma University, Indiana University, Morgan State University, and Peabody Conservatory. Following his tenure as the 1989 prestigious Housewright Scholar at Florida State University, he accepted the directorship of the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago, where he also taught at Columbia College and Northwestern University. His current appointment is with the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University at Appleton, Wisconsin, where he directs the Ben Holt Memorial Concert Series, dedicated to the presentation of young Latino, Native American, and Black talents of international distinction. De Lerma's publications approach 1,000 titles, including liner and program notes for the New York Philharmonic, New World Records, and Columbia Records, articles for Asian and European journals, editions of earlier works by Black composers, and entries for the world's major music encyclopedias. His research and speaking engagements have carried him to Canada, the Caribbean, Russia, and Western Europe. He returned to France this summer under a grant from the French government to continue research on Creole composers. The University of Miami and the School of Music salute Dominique-Ren de Lerma as the 1995 Distinguished Alumnus.