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Visual Arts Students Selected for Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership 2007-2008

Andrés Peralta holds a Bachelor of Science in Art from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Arts in Studio Art from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He is pursing the Ph.D. in art education at UNT. Prior to becoming a Priddy Fellow, Andrés taught art and Spanish at Miller High School in Corpus for three years and served as a teacher assistant in Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington for one year. While at Miller High, Andrés served as a faculty advisor for the Pan-American Student Forum. While at Portland State, he was the Student Coordinator for the Student Mural Committee. With a strong commitment to working with under-served populations, Andres believes that art is a way to bridge both language and economic barriers.


Anne Mabry is a graduate of the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has done additional study in the humanities at the University of Houston – Clear Lake and holds certification in art, theatre, English, and language arts. With more than twenty years of teaching experience, Anne was most recently the Fine Arts Department Head at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas. In 2004 she received the Most Influential Teacher Award form the Alvin ISD Education Foundation. She has done Advanced Placement training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has participated in the Iowa Sumer Writing Festival. The recipient of two grants, she also has numerous performance, publication, and exhibition credits to her name. With extensive experience in teaching and arts leadership, Anne views the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership as an opportunity to help her further develop those schools so hat she can move to the next level and reach her greatest potential.


Diana Gibson is a graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where she earned both the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the Master of Education degree. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in art education at UNT. Prior to becoming a Priddy Fellow in Arts Leadership, Diana taught art in the Coulson Tough Elementary School in The Woodlands where she worked with 1,200 students across seven grade levels. As a new teacher, Diana became involved in professional organizations at the state and national levels and took a leadership role in her school. She instituted an “Evening of Fine Arts” in which hundreds of pieces of artwork were displayed in an open house format. The event has had a considerable impact on the community in terms of helping them understand the value and purpose of a fine arts education. Diana has a strong interest in Native American art and history.


Heather White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in art education. While a student, Heather was on the President’s List and the Dean’s List and received the Board of Regents Chancellor’s Scholarship and was the recipient of the Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship, Waco Chapter. She also studied abroad at the University of Caen, France. As a student she served as an assistant in art history as well as a learning assistant at the UNT Planetarium. She also completed an internship at the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth where she worked on the Grand Inaugural for the newly renovated museum. Prior to entering UNT, she studied abroad in Italy as a high school student and served as a docent in the Brazos Historic Belles Program.


Kristina Hilliard received her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in art education with a focus on museum education. While a student at UNT, she served as a Teaching Assistant in art appreciation and as an art ambassador for the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art where she traveled to various high schools in Dallas, facilitating discussions with students about contemporary art. She also worked as a Public Program Assistant at the Dallas Museum of Art and completed internships in the Education Departments at both the Amon Carter Museum and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Kristina was a founding member of the SOVA Art Society while a student at UNT. Kristina is committed to promoting connections between art and life through both interdisciplinary and interactive methods.




Music Students Selected for Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership 2007-2008

Christian Hauser received his bachelor's degree (music composition) and master's degree (music education) from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He was on the Dean's List and received scholarships every year as an undergraduate and graduate student. Chris is pursuing the doctorate in music education at UNT. Prior to becoming a Priddy Fellow in Arts Leadership, Chris taught music for five years in the Metro Nashville Public Schools. While teaching K- 4 children, he conducted, composed and arranged music for touring ensembles, produced, arranged and directed 6 musicals for schools and constructed district wide 4th grade music assessment. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Chris was self-employed as an audio engineer/musician in Nashville, where he worked on many nationally released albums, commercials and movies. He has received numerous awards including the ASCAP Plus Award from 2000-2006 in recognition of creative output and compositional performances. He has a number of music compositions to his credit and has received several grants. Major orchestras have performed his compositions including the Houston, Nashville, Colorado Music Festival and Sioux City Symphony Orchestras. In 2006, Chris received a commission from the Nashville Ballet to compose a jazz ballet entitled which received numerous performances throughout Nashville.


Edward Phillips received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Toronto and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He is pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts at UNT. Edward has had extensive experience in teaching private music lessons and has a number of performances to his credit. An active community member, Edward has been involved in church music programs, assisted with the Musikgarten class at Brookhaven Arts Academy, and provided community recitals for retirement communities. He has received a number of awards, including being a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition Historic Division, recipient of a Toulouse School of Graduate Studies Scholarship, and UNT Summer Music Scholarships, Wind Studies Scholarship, and Trumpet Scholarship. In 2002, he received the Women’s Art Association of Canada Award; in 2001 he received the Percy Faith Award, and in 1998, he received the Governor General Award.





Maria Harman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and her Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts at UNT. As a student, Maria received many honors, including induction into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and selection for Who’s Who Among College and University Students. She has also been actively involved as a student representative on the UNT Fine Arts Series Committee. From 2001 – 2003, Maria was a fine arts instructor at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. Prior to selection as a Priddy Fellow in Arts Leadership, Maria was a Teaching Fellow in Flute at UNT and served as the Workshop Coordinator responsible for coordinating nine instrumental summer workshops for a variety of audiences. She has also served as a contest adjudicator in Arizona and Texas, and served as the Assistant Leader of the Modern Woodmen of America Jr. Youth Club in Le Mars, Iowa for eight years. Maria is an accomplished flutist with a strong commitment to the arts, arts education, and arts leadership.


Rachel Yoder received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Ball State University and her Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. She is pursing the Doctorate of Musical Arts at UNT. While at Ball State, Rachel received the Outstanding Senior Award from the School of Music and an Academic Honors in Writing Award. She also completed a study abroad experience in the Spring of 2002 at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Heredia in Costa Rica. She has taught private clarinet and saxophone lessons since 1997 and was a master class instructor in the Boyd, Texas, ISD during 2006-2007. While at Ball State and Michigan State she worked in a variety of capacities including computer programmer, web designer, and teaching assistant. Rachel has an extensive list of solo/chamber and orchestral and band performances to her credit. She co-authored and presented a clinic on “Technology in Music Education” at the Indiana Music Educators Association State Conference in 2004. Rachel’s vision is for a richer musical life that includes community bands working with local composers, audience-friendly concerts of new music, popular music that is intelligent and creative, and composers who connect with an audience outside of the classical music world.





Sarah Summar, a holder of a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia, is pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts at UNT. While at the University of Georgia, Sarach received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She began her teaching career in the Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia, where she taught strings to elementary children. Prior to coming to UNT, she taught for six years as a Lecturer in Aural Studies at Vanderbilt. She has had experience in both composition and performance with an extensive list of orchestral, chamber and solo works, and electronic compositions to her credit. Honors and awards include a commission by the Talbot/Speed Duo at Oklahoma State University and a commission by the Gemini Ensemble of Chicago, both in 2006. Her performance credits include the Linden Viol Consort and the Blair Series Concert. With a strong interest in new music, Sarah is committed to serving as an ambassador for new music in her community, especially in the schools.






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