David Northington, professor of music, was recently selected as the Phi Kappa Phi Artist for 2010-12 for his achievements as a pianist, professor, and community volunteer. The award, given nationally by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi only once every three years, recognizes outstanding artist/scholars.
Northington, who holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Yale, has been a professor of music at UT Knoxville since 1977. He is president of the local Phi Kappa Phi chapter; is on the board of WUOT, Knoxville’s Young Pianist Series, and the UT School of Music’s Development Board of Advisors; and serves on several arts councils. Currently, Northington is preparing to release recordings of the complete solo and transcribed piano works of the American composer Aaron Copland.
Northington’s many teaching awards include the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts “Outstanding Teacher Award.” Northington also won the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Artist of the Year Award and a UT Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor Award for Creative Achievement.
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