The School of Music presents the Outstanding Alumnus Award and Alumni Achievement Citation Award to two or more exceptional graduates each year.

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Winner receiving the Outstanding Alumnus Award

Dr. Johann Buis

2017 Recipient

Johann Buis graduated from Ball State with a doctor of arts degree and currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (Musicology) and Coordinator of the Music History Area at Wheaton College. A Fulbright Fellowship recipient and post-doctoral Rockefeller Research Fellow, Johann is in demand as a lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Arts Institute of Chicago, and other organizations. Learn more.

  • 2016: Seth Beckman
  • 2015: Gary Smith
  • 2014: Rick Mizell
  • 2013: Jason Mowery
  • 2012: David Garrett
  • 2011: Michael R. Gagliardo
  • 2010: Janet S. Stearns
  • 2007: Angelin Chang
  • 2006: James Yarnell
  • 2005: Lynn Asper
  • 2004: William D. Moylan
  • 2003: C. Brad Foley
  • 2002: Susan Finger
  • 2001: Penny Dimmick
  • 2000: James Butz
  • 1999: Joe Barnard
  • 1998: Patricia Wiehe
  • 1997: James F. O'Donnell
  • 1996: Laurence Kaptain
  • 1995: Duilio Dobrin
  • 1994: Roberto Gonzalez
  • 1993: Marilyn Copeland Davidson
  • 1992: Jan Morris
  • 1991: Robert W. Shauver
  • 1990: Peggy Bennett
  • 1989: Mary Alice Cox
  • 1988: Erwin C. Mueller
  • 1986: Tom Preble1987: Susan Taylor
  • 1985: Jack Kelly
  • 1984: Tim Lautzenheiser
  • 1983: Joseph Scagnoli
  • 1982: Jacque Trussel
  • 1980: Lawrence J. Stewart
  • 1979: Dorothy Copeland Elliott
  • 1978: Patricia Taylor Pivnick
  • 1977: Peter Figert
  • 1976: Kenneth Ward Matthews
  • 1975: Virginia Schoeff
  • 1974: Robert Miller
  • 1973: Ralph Horine
  • 1972: Don Neuen
  • 1971: Judith Wyrick Abbott
  • 1970: Floyd Burt
  • 1969: Marilyn Smiley
  • 1968: Evelyn Messmore
  • 1967: Francis Barker
  • 1966: Wilbur Pursley
  • 1965: Marianna Riddick
  • 1964: Dee Stewart
  • 1963: Joseph Naumcheff
  • 1962: Walter Shaw
  • 1961: Carroll Copeland
  • 1960: Ethel Green Adams
  • 1959: Ralph E. Hart
  • 1958: Glenn Stepleton

Alumni Achievement Citation Award

Loralee Songer receiving the Alumni Achievement Citation Award

Dr. Loralee Songer

2016 Recipient

Mezzo-soprano Loralee Songer graduated from Ball State with a doctor of arts degree and master of music degree. She is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, and conductor and is a full-time music department faculty member at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Learn more.

  • 2015: Jason Bolte, Randall Sorensen, Jace Wittig
  • 2014: Michael Hall
  • 2013: James and Michelle Byrn, Holly Hubbs
  • 2012: Jeffrey Green, Rick Granlund
  • 2011: Beth Caucci
  • 2010: Harsha Abeyaratne, Eric Tewalt
  • 2009: Andrew Levin, Luis Sanchez
  • 2008: Richard Baker, Kristine Burns
  • 2007: Richard Bourassa, Marie Ebbing, Andrew Gott
  • 2006: Lyman Medeiros, Patricia Robertson, John Wenning
  • 2005: William Laughlin, Carolyn Manley
  • 2004: Joseph Barnard, James Deal, Michelle Oyler
  • 2003: Tom Dean, Donna Person
  • 2002: Martin Becker, Tim Brimmer, Wayne R. Stubbs
  • 2001: Donald Fisher, JoAnn K. Rediger, Cindy Schnabel, Thomas Schnabel
  • 2000: Susan Martin Tariq, Terry McKee, Adah Toland Mosello
  • 1999: Seth Beckman, Scott Lang, Sandra Lunte, Donald Rhynard
  • 1998: Peter Collins, Daniel Fyffe, Russell Wagoner
  • 1997: Penny Dimmick, Robert McGaughey, Marty Rector
  • 1996: David Crittenden, Tim LaCroix, Karen Schneider
  • 1995: Stuart Scott, Ming-Jian Fang
  • 1994: Kitty Johnson, Mark Boozer, Duilio Dobrin
  • 1993: Kevin Klee, Douglas Perry, Philip Sample
  • 1992: Jeffrey Johnson, Ervin Orban, Daniel Pritchett, Christy Reilly
  • 1991: Scott Avery, William Pritchett, Steve Dingledine
  • 1990: Harold Levin, James O'Donnell, Pat Wiehe
  • 1989: Vicki Crum, William Vits, Joann Whorwell
  • 1988: Phyllis Froenicke, Alvin Jones, Laurence Kaptain, Robert Pickell
  • 1987: Jaci Taylor Hadsell, Ed King, Rick Mizell, Tom Schnabel
  • 1986: John Hill, Phil Stubblefield, Mary Tudor, Keith Whitford
  • 1985: Randy Ecker, David Humbert, Jena Jones Adrianson, Stephen Stickler
  • 1984: Barry Ashton, James Butz, Susan Finger, Pamela Hoopingarner
  • 1983: Lynn Asper, Douglas Johnson, Stephen P. Main, Robert Shauver
  • 1982: James Patton, Paul Robinson
  • 1980: John A. Kelly, Lester Taylor, Susan Taylor
  • 1979: Sandra Benson Butz, Donald Litherland, Max Jones, Richard A. Seeger
  • 1978: Thomas Osborne, Robert G. Miller
  • 1977: Anthony Knight, James Craig