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Music professors receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

Austin Peay State University Professor of Music Sharon Mabry and her husband, former APSU Professor of Music George Mabry, recently received the Arts and Heritage Development Councils Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards were presented during the Lifetime Arts Achievement Awards ceremony Friday, Nov. 7 at the Emerald Hill Mansion.

Sharon and George Mabry have made significant contributions to the musical culture of Clarksville since 1970. Both began teaching in APSUs music department and have been involved with numerous local and national musical productions.
Austin Peay State University Professor of Music Sharon Mabry and her husband, former APSU Professor of Music George Mabry, recently received the Arts and Heritage Development Council's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards were presented during the Lifetime Arts Achievement Awards ceremony Friday, Nov. 7 at the Emerald Hill Mansion.

Sharon and George Mabry have made significant contributions to the musical culture of Clarksville since 1970. Both began teaching in APSU's music department and have been involved with numerous local and national musical productions.

As artistic coordinator of the APSU Dimensions New Music Series, Sharon Mabry is responsible for bringing more than 60 composers to APSU's campus for guest lectures. In 2003, she won the Distinguished Professor Award.

Sharon Mabry is also an accomplished writer and is currently putting the final touches on a memoir that reflects on 35 years of traveling and performing throughout the nation. She is also the National Association of Teachers of Singing's featured writer for its publication, the Journal of Singing.

George Mabry retired from teaching music at APSU in 2003. The former director of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, he now serves as the director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

In 1983, George Mabry was the first APSU faculty member to receive both the Richard M. Hawkins Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement and the Distinguished Professor Award. He received the Tennessee Arts Commission Governor's Award in the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Academy Spirit of Tennessee award in 2003. -- Barry A. Williams