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May 19, 2010
Trinity University Music Professor Wins Teaching Fellowship
SAN ANTONIO – Carolyn E. True, professor of music at Trinity University, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding abilities as a teacher and adviser.
The Z.T. Scott Fellowship, given annually for excellence in teaching and advising, includes a cash award to be used for professional development and research. Trinity University Trustee Richard M. Kleberg III established the Fellowship in 1984 in honor of his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott. The award was announced May 15 during Trinity’s undergraduate commencement.
Professor True came to Trinity in 1990 and has maintained a balance between teaching, leading workshops and master classes, and serving on music juries across the country. In addition, she actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is known in San Antonio as a key performer with the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Her teaching philosophy is to help each student reach his or her potential as a musician and as a musical scholar. She does not give answers to students but instead leads them to discovery. Professor True uses a variety of teaching techniques in all courses and when advising students on class choices. She regularly invites students on “symphony outings” which involve dinner and a concert. For the past 10 years, she has held the “True Studio Piano Camp” at no cost to Trinity or students to focus on both individual practice group lessons.
David Heller, music professor and University Organist at Trinity, lauded Professor True as an insightful music professor who is innovative and highly creative. She has a “rare gift” of being able to combine new teaching methods with the “tried and true” techniques, particularly with performance technique, he said.
Former students praised Professor True as “one of the top reasons for attending Trinity” because, in addition to performing professionally, she exudes the belief that teaching is her scholarly interest. Another student said Professor True approaches each student as “an individual learner and develops goals to meet those needs without compromising the quality of musicianship.” When a student injured her wrist and underwent surgery, Professor True selected several pieces of music written specifically for the hand that was not injured, allowing the student’s studies to continue.
A prize winner in national and international competitions, Professor True holds the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Central Missouri. She was also the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for study at the Conservatoire National de la Musique in Lyon, France. Her recently released CD, Carolyn True 1, features works of Ligeti, Bach/Brahms, Beethoven, and Bennett.
Trinity University, founded in 1869, is one of the nation’s top private undergraduate institutions. Noted for its superior academic quality, outstanding faculty, and exceptional academic and residential resources, Trinity is committed to the intellectual, civic, and professional preparation of its students.