Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence

Founded in 2014, the Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence is presented annually to faculty members of the Music Institute of Chicago who exemplify the high standard of excellence set by Richard D. Colburn in his many musical endeavors. Great teaching is what the Music Institute most values, and includes instruction in art, technique, joyful playing, collaboration with other musicians and sharing one’s gifts with the wider community. We invest in music because we love humanity. 


2020 Richard D. Colburn Award for Teacher Excellence: Arlene and Abraham Stokman

The Music Institute presents its Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence to Arlene Stokman and Abraham Stokman, both members of the piano faculty—Abraham since 1991 and Arlene since 1984. The Music Institute presents the annual award to faculty members who exemplify the high standard of excellence Colburn demonstrated in his many musical endeavors. Abraham attended the Juilliard School on scholarship, earning master’s and bachelor’s degrees. He served as vocal coach in Juilliard’s opera department for five years, then performed solo and chamber concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has served as chairman of the piano department at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and was artist-in-residence and assistant professor at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. Arlene earned a master’s degree with honors from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in the Philippines. She has taught piano at the University of Illinois-Chicago and was affiliated with Sherwood Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas.

 

Past Recipients

 

2019 Susan Charles, voice faculty

2018 Stanley Davis, clarinet and saxophone faculty

2017  Elaine Felder, MIC Piano Department Chair,
         piano and chamber music faculty

2016  Roland and Almita Vamos, violin and viola faculty

2015  Gilda Barston, Dean Emeritus, cello faculty

2014  Claire Aebersold Neiweem and Ralph Neiweem, piano and chamber music

         faculty