Boston University College of Fine Arts Presents Prison Arts Scholar Award

in CFA
September 19th, 2012

(From Left) Dean Halfond, Emily Howe, Professor Andre de Quadros, Jamie Hillman, and Dean Juárez

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Prison Arts Scholar Award to be Jamie Hillman (DMA, CFA ’13,) and

Emily Howe, conductor, Boston University Choral Society, in recognition of Hillman and Howe’s outstanding contributions to teaching in prison education.

On Thursday, September 20, Benjamín Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, and Jay A. Halfond, Dean, Metropolitan College and Extended Education, will present the award in honor of their commitment to bringing music appreciation to MCI-Norfolk and MCI-Framingham, through BU’s Prison Education Program.

Prison Arts Scholar Award Presentation

Date and Time: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 11:00am

Award Presenters: Benjamín Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts, and Jay A. Halfond, Dean, Metropolitan College and Extended Education

Award Recipients: Jamie Hillman (DMA, CFA ’13) and Emily Howe, conductor, Boston University Choral Society

Location: Boston University College of Fine Arts, Dean’s Office (855 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02215)

“It is my distinct pleasure to join Dean Halfond and Professor de Quadros in recognizing the outstanding work of Jamie Hillman and Emily Howe,” said Benjamín Juárez, Dean, College of Fine Arts. “Jamie and Emily’s commitment and fervor to music education in the prison system is a testament to their ability to teach and to the power of the arts. Jamie and Emily are inspirations, true Citizen Artists, and it is an honor to name them the first Prison Arts Scholars.”

Hillman and Professor Andre de Quadros, School of Music, launched the music program at MCI-Norfolk in the spring of 2012 as part of BU’s Metropolitan Prison Education Program. Without access to musical instruments, which cannot be brought into the correctional facility, Hillman and de Quadros brought Music Appreciation (MET MU 118) to 23 students at the medium-security prison in a team-taught class.

Forced to rely upon the most basic and emotive instrument available, the human body, Hillman and de Quadros succeeded in offering a multifaceted examination of music, where students learned among other things, solfeggio, and music from the Western and other music traditions. The course, which notably requires that each student will sing, provides a venue where participation is encouraged and self-expression can be an act of courage.

“They let their guard down,” notes Andre de Quadros, Professor, School of Music, College of Fine Arts. “The class was a safe zone for them, and they were able to speak freely, to show their feelings and their emotions through music.”

Hillman transformed the lives of MCI-Norfolk’s prisoners, bettering their minds and their outlooks. This fall, Hillman and de Quadros are growing this universally rewarding program, teaching Special

Topics in History and Theory of Music, at MCI-Norfolk. In addition, Howe and de Quardros are introducing the Music Appreciation course to the women at MCI-Framingham.

“I am very impressed with the enthusiasm that this effort has generated, and pleased to collaborate with the College of Fine Arts to recognize those young scholars who are bringing their passion and expertise to these students,” said Jay A. Halfond, Dean, Metropolitan College and Extended Education. “Typically, incarcerated students do not have the sophisticated means to support their instruction, so this puts even more emphasis on creative teaching. This is a great experience for future scholars and practitioners in music education and an important recognition that I hope helps in their future careers.”


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


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