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Youngblood named 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Artist

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Pamela Youngblood, professor of music and chair of the Texas Woman’s University Department of Music and Drama, has been named the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Artist by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

The award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts — creative, graphic, performing, visual and fine arts.

“I am honored, humbled and thrilled,” Youngblood said. “I deeply appreciate our TWU chapter for nominating me.”

During her 40-year career, Youngblood has played concertos and recitals throughout the United States and internationally in Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and the new Czech Republic. She also has recorded two CDs and commissioned several composers to write new music for flutes.

Youngblood is the founder and director of both the Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir and the Dallas-based Brookhaven Flute Choir. Under her direction, the choirs have performed across the nation and at six annual conventions of the National Flute Association. She currently acts as general competitions coordinator for the National Flute Association and is an active member of the Texas Flute Society. She also has achieved numerous recognitions for her advocacy of music therapy and for seminal contributions to church music.

Youngblood has taught at TWU since 1992 and has devoted her research efforts to the discovery and performance of new or seldom-performed works for flute and flute choir. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in flute performance from the University of North Texas.

“A joyful flutist, Dr. Youngblood is described by colleagues as ‘a lover of music and one who loves to share it as performer, conductor, teacher and friend,’” said Harold E. Cheatham, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Artist selection committee. “We are proud to honor her extensive achievements both as a nationally and internationally renowned flutist and devoted educator.”

First presented in 1983, the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award is given once every two years. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership and recognition at the society’s biennial convention.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni on 300 campuses in the U.S. and the Philippines. TWU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was chartered in 1980.

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