Augusta Read Thomas

Alumnae Award, 2000

August Read Thomas, a University of Chicago professor, has secured for herself a permanent place in the pantheon of American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.  She has had four major world premieres for her compositions and received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She also received the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Awards Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.