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Natalie Moore Receives 2009 Passion for the Arts Award

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    Natalie Moore

Senior music major hopes to pursue career in arts administration

Senior Natalie Moore was selected to receive the 2009 Fayez Sarofim Passion for the Arts Award from Southwestern University. She received the award Feb. 21 at Southwestern’s annual Honors Convocation. 

The award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, regardless of major, has demonstrated throughout his or her entire undergraduate career at Southwestern an unusual passion for the arts. It was established in 2008 in honor of Fayez Sarofim, a Houston investment advisor and philanthropist for whom the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern is named. Recipients are selected by the dean of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts from nominations submitted by members of the fine arts faculty.

Moore is completing a degree in music at Southwestern. After she graduates in May, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in arts administration and develop programs to expose inner-city children to the arts.

As a student at Southwestern, Moore created the SU Arts Festival, a day-long festival designed to showcase the finest of the music, theatre and arts on campus. She also was involved with Delta Omicron, the music fraternity on campus, was a member of the Southwestern University Chorale, and former president of the Southwestern University Composers’ Collective.

Last spring, she worked with Michael Cooper, associate professor of music, in planning “Voices of Musical Creation,” an event that brought the Colloquium of Musical Scholars and Composers’ Collective together in a series of student research presentations and performances of original compositions.

This year, she is the first student intern for the Georgetown Festival of Arts, a yearly event in June that includes an art festival and the performance of works by a single composer. The 2009 festival will feature the music of Anton Dvorak.

“Throughout her time at Southwestern, Natalie has distinguished herself by her unusual passion for spreading the message, reach and impact of the arts, not only on campus, but beyond to the greater Georgetown and Williamson County community,” said Paul Gaffney, dean of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts.