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Delvyn Case earns service award

Posted on August 3, 2011

Assistant Professor of Music Delvyn Case, who is also a conductor and composer, has a long list of community outreach projects and educational initiatives in which he is involved, including founding and directing the Quincy Summer Singers and the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra.

He often makes presentations on classical music styles and trends to children at local public libraries, and he is the mastermind of The Prioress’s Tale, a 75-minute chamber opera inspired by Chaucer. The production, which deals with issues of inter-religious dialogue and anti-Semitism, tours throughout New England each winter, supported by institutions wishing to explore issues of interfaith dialogue and peacemaking in a unique way.

Those efforts and many others have earned him a South Shore Stars 40 under 40 award for leadership and community involvement. Winners, as determined by five judges, are leaders younger than 40 who demonstrate excellence in their business and community involvement. The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) wrote an article about the award and listed the winners.

On Case's website, he lists the four elements that inform his outreach activities:

  • Everyone can perform, create, and enjoy music—no matter their background or degree of experience.
  • Music has the extraordinary ability to create community by fostering cooperation and mutual respect among all kinds of people.
  • Our musical lives are fundamentally multicultural. Thus, when we perform or listen, we experience first-hand the incredible richness and variety of American—and human—culture.
  • Music and the arts in general play a central role in the development of a healthy community, especially when they are approached in a manner that recognizes this power and responsibility.

Read more about him here.

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