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SFSU professor appointed by President Clinton to Kennedy Center advisory committee

Carolynn Lindeman is one of two music educators named to Advisory Committee on the Arts

SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2000 - Carolynn Lindeman, a music professor at San Francisco State University, was recently appointed by President Bill Clinton to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"We are pleased that President Clinton has appointed Dr. Lindeman to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts," said Lawrence J. Wilker, president of the John F. Kennedy Center. "As a national leader in the field of music education, she brings a unique perspective that will add to the committee's work on behalf of arts education."

Of the 85 members on the committee, Lindeman is only one of two professional music educators. She joins Victoria Powers Cotchett of Hillsborough, Calif., as the only other Bay Area resident on the committee. Lindeman said she plans to bring her viewpoints as a music educator and scholar to the committee and push for stronger Kennedy Center programs in music education.

"I hope to be a strong voice for the importance of an education in music and the other arts," she said.

The Kennedy Center is the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting more than 3,000 performances each year for audiences of nearly 2 million. An additional 20 million each year attend touring Kennedy Center productions or tune in to television or radio broadcasts, including the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize, The Kennedy Center Presents, and Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center on National Public Radio.

Lindeman, a resident of Greenbrae, Calif., has been a faculty member at SFSU since 1973. She served as president of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, which has 80,000 members, from 1996-1998. The co-author of several books including "The Musical Classroom: Backgrounds, Models, and Skills for Elementary Teaching" and "MusicLab: An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Music," Lindeman has also published more than 50 articles on music education. She earned her doctorate in music from Stanford University and master of arts degree from SFSU.

"Dr. Lindeman's highly impressive resume and decades of experience at San Francisco State - as both a faculty member and graduate student - make us proud of this prestigious appointment," SFSU President Robert Corrigan said. "This is yet another example of the talent, knowledge and expertise of our faculty and alumni."

The President's Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts advises and consults with the center's Board of Trustees. The committee also makes recommendations to the board regarding existing and prospective cultural activities at the center. In addition, committee members assist in the center's fund-raising efforts and act as liaisons to performance groups and performing arts centers throughout the nation.

"I'm honored to be appointed and delighted to be one of the first music educators ever named to an arts committee at this level," Lindeman said. "I especially look forward to helping enhance many of the Kennedy Center's existing education and outreach programs."

The fourth largest campus in the 23-campus California State University system, SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.

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