Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Services
Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. One faculty member received this tribute in 2002 for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Services.
David M. Janower, Music
Known for his outstanding work with the University’s Chamber Singers, UAlbany’s musical ambassadors, David Janower is a musical scholar, teacher, writer, and professional conductor of great note. A professor and director of choral music, Janower has been employed by the University at Albany since 1980-81.
Janower teaches a total of nine different music courses, including a writing-intensive course. His numerous grants include the PD/QWL Individual Development Award (1998); the Faculty Research Award (1996); the American Choral Directors Association Choral Research Grant (1994); the Continuing Faculty Development Grant (in both 1994 and 1998); and the Special Opportunity Stipend, New York State Council on the Arts and the Rensselaer County Council on the Arts (in 1991 and 1994).
Janower has served as music director for the Berkshire Bach Society (1992-1994); music director and founder of Albany Pro Musica (1981-present) and the Albany Pocket Opera (1981-1986); and conductor and faculty member, Aspen Choral Institute, Aspen, Colo. (1980 and 1983). He has also been both conducting instructor and guest conductor for a plethora of events throughout the Capital Region.
In addition, Janower has served both the University and his department in numerous capacities. He advises the Serendipity and Earth Tones a cappella singing groups and has been a member of 14 University committees. Within the department, Janower has chaired the Peer Evaluation Teaching Committee and the Faculty Showcase Concert Series Committee. He has also been a member of the Recruitment Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Library Committee, the Faculty Search Committee for Theory, the Self-Study Committee and Scheduling Committee, as well as a regular adviser on the Student Music Council.
According to those who nominated him for this award, Janower “embodies an ideal in the broader sense of education; he educates the mind, the emotions, and the feeling for our common humanity.”