Greensboro, N.C. (November 11, 2020) – UNC G’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has announced the 2020-2021 list of Distinguished Alumni: Sheena Rose, Caribbean visual artist; Sue Stinson, dance educator and social activist, Trombone professor and performer Andrew Lankford; Fran Page, a professor and children’s choral specialist, and long-time Theatre educator and practitioner Sue Scarborough. Recipients participated in online masterclasses with CVPA students, and a virtual awards ceremony was held on November 5th.
Fran Page is Professor Emerita from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. During her thirty-six years there, she served in many capacities, including Chair of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts, Coordinator of Music Education, and Director of Choral Activities. She taught methods courses for music education majors and also K-6 teacher licensure students, advised music education majors, and directed and supervised student teaching. Dr. Page is a Past President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and Past Chair of the Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC). She is past President of Southern Division MENC: The National Association for Music Education and in that capacity served on the National Executive Board of MENC (now NAfME). In July of 2004, she was named “Tar Heel of the Week” by the Raleigh News and Observer and in the
spring of 2007, she was designated by the Capital City Girls Choir as an MENC Lowell Mason Fellow. In 2018 she was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts.
Dr. Page is the founder and retired conductor of the Capital City Girls Choir, a three-choir community organization for girls from ages nine to eighteen. The choir continues a busy performance schedule both in the United States and abroad. Performance venues have included the Spoleto Festival, Washington National Cathedral, and venues in England, Austria, and British Columbia. In 2017 the advanced choir, Cantabile Singers, performed at the Llangollen International Music Festival.
Born in Winston-Salem, Dr. Page has a BA in music education from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina and the MM in music education and EdD in music from UNC Greensboro. She holds Orff Levels I, II, and III certification. During her career, Dr. Page was recognized for her expertise as a children’s choral specialist. She frequently conducted workshops and festivals and also did considerable work in the area of curriculum integration and arts curriculum planning and assessment. Dr. Page has served on many teacher education program approval teams for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.