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Juilliard Jazz Director to speak at Snow College graduation

April 24, 2009

EPHRAIM - Acclaimed Juilliard faculty member Laurie Carter, J.D., will speak at Snow College graduation on May 2. Carter is the current Executive Director of Jazz Studies at the New York school for the arts, and has diverse experience in law and school administration.

Commencement exercises are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Snow College shares a special music partnership with the Juilliard, which resulted in the invitation.

It was Carter that was behind the conception and implementation of the prestigious Jazz Program at Juilliard, proposing the idea, developing the curriculum, and hiring the staff for what is now a key part of the school’s portfolio.

She has been with Juilliard for over 20 years, and since that time has served in several administrative positions, including Vice-President for Legal and Student Affairs and Associate Vice-President.

Carter has received accolades in the legal arena, receiving her credentials from Rutger’s Law School-Newark. She is a member of the New York Bar, and in 2004 was named an Outstanding Woman of that association.

In addition, she played an important role in the representation of minorities at the school. Under her leadership, Juilliard has increased its minority student enrollment by 10 percent, minority faculty by 50 percent and minority staff by 60 percent. She has also played a key role in getting the word out about the school to leaders of minority communities.

Juilliard faculty members for the music program often travel west to Ephraim to participate in the assessment of the music program accreditation and give instructional workshops, including jazz education.

Snow College is the only junior college in the state to have that accreditation.