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Cornish Receives Gift Of Baroque Music Collection Donation Enhances Artist Diploma In Early Music

July 24, 2012

Cornish College of the Arts today announced that it has received a donation of an extensive collection of baroque chamber music. The gift, courtesy of Joy Lewis and her late husband Urban J. Lewis, III, of La Jolla, California consists of over 1,000 published and unpublished works and encompasses the entire baroque era.

The collection, to be known as the Lewis Music Library, will help to support the continued growth of Cornish’s new Artist Diploma in Early Music performance program. That program, under the direction of internationally renowned early music specialist Stephen Stubbs, was inaugurated last year with the intent of developing the next generation of baroque instrumental and vocal performers with an emphasis on baroque opera. Enrollment in the program is highly selective and limited to twelve students per year.

“This gift is an investment in the future of our Artist Diploma in Early Music program,” said Music Department Chair Kent Devereaux, “and a strong endorsement by Mrs. Lewis of what we’re trying to achieve at Cornish. We are extremely grateful to her and her late husband, and I hope it will inspire others to follow suit and help us build support for this unique new program.”

Urban J. Lewis, III was raised in a musical family and played flute since childhood. A passionate amateur flutist, Lewis worked as a biochemist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. His brother, the violinist and conductor Daniel Lewis, served as music director of the Pasadena Symphony and taught conducting at the University of Southern California (USC) for many years.

About the Artist Diploma in Early Music
The Artist Diploma in Early Music is a post-baccalaureate, performance-oriented program designed for students already performing at a high level who desire additional intensive private instruction, coaching, and ensemble performance experience in early music performance practices. Enrollment in the program is highly selective and limited to only twelve students. Both singers and instrumentalists (violin, viola, viol da gamba, cello, bass, harpsichord, lute, guitar, harp, recorder, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, and cornetto) are encouraged to apply to the program.