Janette Fishell, William Bates receive 2012 Oswald Gleason Ragatz Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to Organ Department Chair Janette Fishell and University of South Carolina Professor William Bates, who are the 2012 Oswald Gleason Ragatz Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

The Oswald Gleason Ragatz Distinguished Alumni Award was established concurrently with the inauguration of Indiana Organists United in 2005, and biennial awards have been given every two years to deserving alumni. The awards honor longtime professor and chairman of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Oswald Ragatz (1917-2011), who established the tradition of excellence in organ performance and pedagogy for which the department is still recognized today. Nominees are considered based upon their contributions to the organ and church music fields, and how their work proudly reflects the heritage and mission of the Jacobs School of Music Organ Department.

Recipients of the fourth biennial award for 2012 are William H. Bates (MM ’68; DM ’78) and Janette S. Fishell (BM ’81, MM ’82).

About William Bates

A native of Texas, William Bates earned the BMus in Organ and Church Music and the BA in Music Theory from HowardPayneCollegein Brownwood. He received his graduate training at IndianaUniversity, where he was a pupil of Oswald Ragatz.  From 1969 to 1978 he served on the music faculty of the Universityof West Floridain Pensacolaand since 1978 has taught at the Universityof South Carolinain Columbia, where he holds the position of Professor of Organ, Emeritus.

About Janette Fishell

Janette Fishell holds degrees in organ performance from IndianaUniversityand NorthwesternUniversity; her teachers include Wilma Jensen, Wolfgang Rübsam, Richard Enright, Anita Werling, Robert Byrd and Clyde Holloway with further coaching on Baroque and German Romantic repertoire with Ludger Lohmann. Named Young Organist of the Year by Keyboard Arts, Inc. while still an undergraduate, Dr. Fishell is a recitalist and teacher of international standing.  Dr. Fishell is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she teaches applied organ and courses in the sacred music curriculum. From 1989 to 2008 she headed the Organ Performance and Sacred Music degree programs at East Carolina University and was Director of Music/Principal Organist at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC where she oversaw a full schedule of choral services and led the choir on two successful English Cathedral Choral Residencies and the recording of a critically acclaimed compact disc.

Nominations for the 2014 biennial award are now being received.  If you have someone in mind, please send your suggestion to Jennifer Gentry in the IU Alumni Association.

Patrick Pope, 2012 Awards Committee Chair
Vice President, Indiana Organists United

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