Dr. Orlando Legname Receives Smith Prize

April 23rd, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

Dr. Orlando Legname

Dr. Orlando Legname, associate professor of music at SUNY Oneonta, has been awarded the college’s 2012 Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. He will deliver the 18th annual Susan Sutton Smith Lecture, titled “Art as a Result of the Western Dialectic: An Approach to Philosophy of Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Craven Lounge of Morris Conference Center. A dessert reception will precede the lecture at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Dr. Legname, who joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2000, holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Sao Paulo State University. At SUNY Oneonta, he serves as chair of the Music Department and teaches courses in audio production and Chamber Orchestra — both programs he started.

The recipient of several research grants for projects related to the development of new electronic music instruments, Dr. Legname has been recognized with SUNY Oneonta’s Academic Excellence Award for Innovative Uses of Instructional Technology and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Activities. He has also received numerous awards for his compositions, including the Walsum Award (First Prize) at the University of Maryland (1999) and the Best Music for Theater of 1990 Award from the APCA (São Paulo Art Critics Association) in Brazil. His compositions are frequently performed in the United States and Europe. In February, noted Italian musicians Guido Arbonelli, clarinetist, and Michele Fabrizi, pianist, performed a piece by Dr. Legname during a concert at SUNY Oneonta.

Dr. Legname’s publications include a textbook titled “Audio Arts Production” (Erudition Books: North Chelmsford) written specifically for his students at SUNY Oneonta. His recent lecture, “Searching for Semantics in Music: A Global Discourse” was published as a chapter of the book “Imagining Globalization.”

Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence is named in memory of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. Dr. Legname is the 18th recipient of this prize, which is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas Smith and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The recipient of the prize is chosen from nominations submitted to a committee of faculty and administrators.