This semester, alumni John Somerville of Rockford, Mass., Gregory Carpenter
of Waukesha, Ann Livingston McGregor of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and David Allen of Platteville will be honored with distinguished alumnus awards.
...Carpenter earned his bachelor's degree in music education from UWP in 1969.As a student, he was active in University Singers, Madrigal Singers, the Marching Pioneers and Music Educators National Conference.
Carpenter's reputation for excellence and his
passion for music and teaching are widely recognized.He is the 2001 recipient of the Morris Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to choral music from the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and served the Parkview Public Schools, Orfordville, as director of choral activities from 1969 through 1982.From 1982 through 2002, Carpenter served as the director of choral activities at Waukesha South High School.His
choirs appeared, by invitation, at a state or divisional American Choral Directors Association or Music Educators National Conference convention every year, for 10 years in a row.Additionally, his
choirs have been awarded best in class awards at national festivals. Carpenter
has also been a leader in music professional organizations and his
community.He served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association for 10 years, accepting a three-plus year term as president.Carpenter currently serves on the board of directors of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association and is president-elect of the organization.He is also associated with the Waukesha Choral Union, one of the elite community choirs in Wisconsin, since 1987 and currently serves as conductor and artistic director.Carpenter teaches private voice lessons, serves as an adjunct faculty member at UW-Milwaukee, and is also the director of high school choirs with the children's choir of Waukesha.