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AFM Member Honored



AFM Member Honored at Boston University

At commencement ceremonies held May 18, Boston University College of Fine Arts music Associate Professor Terry Everson, a member of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), was recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. Students, faculty, and alumni nominate candidates for the $5,000 prize that was established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.

“I truly enjoy music,” said Everson, an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, educator, composer/arranger, conductor, and church musician whose teaching concentrates on developing students into skilled brass musicians. “I’ve discovered the joy in teaching and coaching, listening to my students put their own personal stamps on music I’ve loved for years, getting a fresh vicarious thrill as they make many of the same discoveries I did at their age, and often being awakened to ideas that had never occurred to me before.”

Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, Everson lives in Framingham, Massachusetts. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University, and joined Boston University faculty in 1999.

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