1982-83 › Fredell Lack
5th Farfel Recipient
School of Music
C. W. Moores Professor of Music, Artist-in-Residence
College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication
Fredell Lack was a child of six when she
began studying the violin. Later, after graduating from the Juilliard
Graduate School of Music, Professor Lack embarked on a dazzling
career as a concert soloist, winning many artistic awards. She has
performed as soloist with the worlds finest orchestras, making
more than 20 European concert tours, and touring Israel, Canada,
Central America, and Mexico as well. Her recordings are available
on five different record labels.
But Professor Lacks artistry does
not end at the steps of the concert hall or the doors of the recording
studio. She has also been instrumental in bringing the world of
music to thousands of youngsters in the Houston area, both as a
teacher at the University of Houston and as founder of Young Audiences
of Houston. In 1979, she received the Fredell Lack Award, given
annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in education.
When the Moores Opera House opened its doors in 1997, Professor
Lack received a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her 40 years
of service to the University of Houston.
Ironically, Professor Lack never intended
to be a teacher. Drafted by Alfred Neumann, then University of Houstons
dean of arts and sciences, she joined the music faculty in 1959
and has never regretted it. The Farfel Award, which she won in 1983,
is just one of many important honors Professor Lack has received.
However, she explains, of all the honors Ive gotten,
the Farfel Award meant the most to me, because it was awarded on
the basis of my colleagues opinion. Receiving it was an especially