Longtime U-Idaho Music Professor Receives National Teaching Award

Thursday, November 15 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – After dedicating nearly 35 years to teaching and inspiring generations of music students, the University of Idaho’s Dan Bukvich is receiving the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award in the state of Idaho.

“Winning this award is humbling. Whenever people win these awards, it means a lot of people behind the scenes did a lot of work. So I’m very appreciative of what I’m sure was volumes of work,” said Bukvich.

Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country. Criteria include excelling in teaching and positively influencing the lives and careers of students.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of professor Bukvich’s commitment to students and to our academic enterprise. He is truly an Idaho treasure,” said Katherine Aiken, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

Bukvich earned a Bachelor of Science in vocal and instrumental music education from Montana State University. He then attended the University of Idaho and earned a Master of Music in composition and arranging.

He started teaching at the University of Idaho in August 1978. He made tenure in April 1984. During his time here, he has touched the lives of thousands of U-Idaho students enrolled in the more than 30 different courses he’s taught.

In 2011, Bukvich received the rank of University Distinguished Professor during the University of Idaho’s annual Excellence Awards. The rank recognizes sustained excellence in scholarly, creative and artistic achievement.

He has been a guest lecturer on music theory and aural skills pedagogy at 35 universities and music associations. He also travels throughout the United States and Canada as a guest composer, conductor and percussionist in concerts with professional, college, high school and grade school bands — conducting orchestras, choirs, honor and all-state groups.

Bukvich is listed by the American College Band Directors’ Association as one of the 50 most influential band composers of the 20th century.

“This award recognizes what we’ve long known, Dan Bukvich is a world-class educator and musician whose investment in students represents the very best of the University of Idaho,” said President M. Duane Nellis.

Bukvich has composed and arranged hundreds of pieces that span several genres of music. His music is played worldwide.

He participates in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and works collaboratively with other departments on campus. He is also co-director of DancersDrummersDreamers.
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