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Current Recipients

Carolyn Eggleston 
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar

Jeffrey Snedeker 
Phi Kappa Phi Artist 

Stella Sung, DMA
Composer, Professor of Music
School of Visual Arts and Design
University of Central Florida

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is proud to announce the selection of Stella Sung, Ph.D. as the 2007-2010 Phi Kappa Phi Artist. A prolific and accomplished composer of national and international stature, Dr. Sung personifies the Society's motto, "Let the love of learning rule humanity," with her vision of continued exploration and learning as a composer, a teacher, and a perpetual student.

An extremely talented and innovative composer, Dr. Sung is creating a new genre of music that she calls "Immersive Ambience," which utilizes surround sound technology to immerse the listener in sound from all directions and angles. Her 2006 CD titled Karmafeatures works composed using this new technique. Dr. Sung's highly unique and versatile sound keeps her in high demand. From full-length feature and documentary films to video games and theme parks, her music may be found in a variety of venues and channels.

Dr. Sung has received awards from distinguished organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers, and the American Symphony Orchestra League. She is a two-time winner of a Florida Individual Artist's Fellowship, sponsored by the Division of Cultural Affairs for the State of Florida, as well as the 2005 recipient of a Florida Artist's Enhancement Award. Additionally, a documentary film about Sung's Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra by film-maker Aaron Hosé, was the winner of two Telly Awards in 2007. Sung's works are performed regularly throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Premieres have included performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and the Schauspielhaus in Germany. Commissions have included works for world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the German Ministry of Culture, The New Renaissance Chamber Artists, and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Currently Dr. Sung is working on a new commission for the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in Florida. A joint commission from both orchestras as well as participation from the Akron Museum of Art and the Orlando Museum of Art, this composition, featuring a multi-media presentation, will be based upon the artwork of Norman Rockwell, and will be presented in conjunction with the Norman Rockwell exhibits that will be featured at both museums. Dr. Sung is also working with the Hard Rock entertainment company to develop music for a section of their new theme park, Hard Rock Park. Another upcoming commission includes work for guitarist Andrea Vettoretti, who will be releasing a CD of Sung's music in 2008.

Dr. Sung is a Professor of Music at the University of Central Florida's School of Film and Digital Media. She has also served on the Theory/Composition faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree (piano performance) from the University of Michigan, a Master of Fine Arts degree (composition) from the University of Florida, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (piano performance) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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