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Dr. Pamela Youngblood Named 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Artist

Youngblood(May 25, 2016)—Dr. Pamela Youngblood, professor and chair of the Department of Music and Drama at Texas Woman’s University, has been selected by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society—as the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Artist. Dr. Youngblood received the award for her accomplishments as a musician, professor and campus leader.

Dr. Youngblood’s career as a performing artist and scholar spans 40 years. During this time, she has played concertos and recitals throughout the U.S. and internationally in Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She has also recorded two CDs and commissioned several composers to write new music for flutes.

Recognized as a leader both on campus and in the community, Dr. Youngblood is the founder and director of the Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir, which she created in 1994. In addition, she established the Dallas-based Brookhaven Flute Choir in 1985. The choirs, under her direction, have performed across the nation including at six annual conventions of the National Flute Association.

“A joyful flutist, Dr. Youngblood is described by colleagues as ‘a lover of music and one who loves to share it as performer, conductor, teacher, and friend,’” said Dr. Harold E. Cheatham, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Artist selection committee. “We are proud to honor her extensive achievements both as a nationally and internationally renowned flutist and devoted educator.”

Outside her career accomplishments, Dr. Youngblood has served in a number of volunteer service capacities. She currently acts as General Competitions Coordinator for the National Flute Association and is an active member of the Texas Flute Society. She has also achieved numerous recognitions for her advocacy of music therapy and for seminal contributions to church music. 

Dr. Youngblood has taught at Texas Woman’s University since 1992. Currently, she teaches graduate and undergraduate flute students, flute pedagogy and flute choir. She has devoted her research efforts to the discovery and performance of new or seldom-performed works for flute and flute choir.

She holds a D.M.A. in flute performance from the University of North Texas.

First presented in 1983, the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award recognizes the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts—creative, graphic, performing, visual and fine arts. The award is given once every two years. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership and recognition at the Society’s biennial convention. 

About Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit us here.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi