Conservatory Awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts

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The Oberlin Conservatory of Music is a recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the United States government to artists and arts patrons in recognition of the wealth and depth of their creative expressions. President Barack Obama presented the award to Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull at a White House ceremony on Thursday, February 25, in the East Room.

The conservatory’s 2009 National Medal of Arts citation reads:

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. For preparing young musicians to become great cultural contributors. As a model of music education, America’s oldest continuously operating conservatory proves that exceptional training enriches artists, our communities, and our Nation.

Read more about the conservatory’s National Medal of Arts and watch a video of the awards ceremony produced by the White House.

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