Meredith College Professor Emerita Fran Page is one of the 2018 recipients of the Raleigh Medal of Arts, presented on November 13 at Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Raleigh Medal of Arts is the City’s highest arts honor.
Page was recognized for her 36 years of service to Meredith College’s music program and her work as founder and director of the Capital City Girls Choir, a choir for girls from age 9 to 18.
For more than three decades, Page has shaped the lives of the youth in the greater Raleigh area as well as young women from around the United States. She is considered a pioneer in her field – balancing the demand of leading a college music program with creating one of the finest girls choir programs in the country. She oversaw a three-choir program with a busy performance schedule around the world. The Capital City Girls Choir has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and venues across Europe.
At Meredith, Page served in many capacities, including as chair of her department, coordinator of music education, and director of choral activities. She has also served as president of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education’s southern division.
In the program for the awards ceremony, Page said “Music is such a gift. It frees the soul and touches the heart the way nothing else can. I am so fortunate to have been able to share the gift of music with so many. I am immensely honored to have my work recognized by this award.”