STEELPAN ICON PROFESSOR LIAM TEAGUE ATTAINS COVETED POST OF PROFESSOR OF PRESIDENTIAL RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTISTRY AT THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
April 6, 2018
On the heels of Dr. Roger Henry’s successful premier of the oratorio titled ‘Remembrance’ in the United States on March 3rd, another national of Trinidad and Tobago has etched an indelible mark on the international music front.
Professor Liam Teague, a household name with an unflinching devotion to the steelpan, has created pathways for the national instrument to have a permanent presence in music spaces across the world. Currently the Head of Steelpan Studies and Professor of Music at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) and co-director of the NIU Steelband, Teague is now ascending to the coveted post of Professor of Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry at the educational institute. This is one of the highest honours to be bestowed by the University on its faculty members.
In congratulating Professor Teague on his latest accomplishment, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gasdby-Dolly defined Teague’s excellence as “taking the very best of ourselves and materializing this into the best that the world has seen. His ability to expand the international steelpan movement is laudable and we hope to see many of our steelpan veterans taking our national instruments to new frontiers every day, both at home and abroad.”
A former musical arranger for the PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, Teague has grown the international appreciation for the pan through collaborative performances alongside Grammy-award winning musicians, international symphonies in Taiwan, Czech Republic, and Panama to name a few, coupled with several educational endeavours such as the development of a steelpan method for beginners.
His extensive list of accolades include the Humming Bird Medal (Silver), the Anthony N. Sabga Award for Excellence, past winner of the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelpan Festival Solo Competition, and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artiste Competition.
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