Gordon Getty’s 80th birthday party last December was a major event, as anyone who reads the society pages will tell you. However, for those of us who share both the breadth and enthusiasm of his love of music, the “real” celebration took place the following month when the San Francisco Symphony and its Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas arranged a gala concert at Davies Symphony Hall entitled A Salute & Birthday Party for Gordon Getty. This month the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will add their own recognition of Getty’s achievements by awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Music.
This will take place as part of the annual commencement ceremonies, held this year on Friday, May 23, beginning at 10:30 a.m. In announcing this acknowledgement of Getty’s contributions, SFCM President David H. Stull released the following statement:
Mr. Getty's extraordinary career as composer, artist, entrepreneur, advocate for the arts, and cultural leader, not only in the City of San Francisco, but in the United States of America and in the world beyond, makes him an ideal candidate to receive our honorary degree and to inspire our graduating class.
This year degrees will be conferred to 42 undergraduates, 106 graduate students, and 24 postgraduates. Recipients come from 27 states as well as eighteen other countries. The ceremony will include both speeches and student performances.