SMU Meadows School of the Arts

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Honorary Chairs

Event Chairs

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6 p.m. Cocktail reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Concert

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas

Join us on March 10 for the 27th annual benefit concert for SMU Meadows School of the Arts, featuring the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Phillips, in two works focused on stories and legends. The concert opens with The Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius, one of four tone poems by the composer based on Finnish mythology. The MSO then performs what is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most famous work, Scheherazade, inspired by tales of the Arabian nights.

Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for the Meadows Scholars Program aimed at recruiting the brightest and most talented students to SMU and Dallas.

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Registration for this event has closed. Please for contact Meadows Giving at 214.768.4189 or for information.

Individual Tickets

Individual concert tickets are available for purchase by calling 214.768.2787.

Beneficiary - Meadows Scholars Program

Meadows at the Meyerson provides vital funding for SMU’s Meadows Scholars Program. Meadows Scholars are among the most highly sought-after students in the nation and receive competitive offers from prestigious institutions across the country. Scholarship funds provided through the program often factor significantly in a student's college decision, and upon arrival, these bright, diverse and talented students immediately elevate the level of academic and artistic discourse throughout the campus.



Emily Summers is the principal and owner of a nationally recognized residential and commercial interior design and interior architecture firm, Emily Summers Design Associates. She earned a B.F.A. in fine art at SMU in 1966 and continued graduate coursework at Meadows in art history from 1975 to 1980. Today her firm is well known for its integration of interior design, interior architecture and art consultation.

From 2007 to 2017, Summers was listed in Architectural Digest's AD100 directory of the world's top 100 designers and architects. She is a founding member and past president of the Dallas Architectural Forum and has 40 years of involvement with the Dallas Museum of Art, including a staff position as director of exhibitions and funding. She currently sits on the board of the Trinity Park Conservancy and is a lifetime member of the UT-Austin School of Architecture Advisory Council. President George W. Bush appointed Summers to the national Advisory Council on Historic Preservation from 2002 to 2006.

As a member of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts President's Advisory Council, Summers provided consultation on the interior design of the Wyly Theatre and Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. She also restored the interiors of the DeGolyer and Camp houses at the Dallas Arboretum. In addition, she has a long history of design involvement on the SMU campus. In 1999 she teamed up with architects Good Fulton & Farrell to renovate the interior of Perkins Chapel, and in 2010 she consulted with Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford on the renovation of the Mack Ballroom in the Umphrey Lee Center. As a member of the Meadows School executive board, she is consulting on the current renovation of the Owen Arts Center.

In 2015, Summers' son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Elisa Summers, established The Emily Rich Summers Endowed Professorship of Art History in her name. The professorship is currently held by department chair and Guggenheim fellow Adam Herring, Ph.D. Her new book, Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, was published in 2019. Emily and her husband, Steve Summers '66, reside in Dallas.

Event Leadership

Honorary Chairs
Kathryn and Craig Hall

Event Chairs
Nita Prothro Clark
Suzanne Perot McGee

Algur H. Meadows Dean
Samuel S. Holland, Ph.D.

Meadows Executive Board
Jennifer Burr Altabef ’78, ’81

Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83
Vice Chair

Nathan H. Allen ’00
Gerald B. Alley ’75
Jorge L. Baldor ’93
Belle Stumberg Berg ’71
Marla Hays Boone ’68
Diane M. Brierley
Greggory Fields Burk ’96
Bradford D. Burns ’87
Diane W. Byrd ’88
Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo ’83
Jane Chu, Ph.D. ’81
Jeanne Marie Clossey ’89
Janie D. Cooke
Lisa C. Cooley
Martin S. Cox ’75, ’78
William B. Crockett ’05
Frances Cudjoe-Waters
Linda Pitts Custard ’60, ’99
Pedie Danis ’95
Barbara S. Daseke
Giles C. Davidson II
Richard del Monte
Sean A. Donovan
Sally Dunning
Laura K. Elcock
Bess Fraser Enloe ’60
Linda P. Evans
Heather E. Furniss ’82
Linda Harris Gibbons ’58
Doyle D. Glass ’84, ’88
Julie Butler Hawes ’93
Pilar Tabarnero Henry
Gustavo N. Hinojosa
Ann V. Hobson
Joseph F. Hubach
Gene C. Jones
Barbara B. Thomas Lemmon
Charlene Cline Marsh ’91
Sara T. Martineau
Stacey S. McCord ’92
Sharon C. McCullough
Scott J. McLean ’77
Kit T. Moncrief
Frances A. Moody-Dahlberg ’92
Edwin S. Morgan ’93
Pat Morgan-McEvoy
Alfreda B. Norman ’81
Jay W. Oppenheimer ’78, ’86
Eric Paulson ’80
Pat Porter
Caren H. Prothro
The Reverend Paul Rasmussen ’04
Helen E. Risch
Frank M. Roby ’75
Martha P. Rochelle ’76
Cindy Cohen Schwartz ’79
Ellen Seldin, M.D. ’12, ’15
Marvin B. Singleton ’89
Steven H. Stodghill
Elisa Summers
Emily Rich Summers ’66
Regina A. Taylor ’81
Andrew E. Teller, Jr. ’86
Mary Ann Hyde Till
W. Bradford Todd
Debra J. Tolleson
Lisa C. Troutt
Gail O. Turner
Jamie Gilmer Williams ’68, ’75, ’92, ’03
Royce E. (Ed) Wilson
J. Leslie Wyatt III, Ph.D.

Ex Officio Members

Brad E. Cheves
Vice President for Development and External Affairs

Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84
Chair, SMU Board of Trustees

Samuel S. Holland, Ph.D.
Algur H. Meadows Dean

Peter K. Moore, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

R. Gerald Turner, Ph.D.