The University of the South’s Fall Convocation will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, during Family Weekend on the Mountain. An honorary degree will be presented to Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta, who will also give the convocation address, and approximately 340 new members will be inducted into the Order of the Gown during the service. 

JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and artistic adviser to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She is hailed for her work as a conductor, recording artist, audience builder, and champion of American composers. Falletta is a strong advocate and mentor for young professional and student musicians; as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, she became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble.