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2021 Retiring College Faculty and Staff Honored for their Service

Six faculty and staff members from the College of Fine Arts and Communications to retire this year

“This year, several faculty and staff within the College of Fine Arts and Communications will be retiring after years of hard work and devoted service to both their fellow colleagues and students. These individuals have strengthened our college community and will always be remembered in high esteem. These are close colleagues and friends and we will all miss our daily association with them,” said Dean Ed Adams. Faculty and staff retirees include Bethanne Anderson, Steve Lindeman, Larry Lowe, Rebecca Ott, Don Peterson and Kirt Saville.

Bethanne Anderson | Design Bethanne Anderson graduated from BYU with a BFA in painting and an MFA in painting and drawing. She also studied with a scholarship at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as the Florence Academy of Art. She has illustrated 13 children’s books and has won the Boston Globe–Horn book honor, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Peace from the United Nation, the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators and the Southwest Library Association’s Best Children’s Book Award.

Steve Lindeman | Music Steve Lindeman taught as a professor of music in the Brigham Young University School of Music, where he taught music theory and analysis, orchestration, jazz history, jazz styles and analysis, jazz piano and world music. Lindeman’s expansive education includes Indiana University, Queens College CUNY and Rutgers University. He has also done postgraduate work with the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, the Stanford Jazz Workshop as well as film scoring workshops.

Larry Lowe| Music Laurence Lowe taught in the Brass & Percussion division of the Music Department. He taught Private Horn Instruction, Horn Master Class and First-year Horn. He has established an international reputation as a horn soloist, composer, orchestral player, and teacher. He has been a soloist at nine international horn workshops sponsored by the International Horn Society. He was principal horn in the Orchestra at Temple Square for 12 years and is currently principal horn in the Ballet West Orchestra and in the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra and Opera. Rebecca Ott | Dean’s Office Rebecca Ott has been serving BYU for over 36 years. In her time here, she has seen many changes and worked in different areas. Beginning at the Computer Distribution Center, her office sold the first personal computers to all departments, faculty and staff where she came to know almost everyone on campus. She subsequently worked for the Computer Science Department, then two Academic Vice Presidents and one Associate Academic Vice President. In 1997 she came to work in the College of Fine Arts and Communications where she has worked for four deans, one interim dean and over 10 associate deans, as well as serving as the Barlow Endowment Administrator. Her greatest satisfaction has been knowing and working with all of the faculty and staff in the college. She leaves with many fond memories of her time in the college and at BYU.

Don Peterson | Music Don Peterson was appointed Director of Bands at Brigham Young University and conductor of the Wind Symphony in 2008. Under his direction, the BYU Wind Symphony completed highly successful tours to Asia in both 2009 and 2015, as well as Europe in 2012. He received both his Bachelor's and Master of Music degrees in music education from Brigham Young University, followed by a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental music/conducting from Arizona State University. Peterson is an active member of NAfME, UMEA, NBA and was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2011.

Kirt Saville | Music Kirt Saville acted as the Director of the School of Music at Brigham Young University, where he was Professor of Music Education and the Associate Director of Bands. Coming from 22 years of experience as the Director of Bands and 15 years as the music department chairman at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; Dr. Saville taught instrumental music education and conducted the Symphonic Band at BYU. He has presented band clinics and session workshops throughout the West, Midwest and the People’s Republic of China.