Wharton Arts Lifetime Achievement Award
John C. Debney
Academy award nominated John C. Debney is considered one of the most prolific and successful composers in Hollywood. His unique ability to create memorable work across a variety of genres, as well as his reputation for being remarkably collaborative, have made him the first choice of top level producers and directors. Debney combines his classical training and a strong knowledge of contemporary sounds to easily adapt to any assignment. Mr. Debney's work includes Hocus Pocus, Liar Liar, The Pricess Diaries, Iron Man 2, Chicken Little, Sin City, Elf, Passion of the Christ, and most recently, Jingle Jangle, among many others.
Wharton Arts Education Award
Robert B. Morrison and Arts Ed NJ
Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music and arts education and is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers and advocates for arts education. Mr. Morrison is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation's preeminent arts education data analytics and market research firm. Mr. Morrison serves as the director of Arts Ed NJ, the statewide arts education policy group for New Jersey. Through his work, New Jersey has emerged as the leading state for arts education in the country.