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2016 Gallery of Success Inductees

Congratulations to John Joseph Carr, BMEd '70, MM '74 and William B. Carr, BM '72, MM '74 for their induction into Temple University's Gallery of Success.

Upon earning his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Temple University in 1970, John (Jack) Carr immediately pursued a career teaching music in the School District of Philadelphia.Within four years, he was offered the unique opportunity to create a school for grade levels 5 through 8 with music being a major subject for all students.

The renowned Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP,) under Dr. Carr’s leadership, became one of the premier magnet schools and an educational gem among public schools in Philadelphia. High academic achievement coupled with authentic and creative musical experience opportunities propelled this small school into the national and international spotlight repeatedly during the past 45 years. GAMP performing ensembles are known for their excellence and the school possesses a climate that is the envy of many private schools.

Dr. Carr completed his doctoral degree in Education Administration at Immaculata University in 1997; he retired from the School District of Philadelphia in 2013 and immediately became principal of the Philadelphia Performing Arts String Theory Charter High School, where the GAMP standards of excellence continue.

Dr. Carr has been an active member of the Boyer College Alumni Association for more than 40 years including service as vice president. He appreciates the fine quality of Boyer College graduates and often recruits alumni for teaching positions.

Pianist William Carr is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Immaculata University. Upon earning his Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance at Temple University, he received a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York with the renowned pedagogue, Adele Marcus.

He continued studies with Marcus for his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the Catholic University of America, then earned post-doctorate performance certificates from the Munich Conservatory (in Chamber music) and the Liszt Conservatory (in Piano), where he studied with concert pianist Paul Badura-Skoda.

In 1997/98 Dr. Carr was awarded Immaculata University’s first Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, and in 2006 he was recognized by the Steinway Corporation as a Steinway Artist. He has performed in many European cities and throughout the U.S., including recitals in Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to his performing and teaching career, Dr. Carr holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations/International Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He founded Informance Associates, Inc., a consulting organization, exploring issues of creative problem solving for business marketing, management and strategic planning and policy implementation. He has given corporate seminars on creativity to the schools of business at Columbia University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and to more than 30 Fortune 500 corporations.