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Phi Alpha Tau gives Montan award for excellence in communicative arts

Rhea Becker
March 17, 2011

Chris Montan, parent of a graduate (2010) and president of Walt Disney Music, receives the Connor Award from Phi Alpha Tau fraternity. 

Chris Montan, P ’10, president of Walt Disney Music, received the Joseph E. Connor Memorial Award from Emerson’s Phi Alpha Tau fraternity in a ceremony at the Cabaret on March 16.

Montan created “the soundtrack of our youth,” said Phi Alpha Tau brother Kirk Miller ’12 in his introduction. Montan, who also is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, began his career at Disney in 1984. Under his guidance as head of music, he oversaw the creation of the soundtracks of nine films, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas. The Disney studio received Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award recognition for the music from many of these films.

The Connor Award, which recognizes those who have excelled in the communicative arts, is named for Joseph E. Connor, who studied at Emerson shortly before World War I and returned later to teach and advise the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity. Past Connor Award recipients include novelist Dennis Lehane, actor Yul Brynner, journalist Walter Cronkite, and Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

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Photo Credit: Aja Neahring