Encore Spring 2020

A Fond Farewell to Karla Schmidt

Karla Schmidt poses in a portrait taken in 2018 when she received the Fred A. Schwendiman Performance Award, the highest award available for BYU staff employees.

Performing Arts Management wishes a fond farewell to Karla Schmidt as she retires from Brigham Young University. She served as office supervisor of Performing Arts Management for more than 33 years. 

Schmidt began working at BYU Performance Scheduling as the office supervisor in 1986. She had previously worked at BYU for eight years under a different department. In 1993 the Performance Scheduling office was renamed Performing Arts Management (PAM), and in 2013 the office was relocated to its present-day location in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. As the PAM office supervisor, Schmidt helped thousands of students prepare for a variety of international tours all over the world, along with regional and midsemester tours throughout the United States. Schmidt has been indispensable to making Performing Arts Management what it is today. 

The BYU Performing Arts Management full-time staff gathers for a photo in 2011. Pictured (left to right) are Edward Blaser, Jonathon Wood, Rex Barrington, Shane Wright, and Karla Schmidt.

Her work was acknowledged in 2018–19 when she received the prestigious Fred A. Schwendiman Performance Award. This award—the highest award for any staff member of the university—recognizes the dedication of staff members who provide an excellent level of service and devote themselves to being wise stewards of their resources to make BYU a better place. 

“Karla has been the backbone of Performing Arts Management for decades, and she will be missed without a doubt,” says Rex Barrington, director of PAM. “Her campus knowledge and ability to help accomplish multiple tasks has been outstanding. Her attention to detail was notable, and her consistency and continuity has been a great example to all who have known her and worked with her.”