Helen M. Thompson Past Award Winners

2014
Marcelo Lehninger, music director, New West Symphony

2013
Jennifer Barlament, executive director, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

2012
Mei-Ann Chen, music director, Chicago Sinfonietta and Memphis Symphony Orchestra

2011       
Peter Kjome, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Symphony

2010       
Joana Carneiro, Music Director, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

2009       
Graham H. Parker, Executive Director, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

2008               
Alondra de la Parra, Music Director, Philharmonia of the Americas & James Gaffigan, Music Director CityMusic Cleveland Orchestra                       

2007
Andrew Berryhill, Executive Director, Duluth Superior Symphony 

2006       
Michael Christie, Music Director, Phoenix Symphony

2005       
JL Nave, President & CEO, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

2004       
Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director, Eugene Symphony Orchestra

2003   
Mark C. Hanson, Executive Director, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

2002   
John Jeter, Music Director and Conductor, Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra

2001   
Christina Littlejohn, Executive Director, Mobile Symphony

1996       
Diane M. Wittry, Music Director and Conductor, The Symphony of Southeast Texas

1995       
John E. Forsyte, Executive Director, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

1994       
Alan Gilbert, Music Director & Conductor, The Haddonfield Symphony

1993       
Helen Norton, General Manager, Riverside County Philharmonic

1992       
Claire Fox Hillard, Music Director, Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and Meridian Symphony

1991       
Jennifer Bilfield, Executive Director, National Orchestral Association

1990       
Nicholas Palmer, Music Director, Dubuque Symphony

1989       
Miriam Abrams, Executive Director, Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic (San Francisco)

1988       
Kenneth Kiesler, Music Director, Springfield (IL) Symphony Orchestra

1987       
Constance Harrison, Manager, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

1986       
Murray Gross, Music Director, West Shore (MI) Symphony Orchestra

1985       
Philip L. Walz, Manager, New Hampshire Music Festival

1984       
Joseph Giunta, Music Director, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra

1983       
David Pierson, General Manager, Dayton Philharmonic

1982       
Leo M. Najar, Music Director, Saginaw (MI) Symphony Orchestra