The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

 

 

Five exemplary orchestra musicians were presented with the inaugural Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore on June 10, 2016. This new League program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund to celebrate orchestra musicians for their exceptional commitment to meaningful engagement with their communities. Read the press announcement

Webinar

Check out the webinar presentation, which features all five awardees and is moderated by Eric Booth, president, Everyday Arts, Inc.


2017 Awards

Information about nominating musicians for the 2017 Ford Musician Awards will be announced and posted here by December 15, 2015.


2016 Awardees

         

Penny Anderson Brill
Viola
Michael & Carol Bleier Chair
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Credit: Alicia Dal Lago

 

Sharon Orme
Bass Clarinet
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Credit: Cybelle Codish

 

Jeff Paul
Principal Oboist
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Credit: Jeff Paul

         
 

Brian Prechtl
Percussion
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bio

Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

 

Beth Vandervennet
Cello
Oakland Symphony
Bio

Photo Credit: Seano Whitecloud

 
         

About The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service is a program that supports orchestra musicians for their exceptional commitment to meaningful engagement with their communities. The five awardees were selected by a panel of industry professionals through a competitive nomination process. The awards include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to their home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.

Community work is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income or at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.

The program is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund..

Questions? Contact Mi Ryung Song at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service mark the League’s second partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was previously the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.