The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service

A Program of the League of American Orchestras
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Past Awardees

Recognizing the transformative power of music, the League's Ford Musician Awards honor professional orchestra musicians who employ music for the benefit of the greater community. Now in its third year, the Awards, made possible by the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund, shine a spotlight on the work of these musicians with people of low incomes, the homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, students, and all those who may not otherwise have access to—or who are not traditionally served by—orchestras.

Read about the 2018 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service here.

Learn more about past awardees:


2017 Awardees

The musicians were presented with their awards at the League of American Orchestras’ 72nd National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, and discussed their work at an elective session for Conference delegates. Read the press announcement and an article in Symphony magazine.

See videos of the 2017 musicians in action.

         

Mark Dix
Viola
The Phoenix Symphony
(AZ)                   


Bio
Photo Credit: The Phoenix Symphony                  

     

Michael Gordon
Principal Flute
Kansas City Symphony
(MO)                                                      

Bio
Photo Credit: David Bickley       

 

Diane McElfish Helle
Violin
Grand Rapids Symphony 
(MI)                                                                     

Bio
Photo Credit: Terry Johnston                   

 

         
          

Eunsoon Lee-Corliss
Assistant Principal Violist
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
(TN)       


Bio
Photo Credit: Knoxville Symphony
Orchestra

           

Peter Zlotnick
Education Manager/Principal Timpani
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
(NC)


Bio
Photo Credit: Tanya Odom

 

 


2016 Awardees

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. Read the press announcement and an article in Symphony magazine.

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

         

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

Photo Credit: Alicia Dal Lago              

 

Shannon Orme
Bass Clarinet
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (MI)
Bio

Photo Credit: Cybelle Codish

 

Jeff Paul
Principal Oboist
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SD)
Bio

Photo Credit: Jeff Paul

         
 

Brian Prechtl
Percussion
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (MD)
Bio

Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

 

Beth Vandervennet
Cello
Oakland Symphony
(CA)

Bio

Photo Credit: Seano Whitecloud

 
         

 


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