Past Additional Award Winners

    Early Music Brings History Alive Award 1998-2006

    This award acknowledged the importance of educational outreach in early music, and exposing the next generation to its delights and wonders.

    2006 Recipient: New York State Early Music Association (Ithaca, NY)
    New York State Early Music Association and its performing ensemble, NYS Baroque, have been presenting exceptional school programs since 1991. They have been in an Empire State Partnership with Ithaca High School, thanks to grants from the Arts in Education Program of the NY State Council on the Arts. They strive to bring history alive through music, making connections between Baroque music and European and colonial American history. Art Loomis, choral teacher at Ithaca High School, sings the group’s praises: “Their enthusiasm is wonderful!” Another teacher described how a particularly troubled student came to life and “smiled throughout the two days [NYSEMA] was there.” Executive Directors Peter and Libby Hedrick established NYS Baroque in 1987 and, with Music Director Michael Sand, also produce an annual concert series in Central New York State.

    2005 Recipient: Nina Stern (New York, NY)
    Nina Stern, one of this country’s leading performers of recorder and classical clarinet, serves as Director of Education for the New York Collegium and their Music in the Schools program. Since fall 2002 they have worked in partnership with The Ella Baker School in New York City to teach children the hands-on skills of playing, improvising and reading music. Nina is the project director, and she teaches recorder to students from second through eighth grades, joined by percussion instructor Mauricio Molina. Together the two teachers meet with 300 students each week in their classrooms. In addition, Nina conducts a percussion/recorder ensemble, The Ella Baker Players, that performs regularly for the student body, and has appeared as guest artists at the United Nations in celebration of International Youth Human Rights Day.

    2005 Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to Early Music Education: Mark Cudek (Interlochen Summer Arts Camp).
    Mark Cudek is an outstanding lute and guitar player, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort. For twenty summers, Mark directed the High School Early Music Program at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, working with over 750 high school students taking early music in the “Shakespeare’s Music” classes and with 75 early music majors, some of whom have gone on to careers in early music. It is with a certain poignancy that EMA gives this award, since Interlochen has recently discontinued the early music program. With this award, EMA expresses its appreciation for Mark’s substantial contribution to the field.

    2004 Recipient: Peggy Monroe (Seattle, WA)
    Peggy Monroe's involvement in early music began in the early seventies, when she started teaching recorder privately, mostly to children. She also began doing demonstrations and mini-concerts in schools, always with the idea of stimulating interest in early music and history. Her educational projects evolved from one-time schoolroom appearances into 2-week-long residencies involving entire elementary schools in medieval, Renaissance and colonial period studies. Her "Medieval Experience" residency was offered at dozens of schools in the Seattle/King County area for over 20 years. In addition, she also has written several educational scripts, which have been performed under the auspices of the Early Music Guild and the Medieval Women's Choir in Seattle. A founding Board Member of the Early Music Guild of Seattle and of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, she also served two terms on the national board of the American Recorder Society, devoting herself primarily to educational outreach in those organizations. In addition to the recorder, she also plays flute and harp, but her principal emphasis is historical percussion.

    2003 Recipient: Piffaro (Philadelphia, PA)
    Piffaro, the Renaissance Band (founded in 1980) gives an annual concert series in Philadelphia, but the ensemble also tours extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Since 1985, the ensemble has presented school performances, first as part of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Delaware State Arts Council Residency Program, and then throughout the United States, in conjunction with their concert tours. The group created and published “An Introduction to the Renaissance Wind Band and its Instruments,” a valuable supplementary resource for teachers and students. Co-directed by Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemkin, Piffaro has inspired and entertained students across the nation.

    2003 Honorable Mention: David Coffin (Boston, MA)
    David Coffin is a Boston-based singer and instrumentalist who sings sea chanteys from the New England whaling and fishing industry of the 19th century, and plays an extensive array of historical wind instruments for school assemblies.

    2002 Recipient: American Classical Orchestra (Norwalk, CT)
    The American Classical Orchestra is interested in rediscovering the music of the Classical period in its original glory: performed with stylistic integrity on original instruments. Comprised of leading period instrumentalists in the New York metropolitan region, the Orchestra has achieved significant critical acclaim through its performances and its professional recordings in Connecticut and New York City. Classical Music for Kids® (CMK) was created by the American Classical Orchestra as an education and outreach program to introduce children to the pleasures of classical music in an interactive, age-appropriate, entertaining format. Since CMK’s creation in 1999, the Orchestra has reached more than 200,000 students and their families with its in-school and family matinee performances.

    2000 Recipient: Ensemble Musical Offering (Milwaukee, WI)
    For over 19 years, Musical Offering, Ltd., under the guidance of Artistic Director Joan Parsley, has been a leading producer of early music in the Midwest. The group has received critical acclaim and become the recipient of national education awards. Since 1988, Musical Offering has been offering quality early music performances in Milwaukee County and has gained a national reputation for its work in curriculum development (K-12) by designing Artist-in-Residence programs in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Ensemble Musical Offering has been a valued affiliate of the Milwaukee Symphony’s arts and community education program, Project ACE. Its Artist-in-Residence programs have taken place at Wauwatosa East High School, Whitefish Bay Middle School, and Milwaukee School for the Arts.

    1999 Recipient: Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Chatham Baroque, western Pennsylvania's only professional baroque ensemble playing on period instruments, excites audiences with dazzling technique and artful interpretation. The group’s wildly popular Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed especially for preschool children and their parents, encouraging young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance and games. Chatham Baroque also takes its programs to unlikely venues throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, such as art galleries and museums. Many of these performances are free to the public.

    1998 Recipient: Nottingham Fair (New York, NY)
    Nottingham Fair, a project of the Early Music Foundation, was formed in 1979 by Henry Chapin and Betsy Blachly to present residencies and culminating theatrical presentations in elementary and middle schools. The in-school projects presented stories from various historical contexts, incorporated early music, dance, and costumes appropriate to the time. These immensely popular residencies involved the students in all aspects of the performance, from script development to performing on-stage. Nottingham Fair’s projects included “Martin Cookson: A Day in the Life of a Renaissance Boy,” “Fauvel: The Quest for the Most Beautiful Music in the World” (set in 13th-century Europe), “Navegando Con Colon” (“Sailing with Columbus,” as told by the mother of the Santa Maria’s cabin boy Diego de Salcedo), and “Mansa Musa’s Court” (set in 1325 West Africa).


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