Early Music America Outreach Award (2007-2010)

    The Early Music Outreach Award recognized and promoted excellence in outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists.

    2010 Recipient: Phillip Serna
    Phillip Serna is the recipient of the Early Music Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. Phillip Serna is instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, and is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Early Music Department. Since its inception in 2006, Phillip Serna’s Viols in Our Schools program has worked to make period-instrument performance for viols a vital part of school communities in locations ranging from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Texas. With over 35 events and 80 hours of classroom time this season, these programs seek to educate, inform and inspire the next generation of early music enthusiasts, performers and scholars by presenting to students ranging from kindergarten through college age. Phillip has performed on double bass with many Midwest orchestras and on viols and vielle with early music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Chicago Early Music Consort, the Newberry Consort and the Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols. Phillip received his Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied viol with Mary Springfels. Phillip is currently president of the Viola da Gamba Society Third Coast, the Chicago chapter of the VdGSA.

    2010 Lifetime Early Music Outreach Award: Judith Davidoff
    Judith Davidoff is the recipient of the Lifetime Early Music Outreach Award in recognition of her lifetime achievement in early music outreach. Judith Davidoff’s career in early music spans five decades. She studied the viol with Alison Fowle and holds a Soloist Diploma in cello from the Longy School of Music. She began her career in early music as a member of the Boston Camerata. She moved to New York City in 1965 to play with the New York Pro Musica and founded the New York Pro Musica Consort of Viols (now called the New York Consort of Viols). She created a master’s degree program in the performance of early music at Sarah Lawrence College. Judith received a doctorate from the Union Institute in 1995. Her research culminated in an annotated catalogue of contemporary music for the viol. Judith is now on the Sarah Lawrence College faculty as director of the collegium and teacher of viol. She is also on the music faculty of Columbia Teachers College. The New York Consort of Viols is in residence at the Church of the Transfiguration where each season members of the church’s boys choir are taught to play the viol by members of the Consort and participate in a concert. Other outreach activities include regular visits to a preschool in Harlem.

    2009 Recipient: Jerry Fuller 
    Jerry Fuller is the recipient of the Early Music Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. Jerry Fuller is director of Ars Antigua, a period instrument ensemble in Chicago. For the past four years, he has also directed the Midwest Young Artists Early Music program for the Midwest Young Artists organization. The MYA Early Music Program includes a student orchestra, a Summer Early Music Workshop, and the Early Music categories of the Walgreen’s Concerto Competition and the Chicago Chamber Music Competition. These programs raise the visibility and knowledge of early music among talented high school students throughout the Midwest. Mr. Fuller is also principal double bassist of The Baroque Band, and a member of the period instrument forces for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and Chicago Opera Theater. He writes on period instruments and performance practice for The Strad, Double Bassist, and Bass World magazines.

    2009 Special Early Music Outreach Award: Grace Feldman
    Grace Feldman is the recipient of the Special Early Music Outreach Award in recognition of her lifetime achievement in early music education. Grace Feldman began playing viola da gamba professionally while a student at Brooklyn College. Her thesis became the core for her authoritative eleven-volume Method for the Bass Viola da Gamba, the Golden Viol. She received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and she has taught at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut for almost 45 years, where she heads the Strings, Early Music, and Ensemble departments, and teaches viol, violin, viola, and recorder. Her individual students currently include 20 viol students ranging in age from 13 to 91 and 12 recorder students, and she coaches five viol consorts, two recorder groups, and three ensembles of mixed early instruments. Ms. Feldman has also taught viola da gamba at several colleges, including Wellesley, New England Conservatory of Music, Wesleyan, and the Hartt School of Music. She has performed with the New York Pro Musica, the New York Consort of Viols, the Playford Consort, and she directed the New England Consort of Viols (1973-1990). She has numerous recordings to her credit, and has served as a board member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

    2008 Recipient: Arcadia Players (Northampton, MA)
    Arcadia Players was founded in 1989 by Margaret Irwin-Brandon to perform the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the spirit and style of the period in which the music was composed. Directed by Ian Watson, Arcadia Players presents a series of 10 concerts each year in several communities in western Massachusetts, performing chamber music, opera, orchestral and choral repertoire, including annual highly acclaimed performances of Handel's Messiah. The group regularly collaborates with vocal ensembles throughout western New England, at institutions such as Dartmouth College, Mount Holyoke College, Yale University, and the Hartt School. Arcadia Players is in residence at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In the fall of 2007 Arcadia Players launched a pilot Concert Education Program. In conjuction with Springfield Public Schools, the ensemble developed a detailed curriculum for 5th graders introducing Baroque music and culture, provided teacher training sessions, and brought the students to a special performance of Handel’s Messiah. www.arcadiaplayers.org

    2008 Special Early Music Outreach Award: Tina Chancey (Arlington, VA)
    Tina Chancey is a performer, educator and scholar. A former chair of the Early Music America Education Committee, Dr. Chancey has been a presenter at Orff-Schulwerk, ASTA, MENC, and Chamber Music America national conferences. For the past two decades, she has given workshops and assemblies in the DC public schools through the Washington Performing Arts Society’s “Concerts in Schools” program. She plays early and traditional bowed strings and is a founding member and director of HESPERUS (founded by Chancey and her late husband, Scott Reiss), an early/traditional music ensemble that tours nationally and internationally, and is a former member of the Folger Consort and the Ensemble for Early Music. In 2003 HESPERUS began its History’s Soundtrack project, providing live early music scores for silent films. To date this project has included live “soundtracks” for Robin Hood (1922), The General (1927), Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), and The Golem (1920). The Special Early Music Outreach Award was given to Dr. Chancey in recognition of her lifetime achievements in early music education and the unique contributions she has made to the broad dissemination of early music through an unusual medium. www.hesperus.org

    2007 Recipient: Sarasa Ensemble, (Boston, MA)
    The Sarasa Ensemble performs music from the early Baroque through the Romantic eras. Drawing on a pool of more than sixty world-class musicians from the United States, Europe, and Canada, the ensemble varies in size according to the particular program of each of its concerts. The ensemble produces the Sarasa Chamber Music Series in Cambridge and Concord, Massachusetts and summer concerts based in Putney, Vermont. Sarasa was formed in response to a concert played by its founder, Timothy Merton, in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in 1997. Since then Sarasa has been bringing high-quality music to those who ordinarily have little access to it. The ensemble has performed in adult and adolescent correctional facilities, homes for the elderly, mental hospitals, and institutions for the disabled. For the last several years Sarasa has been working almost exclusively with teenagers in the greater Boston area. Every concert season the group plays more than twelve outreach concerts and facilitates four residency programs in teenage correctional centers. Through these programs Sarasa seeks to address the spiritual and emotional suffering of incarcerated youth and provide them with joy, hope and opportunities for healing through self-expression. http://www.sarasamusic.org/outreach/concerts/index.shtml


    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. http://www.nysema.com/index.php?show=outreach

    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. http://www.amerclassorch.org/education.shtml

    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. http://www.chathambaroque.org/pb.html

    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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