New York, NY (April 21, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras has selected five exemplary orchestra musicians to receive The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities.
The award recipients and their orchestras are:
Penny Anderson Brill, viola – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music and Wellness Program
Shannon Orme, bass clarinet – Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative
Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe – South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project
Brian Prechtl, percussion – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids
Beth Vandervennet, cello – Oakland Symphony’s Music for Excellence Program