Five orchestra players get rewarded for community work

Five orchestra players get rewarded for community work


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2017

press release:

New York, NY (May 18, 2017) – Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras for their important work in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums, and more.

The five musicians and their orchestras are:
Mark Dix, viola, Phoenix Symphony (AZ):
Mind Over Music, B-Sharp Music Wellness, A W.O.N.D.E.R. Project Alzheimer’s Initiative (educational and health and wellness programs)

Michael Gordon, principal flute, Kansas City Symphony (MO):
Community Connections (free musical events in the community, including performances for the incarcerated at Lansing Correctional Facility via the Arts in Prison program)

Diane McElfish Helle, violin, Grand Rapids Symphony (MI):
Music for Health Initiative (a program engaging the healthcare community and introducing live music into music therapy sessions for patients)

Eunsoon Lee-Corliss, assistant principal violist, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN):
Music and Wellness Program (live musical performances enhancing the healing process and benefiting patients, visitors, and staff in healthcare settings)

Peter Zlotnick, education manager/principal timpani, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (NC):
Keep Kids in Tune education series, including Beginning Strings and OrKIDStra (music education and social programs which reach 50,000 children, including Head Start students, in four counties)

The award is $2,500 to each musician and $2,500 to their orchestra.


  • Larry says:

    What great programs! Congratulations to these wonderful musicians.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Music therapy has taken wing throughout many college programs, and more musicians are going into this course of study. It is fabulous, and utilizes music in therapeutic techniques to help in the healing process and work with existing medical conditions. Congratulations to these respected and deserving recipients.

  • Mark Dix says:

    Mark, it’s MaryJane Susannes sister, I cannot find her said cabin hwy 82, between mile marker 71-72, at hotel in Aspen, please call me if you can hive me directions in morning…. traffic was bad so arrived after dark. 3072877169. Thanks