Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot to be given Gold Baton award at League Conference

Posted on: March 3, 2017

Ann Hobson Pilot will receive the League of American Orchestras’ highest honor, the Gold Baton, at the League’s 72nd National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, 2017. Pilot, who performed for 40 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (29 as principal harpist), is a renowned soloist, teacher, and mentor, and was the first African American woman to serve as a principal player in a major orchestra. Pilot will be given the award during the Opening Plenary session of the League Conference on June 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. “For over 50 years, Ann Hobson Pilot has been a trailblazer in the world of orchestras and classical music,” said Jesse Rosen, League of American Orchestras president and CEO. “Beyond being one of the world’s greatest harpists and a role model and inspiration to many, Ann remains the epitome of kindness and elegance,” said Boston Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Mark Volpe. Given annually since 1948 for distinguished service to America’s orchestras, the Gold Baton recognizes individuals and institutions whose far-reaching contributions to the field serve to champion and advance the cause of orchestras and symphonic music throughout the country.

Read the full press release here.  

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Posted March 3, 2017

Ann Hobson Pilot photo by Michael Lutch