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 League program, made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, celebrates orchestra musicians and the inspirational work they do in their communities. The musicians will be presented with their awards at the League of American Orchestras’ 72nd National Conference in Detroit, June 6-8, and will discuss their work at a session for Conference delegates. The musicians and their orchestras are: Mark Dix, viola, Phoenix Symphony (AZ); Michael Gordon, principal flute, Kansas City Symphony (MO); Diane McElfish Helle, violin, Grand Rapids Symphony (MI); Eunsoon Lee-Corliss, assistant principal violist, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN); Peter Zlotnick, education manager/principal timpani, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (NC). The musicians were selected by a panel of peer professionals through a competitive nomination process. Awards include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to the musician’s home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for musicians.
Posted May 18, 2017