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Annual Awards

Congratulations to this year's EMA award winners, Thomas Forrest Kelly, Angela Mariani, and Voices of Music for their achievements in the early music field. Please find their bios underneath each award description below. Each winner will be honored at Early Music America’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm at First Church (66 Marlborough Street) in Boston, MA.

Early Music America's awards are given annually in June with each winner receiving an honorarium of $1,000. If you would like to nominate someone for a future award, please fill out the form below before October 31st of each year.

The Howard Mayer Brown Award

2017 RECIPIENT

THOMAS FORREST KELLY

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Thomas Forrest Kelly is the 2017 recipient of the Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. This award is named in memory of the renowned and beloved musicologist from the University of Chicago, Howard Mayer Brown.

Thomas Forrest Kelly is Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University, where he served as Chair of the Music Department from 1999 to 2004. In 2005 he was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching of undergraduates. Before coming to Harvard he taught at Oberlin Conservatory (where he was the founding director of the program in Historical Performance and served as acting Dean of the Conservatory); he taught at the Five Colleges in Massachusetts (Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachuetts), where he was the founding director of the Five College Early Music Program. From 1972 to 1979 he taught at Wellesley College. He was a Visiting Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge (1976-77) and a Professeur invité at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris (1998).

Professor Kelly was born in Greensboro, NC in 1943. He attended Groton School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A. B. 1964). Two years in France on a Fubright grant allowed him to study organ with Jean Langlais, and to take degrees at the Schola Cantorum in Paris (diplôme de virtuosité 1966) and the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM 1964). His graduate study was at Harvard (A. M. 1970, PhD 1973).

He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy in Rome. He has held awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. His most recent book is Capturing Music (Norton, 2015); he is the author of First Nights: Five Performance Premieres (Yale, translated into Korean and Chinese), and Early Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, translated into  German and Hungarian). His book The Beneventan Chant (Cambridge) was awarded the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for the most distinguished work of musicological scholarship of 1989. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and an honorary Doctorate in 2017. He is an honorary citizen of the city of Benevento (Italy).

In addition to performance and conducting connected with his teaching, Kelly was the Artistic Director of the Castle Hill Festival (Massachusetts, 1973-1983); the Director of the International Early Dance and Music Institute (1982-1984), and the Music Director of the Cambridge Society for Early Music (1977-1978).

Having served on the Board of EMA for almost a quarter century, and having had the honor of being EMA’s second President, I thought there was no height left for me to achieve. And now look at me! I am delighted at this honor from colleagues I respect and admire.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

2016

Lousie Basbas

2015

William Monical

2014

Jeanne Lamon

2013

James Nicolson

2012

José Verstappen

2011

Kathleen Fay

2010

Benjamin Bagby

2009

Stanley Ritchie

2008

Robert Cole

2007

Mary Springfels

2006

Alejandro Enrique Planchart

2005

Friedrich and Ingeborg von Huene

2004

Laurette Goldberg

2003

Joel Cohen

2002

Philip Brett 

2001

Timothy McGee

2000

Michael & Kay Jaffee

1999

George Houle

1998

George Hunter

The Thomas Binkley Award

2017 RECIPIENT

ANGELA MARIANI

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Angela Mariani is the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble. This award is named for the legendary lutenist and educator Thomas Binkley, who taught at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, made ground-breaking recordings with the Studio der Frühen Musik, and served as founding director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in both performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college collegium musicum.

As Associate Professor of Musicology at the Texas Tech University School of Music and the director of the Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble, Dr. Angela Mariani has displayed a love of many types of music. Before earning a Master’s degree in Early Music Vocal Performance and a Doctoral degree in Early Music Ensemble Direction from the Early Music Institute (now the Historical Performance Institute) at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Dr. Mariani began her career with a focus on folk and rock music. She received her BA in Music Theory from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she became interested in early music, performing in the UMass Collegium Musicum.

Dr. Mariani has a longstanding career of teaching and performing, and in addition, she studied medieval performance practice with the early music scholar and performer Thomas Binkley (the namesake of the Thomas Binkley Award). Dr. Mariani has hosted the syndicated public radio program, Harmonia Early Music, for over two decades, is a published writer, has taught early music workshops, performs and records with the group Johnny Faa, and is a co-founder of Caprock Early Music.

Words cannot express how stunned, honored, and delighted I am to be selected as the 2017 Thomas Binkley Award Winner. This is especially meaningful to me as Tom was such an important teacher and mentor to me. I am humbled and grateful to accept the award, which really goes to my own teachers, and to the dozens of dedicated students who have taken part in the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum for the last sixteen years.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

2016

Julie Andrijeski

2015

Paul O'Dette and Christel Thielman

2014

Adam and Rotem Gilbert

2013

Robert Eisenstein

2012

Arthur Haas

2011

Wendy Gillespie

2010

William Mahrt

2009

Steven Plank

2008

Hank Knox

2007

Sarah Mead

2006

James Tyler

2005

Ross Duffin

2004

Robert Mealy

2003

Jeffery T. Kite-Powell

2002

Gerald Hoekstra

2001

Mark Cudek

2000

Lyle Nordstrom

1999

Jack Ashworth

1998

Daniel M. Johnson

The Laurette Goldberg Award

2017 RECIPIENT

VOICES OF MUSIC

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Voices of Music is the 2017 recipient of the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. The Laurette Goldberg Award is named for Laurette Goldberg, a teacher, performer, author and founder of musical enterprises in the San Francisco Bay area. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists.

Voices of Music was founded in 2007 by musician-scholars Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler, who brought together a core group of the Bay Area’s leading specialists in period instrument performance to present creative, accessible early music programs. Each season, Voices of Music presents three series of concerts at four locations in the greater Bay Area, in addition to several smaller concerts which feature the works of a particular composer or instrument.

Outside the concert hall, Voices of Music continues to enrich the artistic life of the surrounding community. Voices of Music supports musicians young and old through the Junior Recorder Society--which include a weekly after-school program, and a monthly ensemble program for school-age recorder players—through the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra, a recorder orchestra of adult amateur players, and the Young Artists Program, which assists emerging professionals. Voices of Music programs have served over 500 participants since their inception.

Since 2007, Voices of Music have been building a digital library of music from their concerts; now representing 275 online videos which have reached over 25 million viewers. As one of the largest Classical Music channels in the USA; Voices of Music's video library may be shared freely and is used in classes in high schools, colleges and universities. This detailed record of music performance in the United States is of historic, national significance.

How fabulous! We worked with Laurette Goldberg for many years here in the Bay Area and it's an honor to receive this award.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

2016

Ron Cook

2015

Shulamit Kleinerman

2014

Margriet Tindemans

2013

Grant Herreid

2012

Chatham Baroque

2011

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

2010

Phillip Serna

2010 Lifetime Early Music Outreach Award

Judith Davidoff

2009

Jerry Fuller

2009 Special Early Music Outreach Award

Grace Feldman

2008

Arcadia Players

2008 Special Early Music Outreach Award

Tina Chancey

2007

Sarasa Ensemble

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.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

2006

New York State Early Music Association

2005

Nina Stern

2005 Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to Early Music Education

Mark Cudek

2004

Peggy Monroe

2003

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

2003 Honorable Mention

David Coffin

2002

American Classical Orchestra

2000

Ensemble Musical Offering

1999

Chatham Baroque

1998

Nottingham Fair

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