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Annual Awards

Annual Awards

Congratulations to Louise Basbas, Julie Andrijeski, and Ron Cook for their achievements in the early music field. They are this year's EMA award winners. Please find their bios underneath each award description below. Each will be honored at Early Music America’s forthcoming Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 10, 4:00 pm in Berkeley, CA. 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

This award is named in memory of the renowned and beloved musicologist from the University of Chicago, Howard Mayer Brown, and recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of early music.

2016 RECIPIENT

LOUISE BASBAS

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What a wonderful honor. I am so pleased and grateful. The institutional and personal connections are felicitous and direct. I was a founding member of Early Music America and served on the first board of directors, and I had the privilege of studying with Howard Mayer Brown at Wellesley College while he finished his graduate work at Harvard, before moving to the University of Chicago. I look forward to a California visit in June and, in the meantime, thank you very much for this coveted award.

Louise Basbas is founder and director of the NYC early music series Music Before 1800 and has nurtured the field of early music for over four decades. Founded in 1975, this series presents programs by outstanding local, national and international early music performers and ensembles in the acoustically and aesthetically superb setting of Corpus Christi Church. Music Before 1800 is the longest-running early music concert series in New York City, and boasts the local debuts of the Tallis Choir, London Baroque, Ensemble Organum and Hespèrion XX (now Hespèrion XXI) with Jordi Savall. Anonymous 4 was in residence for seven seasons and performed 21 different programs beginning in September 30, 1990 and ending on April 23, 2015).

Ms. Basbas is an active advocate for vocal and chamber music and, in particular, for early music. She is a board member and has served as Dean of the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is president of the Bohemians (the New York musicians Club), the past president of the Saint Wilfrid Club, and is a member of the board of Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS-NY), the Musicians Foundation, and the Friends of Liturgical Music at Corpus Christi Church. She has been a panelist for numerous grant-making organizations, including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT), and the Philadelphia Music Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

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.

2016 RECIPIENT

JULIE ANDRIJESKI

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I am delighted and humbled to be awarded the Thomas Binkley award for my ensemble work at Case Western Reserve University. This award goes through me and directly out to my hard-working, well-rounded, highly proficient students and to my CWRU colleagues Ross Duffin and Peter Bennett who do so much to round out our students’ ensemble experiences at CWRU. Huge shout-out also to the multi-talented Debra Nagy whose past work with many of our ensembles and the medieval ensemble in particular has inspired many students to pursue this rich repertoire.

Julie Andrijeski is a performer, scholar, and teacher of early music and dance. After obtaining degrees in modern violin performance at the University of Denver (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M.), Andrijeski came to Cleveland to continue her doctoral studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While there, she was greatly influenced by Ross Duffin’s Intro to Early Music Performance Practices class and gradually made the switch to CWRU’s D.M.A. program in Early Music. Since then, Andrijeski has researched and performed music and dance from the 12th to the 18th centuries.

After 10 years as a member of the chamber ensemble Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh, Andrijeski returned to Cleveland to join the Music Department faculty at CWRU where she teaches early music performance practices and directs the Baroque Music and Dance Ensembles. Additionally, she is Teacher of Baroque Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Andrijeski’s unique style is built upon her knowledgeable blend of early music and dance, imbuing her performances and teaching with gestural and rhythmic nuance. She is often invited to share her skills and research at other institutions, including a semi-annual residency as Visiting Lecturer at the Juilliard School and engagements at the Oberlin Conservatory, Temple University, the Peabody Conservatory, and Indiana University, among others.

Andrijeski’s special interest in 17th-century music has led to the publication of a chapter on violin performance from that era in the second edition of A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music (Indiana University Press). Her performances with the ensemble Quicksilver as Co-Director with Robert Mealy often focus on this century. The group’s first recording, Stile Moderno: New Music from the Seventeenth Century, was described as "convincing...terrific" by Early Music Oxford Journal in 2012. Andrijeski received a coveted Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2016 from Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Arts and Culture to further her research and performance of 17th-century music in manuscript.

Andrijeski maintains an active performing schedule. In addition to her work with Quicksilver, she is Artistic Director and Concertmaster of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Principal Player with Apollo’s Fire, and frequently performs with Les Délices and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra among other diverse early music groups across the nation and abroad. This summer she is honored to perform with Concerto Palatino in Berkeley and Utrecht.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

2016 RECIPIENT

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.

RON COOK

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I was surprised and delighted to learn I am to receive the Laurette Goldberg Award from Early Music America. My entire working life as a lawyer has involved devoting all the time I can muster to studying, performing, teaching, and lecturing and writing about early music and instruments. At the same time, I have devoted countless hours participating in and providing leadership to a variety of early music organizations that produce early music events and support various segments of the early music field. All of this has been a labor of love and an incredible privilege. To receive an award for engaging in the activities I have so enjoyed is certainly an unexpected bonus.

Ron Cook spent his working life dividing his time between the practice of law and performing and promoting early music. For thirty-eight years he performed with and served as the director of The Early Interval, an early music ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio. The ensemble is the resident ensemble for the thirty-five-year-old Early Music in Columbus concert series. With his wife, Janice, Ron has regularly given lecture-demonstrations in public and private schools, colleges, senior residential facilities, churches and clubs. Ron and Janice have recently retired from The Early Interval, but they continue to make outreach performances as a duo and to appear as guest artists with The Early Interval.

Ron is a frequent speaker and writer on early music topics, with an emphasis on the historical harp and on performance of the lais of Marie de France. He has taught recorder at workshops and as an adjunct instructor at the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, and he has appeared as a recorder soloist with a variety of ensembles. He also continues to perform on historical harps at locations throughout the United States and has taught historical harp at the national Historical Harp Workshop.

In 2013 Ron published The Early Medieval Harp: A Practical Guide, an introduction to performance on the twelfth- and thirteenth-century harp. Videos of his reconstructions of the performance of three medieval lais can be found on New York University’s “Performing Medieval Narrative” website and are used in English, French and humanities courses at colleges and universities around the country. He has also composed music for early instruments, voices, piano and synthesizers, including scores that have been used in numerous theatrical productions in Columbus and elsewhere. He has also written compositions for historical instruments that have been performed at six NOW Festivals of New Music at Capital University.

Ron has always been active in promoting interest in early music locally and nationally. He was one of the founders of the Early Music in Columbus concert series and has been continuously active in its operation. He is a past director and treasurer of The American Recorder Society, past president of The Historical Harp Society, and past president of Early Music America. He has chaired the boards of a number of Columbus arts organizations, including the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Pro Musica Orchestra and the Friends of Early Music (the sponsor with Capital University of the Early Music in Columbus concert series). He continues to be Of Counsel with the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, and to serve as legal counsel for several arts and other non-profit organizations.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

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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