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.

2019 Recipient: Eric Rice

Eric Rice (right) is presented with the 2019 Thomas Binkley Award by Raglind Binkley

“I am deeply honored to receive Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award. Robert Greenlee, who introduced me to the richness of early repertory at Bowdoin College, was a student of Binkley’s, and so in some ways, the gratitude I feel for entering a field that has given me so much joy is due to Binkley as well. I am grateful to my colleagues at the University of Connecticut and in Ensemble Origo, particularly Mary Gerbi, who has shouldered many a logistical burden for me. I am also extremely grateful to my students, whose hard work and advocacy for the repertory and their ensemble is an inspiration.” -Eric Rice

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  • 2018: Risa Browder and John Moran
  • 2017: Angela Mariani
  • 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
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