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Annual Awards

Annual Awards

Annual Awards

Congratulations to this year's EMA award winners, Lyle Nordstrom, Eric Rice, and S'Cool Sounds for their achievements in the early music field. Please find their bios underneath each award description below. 

If you would like to nominate an early musician and/or educator for annual Early Music America award, please complete the nomination form at the bottom of this page.

The Howard Mayer Brown Award

2018 RECIPIENT

Lyle Nordstrom is the 2018 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.

During his 56 years of performing early music, Lyle’s thrust has always been as a strong advocate and teacher of this music. Leading people into the workings and joys of this music, both as performers and listeners, has brought a great satisfaction to him and his wonderful wife, Patricia, who has been performing and facilitating at every stage along the way.

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PAST RECIPIENTS:

2018

Ross Duffin and Bev Simmons

2017

Thomas Forrest Kelley

2016

Louise 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

2018 RECIPIENT

Eric Rice in front of St. Paul's Cathedral

 (photo credit: Grace Carver)

Eric Rice is the 2019 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.

"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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PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

The Laurette Goldberg Award

2018 RECIPIENT

S'Cool Sounds is the 2018 recipient of the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach. Named for teacher, performer, author, and musical innovator Laurette Goldberg, this award recognizes ongoing, outstanding achievement in educational or outreach endeavors by individual performers, teaching artists, or ensembles. With the Laurette Goldberg Award, EMA celebrates work that draws new audiences or practitioners, or engages such communities in a new manner; that achieves remarkable breadth or depth of reach, seen in numbers of people engaged or in hours of engagement; and that stands to leave a lasting mark on the historical performance field, by transforming the communities served or by modeling practices that can be replicated and developed by others in the profession.

"What began as a vision is now a community that believes in social connectedness, in stimulating creativity and imagination, and in giving the gift of music. By making music together we tell our stories and listen closely to the stories of people around us and far away – communicating and connecting in a way that is more important than ever."
-Nina Stern

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PAST RECIPIENTS:

2018

The Rose Ensemble

2017

Voices of Music

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

Nomination Form

Annual Awards Nomination Form

Please complete the form below to enter a nomination for an Annual award.


The Howard Mayer Brown Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of early music.

The Thomas Binkley Award recognizes outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble.

The Laurette Goldberg Award recognizes ongoing, outstanding achievement in educational or outreach endeavors by individual performers, teaching artists, or ensembles.


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