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Annual Awards

Annual Awards

Congratulations to this year's EMA award winners, Ross Duffin and Beverly Simmons, Risa Browder and John Moran, and The Rose Ensemble for their achievements in the early music field. Please find their bios underneath each award description below. The 2018 winners were honored at Early Music America’s Annual Meeting & Membership Reception on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana.

If you would like to nominate an early musician and/or educator for a 2019 annual Early Music America award, please fill out the form below before November 30, 2018.

The Howard Mayer Brown Award

2018 RECIPIENT

Beverly Simmons and Ross Duffin

Ross Duffin and Beverly Simmons are the 2018 recipients 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.

As a recipient of EMA’s Thomas Binkley Award in 2005, I thought I had already achieved the pinnacle of recognition in the field, so this new award is astonishing. Howard Mayer Brown was an early hero of mine, beginning with his article on the performance of fifteenth-century chansons in the very first issue of Early Music Magazine in 1973 when I was just starting graduate school. It is an enormous honor to be recognized for lifetime achievement in early music with an award that bears his name, and to share that award with Beverly Simmons, my wife and professional collaborator of more than forty years, is a great joy. -Ross Duffin

I have worked mostly behind the scenes, promoting artists, producing concerts, and administering organizations, so it’s especially gratifying to have this recognition. The world of early music has provided continuing adventure, learning, and satisfaction with a community of the most intriguing and marvelous people. I am thrilled, and humbled, to receive this honor! — Beverly Simmons

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PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

2018 Binkley Award Winners Risa Browder John Moran (photo credit: Thomas Moran)

Risa Browder and John Moran are the 2018 recipients 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.

We were truly surprised and deeply touched to learn that we were receiving Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award. We owe it all to our students in the Baltimore Baroque Band who inspire us every week with their enthusiastic dedication and to our very supportive colleagues at Peabody.

While we never got to meet him, we became aware of Binkley’s importance while studying in Basel, where he was still fondly remembered a decade after his return to America. We are thankful for the recognition and humbled by the honor of joining this illustrious roster of collegium directors who have done so much to advance the cause of early music. - Risa Browder and John Moran

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PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

Jordan Sranek and the Rose ensemble entertain at a local library event.

The Rose Ensemble 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.

As a person who grew up in northern Minnesota, where my school had no choir, the band existed to play at football games, and the only in-school “teaching artists” were evangelical rock bands, my passion for educational outreach is truly personal. Whether it is creating programs for schools, community centers, houses of worship, libraries, and so much more, I feel driven by these goals: 

-to make the world a more beautiful place
-to encourage the appreciation of things unfamiliar and the knowledge of others
-to use art to cultivate abundant curiosity about human history

After 22 seasons, we in The Rose Ensemble have accomplished a lot. But each time our staff gathers, each time our musicians rehearse, we are reminded of our potential. This award validates our efforts, and we are grateful. But it also encourages us to strive to do even more. – Jordan Sramek

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PAST RECIPIENTS:

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

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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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