At the annual workshop of the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras (AWSO), the Service to Music Award was presented to Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). “The Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras serves as a resource for the growth and appreciation of orchestral music in the state of Wisconsin. The Association promotes and facilitates the exchange of ideas among the various state orchestras and their affiliate organizations by holding periodic educational conferences and by providing a structured network.”
The annual workshop was held at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on Friday, April 27 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Topics covered included social media, the new tax laws and legacy giving.
The Service to Music Award is given to an individual or organization that has had a musical impact on more than one local community, has had a regional and/or statewide impact on community music organizations and that impact has been on multiple areas such as education and community outreach. Though not specifically a lifetime achievement award, the impact should be over a ten plus year period of time. The recipient should also have a national reputation, be active in state and national organizations and have demonstrated a service component.
“It was a unanimous decision by the board of directors of AWSO to give the Service to Music Award to Wisconsin Public Radio,” said AWSO president Jill Quigley. WPR just recently celebrated 100 years of enriching the quality of life in Wisconsin and is one of the oldest radio stations in America.
This year’s award was once again designed and created by Jeanne and Dave Aurelius of Clay Bay Potter in Door County, Wisconsin. They are avid listeners and supporters of Wisconsin Public Radio and were thrilled to create this one of a kind piece of pottery entitled, WPR: A Station For All Seasons. As you look at the piece, you will see the WPR logo, the capital, scenes for all four seasons, a radio with musical notes coming out of it and a child holding a thank you sign. Accepting the award on behalf of Wisconsin Public Radio was Ruthanne Bessman, host of Classics by Request, Peter Bryant, Program Director and Lisa Nalbandian, Station Manger.
Information on AWSO, the Service to Music Award and photos from the 2018 workshop can be found on the AWSO website: www.wisconsinorchestras.org. The Racine Symphony Orchestra in Racine, Wisconsin will host the 2019 workshop of the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras.