NEPR to Honor June Millington, Michael Mucci, Enchanted Circle Theater and The Pioneer Valley Symphony with the 5th Annual Arts & Humanities Award
New England Public Radio is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award. The 2013 honorees are: June Millingon, musician and co-founder of The Institute for the Musical Arts; Michael Mucci, Chairman and Director of Instrumental Music for the Longmeadow High School Music Department (Outstanding Individuals); Enchanted Circle Theater of Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley Symphony(Outstanding Organizations).
Recipients will be celebrated at the 5th annual Arts & Humanities Award Gala, May 7, 2013 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. Will Shortz, the Puzzlemaster for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and crossword editor of The New York Times will be the keynote speaker at the event.
Tickets ($75) are available for purchase at NEPR.net and by calling 413.545.0100 with proceeds to benefit the programs and services of New England Public Radio.
"The NEPR Foundation is thrilled with the community response to the Arts & Humanities Award," said Dennis Bromery, Chair of the foundation's Outreach Committee. "Like always, it was a difficult choice, but this year's recipients truly exemplify what the award is intended to recognize."
Established by the New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. in 2008, the New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award has been recognizing the rich and varied arts scene in the region for the past four years. The award recognizes the contributions of local talent, and brings greater public awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, actors, writers, and teachers in western New England.
June Millington is a musician, founding member of the all-girl rock band Fanny, and co-founder and artistic director of The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen, Massachusetts. An extraordinary musician, songwriter, and producer, her contributions to the canon of rock and roll are enormous, and her efforts to bring much needed visibility of women artists in popular music are legendary. As the founder of The Institute for the Musical Arts, Millington is a force for empowering women in their pursuit of careers in the field of music and promoting social justice and equality within the music industry and in other social and cultural spheres.
IMA is a nonprofit teaching, performing and recording facility dedicated to supporting women and girls in music and music-related business. IMA's residential summer music programs for girls and young women give participants access to top-notch musical facilities and instruments, veteran professional musicians and time with visiting artists.
Michael Mucci, is the Chairman and Director of Instrumental Music for the Longmeadow High School Music Department. The Longmeadow High School Music Program has a long and storied history of performance, education and excellence. For over fifty years, the department has fielded multiple chorus groups, wind ensembles, a select a cappella group, and a full symphony orchestra. Under Mucci's leadership, Longmeadow ensembles have performed at the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention. The Longmeadow High School Symphony Orchestra won the 2010 American Prize for secondary school orchestral performance; and the Longmeadow High School Music Department has been awarded three Grammy Signature Awards by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In addition to his work at Longmeadow High School, Mucci is currently in his fifteenth season as Director of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory of Music. After many years at the helm of the music program at Longmeadow, he will retire this year.
Founded in 1976, Enchanted Circle Theater is a non-profit professional educational theater company dedicated to engaging, enhancing and inspiring learning through the arts. This past year Enchanted Circle Theater incorporated arts integration into over 80 classrooms throughout western Massachusetts, positively affecting the lives of over 1500 students and their classroom teachers.In the best spirit of the NEPR Arts and Humanities Award, Enchanted Circle Theater promotes and emphasizes collaboration in all its programs. Its resources have been utilized to form partnerships not only with local public schools, but with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Holyoke, The Care Center for pregnant and Parenting Teens, and the Homework House. In 2O13, fittingly in partnership with the Collaborative for Educational Services, Enchanted Circle Theater hopes to launch an Arts Integration Academy which will train and provide certification to teachers from districts throughout the region.
For 74 years the Pioneer Valley Symphony has presented first-class classical music concerts in the Pioneer Valley. This mostly volunteer orchestra and chorus is one of the oldest community orchestras in the country. Its 200 players and singers range from high school age to people in their eighties, and represent 36 towns in western Massachusetts as well as six towns in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. The ranks of the PVS are filled not only with music educators, but also with teachers, lawyers, doctors, librarians, dentists, veterinarians, graphic artists, woodworkers, sound engineers, students, and retirees, all of whom share a passion for music. Through its quality performances, breadth of repertory, educational and outreach programs, and encouragement of area composers and performers, the PVS has made major contributions to the cultural life of western Massachusetts for three-quarters of a century.
NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz will be the keynote speaker at the gala. Mr. Shortz has appeared on Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978).
The 2013 New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award is sponsored by Silverscape Designs and Merriam-Webster Inc.
For more information on the 2013 Arts & Humanities Award or the May 7 event, contact Vanessa Cerillo at email@example.com or 413-545-9717.