The Plymouth Observer reports Nan Washburn, entering her 15th season as music director and conductor of the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, has been named the 2013 winner of The American Prize in Conducting – Professional Orchestra Division.
“Ms. Washburn was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States,” said The American Prize organization in a statement. The American Prize is a series of competitions unique in scope and structure designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the nation based on submitted recordings.
“These recordings confirm (Washburn’s) excellent reputation,” judges said. “Her performances are sensitive, thoughtful, serious, gracious – words that mark her self-evident musicality.”
The American Prize in Conducting for 2013 adds to the array of national recognition with which Washburn has been awarded during her career. Her diverse collection of accolades was further enhanced this past June, when she was awarded an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music by the League of American Orchestras, the 18th time Washburn was honored with the award.
Previously, she has received the New York Women Composers’ Distinguished Service Award, the Girl Scout Role Model Award, KQED San Francisco’s Outstanding Local Hero Award, Women in Leadership Award from the City of West Hollywood, and was recognized as an Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate.
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