The two conductors receiving citations in 2011 are:
Robert Butts, music director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and Opera at Florham, will be recognized for Excellence in Music Education, Enrichment and Outreach.
In acknowledging Maestro Butt's contributions, the competition wrote: "As your work demonstrates, excellence in music education, enrichment and outreach is not confined to the classroom or to the applied music studio. Conductors, whether leading school ensembles, community or professional organizations, have a major role in education, teaching not only the performers they lead, but also audiences of all ages, boards, donors, media, parents, and the community at large. In fact, everyone who comes in contact with an ensemble and its musical leadership benefits from the learning the conductor facilitates. As we witness more and more music programs in peril, as the study of (and the knowledge of) music becomes more and more of an afterthought in many communities, it is conductors such as you who assume a greater role than ever before in bringing the value of this great art to the attention of American society...Congratulations."
Jason Lim will receive a special Young Conductor citation, recognizing his burgeoning leadership skills, in evidence both in rehearsal and performance in a broad array of repertoire.
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