Monday, August 22, 2011


A veteran music director and a young conductor have been singled out by The American Prize for special citations in 2011. Although the citations carry with them no monetary award, they are special distinctions, acknowledging important musical skills or unique contributions of certain Prize applicants which might otherwise go unrecognized.

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. 
The citation recipient provided this short bio: Maestro Butts brings musicology and conducting skills together with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.  His concerts are the most varied in the state, featuring concertos for flute, oboe and bassoon as well as for violin and piano.   His concerts feature music from the 17th through the 21st centuries.   Maestro Butts edits oratorios and concertos by Baroque and Classical composers for modern day premieres, composes music for the ensemble, and interprets the great works of orchestral literature.

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.
The citation recipient provided this short bio: Jason Lim born in Malaysia, received his formal training in conducting in Canberra, Australia, serving as apprentice with the Canberra Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor with the Ku Ring Gai Philharmonic Orchestra in Sydney. Jason added to his awards and achievements the New South Wales Ministry of Arts Conducting Scholarship. In 2000 Jason led the NOVA Ensemble in its first commercial recording in under the auspices of the “Equilibrum” label, conducting the world premier performance of Brian Bavelander’s Distant Visions for orchestra and pre recorded tape. Jason was Music Director and Conductor for two years. In 2005, Jason conducted the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra Classical subscription concert and conducted the Abilene premier of Michael Remson’s opera, Sibanda with  Hardin Simmons University Opera.

To view recent winners of The American Prize in Conducting, as well as winners in other categories, please scroll down or use the archive feature to the right.

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