Breaking Barriers Awards
In keeping with the theme of the 2021 FSMTA Conference, Breaking Barriers Through Music, we invite you to join us in honoring three highly dedicated individuals as we recognize each with a newly designated award: the “Breaking Barriers Through Music Award.” This award recognizes special contributions made in improving access to music, music education, and music making for historically underserved segments of society.
Keynote speaker Adrian Anantawan has zealously advocated to improve access to music for children with disabilities. He founded the Music Inclusion Program and helped create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre, which promotes the development of adaptive musical instruments for children with disabilities—just two examples of Adrian’s ongoing efforts to break the barriers of physical disability. We will present Adrian the Breaking Barriers Through Music Award at the conclusion of his keynote speech on Saturday, October 23.
For thirty-three years Banquet Speaker Duffie A. Adelson has helped bring quality music instruction to children throughout the Chicago area as President and Director of the Merit School of Chicago. The Merit School is nationally renowned for the caliber of instruction and level of financial support provided to thousands of students annually. Under her leadership student population and instructional offerings grew significantly and the organization launched a campaign raising nearly $20 million. We plan to present Ms. Adelson’s award during the Saturday Evening Banquet.
Our third recipient of a Breaking Barriers Through Music Award is Ruth Greenfield, a former member of FSMTA. Starting in the 1950s, Ms. Greenfield worked tirelessly to bring educational opportunities in the performing arts to students without any restrictions of race or ethnicity through her fully integrated school, the Miami Fine Arts Conservatory. Although both she and her husband faced obstacles and opposition to their work during these early years of the civil rights movement, she has now been recognized as a true trailblazer in bringing arts education to children of diverse backgrounds. Since her age does not allow for an in-person presentation, Mary Seal and Bill Dawson, a former colleague of Ms. Greenfield, recently traveled to Ruth’s home for an in-person presentation of the award. Her full story will be shared during a plenary session on Saturday, October 23.