Marin Alsop
Photo: Grant Leighton

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

Fred Lerdahl, Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia and Secretary of the Ditson Fund, said, “Marin Alsop is legendary for her sustained advocacy of contemporary American music. She is deeply committed to it and performs it with enormous insight and flair.”

The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University established the Ditson Conductor’s Award in 1945. It is the oldest continuing award honoring conductors for distinguished contributions to American music. Previous recipients include James Levine, David Robertson, David Zinman, Alan Gilbert, George Manahan, Leonard Bernstein, and, last year, Cliff Colnot.


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