Frank Glazer Medal for Piano Performance
Beginning in Spring 2015, this award will be presented annually to an outstanding PCM piano student in honor of concert pianist Frank Glazer (1915-2015). A short biography of Mr. Glazer may be found by way of the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Carol Eaton Elowe Faculty Award
The Portland Conservatory of Music was founded in 1995. At that time, a small group of dedicated music teachers, parents and community volunteers had the vision to establish a community school of music that would increase access to quality music education in Southern Maine. At the heart of this founding stood Carol Eaton Elowe, as Founding Director. As the school grew, Carol continued to provide leadership and service to the school in her role as Chair of the Piano Department, Dean of Faculty, Noo
nday Artistic Director, and Interim Executive Director. At every turn she stepped forward to advance the mission of the school. Carol is cur
rently a member of the Piano Faculty and the Board of Directors.
The annual Carol Eaton Elowe Faculty Award, named for Carol Eaton Elowe, was established at the Portland Conservatory of Music in 2012, and provides an annual $500 prize to a Portland Conservatory of Music Faculty member who exemplifies Carol’s qualities of superior dedication to the mission of the school.
2014 CAROL EATON ELOWE FACULTY AWARD RECIPIENT
The Portland Conservatory of Music proudly presents the Third Annual Carol Eaton Elowe Faculty Award to Deirdre Oehrtmann for her superior dedication to her students and for furthering the overall mission of the Portland Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Oehrtmann has advocated for the needs of her violin students, and has nurtured the PCM Suzuki Program, taking the initiative to creative and organize vital collaborations with regional and state Suzuki programs, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and other organizations. In her constant pursuit to improve her instructional abilities,Deirdre continues to attend national Suzuki Institute sessions, continually building upon her extensive training in the Suzuki Method. Her Suzuki trainers have included John Kendall (USA), Ronda Cole (USA), Judith Bossuat (France/USA), Helen Brunner (England), Edward Sprunger (USA), Alice Joy Lewis (USA) and Edward Kreitman (USA).
Deirdre Oehrtmann has been a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for forty years, and also performs with the Maine Chamber Ensemble of the Maine Music Society, PORTopera, Maine State Ballet, Portland Ballet, and the Oratorio Chorale. Mrs. Oehrtmann was founder and for ten years conductor of the Portland Young Peoples String Consort, the training orchestra for the USM Youth Ensembles. She served for twenty-seven years on the staff of the Maine American String Teachers Association Summer Conference in many capacities, (as chamber music coach, section leader, and conductor of both the Junior and Intermediate Orchestras), and was director for her last six years on staff. She is past president of the Maine Unit of ASTA and has also served as vice president of Orchestra for the Maine Music Educators Association.
We heartily thank Deirdre Oehrtmann for her supreme dedication to solid pedagogy, compassionate and honest mentoring, and for her efforts to further the cause of the Portland Conservatory of Music both within the school and throughout the state of Maine.
This annual award was established in memory of Ruth Glazer, a musician, teacher, arts administrator, and the founder of PCM’s Noonday Concerts. Ruth was a woman who brimmed with ideas and possessed an indomitable spirit, determination and humor that made her (and those whom she conscripted to help her out) achieve the seemingly impossible. She began her career as a soprano and performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and numerous other orchestras. For her debut at Jordan Hall in 1946, she engaged a concert pianist, Frank Glazer, to accompany her. She and Frank married in 1952. Ruth taught at Vassar College and Bennett College and was then associate professor and concert manager at the Eastman School of Music where Frank was a professor. She served for two years as International President of the Association of College, University, and Community Arts Administrators.
In addition to founding Noonday Concerts in Portland, Ruth also founded the Saco River Festival in Cornish, and was a member of the Maine Arts Commission. She received several awards for her contributions to the arts and education of young people in Maine. In all that she did, Ruth set the standards high, paid attention to detail, and lifted others with her energy and laughter.
Open to all PCM students, the recipient of this award must exemplify the highest standards of musical excellence, as well as exceptional character and a capacity for leadership, following the fine example that Ruth Glazer set for us all.
2014 RUTH GLAZER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
The Portland Conservatory of Music proudly presents the 2014 Ruth Glazer ScholarshipAward to Marcos Edgar for exemplifying the highest standards of musical excellence, as well as exceptional character and a capacity for leadership as a young piano soloist, chamber musician, composer, and music scholar. Marcos has been the recipient of numerous awards during the 2013-14 academic year, including First Prize in the Ocy L. Downs Piano Prize Competition, First Prize in the Marston-Kotzschmar Competition, the Bay Chamber Elsie Bixler Junior Prize, and first prize in the Junior Division of the MMTA Pine Tree Piano Competition. Marcos has been a member of the PCM Karger College Prep Division for two years.
A native of Alfred, Maine, Ocy Downs left Maine to attend music school in Boston. In the late 1920’s she attended the legendary Fontainebleau summer program in France, organized by Nadia Boulanger. Her teachers included Boulanger, Robert Casadesus, Rudolf Ganz, and Isador Phillip.
Her teaching career spanned more than seventy years, with most of these years spent in Portland, Maine. For forty-four years she lived in a one-room studio apartment at the former Libby Building, which is now the site of the Portland Art Museum. Always community-minded, Ocy Downs was a prominent member of the Portland Rossini Club, America’s oldest continuing musical club.
Advanced Maine pianists in grades 8-12 are invited to apply to the Ocy L. Downs Piano Prize Biennial to be held at the Portland Conservatory of Music in March 2016. The application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2016 and requires a $25 non-refundable application fee.
Founded in 1999, the year of her passing, the Ocy L. Downs Piano Prize encourages young talented pianists to aspire to lofty goals by performing from memory, before three distinguished jurors, significant works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionist/Modern/
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $750, an invitation to present a solo Noonday Concert in Portland, Maine, and a full scholarship to the 11th Annual International Piano Festival in late June at the Portland Conservatory of Music.
To receive a copy of the Guidelines and Application forms, please contact the Portland Conservatory of Music by phone at: (207) 775-3356 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.