South Carolina Philharmonic


June 15, 2015

Awards banquet recognizes 11 for S.C. Phil service

Eleven people were recognized with awards Sunday evening for providing the South Carolina Philharmonic exemplary service and stewardship during its past season or, in many cases, longer.

Orchestra board members and musicians and other community leaders made up the 11. All were present to receive their awards at the S.C. Phil’s annual awards banquet, held this year at The Oak Table.

Additionally, a conductor’s baton was – literally – passed from William “Bill” O. Danielson to incoming board president Regan Voit (right) of Lexington, who will serve a two-year term starting this July 1. Danielson, also of Lexington, served an extraordinary four-year term as board president, the first such term in the orchestra’s history.

The awards and their winners are as follows:

Maj. Gen. Robert B. Solomon Award goes to board members exhibiting exceptional volunteerism:
  • Frank Braddock (The Braddock Group at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC)
  • Kit Smith (retired from Richland County Council)
The Citizenship Award went to Steve Borders (Koger Center for the Arts) for exemplifying the highest ideals of sustained individual support and service.

The Partnership Award went to the S.C. State Museum for embodying the spirit of genuine partnership to the benefit of our community. State Museum Executive Director Willie Calloway accepted the award.

Board member and Immediate Past President Thomas R. Gottshall (Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA) was recognized as Ambassador the Year.

Board member Mary Green Brush (retired, SCE&G) received the Perennial Award in recognition of active and engaged board service since 1997.

Principal tuba Ron Davis and violin emeritus Constance Schulz won the Benjamin W. Woodruff, Jr. Musician Awards for exceptional service beyond their playing.

Finally, the S.C. Phil thanked three additional board members whose roles on the board are ending:
  • Cheryl Black for completing two season as president of the Symphony League, 
  • W.M. “Bill” McDowell, Jr. (McDowell Pearman LLC) stepping down after nine years as treasurer, 
  • and Ellen Monahan (private piano teacher) for seven years of board service.

About the S.C. Philharmonic

An independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1964, the South Carolina Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches and excites diverse audiences through live symphonic music. The introduction of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara in 2008/2009 ushered in a New Era of Artistic Excellence that is allowing the orchestra to move forward and become the Midlands pre-eminent performing arts group.

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