South Carolina Philharmonic


May 15, 2008

Philharmonic honors five for service, citizenship

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 2008 winners of the South Carolina Philharmonic’s awards for service and citizenship have been announced, honoring exceptional support of the orchestra.

Each spring, the SCP Board of Directors awards two individuals the Maj. Gen. Robert B. Solomon Award in recognition of volunteerism for and service to the Philharmonic. The Solomon Award recognizes not only a multi-year commitment of service to the Philharmonic, but also leadership. This year’s winners are R. Douglas Graham and J. Richard Palyok, both of Columbia.

In addition to being the principal clarinet player for the orchestra, Graham serves as co-chair of the Players’ Committee, serves on the SCP’s Strategic Planning Committee, served on the Music Director Search Committee and has volunteered his extraordinary musical talent at speaking engagements and special events. He is the first musician to be presented with a Solomon Award in its 13-year history.

Palyok serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and was also a member of the Music Director Search Committee. He is chairman of the Orchestra Relations Committee and was a strong advocate of pay raises for SCP musicians. He was the host of several events related to the music director search, greeted each of the seven candidates at the airport and made substantial financial contributions personally and through his company, Faces, Inc. He is the second person to be a two-time Solomon Award winner.

Two Citizenship Awards were also handed out, one recognizing corporate support and the other to an individual. The award for corporate citizenship went to long-time SCP sponsor SCE&G, which regularly sponsors concerts and uses these opportunities to introduce their employees, clients and vendors to the SCP. Regan Voit of Lexington was honored for outstanding individual citizenship for volunteering his time as the chairman of the SCP’s Strategic Planning Committee.

In 2007, the first annual Ambassador of the Year Award went to Joe Pinner for his constant, voluntary promotion of the SCP. This year, the award went to Lani Mustard Stringer of Columbia.

“Lani promotes the SCP through her highly creative and artistic abilities. She designs all of our marketing materials, recently creating the very distinctive “Magnificent Seven” season brochure and advertising campaign. She was also chairwoman of the Painted Violins project, which brings high visibility to the orchestra through a collaborative effort with the visual artists of our community,” said Robert E. Stepp, president of the SCP Board of Directors.

The South Carolina Philharmonic, which turns 45 during the upcoming 2008/2009 season, performs and promotes high-quality, professional symphonic music, serving the community’s needs for cultural development, entertainment and tourism.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
1237 Gadsden Street, Suite 102, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937   (F) 803.771.0268

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