2013 Marilla McDill Award

July 25th, 2014 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

Marilla MacDill Prize Awarded for Teaching Excellence and Community Service.

Marilla MacDill Prize for Teaching Excellence and Community Service

Since 1991, Community Music Center of Boston’s Board Members have nominated a staff and/or faculty member as the recipient of the McDill Prize for Teaching Excellence and Community Service.  This year, two faculty members, Eva Kendrick and Vanessa Schukis, were presented with the award.  Eva is the Chair of CMCB’s Theory Department and leads the a capella group, CMCBeats.  Vanessa has been a member of CMCB’s School Outreach team since 2007 and has regularly performed in the John Kleshinski Concert Series. The award was presented at the Spring Ensembles Concert on June 14th.

Marilla MacDill was a Community Music Center Board member at various times from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was a talented pianist and a patron of American music—she was a friend of the composer Amy Beach—and was an unwavering advocate of music education for underserved populations. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. MacDill taught at CMCB, known then as the Boston Music Settlement School. At one point, she played in a 12 piano concert under the direction of Rudolf Ganz at the Boston Garden! While living in Washington, D.C., she headed the Music Department at the Holton-Arms School. After her husband died, she returned to Boston and pursued volunteer activities at the Community Music Center, as well as with the Chromatic Club, New England Opera Theater and the Students’ House.  MacDill’s mother was one of our earliest board members and her two daughters, Katherine Barrows and Jean Dougherty, have been supporters for many years.  Katherine—or Kits as she is known—was a board member when David Lapin was appointed executive director in 1983.  Jean’s son, Richard Dougherty, was Board president from 1996 until 2000.

“I am very honored to have been chosen for the 2014 MacDill Award…As an outreach teacher for CMCB, I am responsible for transforming lives in the Boston Public Schools through music, drama, and dance. Teaching young people who want to sing, dance and are sponges for learning is very rewarding, but when you add a special ed component and you witness these students, who have limits, blossom in the classroom as well as in performance, I am reminded on a daily basis of the power of music. CMCB has been an integral part of my career as a teaching artist and I feel a tremendous support from administration, staff and colleagues and I am inspired and blessed to have music in my life everyday.” – Vanessa Schukis

CMCB congratulates Eva Kendrick and Vanessa Schukis on their award and thanks them for the dedicated energy and enthusiasm they bring to our programs.

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