Rabin Youth Arts Awards

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras awarded the first Rabin Youth Arts Awards in 2001 in honor of their founding conductor, Dr. Marvin Rabin.  Dr. Rabin was well known for his international stature as a music educator and a researcher of youth and the arts.  Dr. Rabin founded three youth orchestra programs; Kentucky, Greater Boston and Wisconsin.  He was a vigorous spokesperson for society’s need to recognize the positive and creative accomplishments of young people, as well as individuals and organizations that support these artistic efforts.  The prestigious Rabin Youth Arts Awards continue the legacy of Dr. Rabin’s life-long mission.   Read Dr. Rabin’s full bio here.

Rabin Youth Arts Awards Nominations are sought statewide from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theater and visual arts, and are presented for:

Artistic Achievement – recognizing an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution in areas such as teaching, program development, leadership in youth performance and/or presentation to youth audiences.

Philanthropic  Achievement – recognizing an individual or organization for significant monetary or in-kind support of youth arts initiatives, including both sustained support and exceptional one time or ongoing projects.

Click here to download a RYAA Nomination Form

2018 Rabin Youth Arts Awards Recipients

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2018 Rabin Youth Arts Awards recipients: Rick Young, in the category of Individual Philanthropic Achievement; and Norman Gilliland, in the category of Individual Artistic Achievement.

Rick Young, a Wisconsin native, has a long career in the music industry. His 30-year career with Yamaha Corporation of America culminated with an appointment as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. During his time at Yamaha, Rick was instrumental in securing financial support from Yamaha Corporation for Wisconsin-based youth music education endeavors such as sponsoring the Yamaha Music Technology Center at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, annual sponsorships of WSMA’s Launchpad program and State Marching Band Championships, sponsoring WYSO’s 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration, and more.

Norman Gilliland has been a classical radio announcer with Wisconsin Public Radio since 1984. Norman’s influence on youth music in Wisconsin is vast. He has featured interviews and performances by hundreds of young Wisconsin artists on weekday classical program, The Midday. For years, Gilliland brought weekly music lessons to classrooms all over the state as part of WPR’s School of the Air program. Gilliland was a founder of WPR’s Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition, which between 1990 and 2013 recognized the accomplishments and artistry of hundreds of young Wisconsin musicians.

We will honor Rick Young with his Rabin Youth Arts Awards achievement during the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts. We hope you will join us in recognizing Norman Gilliland at his Rabin Youth Arts Awards ceremony during the Youth Orchestra Peru send-off concert on July 3, 2018 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.


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