Orchestra Kentucky

At a Board Meeting that took place on June 9th at Olde Stone, the Board members of Orchestra Kentucky presented the following awards as well as announced the incoming Board President: (NOTE: These awards were originally planned to be presented at the May 16th Music of John Williams concert which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Orchestra Kentucky Board of Directors selected Board Member Rita Scott as the 2019-20 recipient of the Conductor’s Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has provided exemplary volunteer support to the orchestra. Past winners include: Jeanne Marie Patterson, Janet Bass Smith, Linda Chambers, Krista Gaddis, Nancy Jones, Pamela Thurman, Lee Stott, Carol Wedge, Tony Norman, Richard Suggs, Dianne Howerton, Arnie Petrus, Carolyn Spiller, Mary Jane Rotellar, and Webb Hendrix.

The Orchestra Kentucky board unanimously named Lora and Howell Patton as the 2019-2020 recipients of the Orpheus Award. The award, named for the famous musician of Greek mythology, is the highest honor bestowed by the orchestra. It is given each year in recognition of exemplary support for the orchestra. Past winners include:

  • 2001-2002 Jim & Darlene Johnson
  • 2002-2003 Jerry Baker
  • 2003-2004 Brian & Christy Schuette
  • 2004-2005 Mike & Jana Boswell
  • 2005-2006 Carol & Denny Wedge
  • 2006-2007 Carolyn & Lowell Guthrie Family
  • 2007-2008 Speaker Jody Richards
  • 2008-2009 Col. & Mrs. Robert Spiller
  • 2009-2010 Franklin Bank & Trust
  • 2010-2011 Dr. Patricia Mercer
  • 2011-2012 Covella Biggers
  • 2012-2013 Steve & Claudia Downey
  • 2013-2014 Dr. Sherryl B. Reed
  • 2014-2015 Mary Tincher
  • 2015-2016 Norris and Mary Thomas
  • 2016-2017 Graves-Gilbert Clinic
  • 2017-2018 Bud Layne
  • 2018-2019 Robert & Pat Goodwin

The Orchestra Kentucky Board of Directors chose Sylvia Kersenbaum to receive the 2019-2020 Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Humanities Award. This honor is bestowed in appreciation of Sylvia’s work with the orchestra and her international impact as a pianist. Past winners include Chuck Barris, Charles W. Smith, David Livingston, Cecil Karrick, Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Peter Tork, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, Larnelle Harris, and Carol & Denny Wedge.

Also recognized during the meeting, the Board of Directors honored Tom Boussard for his service as President of the Board for the past year, and welcomed Steve Wheeler as the incoming President for the upcoming year.

Jeff Reed, Musical Director for Orchestra Kentucky, says, “Volunteers have always played an important role in the life of Orchestra Kentucky. Twenty years ago, when a group of friends started the orchestra, we all worked multiple hours without pay to make our dream a reality. That spirit of volunteerism has continued and continues to this day.”

To view updates to Orchestra Kentucky’s events, visit their website at https://orchestrakentucky.com/ or follow their social media accounts (https://www.facebook.com/orchestraky and on Instagram @orchestrakentucky).


Founded in 2000, Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green is south central Kentucky’s professional orchestra. Its members have performed with ensembles such as the Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Charleston and Louisville orchestras. With over 1,600 subscribers in a community of approximately 60,000, the orchestra attributes its success to innovative programming, designed to appeal to a variety of audiences.

Orchestra Kentucky has backed legendary entertainers, including Neil Sedaka, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Paul Williams and The 5th Dimension. It is involved in commissioning new works by popular performers, premiering compositions by Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Peter Tork, Jimmy Webb, and PDQ Bach.


Jeffrey Reed, music director, founded Orchestra Kentucky in 2000. Since then, he has conducted orchestras in Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, South Korea, Milan, Italy and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has twice conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Albert Hall. Bestselling author and marketer Seth Godin singled Reed out in his best-selling study of new creativity, “Small is the New Big.” Godin praised his “clever” concerts and praised the “totally different way” Reed approaches programming. In 2015, the University of Louisville named Reed its Alumni Fellow for the School of Music in recognition of his distinguished work in his chosen field. In 2008, he received the Jefferson Award for public service in South Central Kentucky.

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