Haas Award Goes to Rachel Barton Pine

November 26, 2012

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rachel barton pineJOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine has been honored for her work as an artistic ambassador by being named the 2012 recipient of the Karl Haas Prize for Music Education, the international award bestowed by the Klassix Society/Friends of KXMS.  88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International is the radio service of Missouri Southern State University.

Celebrated as a leading interpreter of classical works, violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs with the world's great orchestras and, to date, has recorded 23 albums.  Along with her rigorous performance schedule, Pine plays an active role in encouraging audiences of all ages to experience the transformative power of the arts.  Pine hasn't forgotten what it was like to grow up in a financially struggling household, in which, by age of 14, she was significantly contributing to her household's income through her work as a violinist.  She founded the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation (REBF), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, in 2001 to expand awareness of and appreciation for classical music through various projects. 

The REBF's Instrument Loan Program allows young artists to benefit from the use of high-quality instruments that otherwise would not be available to them.  Its career and education grants help with expenses that are not covered by traditional scholarships and that Pine remembers struggling to pay for – including accompanists' fees, sheet music, stage clothes, travel expenses to competitions and the costs of recording.  Through Global Heartstrings, her foundation provides basic classical instrument supplies to musicians in developing countries.  Finally through REBF's "The String Student's Library of Music by Black Composers," Pine and the University of Michigan are developing a curriculum for all skill levels featuring string music written by black composers dating back to the 1700's.

In addition to her rigorous touring schedule, Pine enjoys giving special programs and demonstrations for children and often incorporates spoken program notes or pre-concert conversations into her appearances.  She coaches chamber music, leads sectionals for youth orchestras, and gives master classes.  A fan of rock since her pre-teens, she often visits rock radio stations and clubs to perform her own arrangements of rock and metal songs followed by classical pieces to help draw new listeners to classical music. 

She has created an innovative orchestral initiative aimed at drawing new audience members titled "Shredding with the Symphony" which features pieces by Van Halen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Metallica as well as Bruch, Berlioz and Shostakovich.  She is a frequent instructor at Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp and the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.  Pine received the 2006 Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for her work in music education.  She is a Life Trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago which named the "Rachel Barton Pine Violin Chair" in her honor.

Past recipients of the Karl Haas Prize for Music Education include: "Classical Kids" (Toronto, Canada), pianist/radio host Christopher O'Riley, the national radio series "Performance Today" (American Public Media), San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, British composer Howard Goodall, American baritone and classical radio host Peter Van De Graaff, and Cleveland classical radio station executive and program host Robert D. Conrad. 

The Karl Haas Prize for Music Education sprang from a lifetime achievement award bestowed on the internationally respected radio personality, Karl Haas, by the Klassix Society in 2000.  The Klassix Society was established at (then) Missouri Southern State College on April 26, 1991, as a vehicle for involving the Joplin area in the development and support of Missouri Southern's radio service, 88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International.

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