Two receive NSAL awards

The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters announces awards given to Pamela McClain of Parkersburg and to Robert Turizziani of Charleston, W.Va. This Community Advocate of the Arts Award is given to persons who have distinguished themselves in furthering the arts in our communities.

McClain is a leader in the field of choral music and music education. As a teacher, she has inspired many young people to study, perform and love music as well as pursue careers in music. She is a leader in organizing and directing a wide variety of choral and instrumental ensembles. In addition, she has successfully increased public commitment to music in both the public schools and the larger community.

Turizziani is well known for his distinguished achievements in the field of symphonic music. He is the music director and conductor of the River Cities Symphony Orchestra, the principal clarinetist in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and in other symphony orchestras as well, and he also performs in chamber concerts. As an educator, he organized the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and prepares young instrumentalists to perform in the Orchestra. And he finds time to bring symphonic and classical music to Ohio and West Virginia high schools as well as hold classes at several West Virginia Colleges. His energetic dedication to promoting and enhancing public awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts has been demonstrated numerous times in the Ohio River Valley.

Each person received a certificate testifying that they are real advocate of the arts.

The National Society of Arts and Letters seeks to aid and assist young artists by granting awards after competitions in any of the creative or performing arts. It also promotes higher public interest in the arts.

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