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Principal Flute Michael Gordon honored with the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service

Michael GordonFive orchestra musicians have received Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras for their important work in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums, and more. The League program celebrates orchestra musicians and the inspirational work they do in their communities.

The musicians were presented with their awards at the League of American Orchestras’ 72nd National Conference in Detroit on June 6-8, and discussed their work at an elective session for Conference delegates.

Gordon was chosen for his outstanding contributions with the Symphony's Community Connections program, which includes performing for the incarcerated at Lansing Correctional Facility via the Arts in Prison program.

Gordon joined the Kansas City Symphony as principal flute in 2007. Since that time, he has worked actively throughout the region to promote the value of music in the community. In particular, he has collaborated with Arts in Prison to produce a series of chamber music concerts for inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility. He also serves as a board member for the Northeast Community Center that operates a tuition-free music education program for underprivileged children called Harmony Project KC. An active teacher and performer, Gordon has given numerous masterclasses and recitals in Kansas City, as well as around Missouri and nearby Kansas. 

Before moving to Kansas City, Gordon was a member of the New World Symphony where he also performed as a soloist in 2007. He has performed with several orchestras across the United States including the St. Louis Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. He has performed as both an orchestral and chamber musician at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, the Aspen Music Festival, Arizona Music Fest, and most recently at Kansas City’s own Summerfest. 

Gordon is a native of Glocester, R.I., and he spent his formative years studying flute with Marianne Gedigian (current professor of flute at the University of Texas, Austin) and playing in youth orchestra and chamber music at the New England Conservatory. In 2004, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rice University where he studied with Leone Buyse.