Ross W. Duffin and Beverly Simmons have been named co-recipients of Early Music America’s 2018 Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Early Music. The award was bestowed at EMA’s annual meeting in Bloomington, IN in May.
The co-founders of Quire Cleveland, Duffin and Simmons have been catalysts for early music in Cleveland since Duffin’s arrival at Case Western Reserve University in 1978. Among other activities, they produced the Chapel, Court and Countryside concert series at CWRU, and Duffin hosted the National Public Radio program Micrologos: Exploring the World of Early Music. Under his tutelage, a constant stream of early music specialists has emerged from Case over the decades, and Duffin was named Distinguished University Professor last year. The couple will retire at the end of this academic year to split their time between children and grandchildren in California and Washington, D.C.