Ardyth Brott receives Betty Webster Award
It’s been said that a mother’s treasure is her daughter.
And Betty Webster, 92, couldn’t have been any prouder than when her daughter, Ardyth Brott, was presented with Orchestras Canada’s highest honour, the Betty Webster Award, prior to a Brott Music Festival concert Wednesday in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
Established in 2002, “The Betty” was named after Webster who was manager of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for eight years and led Orchestras Canada for 26 years.
It is presented annually to an individual or organization deemed by a national jury of peers to have “made a sustained and significant contribution over a number of years to the Canadian orchestral community, with an emphasis on leadership, education and volunteerism.”
Brott, wife of conductor Boris Brott, has served as the BMF’s executive director for 30 years and the National Academy Orchestra for 29 years.
In addition, she was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, and is a bestselling author of children’s books, and a community volunteer for the Hamilton Club among others.
In presenting the award to Brott, OC executive director Katherine Carleton told the BPAC audience: “Our (five-person) jury noted her creative, literary and legal achievements, her extraordinary work ethic, her sustained support for youth involvement in music, the fact that the festival has never had a deficit in its 30-year history thanks to her capable management, and the lasting impact her work has had on over 1,400 (NAO) musicians in Canada and beyond.”
“The Betty” comes with a plaque and a cash award of $1,000, which is donated to an orchestra of the winner’s choosing — in Brott’s case, to the Hamilton-based NAO.
Past local winners include Dundas’ Webster herself (2002), the late conductor-educator Glenn Mallory (2006), and HPO cellist Marsha Moffitt (2011).
Ardyth Brott: Music festival director.