North­eastern Uni­ver­sity vis­iting artist Vir­ginia Eskin was hon­ored for her radio doc­u­men­tary series, titled “First Ladies in Music with Vir­ginia Eskin” with the Clarion Award by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Women in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Eskin cre­ated and hosted the series and shares this award with the series’ pro­ducer WFMT Radio Net­work in Chicago, and its sponsor North­eastern University.

First Ladies is a 13-​​week, one-​​hour series that tells the his­tory of women in music. “It was cre­ated to fill a void that exists on women com­posers,” said Eskin, an accom­plished pianist. “The series starts with Sappho, ends with Bjork – two incred­ible women – and covers about 1,000 years of music history.”

The series has been heard so far on over 100 sta­tions in the United States and inter­na­tion­ally. Eskin hopes to create a sequel to the pro­gram focusing on female per­formers, con­duc­tors and patrons.

We want to excite and inform the lis­tener through the use of sto­ries, rare record­ings and musical exam­ples from the piano,” added Eskin.

In its 35th year, the Clarion Awards rec­og­nize small busi­ness, large cor­po­rate, non-​​profit, agency and gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ists nation­wide who demon­strate excel­lence in clear and con­cise communications.

The award will be pre­sented at the Asso­ci­a­tion of Women in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions annual con­fer­ence in Orlando, FL on October 4–6, 2007.

About Vir­ginia Eskin

Eskin’s con­certo appear­ances include the Annapolis, Buf­falo, Louisville, New Hamp­shire, Rochester, San Fran­cisco, Santa Bar­bara and Utah Sym­phony Orches­tras, the Boston Clas­sical, the Israel Sin­foni­etta, and the Boston Pops. She has also per­formed as a soloist with the New York City and Boston Ballet Com­pa­nies, and at New York’s Morgan Library in New York. She cur­rently holds the appoint­ment of Vis­iting Artist at Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Music, and received an hon­orary Doc­torate of Humane Let­ters from Keene State Col­lege (NH) to rec­og­nize her con­tri­bu­tions to women’s music.

For more infor­ma­tion about the artist and her upcoming per­for­mances, please visit Vir­ginia Eskin’s Web site at www​.vir​gini​ae​skin​.com or con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.neu​.edu.