Kevin Bartram, music director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, received the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) Recognition Award for outstanding service and dedication to the organization. Bartram, who serves as national development chair of CODA, received the award during the organization’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 19.
During his trip to Cleveland, Bartram met with the Minister of Culture for the Republic of Argentina José Luis Castiñiera de Dios about IberMusicas, a new partnership between the U.S. and Central and Latin American countries for orchestra and music education. As a result of the meetings with Bartram and other officers in CODA, the U.S. is moving forward on developing relationships with 13 countries, including Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. Bartram will serve as an adviser and consultant to the development of orchestral music and education in these countries, and will assist in the promotion of Latin music in the U.S.