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Doriot Anthony Dwyer

1993 Lifetime Achievement Award


Doriot Anthony Dwyer was awarded the NFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1993 convention. She made history in 1952 when Charles Munch appointed her principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman principal in a major American orchestra. In addition to her orchestral performances, she has appeared as soloist with many leading orchestras and conductors. In 1992, she recorded three major works for flute and orchestra with which she has unique associations: Walter Piston’s concerto, written for her; Ellen Taaffe Zwillich’s concerto, which the Boston Symphony commissioned in 1990 to honor her on her retirement from the orchestra; and Leonard Bernstein’s Halil, which she played in its American premiere at Tanglewood under the composer’s direction. Ms. Dwyer has been active as a recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist, with a large discography on the RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, Northeastern, and Koch International labels. She has been awarded honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Harvard University and Simmons and Regis Colleges; the Sanford fellowship at Yale University; and citations from her alma mater, the Eastman School of Music. She was elected to the Women’s Hall of Fame at Seneca Falls, NY, and accepted the Woman of Achievement Award on behalf of her relative, Susan B. Anthony. In the fall of 1993 she returned to Japan for a concert tour and masterclasses.