Stephen Wogaman, 2021 Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Arts Award
It was said that when the lights went dark, he lit up. Nominators explained that in the ten years since Stephen Wogaman was named president of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, he has expanded its educational outreach programs, broadened its geographical reach, doubled the number of concerts presented, and increased its educational programming three-fold. His outreach programs range from downriver to downtown Detroit, from Novi to Pontiac schools, from Grosse Pointe to the Bloomfield Public Library. While he has maintained the organization’s flagship Signature Chamber Series at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, he also brought concerts back to City of Detroit as well as initiated partnerships across a broad spectrum of audiences of Metro Detroit.
During the pandemic, under Wogaman’s leadership, the CMSD became a trailblazer in webcasting world-class artists all over the globe with its CameraMusic series (https://cameramusic.org), live-streaming 70 other chamber music organizations nationwide, and reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners on six continents while providing a needed revenue stream to artists who found their livelihoods imperiled by being unable to perform in person.
Michael and Roberta Campion, 2021 Special Lifetime Achievement Award
Honoring their omniscient roles behind theatrical productions from schools to most of Birmingham-Bloomfield’s community productions for the past 50 years, nominators credit Michael and Roberta Campion as being the core of the Metro Detroit’s theatre community. Roberta has worked as a director, choreographer, and teacher at several venue/schools for over 50 years. She volunteers at Birmingham Village Players, St. Dunstan’s Theatre, Guild of Cranbrook, and has worked for Bloomfield Hills Schools, Marian Rice Players and Mercy High. Michael has designed and built sets and props for many venues throughout Metro Detroit, including Nicely Theatre Group, Birmingham Village Players, Stagecrafters, St.Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, and more. Between the two of them, they have served on almost every theatre board, been part of most community production creative teams, provided the scenery or props for multiple productions, and have taught and inspired several generations of both amateur and professional thespians.
Birmingham Concert Band, 2021 Partners with the Arts Award
The Birmingham Concert Band has been a cultural presence as well as a creative outlet for area musicians performing world-class concerts for forty-four years. The BCB Entertainers are a subset who perform at events as wide ranging as art fairs, festivals or at retirement facilities to private parties. Band services all donated, and any monies paid to the band fund annual scholarships to Interlochen or Blue Lake music camps to local students.