Jeanne Lamon, music director of period performance ensemble Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, has been appointed to The Order of Ontario.

Lamon was among one of 24 awarded with the honour, which recognises contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics and philanthropy. She said of the appointment: ‘I’m grateful and humbled to have been awarded our province’s highest official distinction, The Order of Ontario, for my work at Tafelmusik. It is a great honour to be among such an illustrious group of people, and I am deeply touched to have been nominated.’

Artistic director of Tafelmusik since 1981, Lamon’s career has seen her receive numerous accolades including the Order of Canada in 2000, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 from the Toronto Musicians’ Association, and honorary degrees from York University and Mount Saint Vincent University. In 2012, Lamon announced that she would be stepping down from her full-time role in 2014. She will become chief artistic advisor for the group’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Tafelmusik board chair Andy Kenins said of the news: ‘I am thrilled that Jeanne Lamon has been appointed to The Order of Ontario. She is an exceptional music director and musician who is doing so much to develop the next generation of world-class musicians. This honour is well-deserved, and I couldn’t be happier for her.’

(Image credit: Sian Richards}

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