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Cleveland Institute of Music Awards 2023 Honorary Doctorate of Musical Arts

Acclaimed music journalist Anne Midgette will receive the award and give the school’s commencement speech 


The Cleveland Institute of Music’s (CIM) honorary doctorate of musical arts is awarded each year to leaders in all areas of the music industry from performing and conducting, to written work.

The 2023 recipient is music journalist Anne Midgette, who has been a classical music critic for The Washington Post from 2008 to 2019. One of the foremost voices in the industry, she is also the first woman to write about classical music on a regular basis for The New York Times.

Midgette will receive the honorary doctorate at CIM’s 98th Commencement Ceremony, held live at the school’s Kulas Hall on May 20, 2023.

“I am at once astonished, deeply flattered and grateful,” Midgette said. “It’s an amazing honor to be recognized in this way, in such company, by a school with such stature and history of excellence.” 

Additionally, Midgette has written on the performing arts for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Opera News, and Town & Country, plus lectured and held residencies at several universities and music conservatories.

Her many articles have covered topics such as phone-hold music, 2017’s top female composers, and in 2018, she became known for her #MeToo article in classical music. Using social media as a platform for conversations, Midgette has also encouraged discussions on future goals, inclusivity, and accountability in classical music.

A graduate of Yale University, Midgette majored in Classical Civilization and lived in Germany for 11 years, writing about music in a range of publications, editing a monthly magazine, working as a translator, and writing several travel guidebooks. 

Midgette is the co-author of “The King and I” with Herbert Breslin on the latter’s 36-year management of tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and “My Nine Lives,” a memoir of pianist Leon Fleisher. She is currently working on a historical novel about Nannette Streicher, the woman who built pianos for Beethoven

“Anne Midgette embodies the power of the pen better than almost anyone in music,” said CIM’s president and CEO Paul Hogle. “She proves that it isn’t only performers who shape the world and the future of classical music but also writers and thought leaders. We look forward to hosting and hearing from such a distinguished figure.”     

“It’s an incredibly challenging and exciting time to be a musician,” Midgette said. “Our field is in a process of transformation as we try to both uphold beloved traditions and continue our creative growth and vitality in the 21st-century landscape,” she added. “The younger generation is going to help set a new course for all of us.” 

Midgette will be one of three honorary doctorate recipients — the other two being CIM alumni: pianist and educator Scott Price and violinist Diana Cohen.

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