2017 Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award to be Presented to the Redding Family

The Redding family is thrilled to be receiving the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award. The Reddings, and the Otis Redding Foundation, have a strong relationship with Mr. McDuffie and the Center for Strings, and it is truly an honor to be recognized for their efforts. From Mercer University's website:

MACON – The third annual Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award will be presented to the Redding family on April 28. The award is given to an individual or group who has exhibited a strong dedication to and support for the arts, and by extension, for their community and its future.

“The Reddings have worked tirelessly to promote music and culture in Macon. Their commitment to this effort makes them extremely deserving of this year’s honor," said Center Director Amy Schwartz Moretti.

Established in 2007 by Zelma Redding in her husband’s honor, the Otis Redding Foundation, with its roots in music, has created educational awareness programs in the arts and humanities, including the popular Otis Music Camp that takes place every summer. Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis, serves as executive director of the foundation. Three generations of Reddings have been working to realize The Dream Academy, a statewide charter school positioned to open in fall 2018.

“The Redding family has contributed not only to the musical fabric of our city through their Otis Redding Foundation, but to the lives of generations to come by working to create the Dream Academy, a charter school that will combine arts and academics,” said Moretti.

The award will be presented before a concert by the Mercer University Orchestra on April 28. The Center will also present a $500 donation to the Otis Redding Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Neva Langley Fickling Hall in the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, the Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America’s most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts please visit www.mercer.edu/music, or call (478) 301-2748.

Media Contact:

Meagan Evans (478) 301-2933 evans_ml@mercer.edu

Karla Redding-Andrews Receives 11th Hour Readers Choice Award for "Favorite Local Citizen"

The Otis Redding Foundation was honored by an 11th Hour Readers Choice Award on Thursday, March 30 at an ceremony and concert at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Downtown Macon. Karla Redding-Andrews received the "Favorite Local Citizen" award, voted by readers of the publication. We are thrilled to have another shiny gold record for our walls!

Karla Redding-Andrews and Justin Andrews Take Place in Cherry Blossom Festival Fashion Show

Left to Right: Dele Reichert with Justin Andrews and Karla Redding-Andrews.

Otis Redding Foundation executive director Karla Redding-Andrews and program assistant Justin Andrews both took on modeling duty at Cherry Blossom Festival's fashion show on Thursday, March 30. Check out some of the wonderful pictures of all the stylish people who also took part.

Karla Redding-Andrews and Hope from Clinique at Dillard's.

Dele Reichert, Karla Redding-Andrews and Montene Carroll.

Karla Redding-Andrews with the lovely Little Miss Cherry Blossom, Carly Hicks.

ORF Board Member to Feature in Dancing with the Stars of Central Georgia

2017's Dancing with the Stars of Central Georgia is fast approaching, with the big event to take place on Saturday, May 6 at the Macon City Auditorium. And among those practicing their feet off, is Canaan Marshall, who serves on the Otis Redding Foundation's Board of Directors. Canaan is a premier floral designer for some of the most beautiful events and weddings, and we know that his infectious energy will be a joy to watch on the stage. Good luck, Canaan!

Mrs. Zelma Redding Honored by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia

[huge_it_gallery id="4"] Mrs. Zelma Redding was inducted in he Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia's Hall of Fame, alongside Mr. Bobby Pope, at the organization's annual Youth of the Year and Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday, February 9. Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club for this wonderful honor, and for the pictures shown here, from a memorable night.

Mrs. Redding has been a long-time supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia, and is thrilled to be receiving such an honor. The Otis Redding Foundation has always had strong ties with the organization, with many of the former organization's youth having attended the Otis Music Camp every year. This honor is a wonderful recognition of an ongoing and developing relationship between two organizations supporting youth in Middle Georgia.

Arts Management Agency Askonas Holt welcomes Roderick Cox

Roderick Cox 2 We are thrilled to see that Roderick Cox is joining leading arts management agency Askonas Holt's conductor roster for worldwide management. Congratulations, Roderick! 

From the agency's website:

We are delighted to announce that Roderick Cox is joining our conductor roster for worldwide management.
Roderick has been Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra since September 2016, following a year as the ensemble’s Assistant Conductor. He conducted his subscription debut with the orchestra in January 2017 to critical acclaim. Other highlights in Roderick’s 2016/17 season include debut concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. During the previous season, Roderick made his conducting debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Florida Orchestra.
Roderick was selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of five conductors presented at the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview, a prestigious showcase for young conductors from around the country. In 2013, Cox was one of four conductors selected by the League to conduct the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of its music director, David Robertson, and for two consecutive summers, he was invited by Marin Alsop to attend the Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Before arriving in Minnesota, he was Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013 and fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of the Project Inclusion program and the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he was a David Effron Conducting Fellow.
Welcome to Askonas Holt, Roderick!