Every year at the season finale concert, the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra presents awards to its deserving high school musicians.
The Ruth Morse Wilson Award
This award is presented to graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary musicianship and who desire to pursue a university degree in music.
Ruth Morse Wilson was born in Hannibal, Missouri. After moving to Jefferson City in 1953, she was a member of the Morning Music Club, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Advisory Board of the Missouri Arts Council, Capitol City Council on the Arts, Capitol City Women’s Club, a past Missouri State President and a Life Member of the national Federation of Music Clubs. Mrs. Wilson passed away in April 2001 at the age of 96.
The Lawrence Woodman – Robert Mansur Senior Student Service Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior who has shown commitment to exemplary service and loyalty to the Orchestra.
It is a collaborative financial award from Lawrence Woodman and Robert A. Mansur. Lawrence Woodman was a life-long participant and supporter of the JCSO, dating to many years prior to WW-II. Until his passing in 1969, he was Robert Mansur’s teacher and mentor. Mr. Mansur first performed with the JCSO in 1939. Along with Carl Burkel and other musicians, he was responsible for rejuvenating the JCSO after WW-II and he served as its first president. He was the JCSO Principal Flautist for 46 years until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Mansur passed away in February 2017 at the age of 95.