2015 John DeMain Award for
Outstanding Commitment to Music
The second annual John DeMain Award for Outstanding Commitment to Music is presented by the Madison Symphony Orchestra League in recognition of an individual or individuals for their longstanding and unwavering support of the League, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and music in the community.
2015 Award Recipient: Valerie Kazamias
Valerie Kazamias has been a philanthropist and volunteer with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since moving to Madison with her family over fifty years ago. Her tireless efforts and keen fundraising abilities have been instrumental to the success of the MSO, where she has served on the MSO Board and been an active member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra League for over four decades.
Valerie has contributed to the MSO through her involvement with the Development, Marketing, and Nominating Committees. With the MSOL she has given her time and talent to fundraising committees for a variety of events such as the Symphony Show House, POPS concerts, fashion show, and Galas.
Valerie has been involved with the Arts Ball fundraiser since its inception 45 years ago and has coordinated the event for the past 40 years. The Arts Ball supports both the MSO and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. It is one of the only dual arts fundraisers in the nation.
A Boston native, Valerie’s love for the arts began as a child when she took piano lessons at the New England Conservatory and art lessons at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. “The Arts, both performing and visual, are my passion,” Valerie explained. “I have been very fortunate that I have been afforded the opportunity to pursue this love affair in a community that appreciates the arts.”
Valerie’s involvement with the MSO is rooted in the satisfaction of being a part of bringing the best of classical music to the Madison area through fundraising and outreach. In her words, “A day without music is like a day without sunshine!”