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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 Page 9 The 8ociallg Set by Jtilda NI. Morrill New England Conservatory president Tony Woodcock and NEC trustee Wendy Shattuck were pictured at "La Festa della Musica" in 2009. Ms. Shattuck has endowed the NEC's first endowed chair in the Voice Department. (File photo by Miro Vintoniv) Congratulations are in orderl Soprano and longtime New England Conservatory (NEC) voice faculty member Carole Haber has been named the first occupant of the "Wendy Shattuck Chair in Voice," the Conserva- tory's first endowed chair in the Voice Department. Haber, who received her M.M. at NEC, has taught at the Conservatory for 21 years as well as pursuing an active performing career. Milton resident Wendy Shattuck, who endowed the Chair, is also an NEC voice alumna and a member of the Board of Trustees. She and her husband Samuel Plimpton made the gift as part of NEC's recently com- pleted $100 million Endow- ment Campaign, The Gift of Music. Shattuck also serves in the Conservatory's "Men- tor-Mentee Program." The purpose of the en- dowed chair is to support in perpetuity the voice faculty position of a "distinguished teacher of voice." Haber, who combines both a performing career and extensive studio experience, "clearly fits that Pictured with Allen Baker displaying his Golden Trowel Hall of Fame Award, are members of the Norwood Garden Club who are also Master Gardeners. Front row, left to right: Lorraine Devine of Randolph, Donna Lane of Norwood, (Mr. Baker), and Vivien Bouffard of Norwood; Back row, left to right: Penni Jenkins of Walpole, Sue Pearson of Walpole, Beverly Sullivan of Walpole, and Wendy Wilhelm of Westwood. (Photo by Martha Emerson) description," said President Tony Woodcock in announc- ing the appointment. A lyric coloratura soprano, Haber won the N. Meyer Baker Award and the Eleanor Steber Music Foundation Award at the 1989 Wash- ington International Voice Competition at the Ken- nedy Center. In 1997, Haber made her Carnegie Hall debut. Haber's students have sung with Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Zurich Opera Studio, New York City Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Glimmer- glass Opera, Carmel Bach Festival, Lyric Opera of New Jersey, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Caramoor Festival, Cincinnati Young Artist Pro- gram, and at Tanglewood. "I want to express my deep gratitude to Wendy and Sam for their support of the voice and opera program at NEC," President Woodcock said. "And I'd like to extend my congratulations to Carole as the first occupant of this important faculty Chair." ....... More congratulations are in order to Allen Baker, a member of the Norwood Evening Garden Club, who is the first recipient of the Massachusetts Master Gar- dener Association's Golden Trowel Hall of Fame Award. The award is given to "a Lifetime Master Gardener who has made exceptional contributions to the Massa- chusetts Master Gardener Association, Inc., and whose work in the areas of horti- culture, education, outreach and leadership has enriched and strengthened the orga- nization." A Lifetime Master Gar- dener is defined as someone who has volunteered at least 1000 hours of service on be- half of the Master Gardener Organization. Baker has given significantly more time to the organization throughout his 20 years as a Master Gardener. A lifetime resident of Westwood, a life member of the Westwood Historical So- ciety, and on the Executive Committee of the Norwood Evening Garden Club, Baker has been known to gather like-minded gardeners to assist in eradicating inva- sive plants at the local cem- etery and other areas of the community. This is the second major award Baker has received. In 2006, he received the prestigious Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticul- tural Society (MHS) for his service to the Master Gar- dener community which was, at that time, under the umbrella of MHS. According to Susan Pear- son, president of the Norwood Evening Garden Club and also a Master Gardener, Master Gardeners provide education and outreach vol- unteer services to commu- nities throughout Massa- chusetts. "A very strong fel- lowship exists in the Master Gardener community, and the Norwood Evening Garden Club is proud to have eight active Master Gardeners in our organization," she said. A member of the Garden Club Federation of Massa- chusetts, New England Re- gion and National Garden (Continued on Page 13) I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 The Boston Opera House commences its 2010 season with a two-week engagement, from January 12-24% of the smash-hit Broadway musical "In The Heights," Winner of 4 Tony Awards, the show is set in Manhattan's vibrant Washington Heights community (where Manny Ramirez grew up). Call 617-259-3400 for more info. (Photo by Joan Marcus) Real Estate Matto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530