IVS Awards Structure
Following are the awards criteria from the Bylaws:
The Society will present four awards in its behalf, all designating outstanding contributions to the viola and/or the Society. These shall be the Silver Viola Clef, the Golden Viola Clef, Honorary Membership in the Society, and plaques or other suitable media. Nominations will be considered from any person affiliated with the IVS through one of its National Sections.
- The Silver Viola Clef/Der Silberne Viola-Schlüssel will be awarded on an annual basis, one award per year, for outstanding contribution to the viola and/or the Society. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and require its two-thirds majority vote. The Presidency may elect not to make an award for a given year, but may select recipients for the current and one preceding year during any given election cycle. (For example, the Silver Clef was not awarded in 1993, 1995, 1998, and cannot now be awarded.)
- The Golden Viola Clef/Der Goldene Viola-Schlüssel may be awarded in very special circumstances to servants of the viola without peer for exceptionally distinguished and unique contributions to the viola. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and ratified by the Assembly of Delegates, requiring a three-quarters majority vote from each body.
- Honorary Membership/Ehrenmitgliedschaft, likewise an award of extremely high distinction, will be given to servants of the viola for careers that exponentially furthered the purposes of the Society. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and ratified by the Assembly of Delegates, requiring a three-quarters majority vote from each body.
- Plaques, crystal or other suitable media may be presented at the discretion of the Presidency to acknowledge distinctive achievements in viola performance, scholarship, teaching, instrument building, or service to the Society or to any of its member Sections. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and require its two-thirds majority vote.
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