WCNY-FM host Neva Pilgrim honored by The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association


Neva Pilgrim, WCNY-FM host of WCNY’s  Fresh Ink radio show, received the 2013 Ovation Award from The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. She was honored with the award at the association’s Music Matters event, a celebration of music in the community.

Pilgrim was recognized for her outstanding commitment to the Central New York music community. She is the first recipient of the award.

“I am incredibly honored to be given such an award,” Pilgrim said. “It’s so rewarding to live in a community where people are working hard to make Central New York a richer, more inclusive culture in which to live.”

A graduate of Hamline and Yale, Pilgrim is a professional singer and recording artist. She is also a founding member of the Society for New Music and its educational programs, concerts and operas the organization sponsors. Having concertized throughout the U.S. and abroad with such conductors as Boulez and Keene, Neva has been artist-in-residence at Colgate University for many years. Pilgrim garnered numerous awards, most recently CMM’s Lifetime Achievement for outstanding contribution by a musician to the community.

The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association supports local music and music education in the Central New York area, through fundraising events and projects.

Proceeds from the event support a variety of not-for-profit, Central New York music organizations. To learn more about The Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, Inc. visit

Fresh Ink airs Sundays at 2 p.m. on WCNY-FM.

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