Marie M. Ashdown

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Title: Executive Director
Company: Musicians Emergency Fund
Location: New York, New York, United States

Marie M. Ashdown, Executive Director at the Musicians Emergency Fund, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Music.

Ms. Ashdown has been the executive director of the fund since 1985, and is well known as an opera instructor in the arts community of New York. She was the president of the Opera Orchestra of New York from 1971 to 1975, and continues to hold a seat with the international advisory council of the Van Cliburn Foundation. Ms. Ashdown has been prolific in civic duty, and in addition to the Musician’s Emergency Fund, she is an archivist of the 76-Year History, “A Kaleidoscope of Classical Music”, as well as a member of the Palm Beach Charities Advisory Board. She has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Born in Mobile, Alabama to Dominic and Ave Matranga, Ms. Ashdown studied with Maryville University and Spring Hill College, and was named a feature artist and women’s program director of Station WALA and WALA-TV of Mobile. Early in her career, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild as an opera instructor of the in-service program, and ultimately became vice president of the entire guild. She has also taught opera with the in-service program of Marymount Manhattan College, and has consulted with the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University since 1985.

In addition to lectures and philanthropic activities, Ms. Ashdown is also an author, and wrote “Opera Collectibles” in 1979, in addition to numerous articles to professional journals over the years. She is the recipient of a 2002 Albanese-Puccini Award from Lincoln Center, an Extraordinary Service Award from the March of Dimes Foundation, a Medal of Appreciation Award from Harvard Business School Club of New York, a Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis International, an Arts Excellence Award from the New Jersey State Opera, and a Cipario Award. She is a member of the National Institute of Social Sciences and the NCUSCR. Ms. Ashdown married Cecil Spanton Ashdown Jr. in 1958, and is the proud mother of Cecil Spanton III, Charles Coster, and John Stephen Gartman by a previous marriage.

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