Ozzie Awards

Michael and Sean Spyres opera
Brothers Michael and Sean Spyres perform a powerful operetta at Flights of Fancy 2017. Michael, internationally renowned baritone, was awarded an Ozzie Award for his work with Springfield Regional Opera. photo by Mary Ellen Chiles

Each year, the Springfield Regional Arts Council presents the Ozzie Awards to those who have embodied the pioneering creative spirit of the Springfield arts community at the most celebrated arts gala of the year, Flights of Fancy. 

Cindy Jobe
Cindy Jobe (Springfield Sister Cities Association) accepts the 2017 Individual Ozzie Award. photo by Mary Ellen Chiles

Located at the beautifully designed Springfield-Branson National Airport, Flights of Fancy welcomes hundreds of business and community leaders, arts patrons, and artists to celebrate the area arts community with gourmet food and wine, a full bill of live entertainment across many performing arts, and fine art at the Sky Gallery.

The 9th Annual Flights of Fancy featuring the 2017 Ozzie Awards will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

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2017 Ozzie Award Recipients

The Philharmonics - Legacy Award

Springfield-based vocal quintet The Philharmonics gained national popularity after getting its start as a quartet at Gipson Chapel Presbyterian Church in 1946. The group's smooth Gospel-based R&B harmonies were featured on the Ozark Jubilee in 1955, making them the first black performing group on the show. The national attention took The Philharmonics from regional concerts and Branson weeklies to touring with Elvis Presley, and hitting the road with a show produced by the Grand Ole Opry. The Philharmonics toured in the face of segregation, sang with legend Mahalia Jackson, and dined with President Harry S. Truman. Founding member Homer Boyd was active with Gipson Chapel Presbyterian Church until his death June 19, 2016.

Dr. Guy Webb - Education Award

Passionate about choral music, and music education, Dr. Guy Webb directed Missouri State University's internationally-acclaimed Concert Chorale, as well as the Chamber Singers, Collegiate Singers, and Collegiate Chorale for 34 years, part of a 55-year teaching legacy. His choirs toured from Los Angeles to New York, London to Rome. Dr. Webb has been honored numerous awards for choral direction, including Missouri Choral Conductor of the Year from the American Choral Directors Association. Following his 2014 retirement, Dr. Webb assumed the volunteer role of Artistic Director for the Springfield Chamber Chorus.

Michael Spyres - Phoenix Award

Before Michael Spyres was singing the world's largest performance halls, he was performing with productions by Springfield Regional Opera. Spyres took over as Artistic Director of Springfield Regional Opera at a time when its future was uncertain. An internationally-acclaimed tenor, Spyres was recognized by Opera News as one of 25 Rising Stars in opera. Under his guidance, SRO has seen substantial growth to organizational health all the while receiving global press from its A.D.

Dr. Gloria Galanes - Leadership Award

Instrumental to many community initiatives, Dr. Gloria Galanes served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University. Dr. Galanes also served Chair of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Chair of the Board for the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Her efforts in collaboration with Any Given Child give all Springfield eighth graders access to theatre and dance performances at MSU. A founding member of the Stand Up for the Arts Legacy Society, Dr. Galanes was fundamental in development of the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative to help focus community arts groups on operational sustainability.

Cindy Jobe - Individual Award

Cindy Jobe has been a volunteer leader and Executive Director for Springfield Sister Cities Association for 30 years. Under her guidance, the SSCA has created numerous arts, music, and cultural exchanges with Springfield's sister communities of Isesaki, Japan, and Tlaquepaque, Mexico. She helped establish the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, and Peace Through People Performance Pavilion at Nathanael Green-Close Memorial Park. Jobe has sponsored several artist and community leader trips to workshops, studios, and concerts in Springfield's sister cities each year.

Tonya Forbes - Volunteer Award

A full-time educator by day, Tonya Forbes is at the heart of Springfield Little Theatre, tirelessly wrangling child actors backstage, capturing photos of every rehearsal. When she's not at school she's at the historic Landers Theatre, often the last to leave. Forbes is the volunteer manager of SLT's volunteers, parent-job coordinator, and photographer. Her dedicated service to the theatre has ensured quality theatrical education and programming for many years at SLT and for many more in the future.

2017 Performances

  • Paco Padilla and Friends (popular music from Springfield's Sister City, Tlaquepaque Mexico)
  • Springfield Little Theatre (musical theatre)
  • Michael Spyres (opera — 3 2018 International Opera Awards nominations)
  • Missouri State University Theatre (theatre)
  • Springfield Chamber Chorus (choral music)
  • Nedgra Culp (Branson's 4x Female Vocalist of the Year — American pop music)

Past Ozzie Award Winners

Individual Awards

1985 – John Q. Hammons
1986 – Fred Rains
1987 – Ed Albin  
1988 – Leslie Irene Coger
1989 – Patricia S. Lockhart and Dawin Emmanuel
1990 – Virgil Anderson
1991 – Donna Crosby Jameson
1992 – Randy Russell
1993 – Cynthia Cooper Hollander
1994 – Nancy Brown
1995 – Jan Horton
1996 – Mick Denniston
1997 – Rob Baird
1998 – Don Wessel and Robert Gilmore
1999 – David O Belcher
2000 – Charles Facer
2001 – Louis H. Schaeffer & Dr. Robert Bradley
2002/2003 – Sally Baird
2004 – Bill Armstrong
2005 – Byrne Blackwood
2006 – Randy Stewart
2007 – Gary Ellison
2008/2009 – William Brandon Bowman and Jeanie Morris
2010 – Lisa Blumenstock & Anna Squires
2011 – Virginia Cox Bussey
2012 – Winifred Nixon
2013 – Russ and Pam RuBert
2014 – Lou Whitney
2014 – Tom Parker
2015 – Dr. Thomas Russo
2016 – Beth Domann
2017 – Cindy Jobe

Group/Organization Awards

1994 – Junior League of Springfield
1995 – Southwest Missouri Museum Associates
1996 – Boatmen’s Bank
1997 – Springfield Visual Arts Alliance
1998 – City of Springfield
1999 – Sister City Association of Springfield
2000 – Community Foundation of the Ozarks
2002/2003 – Partners in Performance
2004 – Springfield Little Theatre
2005 – Springfield-Greene County Park Board & Staff
2006 – First Friday Art Walk
2007 – Seymour Arts Council under leadership by Lee Binley
2008/2009 – Rotary Clubs of Springfield
2010 – Logan-Rogersville High School Show Me Arts Committee 
2011 – SATO48
2012 – Claymobile
2013 – Springfield Ballet
2014 – Obelisk Home
2015 – Marlin
2016 – Mt. Vernon Regional Arts

Legacy Awards

2004 – Mabel Thompson & Sharon Rector
2005 – Grady Affolter
2006 – Beatrice Allen Reynolds
2007 – Mick Denniston
2008/2009 – Studio 55 Past Members
2010 – Robert Eugene Smith
2012 – Don Wessel
2013 – John Q. Hammons, 1919-2013
2014 – Juanita K. Hammons, 1917-2014
2014 – Phil Broyles, 1948-2014
2015 – Robert N. “Bob” White, 1947-2013
2017 – The Philharmonics

Individual Art Collector Awards

2008/2009 – Debra Sutherland
2010 – The Prater Family: Dr. Bill George and Marie Prater and Drs. Tom and Kim Prater
2013 – William Brandon Bowman

Corporate Art Collector Awards

2008/2009 – St. John's Hospital
2010 – BKD, LLP
2011 – Cox Health
2012 – Positronic Industries

Special Awards

2006 – Tom Finnie
2010 – Dr. Michael Nietzel, President of Missouri State University - Leadership Award
2011 – Senator Roy Blunt - Leadership Award
2012 – Cameron Rose - Volunteer Award
2013 – Springfield-Greene County Library District - Regional Impact Award
2013 – Leah Hamilton - Leadership Award
2014 – John and Beth Raidel – Philanthropy Award
2015 – Artworks Summer Art Program – Education Award
2016 – Mayor Robert Stephens – Leadership Award
2016 – Lorianne Dunn – Education Award
2016 – Cindy Curtis – Volunteer Award
2016 – Dr. Carl Price – Philanthropy Award
2017 –Tonya Forbes – Volunteer Award
2017 – Dr. Gloria Galanes – Leadership Award
2017 – Michael Spyres – Phoenix Award
2017 – Dr. Guy Webb – Education Award

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