Marin Alsop has won the 2008 Theodore Thomas Award from the Conductors Guild. Named for the eminent 19th-century conductor who founded the Chicago Symphony and earlier served as music director of the New York Philharmonic, the biennial Theodore Thomas Award is given "in recognition of outstanding achievement as a conductor and extraordinary service to one's colleagues in advancing the art and science of conducting, reflecting honor upon the profession."
Alsop joins a starry list of recipients, including her mentor Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Slatkin, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez and former BSO music director David Zinman.
Alsop's list of previous honors include the MacArthur Fellow, Gramophone magazine's Artist of the Year, European Women of Achievement Award and the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize that helped launch her career. Maestra Alsop was a violist with the New York Youth Symphony in 1972.