Awards & Accolades

Aaron Copland receiving honorary degree, Columbia University (Photo: Victor Kraft)

Honorary Degrees:

  • Princeton University, Doctor of Music, 1956
  • Brandeis University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1957
  • Illinois Wesleyan, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1958
  • Oberlin College, 1958
  • Temple University, 1959
  • University of Hartford, Doctor of Music, 1959
  • Harvard University, Doctor of Music, 1961
  • Accademia Filarmonica Romana, 1963
  • Syracuse University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1964
  • University of Michigan, Doctor of Music, 1964
  • University of Rhode Island, 1964
  • Kalamazoo College, Doctor of Music, 1965
  • University of Utah, Doctor of Humanities, 1966
  • Jacksonville University, 1967
  • Rutgers University, Doctor of Music, 1967
  • Fairfield University, 1968
  • Peabody Institute, Conservatory of Music, 1969
  • New York University, 1970
  • Ohio State University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1970
  • Columbia University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1971
  • University of York, 1971
  • University of Florida, Doctor of Music, 1972
  • Long Island University, 1974
  • Brooklyn College, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1975
  • University of Portland, Doctor of Fine Arts, 1975
  • Ottawa University, 1976
  • University of Rochester, Doctor of Music, 1976
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Doctor of Music, 1976
  • Tulane University, 1976
  • New England Conservatory, Doctor of Music, 1977
  • University of Redlands, 1977
  • Indiana State University, 1978
  • The Catholic University of America, Doctor of Music, 1979
  • Brown University, Doctor of Music, 1980
  • Queens College, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1981
  • Kansas State University, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1982
  • State University of New York, New Paltz, 1982
  • New School for Social Research, 1983

Honorary Memberships:

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1942
  • National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1942
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1951
  • Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, 1956
  • Royal Academy of Music, 1959
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce, 1960
  • Phi Mu Alpha, 1961
  • Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1963
  • Accademia Filarmonica Romana, 1963
  • Institut de France, 1970
  • Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, 1970
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, 1970
  • Royal Philharmonic Society, 1970
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
  • Akademie der Künste, 1983

Awards:

  • Music Critic's Circle Award, for Appalachian Spring, 1945
  • Pulitzer Prize, for Appalachian Spring, 1945
  • Music Critic’s Circle Award, for Third Symphony, 1947
  • Oscar for Best Music Original Score, “The Heiress,” 1950
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Music, 1956
  • Brandeis University Creative Arts Award in Music, 1960
  • Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, “Copland: Orchestral Suite from Tender Land Suite,” 1960
  • MacDowell Colony Medal, for distinguished service in the field of music, 1961
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1964
  • American Composers' Alliance Laurel Leaf Award, 1968
  • Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1970
  • Phi Mu Alpha Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award, 1970
  • University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit, 1970
  • Brandeis University Creative Arts Notable Achievement Award, 1975
  • Syracuse University Chancellor's Medal, 1975
  • New York State Music Award, 1975, 1981
  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals Award of Merit for achievement in the performing arts, 1976
  • League of American Orchestras Golden Baton Award, 1978
  • Dance Magazine Award, 1979
  • Kennedy Center Honors, 1979
  • Third Street Music School Settlement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Music, 1979
  • Grammy Trustees Award, 1981
  • ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, 1985
  • Paramount Center for the Arts Cultural Award Medallion, 1985
  • Distinguished Service Award of Westchester, 1985
  • National Medal of Arts, 1986
  • Congressional Gold Medal, 1987
  • Ovation Magazine Ovation Award, 1989
  • Harvard Glee Club Medal
  • National Association for American Composers and Conductors Henry Hadley Medal
  • Yale University Howland Memorial Medal
  • Yale University Samuel Simons Sanford Medal