GREENSBURG – A local woman was the recipient last month of a distinguished Hungarian honor.
On April 24, at the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, an official Hungarian State award, the Pro Cultura Hungarica, was bestowed to a Greensburg resident.
The award was presented to Elizabeth (Betsy) McLaughlin Moll by the Hungarian Minister for Human Resources, Zoltan Balog.
Dr. Judit Hammerstein, Vice Secretary of State, responsible for Cultural Affairs, made the presentation on the minister’s behalf.
The “laudacio” was read by Dr. Mihaly Ittzes, President of Hungarian Kodaly Society.
The honoree gave her acceptance speech in both the English and Hungarian languages.
McLaughlin-Moll, a Fulbright Scholar, is a retired Assistant Professor of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she holds the Certificate of Study from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, as well as two degrees from the Indiana University School of Music.
The award recipient has devoted her entire professional life to the fostering of higher standards for American music education, and has lectured and taught throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
McLaughlin-Moll is a founding member of the International Kodaly Society, the organization of American Kodaly Educators (serving as president from 1990 to 1992), and she is the founding co-editor of the Kodaly Envoy, journal of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
Upon her retirement from 30 years of teaching at Duquesne University and the Pittsburgh area schools, McLaughlin-Moll spent 14 months in Hungary.
During that time, she documented and cataloged the professional papers and legacy of the late Katalin Forrai, a world-renowned specialist in early childhood music education, one of McLaughlin-Moll’s loves.
The distinguished honoree is a founding board member of the prestigious International Katalin Forrai Award, which is presented to outstanding teachers of early childhood music throughout the world. Last year’s award winners were from Japan and France.