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Lynn Gaubatz Wins
7th Annual Woman's Day Awards:
Women Who Inspire Us


FALLS CHURCH, Virginia -- Lynn Gaubatz, the internationally-acclaimed soloist, literacy activist, and founder of AdoptALibrary.org, has been named a winner of “The 7th Annual Woman’s Day Awards: Women Who Inspire Us.”

“The Woman’s Day Awards: Women Who Inspire Us” are given annually to four women in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to their communities. The Woman’s Day Awards announcement will appear in the magazine’s December 4 issue, which goes on sale November 13.

Says Lynn, "I am THRILLED about and grateful for this honor; whenever there is attention on AdoptALibrary.org, donations to schools and libraries worldwide SKYROCKET!" With a current circulation of 4,200,000, Woman’s Day claims a readership of more than 20 million. According to MagazineCity.com, Woman’s Day magazine is “truly the official women’s magazine.”

AdoptALibrary.org, created by Lynn in 2002, is designed to encourage and facilitate donations of books to libraries, prisons, Native American reservations, and schools around the world. AdoptALibrary.org does not ask for or accept donations – all donations offered go directly to libraries and schools, or organizations which aid them.

The other three “7th Annual Woman’s Day Awards” winners are:

Kate Carter, who dreamed up LifeChronicles, an organization that allows people with terminal illnesses to create video memoirs for their loved ones.

Pastor Rosa Arnold (Mills) Colbert, who started a preschool in an inner-city Atlanta neighborhood.

Mary Frieling, who founded the Phoenix Children's Project to provide needy children with food, clothing, Christmas presents and more.

With the smash success of her literacy website AdoptALibrary.org and her “Concerts for India” in Austria to help children and families in India, Lynn is well-known internationally as a literacy activist. In 2005 she participated in UNESCO and UNICEF’s online conferences on education and human rights for women and girl-children on Beijing +10, UNESCO’s 2006 Education for All Global Monitoring Report on Literacy, and the 2007 EFA Global Monitoring Report on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). In 2006-2007 Lynn participated in UNESCO’s online consultations for 2008 EFA Global Monitoring Report - Education for All, the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, and Textbook Development in Developing Countries.

Besides Lynn’s two August 2007 appearances on Oprah & Friends! Radio, AdoptALibrary.org was recently featured in the April 2007 edition “Special Green Issue” of Town & Country, a monthly magazine from The Hearst Corporation. The Town & Country special section, written by Francine Maroukian, was called “Going, going, GREEN.”

AdoptALibrary.org is so popular it has had over 250,000 visitors and been “Website of the Week” in Woman’s World and Good Housekeeping’s Quick & Simple! magazines. Hundreds of newspapers across the US, from an editorial in Bigfork, Montana to “Hints from Heloise”, have praised AdoptALibrary.org and it’s listed on websites and newsletters about recycling and ecology worldwide because of all the books it keeps out of landfills.

Lynn was also honored when April 23rd, the day after Earth Day, was officially proclaimed “Adopt A Library Day” by the governors of Virginia and Nebraska. The governor of Nebraska honored Lynn, a Virginian, because of the thousands of books libraries on Nebraska reservations and tribal colleges have received through AdoptALibrary.org.

Lynn has given benefit concerts in the US and Europe for the renovation of a church and monastery in Vienna, “Musicians Against World Hunger”, scholarship funds for a conservatory in Washington, DC, and a group which aids in the nuclear disarmament of the former Soviet Union. She also created websites in English and Spanish for an organization which cares for the poor, the aged, and the mentally impaired.

Her 2004 “Concert for India” in Austria was just weeks before the Asian tsunami, so the monastery which hosted the concert committed to rebuilding four tsunami-ravaged villages. With the concert money and donations from generous Austrians, within months all four villages were completely rebuilt.

An innovator in both music and literacy activism, Lynn ran a competition through AdoptALibrary.org to find the most clever and eco-friendly uses for old National Geographic magazines, with the prize awarded by the National Geographic Society.

As a soloist, Lynn has wowed audiences on four continents - North and South America, Europe, and Africa - including virtuoso solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Seville, Málaga, Trondheim, and Caracas. Her critically-acclaimed performances of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto have been broadcast on three continents by PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and she was the only solo bassoonist ever broadcast worldwide by the Voice of America.

Featured on CBS as “One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women” chosen by GLAMOUR Magazine, Lynn was the Bassoon Professor at the world-renowned Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and has performed at festivals around the world including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Wolf Trap, where she played the bassoon on stage in costume in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. She is the only bassoonist ever featured at the Smithsonian Institution's Art of the Virtuosi and The Concert Experience. She was chosen by America Online's StarFinder to be the only bassoonist ever interviewed as an up-and-coming soloist, and was profiled in Current Biography.

Lynn has been principal bassoonist under Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Georg Solti, and others with orchestras in Austria, Germany, Spain, Venezuela, and the US. She has been awarded the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to Tanglewood and the Henry Cabot Award for Musicianship given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has won the National Young Artists Competition, the Lara Hoggard Performance Award for Young Artists, and competitions at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston University, and Northwestern University.

One of Lynn’s musical passions is her search for survivors and descendants of the victims of the Holocaust who were composers. Through her research she is finding and performing music that was banned by the Nazi regime, much of it never before published or heard, and credits libraries with preserving much of the music and literature that would otherwise be lost. On the 56th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, she performed a concert of this music which included two works by Czech composer Karel Reiner who survived Terezín, Auschwitz, and was at Dachau at its liberation, for a worldwide broadcast from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. In 2000 Lynn performed the world première of a solo piece by Eric Zeisl, in conjunction with an article she wrote about the composer in Austria Kultur. Later that year she performed the world broadcast première of Zeisl’s The Good Old Time on a worldwide Internet webcast from the Kennedy Center which was covered by newspapers in Washington, Vienna, London, Berlin, and Bregenz, Austria.

Lynn’s “Concerts for India” in Linz, Austria have included the world premières of two works composed for her by Fritz Berens, a Viennese composer who fled the Nazis in 1939, and in 2004 the world première of a solo work by Danish composer Ivar Danielsen. Lynn was the only musician invited to perform at the International Holocaust Conference in Vienna, Austria in 1999, where she performed a solo work by exiled Viennese composer Egon Wellesz, and she performed as soloist at the award ceremony for the international Students' Peace Prize in Norway, which was broadcast by NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation).

Lynn taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria for several years, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Vienna, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Madison, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. An international music educator, Lynn has taught at conservatories on three continents in Austria, Venezuela and the US in German, Spanish and English to students from Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, Germany, India, Japan, Nepal, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Venezuela and the US.

For further information, please go to http://www.LynnGaubatz.com.

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