Music Composer Receives Golden Shield Award from DAR


NSDFPA National President Phyllis Lawson (left) presents the Golden Shield Award to Cinzi Lavin.

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WINSTED — Composer Cinzi Lavin recently received the 2022 Golden Shield Award from the National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.

The Golden Shield Award is given to a non-member who is eminent in their area of ​​expertise and who has made exemplary contributions in one of the areas in which NSDFPA is dedicated. Lavin’s award recognizes his achievements in promoting American history through his musical and dramatic works, according to the award notification.

The NSDFPA is a lineage society that requires its members to prove unbroken paternal lineage to both an American colonial founder and an intermediate revolutionary patriot.


The award was presented to Lavin on April 7 in Alexandria, Va., during the organization’s Court General Assembly.

“I’m extremely lucky to have been chosen for this honor,” Lavin said. “Receiving this award from the descendants of famous American historical figures is amazing. It is very gratifying to know that they are proud of my work.”

Lavin is the award-winning composer of three complete musical dramas, among other works. She performed by invitation at the White House in 2010. In 2019 she was elected to the National League of American Pen Women for Distinction in Letters and Music, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. She sits on the board of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.

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