Officer of the Order of Canada
- Awarded on: May 2, 2013
- Invested on: November 21, 2014
For his pioneering achievements as a musician and educator and for bringing the classical accordion to Canadian concert halls.
Joseph Macerollo has brought the classical accordion to Canada’s music scene. Known for his virtuosic playing, he has performed alongside major orchestras worldwide and has helped to build a modern repertoire for his instrument. As an educator, he was instrumental in establishing study programs in free bass accordion at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, and continues to mentor aspiring young musicians.