ACDA Newsletter Award
In an effort to acknowledge the excellent work of states in their individual ACDA newsletter publications, and to promote the continual betterment of such publications to the benefit of state memberships, the National Board of ACDA has unanimously endorsed the giving of two awards for outstanding newsletters. These awards will be in the form of a plaque, to be presented every other year at the ACDA National Conference.
The following guidelines have been approved by the National Board.
1. The state newsletter award will be administered by the Coordinator of State and Division Newsletters.
2. Two awards will be presented: one to a newsletter in a state with a large membership; one to a state with a smaller membership. The current dividing line would be over or under 300 members as of July 1.
3. The newsletters will be judged by a panel made up of the division newsletter editors.
4. To assure objectivity, editors will not judge newsletters from their own divisions
5. Competing newsletter editors will receive a confidential critique of their newsletters from each judge.
To aid us in this process, please send with your publications a sheet stating the circulation of the newsletter, the press run of each publication, the budget per publication, the number of issues per year, and the number and responsibilities of the newsletter staff. It is expected that all states will participate in this evaluation.
Six (6) copies of two (2) representative issues from this current calendar year should be sent to: The Coordinator of State and Division Newsletters, 545 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
Timetable â€" Winners will be announced at the biennial National Conference.
Any questions concerning any aspects of the procedure should be referred to the coordinator of State and Division Newsletters. (March, 1995)
1991 - New York Choral Cues editor Richard Kegerreis
1993 - Illinois Conductor's Podium co-editors Lynn Drafall and Diane Hires
1995 - Texas Sings! editor Dan Wood
New York Choral Cues co-editors Don Lang and Kraig Pritts
2001 - Indiana Notations editor Robert Nance (large state newsletter)
Oregon Choral Focus editor Julie Adkins (joint recipient of the small state newsletter award)
Kansas Choral Range co-editors Tom Wine and Marie Lerner-Sexton
2003 - Oregon Choral Focus editor Julie Adkins
2005 - Minnesota Star of the North editor Ryan Connolly
2007 - Oregon Choral Focus editor Julie Adkins (small state newsletter)
Minnesota's Star of the North editor Kari Douma (large state newsletter)
2009 - Virginia Harmony editor Jerry Myers (small budget)
Kansas Choral Range editor Brad Vogel (medium budget)
Minnesota's Star of the North editor Mark Potvin (large budget)
California Cantate editor Douglas Lynn (best layout & design with non-professional help)
Texas Sings! editor Dan Wood (best layout & design with professional help)
North Carolina Carolina Caroler editor Anne M. Saxon (most improved newsletter)
Iowa Sounding Board editor Ryan Beeken (most creative use of photography)
Julius Herford Prize
Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music. Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a â€śdissertation,â€ť â€śdocument,â€ť â€śthesis,â€ť or â€śtreatise,â€ť etc. Eligibility is limited to doctoral recipients whose degrees were confirmed during the calendar year prior to the year of nomination. The winner will receive $1000.00 in cash and a plaque.
Nominations must be approved by the dean, director, or chair of the music unit. An institution may submit only one document. In the event that there are two nominations of equal merit from one school, the administrative head of the unit must submit a letter justifying the additional nomination.
A letter of nomination signed by the administrative head of the music unit and one unbound copy of the dissertation must be submitted no later than the announced date to the chair of the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee
Nomination Period: typically opens in the spring of each year by announcement in Choral Journal
Call for Nominations in 2011
Nominations for the Julius Herford Prize closed June 30, 2010.
1981 - Graeme Cowen
Igor Stravinsky's Threni: A conductor's study for performance. Indiana University
1982 - Chester Lee Alwes, Jr.
Georg Otto's Opus Musicum Novum (1604) and Valentin Geuck's Novum et Insigne Opus (1604): A musico-liturgical analysis of two collections of gospel music from the Court of Hesse-Kassel. University of Illinois - Urbana
1983 - Catherine Rose Melhorn
Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht. University of Illinois - Urbana
1984 - G. Roberts Kolb
Tours MS. 168: The music of Guillaume Bouzignac. University of Illinois - Urbana
1985 - Leonard Ratzlaff
A conductor's preparatory analysis of Anton Bruckner's Te Deum. University of Iowa
1986 - Craig Jon Westendorf
The textual and musical repertoire of the Spruchmotette. University of Illinois - Urbana
1987 - Stanley B. Wold
Eskil Hemberg-Swedish composer, choral conductor, and administrator: A survey of his works. University of Cincinnati
1988 Melinda Pauly O'Neal
Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ: trilogie sacrée, op. 25: A conductor's analysis for performance. Indiana University
1989 - Carmen Helena Téllez
Musical form and dramatic concept in Handel's Athalia. Indiana University
1990 - Christine De Catanzaro
Sacred music in Mozart's Salzburg: Authenticity, chronology, and style in the church works of Cajetan Adlgasser. University of North Carolina
1991 - Edward J. Lundergan
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem: Stylistic and technical sources. University of Texas at Austin
1991 - A. Christopher Munn
Medieval and renaissance prescriptions regarding text underlay and their application to music of the fifteenth century. University of Oklahoma
1992 - Marika Kuzma
Dmitrii Stepanovich Bortnianskii (1751-1825): An Introduction to the composer through an edition of his choral Concertos Priidite, vospoim and Hlasom moim. Indiana University
1993 - James Armstrong
Litaniae Laurentanae: Sacred music at the Viennese Imperial Court, ca. 1700-1783. University of Wisconsin - Madison
1994 - David Newby
Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus rex: Literary background, musical structure, and dramatic symbolism. Indiana University
1995 - Betty Karol Fairchilds Wilson
Choral pedagogy: Crossroads of theory and practice in sixteenth-century Germany. Boston University
1996 - none selected
1997 - Richard Sparks
The Swedish choral miracle: A Cappella choral music. University of Cincinnati
1998 - none selected
1999 - Kirin Nielsen
The spiritual madrigals of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. University of Illinois - Urbana
2000 â€" Andrew Kuster
Stravinsky's topology: An examination of his twelve-tone works through object-oriented analysis of structural and poetic-expressive relationships with special attention to his choral works and Threni. University of Colorado
2001 - James John
Johannes Brahmsâ€™s NĂ¤nie, Op. 82: A study in context and content. Eastman School of Music
2002 - Elizabeth Zobel
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. University of Colorado
2003 - none selected
2004 - Timothy Newton
A Study and critical ediition of Samuel Capricornusâ€™s Theatrum musicum (1669, 1670) and Continuatio theatri musici (1669). University of Illinois
2005 - Laurier Fagnan
The acoustical effects of the core principles of the Bel Canto Method on choral singing. University of Alberta/IRCAM
2005 - Christopher Jackson
An examination, reinterpretation and application of selected performance practices in four motets of Luca Marenzio (1553-1599): Implications for a modern choral performance context. University of Arizona
2006 - Robert Lamb
Michel-Richard de Lalande's In convertendo Dominus: A performance edition with performing commentary. University of Cincinnati
2007 - Mark Chaney
Four motets from the Florilegium Portense. The Ohio State University
2007 - Robert Gehrenbeck
An analysis of Giles Swaynes CRY, Magnificat I, Missa Tiburtina, and Stabat Mater. Indiana University
2008 - Kevin Leong
The Hymn Settings of Ludwig Senfl's Liber vesperarum festorum solennium, D-Mbs Mus. Ms. 52. Boston University
Outstanding ACDA Student Chapter Award
The Outstanding Student Chapter Award was established by the American Choral Directors Association in 1978 as a means for recognizing an ACDA student chapter which, through its activities, best supports the advancement of choral music. The award consists of a plaque that becomes the permanent property of the winning chapter and two monetary awards: $250 to the student chapter and $200 to help defray expenses of an officer or designated representative of the chapter to attend the national conference and receive the award for the chapter.
The Outstanding Student Chapter Award will be determined on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Service to chapter members through projects that directly benefit
the student members in developing the insight and skills necessary for a
successful choral musician.
2. Service to choral music through activities that in some way advance the field of choral music either as a direct benefit to choral musicians or to the public perception and understanding of choral music.
3. Service to the institution that enhances and strengthens choral musicâ€™s educational program on the chapterâ€™s campus.
Nominations for the Outstanding Student Chapter award will be accepted until December 31, 2010.
1979 Ohio State University - Maurice Casey, Advisor
1981 East Carolina University - Rhonda Fleming, Advisor
1983 East Carolina University - Rhonda Fleming, Advisor
1985 Florida State Univeristy, Tallahassee - Colleen Kirk and Clayton Krehbiel, Advisors
1987 East Carolina University - Rhonda Fleming, Advisor
1989 Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff - Jo-Michael Scheibe, Advisor
1991 Florida State University, Tallahassee - Colleen Kirk and Andre Thomas, Advisors
1993 California State University, Long Beach - Gregory Lyne and Lynn Bielefelt, Advisors
1995 Northern Arizona State University, Flagstaff - Edith Copley and Merry Carol Spencer, Advisors
Honorable Mention: Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA - Peggy Detwiler, Advisor
Honorable Mention: Clark County High School District, Las Vegas, NV - Craig McCauley, Advisor
1997 Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA - Peggy Detwiler, Advisor
1999 University of Tennessee - Angela Batey, Advisor
2001 Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA - Peggy Detwiler, Advisor
2003 Adams State College, Alamosa, CO - Elizabeth Schauer, Advisor
2005 Ball State University, Muncie, IN - Jeffrey Carter, Advisor
Honorable Mention: Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA - Peggy Detwiler, Advisor
Honorable Mention: University of North Texas, Denton, TX - Alan McClung, Advisor
2007 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY - Janet Galvan, Advisor
2009 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY - Janet Galvan, Advisor
The Robert Shaw Choral Award
The Robert Shaw Choral Award will be given to a choral leader who has made unusual contributions to the art of choral music. The recipient shall be chosen by the ACDA Past Presidentâ€™s Council. The Robert Shaw Choral Award will be presented during each National Conference.
Guidelines for Robert Shaw Choral Award
The following criteria for selection were approved by the Past Presidentâ€™s Council in November, 1990.
1. The recipient should be a member of ACDA (though there may be exceptions).
2. The recipient should be someone whose primary career is/was in the United States.
3. The recipient has made a significant contribution to the cause of the choral art in America.
4. Such contributions made may have been through teaching, conducting, or leadership.
Nominations for the Robert Shaw Choral Award will close on December 1, 2010.
1991 Charles C. Hirt
1993 Roger Wagner (presented posthumously)
1995 Howard Swan
1997 Harold A. Decker
1999 Weston Noble
2001 Colleen J. Kirk
2003 Warner Imig
2005 Paul Salamunovich
2007 Dale Warland
2009 Gene Brooks (presented posthumously)
2011 Ann Howard Jones
ACDA Student Conducting Competition
The ACDA Student Conducting Awards were initiated during the 1993 ACDA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. We again offer this highly successful event at the 2009 ACDA National Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The ACDA Student Conducting Awards are now funded through ACDAâ€™s Endowment Trust.
The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are three-fold:
1. To acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors;
2. To encourage score preparation and advancement of conducting and rehearsal skills; and
3. To promote student activity at the ACDA National Conference.
These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:
First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
Second Prize, Graduate Level: $500
First Prize, Undergraduate Level: $500
Second Prize, Undergraduate Level: $250.
In addition, the sixteen semi-finalists (up to eight undergraduate and eight graduate) each receive a $200 stipend toward the registration cost for the National Conference.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Hold valid ACDA student membership.
2. Be a full-time undergraduate student (junior or senior status) or a full-time graduate student at a college or university in the United States at the time of application.
3. Submit a complete application portfolio.
Submissions for the 2011 Student Conduction Competition must be uploaded to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com). It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the selection committee with the correct URL for accessing the video. Applicants whose videos are not accessible to the committee will be disqualified.
2011 Student Conducting Competition Application Postmark Deadline:
Nominations for the Student Conducting Competition closed at 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2010.
1993 National Conference
First Place: Thomas Lloyd
Second Place: Shaun Amos
First Place: Christine A. Rees
Second Place: Scott Crandal
1995 National Conference
First Place: Jin Kim
Second Place: Maritza Caceres-Larrondo
First Place: Eugene C. Rogers, Jr.
Second Place: Daniel Hughes
1997 National Conference
First Place: Allen Hightower
Second Place: Brad Wells
First Place: Jason Paulk
Second Place: Kristofer Johnson
1999 National Conference
First Place: Catherine Sailer
Second Place: Eduardo Garcia-Novelli
First Place: Alissa Mercurio
Second Place: James Rimington
2001 National Conference
First Place: Daniel Bara
Second Place: David Gardner
First Place: Carrie Kirby
Second Place: Korey Jackson
2003 National Conference
First Place: James Miller
Second Place: Britt Cooper
First Place: Christopher Lee
Second Place: Kristy Cawthon
2005 National Conference
First Place: Lee Nelson
Second Place: Kimberly Dunn
First Place: Shelby Sievers
Second Place: Jill Davis
2007 National Conference
First Place: Sooyeon Lee
Second Place: John Trotter
First Place: Jason Holmes
Second Place: Rebecca Cole
2009 National Conference
First Place: Beverly Shangkuan
Second Place: Glen Thomas
First Place: Gregory McDaniel
Second Place: Jon Riss
2011 National Conference
First Place: Philip Moody (University of Arizona)
Second Place: Kristina Caswell-MacMullen (Texas Tech University)
First Place: Kenneth C. Sieloff (University of Michigan)
Second Place: Danielle Kinderman (University of Wisconsin â€" Stevens Point)