The ACDA Student Conducting Awards were initiated during the 1993 ACDA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and have been presented at each subsequent national event. Initially funded by ACDA’s Endowment Trust, the student conducing competition is now full supported by the generosity of Manhattan Concert Productions.
The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are three-fold
1. To acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors;
These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:
First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
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.
Submissions for the 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.
2017 National Conference
2015 National Conference
First Place: Philip Shoultz (University of Minnesota)
Second Place: Maria Hagan (Indiana University)
First Place: Ryan Tani (University of Southern California)
Second Place: Anthony Madonna (Westminster Choir College)
2007 National Conference
1995 National Conference
First Place: Jin Kim
Second Place: Maritza Caceres-Larrondo
First Place: Eugene C. Rogers, Jr.
Second Place: Daniel Hughes