The Robert Shaw Choral Award is given to a choral leader who has made unusual contributions to the art of choral music. The recipient is chosen by the ACDA Past Presidents Advisory Council. The Robert Shaw Choral Award is presented during each National Conference.
The following criteria for selection were approved by the Past Presidents Advisory 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.
The nomination period for the 2021 award is now closed (deadline: August 31, 2020).
(+ Wall of Honor Recipient)
2019 – Doreen Rao
2017 – André Thomas
2015 – H. Royce Saltzman
2013 – Alice Parker
2011 – Ann Howard Jones
2009 – Gene Brooks (presented posthumously)*+
2007 – Dale Warland
2005 – Paul Salamunovich*+
2003 – Warner Imig*+
2001 – Colleen J. Kirk*+
1999 – Weston Noble*+
1997 – Harold A. Decker*+
1995 – Howard Swan*+
1993 – Roger Wagner (presented posthumously)*+
1991 – Charles C. Hirt*