Saturday, July 23, 2011

WINNER in CHORAL PERFORMANCE/CONDUCTING (community chorus) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance (community chorus division), 2011. 

Pacific Lutheran (University) Choral Union, Richard Nance, conductor, Tacoma, WA

The Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union was established in 1984 to create an ensemble that would bring together singers from the surrounding community, PLU faculty and staff, alumni and students. The 80-voice ensemble performs three or four concerts each academic year, singing both major choral works and programs of shorter works.  Choral Union has performed for regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and has performed four European tours.

There was a tie for second place: 
Peninsula Women's Chorus, Martín Benvenuto, artistic director, Palo Alto, CA 
Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, artistic director, Seattle, WA

Peninsula Women's Chorus

Seattle Pro Musica

Cathedral Choral Society, J. Reilly Lewis, director, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. placed third. 


The American Prize is pleased to announce the winner of The American Prize in Conducting (community chorus division), 2011. 

Richard Nance, director, Pacific Lutheran (University) Choral Union, Tacoma, WA
Dr. Richard Nance is currently associate professor of music and conductor of The Choir of the West and the Choral Union at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington USA. Nance holds bachelors and masters degrees from West Texas A&M (then West Texas State University) and the DMA degree from Arizona State University. Dr. Nance has studied conducting with Hugh Sanders, Douglas McEwen and David Stocker and studied composition with Joseph Nelson and Randall Shinn.

Daniel Hughes, Conductor of The Choral Project, San Jose, CA, placed second.
J. Reilly Lewis, director of the Washington National Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, D.C., placed third.  


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