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The American Prize in Conducting—Choral Division
The American Prize winner:
Richard Nance, Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Tacoma, WA
Richard Nance’s compositions are regularly performed by school, university, church, community and festival choirs. In 2002 Nance was selected to compose the prestigious Raymond Brock Memorial Composition for the American Choral Directors Association. Other composers who have shared this honor include Gian-Carlo Menotti, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, René Clausen, Daniel Pinkham, Samuel Adler and Gwyneth Walker.
Among judges' comments: "The sound of this choir gives powerful evidence of a conductor with very fine pedagogical and gestural technique."
Peggy Dettwiler, Mansfield University Festival Chorus, Mansfield, PA
Among judges' comments: "excellent use of the baton: the beat is almost always clearly at the tip of the baton rather than in the hand..."
Ingrid Lestrud, Merit School of Music Conservatory Choir, Chicago, IL
Among judges' comments: "Great economy of movement; clear and appropriately varied for each style."