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The American Prize in Conducting
—community chorus/youth chorus division
The American Prize winner:
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Among judges' comments: "The energy and enthusiasm was contagious...one of the best recorded performances of Christmas music I have seen in many years."
Bode made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 1990 and has conducted nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. His choirs have been consistently featured in performances for the ACDA National and Regional Conventions, as well as the most recent Chorus America National Conference. Bode has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle-based Choral Arts since 2007, winning the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and The American Prize for best choral performance (community division).
Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Dr. McMane has prepared her choirs for performances with leading symphonic conductors, and is responsible for commissioning over 20 new works from prominent composers. Her choirs have performed at the prestigious World Choral Symposium, and for the celebrated European competition, Let the Peoples Sing. Among her many honors, are three GRAMMY® awards with the San Francisco Symphony and two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Among judges' comments: "she seems to have an electric connection to these young women."