Alice T. Larsen

1992 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Alice T. Larsen (1929-2004)

Alice T. Larsen began her professional teaching career in Lohrville, Iowa, where she accepted the position of vocal music teacher K-12 in 1952. In 1953 she moved to Staples, Minnesota in a similar position. In 1955, she accepted the invitation of Olaf Christiansen to return to St. Olaf to teach voice, and a year later began directing the Manitou Singers. During her thirty-four years at St. Olaf College (1955-1989), she also taught vocal pedagogy, voice class, music and poetry class, directed the Campus Choir for two years, and occasionally substituted as director of the St. Olaf Choir.

Under her leadership, the St. Olaf College Manitou Singers made several special appearances at the 1979 and 1982 ACDA State Conventions and at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic in 1980.

As a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Ms Larsen traveled throughout Minnesota and around the country appearing in well over one hundred festivals and clinics and over two hundred vocal music contests. She directed All-State choirs in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, & New Mexico.

Active in ACDA of Minnesota, Alice served as Southeast District Chair on the state board from 1982-84, as College Repertoire and Standards Chair from 1984-86, and Women's Chorus Chair. She was particularly remembered for the numerous convention interest sessions on "tone production", "voice production", and "vocal pedagogy."

Ms Larsen's professional memberships included the National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.