VocalEssence Creative Programming Award

The purpose for this award is to uphold high standards of excellence in repertoire selection, to acknowledge and reward creativity in performing choral performance, and to affirm the importance of quality secondary and undergraduate choral training throughout the State of Minnesota.

The Award for Creative Programming is presented annually in November by Philip Brunelle or a representative of VocalEssence to a non-professional choral organization in the state of Minnesota. Award selection will be made by a review committee determined by Mr. Brunelle. The decisions of the review committee will be final and the committee reserves the right not to make an award.

The award alternates between two categories. In even years, college and university/community choruses, may apply; and in odd years, middle/junior high school and high school chorus may apply.
 

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Year

Recipient

Institution

2014 Christopher Aspaas St. Olaf College

 

2013 Philip Brown Hopkins High School

2011

André Heywood

St. John's Boy's Choir

2010

Jane Ramseyer Miller

One Voice Mixed Chorus

2009

Joshua Shank

Prior Lake High School

2006

Michael Culloton

Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble

2004

Michael Tamte-Horan

St. Cloud State University

2003

Matthew Culloton

Hopkins High School

2002

Patricia Kazarow

Gustavus Adolphus College

2000

Thomas Paulson

Edina Chorale

1999

Al Hawkins

New Ulm High School

1997

Robert Sieving

St. Cloud Apollo High School

1996

David Mennicke

Concordia University