Curt Hansen

1984 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Curt Hansen

Curt Hansen was privileged to be one of the six founders of ACDA in 1959 and was one of the 100 charter members in the nation. He served as national vice-president in 1960 and 1961. He served as MMEA vocal vice-president and as president of MMEA in 1959-1961. A graduate of St. Olaf College, he taught in Wisconsin, and after World War II obtained a Masters degree. He then became the vocal music director at Brainerd High School. His choir was the first to sing in Orchestra Hall in Chicago and the choir made many appearances before local, regional, and national MENC conferences. He founded and directed the Brainerd Chorale and served several years as president of the Lakes Area Civic Music Association. He was director of the Trinity Lutheran Church choir for 12 years.

In 1963 Curt moved to Minneapolis as editor of Schmitt, Hall & McCreary music publishing company, and in 1970 was given the additional responsibility of general manager. He directed the Lutheran Brotherhood Singers, published in the Music Educators Journal, and composed and published over 35 vocal and instrumental works.

In 1977 he founded the publishing firm of Curtis Music Press and is now president and senior editor. He has directed over 400 clinics and concerts throughout the nation, and he is famous for his Norwegian jokes.