Philip Brunelle

1998 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Philip Brunelle

Philip Brunelle, an internationally known conductor, choral scholar, and performer, founded the Plymouth Music Series in 1969. IN 1992, 1994, and 1996 Mr. Brunelle and the Plymouth Music Series were awarded ASCAP-Chorus America awards for adventuresome programming in contemporary music, and in 1996 the organization received the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America. Other honors include a Grammy award nomination for the Virgin Classics recording of Dominick Argento's Te Deum and a "Best Opera Recording of the Year" Gramophone award for Britten's Paul Bunyan.

Mr. Brunelle's conducting engagements span the globe. In the United States he has appeared with major orchestras and opera companies. For seventeen years, Mr. Brunelle served as Music Director of the Minnesota Opera. In 1983 he made his European conducting debut at the Aldeburgh Festival in England, followed by appearances in Sweden and Germany. Among Mr. Brunelle's international awards are the Kodály Medal from the government of Hungary, the Stig Andersson Award for contributions to Swedish music, and the Royal Order of the Polar Star from the King of Sweden in 1989.

In addition to his conducting and performing career, Mr. Brunelle has been active in arts public policy and professional service endeavors. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of Chorus America. From 1992 until June 1996 he served by Presidential appointment as one of 26 arts leaders on the National Council on the Arts, the body which oversees the activities of the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received honorary doctorates from St. Olaf College, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. John's University, and United Theological Seminary.