The Outstanding Young Conductor Award


Beginning in 2003, ACDA PA annually recognizes the efforts of a new or aspiring young conductor at its summer conference. Read below to learn more of the specific criteria for nominees.

Past Recipients

2003 - Joseph Farrell
2004 - Sharon Rotuna
2005 - Mark Dolan and Jill Tocket
2006 - Shaun Cloonan
2007 - Andreas Cladera and Charles Masters
2008 - Brian Winnie
2009 - Jason Bishop
2010 - Christie McKinney
2011 - Elizabeth Colpo
2012 - Ben Murray
2013 - Kristin Paschen
2014 - Emily Fredericks

Criteria
Candidates must meet the following criteria:

•full or part-time continuous employment as a choral conductor in Pennsylvania for 3 - 5 years
•outstanding leadership and musicianship in any choral field - education, sacred music, or other professional choral music making
•impact on the size or quality of their program including significant contributions to the program and/or musical life of others as measured by the number of participants, improved quality, and/or community impact
•special consideration may be given to active members of ACDA.

Nominations

Any member of ACDA PA is eligible to nominate a candidate for the award by submitting a letter of nomination by May 1st of the nominating year. Nominating letters should evidence examples of the criteria above and must include name/address of nominee, name/address of professional position (current, or former). Completed letters should be sent to:

Randy Yoder, Vice-President
2101 Eastern Blvd.
York, PA 17402
717-891-4536
rdy1949@gmail.com

The selection will be made by the Executive Board of ACDA PA and will be presented at the summer conference. The award shall consist of a commemorative plaque and a complimentary conference registration.


Download Nomination Form (pdf)