Chorus America's Director Laureate award is an honorary title established in 2012 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership as a member of Chorus America's board of directors and had significant impact on the choral field. It is given periodically to an individual selected according to criteria including leadership, impact on Chorus America and the choral field, financial support, longevity of service, and ambassadorial role.
First Director Laureate, 2012
Alice Parker, composer, conductor, and teacher, is a passionate believer in the transformative powers of choral singing. We focus all of our gifts in a unique way when we join our voices with others, leading both to personal fulfillment and the creation of a community spirit that breaks down barriers and unites us as human beings. Her own compositional voice is directed toward simplicity and transparency; the basic materials are folk songs of many traditions, and wonderful poetry. She is a graduate of Smith College and Juilliard, with five honorary doctorates, traveling all over the United States and Canada leading performances and workshops. The Melodious Accord Fellowship Program brings conductors, composers, song leaders and music lovers to her home for small-group, intensive study. Learn more at her website: www.melodiousaccord.org