Chorus America Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given by Chorus America to a member whose long-term service to the choral field is judged to have significantly furthered the organization’s mission “to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing.”


The recipient will be selected by a committee of Chorus America officers.

The Distinguished Service Award is given at the discretion of the officers and may not be given annually.


Applicants must be members of Chorus America. The nominee’s contributions may have been made in either a professional or volunteer capacity but should have an impact on the national scale, above and beyond a local community. An individual may receive this award only once.

Deadline & How to Apply

The deadline to submit via the Chorus America Application Portal (CAAP) is January 25, 2018 at 5PM ET.

Nominations are solicited from the entire Chorus America membership. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Letters of nomination must be written by an individual member or by a representative of a chorus member organization of Chorus America. The letter of nomination should be no longer than 5 pages and should include:

  • complete contact information for the primary nominator
  • the nominee’s birthdate and curriculum vitae
  • a statement outlining specific achievements that qualify the individual for consideration

Additionally, two (2) letters of recommendation in support of the nominee are required. The request for these letters is sent as part of the application in  CAAP. Recommenders who receive the request then upload the letters directly into the system.

Applications will only be accepted through  CAAP

Past Awardees

2018 Joshua Jacobson
2017 Henry Leck
2016 Louise Greenberg
2015 Terry Knowles
2014 Ann Howard Jones
2013 Helmuth Rilling
2012 John Hoyt Stookey
2011 André J. Thomas
2010 H. Royce Saltzman

Click here to download a one page summary about the Chorus America Distinguished Service Award.

Questions? Contact Christie McKinney at 202.331.7577 x250 or

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