Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award

  • Favorites (0)
  • Views (7253)

The Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award  honors Alice Parker for a career that has spanned almost six decades and has been devoted to the creation of works for the human voice. This award recognizes a member chorus for programming significant recently composed music that expands the mission of the chorus and challenges the chorus's audience in a new way.


Description

This award is designed to recognize choruses that may not typically emphasize or include the performance of contemporary music, but have chosen to stretch themselves to present some of this repertoire. Such choruses might include, but are not limited to, those specializing in early music or Baroque repertoire.

The winner receives an engraved plaque and a cash prize of $1,000.



Eligibility


Applicants for the Alice Parker Award must be chorus members of Chorus America and ASCAP licensees in good standing.

Past recipients of this award are eligible to reapply in five years.

Please note: A chorus that applies for the Adventurous Programming Award (in categories #1 or #2) may not also apply for the Alice Parker Award in the same year. Choruses selected to receive the Adventurous Programming Award may not apply in future years for the Alice Parker Award; choruses who have won the Alice Parker Award may not apply for the Adventurous Programming Award unless they can demonstrate that the chorus' mission has changed.



Deadline & How to Apply


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

A. Submit a one-page cover letter that responds to each of the following requirements:

  • State the ensemble's name, artistic director's name and chorus's mission statement.
  • State whether your chorus is children's/youth, fully professional, professional-core, or adult volunteer. 
  • Provide complete contact information for the person submitting the application, including email address.
  • List the title(s) and composer(s) of the specific work(s) programmed during the 2015-2016 season that created the adventurous "stretch" for your organization.
  • Explain specifically why programming the work(s) in question meets the criteria for the Alice Parker Award.

B. Submit PDFs of all printed concert programs your chorus presented in the 2015-2016 season. You may only submit works from your most recently completed season, whether you define your season according to a calendar year (2016) or academic year (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016). Concert program photocopies should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • Highly legible photocopies converted to PDF files.
  • The ensemble name and concert date should be visible on each photocopy.
  • Programs should be submitted in chronological order.
  • Submit only the list of pieces performed from each concert program. Do not submit program notes, advertisements or performers' biographies. Do not submit duplicate concert programs for repeated concerts. If a full program was performed more than once, indicate on the top right-hand corner of the photocopy how many times it was performed.
  • On each photocopy, please mark an "X" to the left of those works being submitted in consideration for the Alice Parker Award. 
  • Notate the duration of each piece marked with an "X." (Estimates are acceptable.)

C. Submit a representative recording and separate playlist following these guidelines:

  • The recording must include one piece of music from the past 25 years. Preferably one selection represents the submitted season but this is not mandatory.
  • The recording must be uploaded in MP3 format only.
  • Between 15 and 30 minutes of music.
  • At least one selection should be a complete piece.
  • Applicants are encouraged to exclude long orchestra introductions.
  • Provide a separate playlist detailing composer, title, date performed/recorded, and timing of each selection. Note which recordings are live and which are edited.

Applications will only be accepted through  CAAP.



Past Awardees

2017 Cappella Clausura
2016 Durango Choral Society
2015 Cecilia Chorus of New York
2014 Crescendo
2013 Chorus Austin
2012 Coro Allegro
2011 The Washington Chorus
2010 WomenSing
2009 San Diego Master Chorale
2008 Monmouth Civic Chorus
2007 Madrigalia
2006 Seraphic Fire
2005 Pacific Chorale
2004 Bella Voce
2003 Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Click here to download a one page summary about the ASCAP Alice Parker Award.

Questions? Contact Christie McKinney at 202.331.7577 x250 or christie@chorusamerica.org