The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art was established in 1978 to honor an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art.
Michael Korn, one of the founders of Chorus America and its first President (1977 to 1985), received this special namesake citation in 1986. Mr. Korn was artistic director and conductor of The Philadelphia Singers, which he founded in 1972; and also the associate conductor and chorus master of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 1991, in response to Mr. Korn's untimely death at the age of 44, this citation was renamed The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art.
Selection of the award is made by members of the Chorus America board of directors.
The winner of this award must be a Chorus America member of national stature and must work with a chorus that is fully professionalized (pay all singers, 100% of the time).
The deadline to submit nominations via the Chorus America Application Portal (CAAP) is January 25, 2018 at 5PM ET.
Nominations are solicited from the membership of Chorus America. They must be no longer than 5 pages and include the following information: nominee's birthdate, a brief biographical sketch, confirmation of the professional or professional-core status of choruses with which the nominee works (or has worked), and a statement about the nominee’s qualifications to receive this award.
|2016||Robert De Cormier|
|2015||Craig Hella Johnson|
|2010||Robert L. Simpson|
|2006||American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)|
|2001||Marshall A. Rutter|
|1991||Margaret Hawkins & R. Murray Schafer|
|1987||Janice Kestler & Robert Page|
|1985||Lukas Foss & Walter Gould|
|1984||Todd Duncan & Gregg Smith|
|1980||Margaret Hillis & Hugh Ross|
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