Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is pleased to announce that Dr. Milburn Price will be the recipient of the DCINY Educator Laureate Award. Celebrated as a conductor and educator worldwide, Price will receive the award on Sunday, April 15, at the DCINY performance of Dreamweaver: The Music of Ola Gjeilo and Dan Forrest at Carnegie Hall. Co-founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor), DCINY celebrates its 10th Anniversary this season and is proud to include this award ceremony as a part of those celebrations.

Milburn Price was the Conductor Laureate for DCINY’s production of Brahms Requiem on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Dr. James M. Meaders, DCINY Artistic and Educational Consultant, will present the award on stage to Price, who has been his mentor. Dr. Meaders comments, “Milburn Price has invested a lifetime in the graceful nurture and wise mentorship of his students, and I am sincerely humbled and thankful to be included in that fortunate group. Dr. Price has unfailingly demonstrated excellence, eloquence, kindness, sincerity, and humility, modeling for all who would see the finest characteristics of those who would call themselves ‘Educator.’”

“He brings wisdom and extraordinary experience in his art with an inspiring and energetic spirit,” said Angie Willoughby, chair of the Mississippi College Music Department. “Our students had an incredible opportunity to learn and perform with Dr. Price.”

Price served as National President of the American Choral Directors Association from 1999 to 2001. Guest conducting and lecturing engagements have taken him to twenty-eight states, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, Switzerland, and Russia.

Price has served most recently as Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to moving to Samford, he served as Dean of the School of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and as the Chair of the Music Department at Furman University. Price has also taken a position as Visiting Professor at Stetson University, Mercer University and Mississippi College. He holds the B.M. from the University of Mississippi, the M.M. from Baylor University, and the D.M.A. from the University of Southern California.

One of the editors of the Celebrating Grace Hymnal, he is the co-author of two books about worship and church music as well as numerous articles.  

For his choral compositions and arrangements, Price has received an ASCAP Composer's Award each year since 1979. His compositions and arrangements have been published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music, Harold Flammer, Genevox, Hope Publishing Company, MorningStar Music, Coronet Press, and Alliance Music Publications.

The DCINY Educator Laureate Award acknowledges an individual’s contribution to music education. It recognizes a personal commitment to instilling a life-long love of making music.  The award recognizes an educator who has contributed uniquely and significantly to some aspect of the broad scope of music education. The award can be given for cumulative lifetime achievement or a singular contribution.

Past recipients of the award are Dr. Donald D. Donaldson, professor emeritus of Asbury College and former choral director at Shawnee Mission South High School and chair of the music department at Kansas Wesleyan University; Craig Jessop, former music director of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra; and Dr. Eph Ehly, formerly the Director of Choral Studies at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

About Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Founded in 2007 by Iris Derke and Jonathan Griffith, with its first public performance in January 2008, DCINY is a leading producer of dynamic musical entertainment in renowned international venues. Over 40,000 musicians representing 44 countries and all 50 states have participated in

DCINY productions. Since the inception of the company, DCINY has produced 17 world premieres and more than 200 concerts for over 200,000 audience members.

DCINY commemorates its 10th Anniversary Season in 2018. With unforgettable, world-class concert experiences, empowering educational programs, and a global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of musical performance. In addition to being selected three times for Inc. 5000, DCINY has received national recognition with two American Prizes: Jonathan Griffith, Founder and Music Director of Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, won the 2014 American Prize in Conducting, Professional Orchestra Division, and the 2015 American Prize recognized DCINY’s General Director and Co-Founder Iris Derke and the DCINY Team for Arts Marketing.

Having presented numerous sold out concerts and world and US premieres, DCINY also created/supports a mentorship program for young conductors and as well as the DCINY Premiere Project which commissions new works. For more information on upcoming concerts and events please see:


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