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Prelude Award

Prelude Award

This award will be presented annually to one outstanding member of the Missouri Choral Directors Association in accordance with the following criteria: 

  • Nominee is a current member of MCDA in 3rd, 4th or 5th years of contractual experience as a full-time     choral director
  • Demonstrates success in the teaching and performance of choral music in Missouri
  • Demonstrates a professional demeanor in interactions with music colleagues
  • Demonstrates potential as an exemplary professional with an extended career in choral music 
  • Demonstrates a spirit of service and involvement through active participation in MCDA and choral music in general

Selection Procedures:Nominations will be solicited from the general membership of MCDA:

  • Nominees must be current members of MCDA in 3rd, 4th or 5th years of contractual experience as a full-time choral director
  • Nominations must include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee along with a letter of nomination from a current member of MCDA and a letter of support from an administrator or supervisor recommending the nominee; 
  • The elected members of the Executive Board of the Missouri Choral Directors Association shall serve as the selection committee reviewing the nominees; 
  • Elected Members of the MCDA Executive Board are ineligible to be nominated for this award; 
  • Nominations may be resubmitted for the duration of the eligibility period (3-5 years), but are not automatically carried forward for future consideration.

    Prelude Award Recipients

    2017   Morgan DeClue

    2016    Jazz Rucker

    2015    No award given

    2014    Ryan Sullivan

    2013    Alicia Lyons

    2012    Kim Evans

    2011    Amy Perryman Jameson

    2010    Jonathan Krinke

    2009    Brandon Williams

    2007    Beth St. John

    2006    Jason Martin

    2005    James Melton

    2004    Caleb Zustiak

    2003    Jeff Lackey

    2001    Kevin Hawkins

    2000    Cindy Lakin

    1999    Ken Tucker

    1998    Paula McIntire