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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

The Prelude Award Recipients

2021   Micah Horton

2020   Kenny Kabak

2019   Blake Richter

2018   Alex Kolster

2017   Morgan DeClue

2016    Jazz Rucker

2015    No award given

2014    Ryan Sullivan

2013    Alicia Lyons

2012    Kim Evans

2011    Amy Brammer

2010    Jonathan Krinke

2009    Brandon Williams

2008    Jason Huneycutt

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