Dear NCDA Members and Colleagues,
This is a very quick reminder that the Cornell Runestad Award submission date is fast approaching. As of today I have not received any nominations and we must have at least two for us to proceed with awarding it this year. Attached is a nomination form and below is the criterion. Please take a little time this Memorial Day weekend and reflect on your memories of the great Nebraska Choral Leaders that were your mentors through the years. The time you put into the nomination will be minimal compared to all that they have done for Nebraska and Choral Music during their careers. I look forward to being flooded with nominations by the deadline Sunday, June, 1, 2013.
THE CORNELL RUNESTAD AWARD
For Lifetime Dedication to Choral Music in Nebraska
The Cornell Runestad Award is to be given to a deserving choral director in Nebraska. It is to honor those professionals that have made the commitment to singers in Nebraska through choirs under their direction. These conductors chose to stay in the State of Nebraska for their careers. They may have worked with choirs of any level or variety. The inspiration of their artistry has touched many lives, and has set the bar for the many directors who follow in their paths. In short, they have left a legacy.
Named for Cornell Runestad, this award uses as a model the dedication of a man that used his own varied experiences in choral music to develop a choral program at Wayne State College. Under Runestad’s direction, this choir consistently represented the best in our choral art. Choirs in school districts and colleges around the state are being led by former students from Wayne State.
The collegiality that is consistently shown by Mr. Runestad has offered encouragement to choral directors of every level. Through his kind nature, he has been able to inspire each of us to be determined in our resolve to be the best that we can be. In this way we offer the singers of Nebraska nothing less than excellence.
This award is to be awarded as deemed appropriate by the President of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association. Only one should be granted at a time. This will allow for the due respect to be given the deserving recipient.
Thank you for taking the time to read this announcement and for all your efforts as Choral Music leaders in Nebraska.
Matthew C. Harden, PhD
Director of Choral Activities
Department of Music
University of Nebraska Omaha
Artistic Director, Madrigali et al.
President, Nebraska Choral Directors Association
“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” Robert Schumann