Richard Nance, music director of Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West, has won the 2013 choral conducting division of The American Prize, a new competition for American musicians organized by non-profit Hat City Music Theater in Connecticut.
Founded in 2009 to recognize musical excellence across the country, The American Prize is judged by conductor and composer David Katz, supported by a panel of judges from various musical fields.
"I feel very proud and excited about winning the American Prize for choral conducting," said Nance. "It is always rewarding to have one's work validated by peer review, and to be considered among such a fine group of finalists makes this very special. The award speaks to the incredible musical skill of the singers I work with in the Choir of the West. Without them, my work means nothing."
“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps never even be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of the most famous schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it.”
Nance, who has worked at PLU since 1992, directs Choir of the West and alumni group Choral Union, as well as teaching conducting. His choirs regularly tour and win awards, including a 2011 division of The American Prize. He is also a recognized composer.
“The sound of this choir gives powerful evidence of a conductor with very fine pedagogical and gestural technique,” said one of the judges’ comments in the competition.
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