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"Promoting choral excellence throughout Ohio."

The OCDA Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to a person who is in good standing of the American Choral Directors Association. This person exemplifies a high standard of musicianship and professionalism and has a record of service to choral music in Ohio and to OCDA. Winners can come from any speciality, discipline and teaching level within ACDA.

Nomination Procedures

The Vice-President calls for nominations from the membership for the OCDA Distinguished Service Award each year in the fall. Call for nominations will be in the fall issue of the OCDA News or in an email to the membership.

Nominations are submitted using our online form should include the following information:
  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee's address (address, city, and zip)
  • Nominee's phone and email address
  • Nominee's areas of work: indicate Elementary, Middle/Junior High, Senior High, Two-year Colleges, College/University, Church, or Community
  • Nominee's years of experience
  • Statement in support of nominee
  • Your name, phone number, and email

Nominations should be submitted no later than December 1 to the Vice-President. The Board’s decision is made at the January meeting and the award is given at the summer conference.

Distinguished Award Winner Recipients

Name
Year
John Leman
2001
John Drotlef
2002
James Gallagher
2004
Richard West
2005
B. Neil Davis
2006
Richard Mathey
2007
Hilary Apfelstadt
2008
Maurice Casey
2009
Craig Johnson
2010
Ernest Hisey
2011
Lucinda Houck
2012
Tom Merrill
2013
Gayle Walker
2014
Wade Raridon
2015
Eric Richardson
2016
Mark Munson
2018
Sandra Mathias
2019