AWARDS - 2020
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One of ORACDA's most satisfying events is the presentation of four awards for outstanding service and choral work in the state. This year's awards went to people shown in the photos to the right.
Emerging Conductor Award
Andrew Bergh, who steps into his new position as director of choral music at Tualatin High School was named the recipient of the Emerging Conductor Award" for 2020. This award goes to an individual showing excellent work in the field and someone of less than ten years experience. Bill Campbell, who presented the award, describes Andrew as one doing wonderful work, but also a "humble, warm and genuinely nice guy!" Thanks, Andrew, for being a part of ACDA in Oregon.
Service to the Profession Award
The Service to the Profession Award for 2020 went to Cynda Reeves-Snyder. Cynda has over 39 years experience, teaches at the Alder Creek Middle School in the N. Clackamus School District. Kaeli Porter presented the award, lauding Cynda's mentorship work and saying that Cynda's advice was "Keep at it!"
Steve Peter presented Marci Taylor with the prestigious Podium Award for the year. Marci has spent 30 years in the classroom, teaching K-12, but most recently at Westview High School. Aside from her outstanding choirs, Steve describes Marci as considerate, a person of high expectations and the most dignified individual he has ever known!
Hall of Fame Award
This year's Hall of Fame Award went to two superb choral luminaries...Dr. Bruce Browne (Beaverton) and Dr. Solveig Holmquist (Salem). Both of these outstanding leaders have a resume a mile long.
Bruce Browne was director of choral activities at Portland State University from 1978 to 2006. His professional accomplishments are the stuff of legend. ORACDA is so very proud to claim Bruce's friendship and leadership.
Solveig Holmquist, revered for her warmth and choral conducting excellence taught at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. She founded "Chorale Oregon," beginning with eight singers...now over 100, performing major works both in the Salem area, and in addition, developing an international following.