Harold Decker Award

Harold Decker Award

Harold Decker was the Chair of the Choral Division of the School of Music at the University of Illinois from 1957 to 1981. He was a charter member and past president of ACDA. In 1979, the Illinois Chapter of ACDA chose to institute the Harold Decker Award, with Dr. Decker being the first recipient. The award is given “in recognition of the significant contribution made to the lives of innumerable choral singers, conductors, and audiences who have been privileged to experience the finest in choral music as presented under his or her direction.”

Requirements of the Harold Decker Award

1. Quality leadership and service to the art of choral music.
2. Minimum of 20 years of leadership in choral music.
3. Minimum of 15 years of choral service in Illinois.
4. A record of active service in ACDA.

Nominations for the Illinois-ACDA Harold Decker Award

Any IL-ACDA member may nominate someone for the Decker Award by submitting, before January 15, a letter of nomination, at least two letters of support, and biographical information or a current resume of the candidate. At the January meeting, the IL-ACDA Board will vote on the recipient of the Decker Award, to be awarded at the summer ReTreat.

Send materials before January 15 to:

Karyl Carlson

Illinois State University
School of Music
Campus Box 5660
Normal, IL 61790

You may submit nomination letters electronically to kkcarlson@ilstu.edu.

Harold Decker Award Recipients