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Shepard Wins Herford Dissertation Prize

The American Choral Directors Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize is Christopher P. Shepard for his dissertation "Evolution and Revolution: J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor, BWV232 in New York City, 1900-1980."
The Julius Herford Dissertation Prize committee’s comments included the following: “an exhaustive study,”  “thoroughly documented,” “thorough research and well-written,” “a lot of valuable information about the views of Baroque performance practice as it developed through the 20th century.”    All committee members felt it made a contribution of the highest caliber to the body of choral scholarship.
Christopher Shepard is currently Music Director of The Dessoff Choirs in New York City and Music Director of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Chorus. An accomplished keyboardist, he is also active as a harpsichordist and organist and as guest conductor in the US and abroad.
Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music.  Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc. Eligibility is limited to doctoral recipients whose degrees were conferred during the calendar year prior to the year of nomination.  The winner receives a $1000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque.  This prize will be presented at the upcoming ACDA Eastern Division Conference.  The Julius Herford Prize is made available through the generous support of Classical Movements, Alexandria, Virginia.