Nominations are being accepted for the next Julius Herford Prize, which will be awarded for a dissertation by a student earning their degree in 2022. This award recognizes an 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. The submitted projects are evaluated entirely blind with regard to dissertator, assisting faculty, institution, and any other identifying material, by an unpaid panel of choral conductor-scholars.
When a dissertation may be nominated: The dissertation of a student with a 2022 degree can be nominated.
The award: The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque. The committee reserves the right to award two prizes or no prizes in any given year.
Detailed information about the nomination requirements are available here: Learn more and nominate a project.
Deadline to nominate: July 1, 2023
2021 – Dr. Katie Gardiner, for “A Conductor’s Guide to the Music of Hildegard von Bingen.” (Indiana University)
2020 – Dr. A.J. Keller, for “Poor in Material, Non-Dramatic, Without Pathos: Elements of the Danish New Simplicity in the Choral Works of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.” (Northwestern University)
2019 – Dr. Lindsay Pope, for “Beyond the Binary: The Intersection of Gender and Cross-Cultural Identity in Reena Esmail’s Life and Choral Works.” (University of North Texas)
2018 – Dr. Amanda Kate Weber, for “Choral Singing and Communal Mindset: A Program Evaluation of the Voices of Hope Women’s Prison Choir.” (University of Minnesota)
2017 – Dr. Alison Allerton, for “‘Leave All That You Have, That You May Take All’: What Hugo Distler’s Totentanz Reveals About His Life and Music.” (Louisiana State University)
2016 – Dr. Michael Driscoll, for “Jan Dismas Zelenka’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ Settings Within the Context of the Dresden Hofkapelle.” (Boston University)
2016 – Dr. Carolyn Rose Rynex, for “Arabesque and the Early Music Influence in Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans.” (Arizona State University)