WCDA Awards

Nominations for 2017 Awards are closed.

Nominations will be considered by the WCDA Board of Directors.

Award recipients will be announced in The Voice, on the WCDA website, and in Staccato Notes. Presentation of the awards will take place at the 2017 WCDA State Convention.

Morris D. Hayes Award:

Established in 1985, this award was named for one of the founders of WCDA, Morris D. Hayes, who was president of WCDA, NCACDA, and National ACDA in three consecutive years. The award does not have to be given every year, but is to be reserved for people of outstanding merit. CRITERIA: Candidate must be a current or former resident of Wisconsin who has demonstrated a commitment to choral music whether through teaching, conducting, or service to the art and who has made outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin.

The Stanley Custer Distinguished Service Award:

Established in 1994, and renamed in honor of our unique benefactor and champion of choral music, Dr. G. Stanley Custer, in 1999. criteria: Candidate must be an individual whose contributions to the organization are exemplary and/or go beyond the normal services provided for the operation of Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, Inc.

Outstanding Church Musician Award:

Established in 1998 to recognize an individual whose contributions to music in the church are exemplary. CRITERIA: Candidate must be a current WCDA member who has made significant contributions in the field of church music in the State of Wisconsin.

Outstanding Middle Level Choral Director Award:

Established in 1998 to recognize significant contribu­tions made in the area of middle level choral directing. CRITERIA: Candidate must be a current WCDA member and middle level choral director (grades 6-9) with a minimum of ten years experience who exhibits characteristics of a master teacher.

Outstanding Young Choral Director Award:

Established in 1993, this award honors teachers with ten or fewer years experience. CRITERIA: Candidate must be a current WCDA member who exhibits characteristics of a master teacher, including enthusiasm, energy, musicianship, student rapport, and professionalism; who has made a considerable impact on the size, quality of performance, festival involvement, and visibility of the program; and/or who has also made a commitment to the community through church or civic choral organizations, youth activities, or civic service organizations.