Iowa State Singers score The American Prize in Choral Performance

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The Iowa State Singers, the university’s most select choral ensemble, earned The American Prize in Choral Performance from Hat City Music Theater, Inc., in the college/university division. Winners receive cash prizes in addition to regional, national and international recognition.

“Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of the most famous schools,” David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, said. “It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

The American Prize will motivate Iowa State students to reach for esteemed musical success, said James Rodde, director of choral activities at ISU.

“Our choirs have enjoyed pinnacle achievements in recent years, singing at the national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Collegiate Choral Organization,” Rodde said. “Receiving this response from The American Prize was another welcomed affirmation of the success and reputation of our music program and university. I also believe this award will inspire our students to strive for even greater artistic heights in music performance.”