Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Lifetime Achievement

CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) issued this announcement today:

Richard Coffey to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
from Choral Arts New England

CONCORA is proud to announce that the Board of Directors of Choral Arts New England has unanimously selected Richard Coffey as the 2009 recipient of the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is presented annually by Choral Arts New England to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England. “We felt that Mr. Coffey clearly merited this recognition for his founding and distinguished leadership of CONCORA for 35 years (and counting),” says Peter Pulsifer, Board Chairman of Choral Arts New England, “for his work with other choruses, including The Hartford Chorale, and for all that he has done to educate singers and choral conductors and, generally, to improve the quality of choruses in Connecticut and beyond.”

Mr. Coffey is Artistic Director and Conductor of CONCORA, which he founded in 1974 as the first all-professional concert choir in the region. CONCORA performs a comprehensive choral repertoire year-round throughout southern New England both in its own subscription concerts and in collaboration with area orchestras, schools, and colleges. In particular, its presentations of the works of J.S. Bach are highly acclaimed. [Click on “CONCORA Bach” in the index below to read about recent concerts in this series.] CONCORA is frequently heard on radio broadcasts and appears often by invitation at conventions and conferences of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and other organizations.

In 1999, under Mr. Coffey’s leadership, CONCORA established its annual Summer Festival, offering adult singers from the community and select high school and college singers an opportunity to join with CONCORA in rehearsing and performing great choral works. [Click on “CONCORA Festival Workshop” in the index below to read about recent concerts in this series.] Under Mr. Coffey’s direction, CONCORA also established a professional quartet of voices, CONCORA-to-Go, whose program “Around the World in Music” brings multicultural choral singing into the region’s elementary schools and public libraries.

The Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Coffey at a ceremony to be held in October.

The Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1996 to honor musicians who, over the course of their careers, have made significant contributions to the choral arts in New England over the course of their careers. Rick joins this distinguished roster of past recipients:

Elliot Forbes, 1994
Lorna Cooke DeVaron, 1995
Daniel Pinkham, 1996
Florence Dunn, 1997
Allen Lannom, 1998
George Kent, 1999
Blanche Moyse, 2000
Mary Whitney Rowe, 2001
Roberta Humez, 2002
John Bavicchi, 2003
Alice Parker, 2004
Donald Teeters, 2005
Robert De Cormier, 2006
Crag Smith, 2007
David Hoose, 2008
Richard Coffey, 2009

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