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OCDA Distinguished Service Award Recipients

John Leman - 2001

John Drotleff - 2002

James Gallagher - 2004

Richard Wesp - 2005

B. Neil Davis - 2006

Richard Mathey - 2007

Hilary Apfelstadt - 2008

Maurice Casey - 2009

Craig Johnson - 2010

Ernest Hisey - 2011

Lucinda Houck - 2012

Tom Merrill - 2013

Gayle Walker - 2014

Wade Raridon - 2015

Eric Richardson - 2016

Award Criteria

The OCDA Distinguished Service Award

The Vice-President calls for nominations from the membership for the OCDA Distinguished Service Award each year in the fall issue of OCDA News.

Criteria for Nomination:

  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of ACDA.
  • Nominees should exemplify the following characteristics:
    • a high standard of musicianship.
    • a high standard of professionalism.
    • a record of service to choral music in Ohio.
    • a record of active service in OCDA.
  • Nominees may come from any specialty, discipline, or teaching level within ACDA membership.
  • Previous recipients of the award are excluded from further nominations.

Nominations should include the following information:
  • Name of nominee
  • Nominee's address (address, city, and zip)
  • Nominee's phone and email address
  • Nominee's areas of work: indicate Elementary, Middle/Junior High, Senior High, Two-year Colleges, College/University, Church, or Community
  • Nominee's years of experience
  • Statement in support of nominee
  • Your name, phone number, and email

Nominations should be sent no later than December 1 to the Vice-President. The Board’s decision is made at the January meeting and the award is given at the summer conference.

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