On June 13, 2013, Phoenix Chorale Executive Director and Assistant Conductor Joel Rinsema received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. The award was presented to Joel by Jonathan Miller, founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, and a previous recipient of the Louis Botto Award in 2008.
The awards ceremony took place in Seattle, WA and was held during the Chorus America annual luncheon in conjunction with their annual meeting and conference. Joining Joel at the luncheon were Charles Bruffy, Jen Rogers, Dana Bender, Don Loncasty (Kansas City Chorale), Laura Inman, and Bryan Taylor. Click here to see photos from the Chorus America Conference 2013 >>
Each year, Chorus America presents their annual awards ceremony during their Annual Conference. The awards are presented publicly, not only to honor the recipients and celebrate their accomplishments in the company of friends and colleagues, but also to encourage the choral field to continually strive for excellence in management, service, and performance. Some of this year’s other award recipients include The Crossing and Donald Nally, Atlanta Sacred Chorale led by Eric Nelson, Christopher Bell of the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, and Helmuth Rilling of the Oregon Bach Festival. Read more about this year’s awards >>
The Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal was established in memory of Louis Botto for his artistry, selfless service to the choral art, and entrepreneurial spirit in founding the men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer and bringing it to national prominence as the first professional choral ensemble in the U.S., outside the military, consistently to offer full-time employment to its singers. The award is given periodically to an individual who through his or her work with a member ensemble of Chorus America has demonstrated innovative action and entrepreneurial zeal in developing a professional or professional-core choral ensemble (in operation for at least 5 years).
The selection committee is comprised of the Chair of the Board of Directors of Chorus America or an alternate designated by the chair, the Chair of the Artistic Services Committee of the Chorus America Board or an alternate designated by that chair, a representative of Chanticleer, and two representatives from professional choral ensembles (fully professional or pro-core) who are not members of Chorus America’s Board of Directors.
The Annual Conference is the centerpiece of Chorus America’s professional development and training opportunities for chorus leaders. Each year in June the Conference is presented in a different city, in partnership with a host chorus, and brings together more than 400 choral conductors, administrators, singers, board members, and business members.