Local Chorus with Pierce staff wins American Prize


Tabby Arnold


After the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union recorded its 25th anniversary CD in March, conductor Richard Nance submitted the CD for national review.

Without informing the 80-voice choir, Nance sent that CD to the American Prize, a non-profit national competition for various kinds of music groups.

To the chorus members’ surprise, they received an e-mail from Nance saying they were finalists in this competition. They later won first place, receiving the American Prize for Choral Performance in the community chorus division.`

“[Their] tone is rich, warm, brilliant and beautiful. The resonance is nicely balanced between dark and light timbres, and the sound is thrilling,” said judges of the Choral Union.

Pierce employees Barbara Howard, Leslie Watts and Larry Wiseman are all a part of this nationally-recognized ensemble. The chorus is made up of recent graduates as well as older men and women, many of whom are or were in the music profession.

Nance, who also won the award for conducting at the community chorus level, walked away with raving reviews from the judges.

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Local Chorus with Pierce staff wins American Prize

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