The Choralis Foundation has announced nominees for its fifth annual Greater Washington D.C. Area Choral Excellence “Ovation” Awards, which will be presented at the Falls Church-based organization’s “Black and White” dinner and awards ceremony on June 4 at The Clarendon Ballroom.
Pamela Lassell, an orchestra contractor who has assembled countless instrumental ensembles to accompany area choral concerts, will receive the Ovation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Choral Music, the Ovations’ highest honor. Past winners of this award are J. Reilly Lewis, Robert Shafer, Norman Scribner, and Mark Ohnmacht.
Nominees for three additional Ovation awards also were announced. Most Creative Programming nominees are Cantate Chamber Singers, Gisèle Becker, artistic director; City Choir of Washington, Robert Shafer, artistic director; and Coral Cantigas, Diana Sáez, artistic director. For Best Educational Outreach the nominees are Cathedral Choral Society, Margot T. Young, education and outreach manager; Children’s Chorus of Washington, Joan Gregoryk, founder and artistic director; and WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir, Stanley J. Thurston, artistic director. For Best Gospel Choir, the nominees are Mosaic Harmony, Rev. David K. North, director; St. Augustine Catholic Church Gospel Choir, Samuel E. Cromwell, director; and WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Stanley J. Thurston, artistic director.
The Choralis Foundation, now in its 14th season, supports six choral ensembles, including the namesake 100-voice adult chorus, Choralis, a chamber ensemble, and four youth choirs; offers signing scholarships to high school students; and supports the career development of young choral conductors through a Conducting Fellowship. For more information, visit choralis.org.