Duain Wolfe Receives Prestigious Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art
“I am overwhelmed and truly honored by this award,” said Mr. Wolfe. “In a nation where ten percent of the population is actively involved in choral singing, it is humbling to be accorded such a tribute. The professional choral arts embrace a wide range of organizations and I am especially proud that two of Colorado’s finest choruses are models of high professional standards, the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale, are sharing this tribute with me.”
Duain Wolfe, recently awarded two GRAMMYs for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Recording, is founder and director of the Colorado Symphony Chorus and music director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Wolfe’s extensive musical accomplishments have resulted in numerous awards, including an honorary Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Denver, the Bonfils Stanton Award in the Arts and Humanities, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline.
Chorus America established the Michael Korn Founders Award in 1978 to honor an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art. Michael Korn, one of the founders of Chorus America and its first President (1977 to 1985), received the citation in 1986. Korn was Artistic Director and Conductor of The Philadelphia Singers, which he founded in 1972; and also the Associate Conductor and Chorus Master of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 1991, in response to Mr. Korn’s untimely death at the age of 44, this citation was renamed The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art. It is the prerogative of the officers of the Chorus America board of directors to select the annual recipient.