President's Leadership Award

Presidents' Leadership Award

Nomination Deadline June 30, 2018

The Award

Established in 2001 to commemorate Choirs Ontario’s 30th anniversary, this award recognizes individuals who, through their support or engagement in choral music-making, have made an exceptional contribution to the promotion and advancement of choral music in their communities.

The Award is presented annually and alternates between those who support choral music –executive directors, administrators, volunteers, corporate sponsors, philanthropists, and those who are directly involved in the performance of choral music – singers, conductors, and accompanists. Candidates must have demonstrated an exceptional leadership role, vision and cultural activism and must be nominated by a Choirs Ontario member choir or individual member. Previous recipients include: Emily Burgetz, John Tuttle, Marilyn Ala-Kanti, Albert Greer, Robert Henderson, Mark Sirett, Jessie Iseler, Gerald Fagan, Barbara Clark, Jean Ashworth Bartle, and Andi Murphy.

In 2018, the award will be presented to a conductor, singer or accompanist who, through her/his work has made a significant contribution to the choral art in his or her community.

The Process

Candidates must be nominated by a Choirs Ontario member choir or individual member. Each nomination must consist of a completed application form supported by two (2) letters of recommendation and nominee’s biography / curriculum vitae of not more than three pages outlining the candidate’s contribution to the choral art. Complete the application form and send it along with supporting documentation to: President’s Leadership Award, Choirs Ontario, 626 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2R1. Or, email to Application deadline is June 30, 2018. 

The Award is juried by a three person panel of Choirs Ontario past presidents who are appointed by the Choirs Ontario Board of Directors.


Nominees must be residents of Ontario who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and advanced the role of choral music in their community for a minimum of five years.  

The Presentation

The recipient receives a framed certificate and a Choirs Ontario honorary lifetime membership at a recognition ceremony to be held at the Ontario Youth Choir concert in Toronto, August 19, 2018. 

Nomination Deadline June 30, 2019

Click here to view the application.