On Monday, February 11, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas’ Chancel Choir was announced as a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Choral Performance for 2018-2019.
The Chancel Choir, directed by Joshua Taylor, provides the primary musical leadership for worship at First Presbyterian Church. This volunteer adult group, with varying musical backgrounds, presents a wide variety of repertoire from standard church music, spirituals and gospel, to music by new composers.
“It is such an awesome gift to stand in front of this choir each week and I'm so humbled that we're included [as semi-finalist]” said Taylor.
The American Prize is a national nonprofit competition in the performing arts and is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. The organization, unique in scope and structure, is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States..
The prize has attracted hundreds of qualified contestants from all fifty states since its founding, has awarded more than $60,000 in prizes in all categories since 2010, and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.
The final award will be announced later this year.