Dallas Choir Selected as Semi-Finalist for The American Prize

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.

FPC Dallas Awarded Preservation Honor for Sanctuary

Preservation Texas has announced nineteen restoration, rehabilitation and preservation planning projects that will be recognized at its 2019 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception in Austin, Texas on February 27th.  The 2019 Honor Awards, the FPC Dallas Sanctuary being one of them, are selected by a jury of preservationists and recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic historic places in Texas. 


“The 2019 Honor Award winners set a high standard toward which we can all aspire,” said Preservation Texas President Ann Benson McGlone of San Antonio. “These preservation projects required vision and determination. We look forward to putting the spotlight on these outstanding efforts.”

First Presbyterian Church’s Sanctuary was built in 1914 and it’s renovation, which restored the space to its original state, was completed in January of 2018. “'We were so fortunate to work with David and Anne Stimmel and all of the amazing team at Architexas - Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, Inc. and Andrew and the team from Byrne Construction Services,” said Josh Taylor, FPC’s director of worship and music. “I'm glad so many folks have recognized the care and love that went into this project.“

Click here for event details and a full list of selected projects.

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