Young choral director recognized

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Choral conducting graduate student Mark Potvin

Choral conducting graduate student Mark Potvin, Princeton, has been honored with the Outstanding Young Choral Director of the Year Award by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

The award is given to young conductors who have demonstrated high performance standards and promoted choral music within the community. The honoree recently completed his seventh year as choir director at Princeton High School in Princeton, where he directed several curricular and extracurricular choirs and numerous theatrical assignments and, with his colleagues, developed an All-City Choir Festival for singers in grades 4-12. At St. Cloud State, Potvin is assistant director of the Concert Choir and the 18-voice Chamber Singers.

Potvin is the second St. Cloud State student to receive the award, the first being Bret Amundson ’08, Seattle, Wash., now a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Washington, who was honored in 2007. Assistant Professor Lee Nelson, director of choral activities at St. Cloud State, received the award in 2001 as a teacher at Blaine High School, Blaine.

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