General Scholarships
Named Scholarships
New Scholarships
Past Award Recipients
Award Information

Award and Scholarship Recipients

Texas Choirmaster Award 

This award is reserved for a TCDA member with clearly superior choral conducting and musicianship skill with many years of performance success.  Nominations are made by the TCDA Board.  This award is not necessarily awarded each year. 

2021 Recipient


Choral Excellence Award

This award is based on the recipient’s contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.  Nominations made by TCDA members.

2021 Recipients
Gene Holkup
Fort Bend ISD
Richmond, TX
Dr. Mark Rohwer
Flower Mound HS
Flower Mound, TX

Young Director of Distinction Award

This award recognizes TCDA choral directors who have taught for seven years or less and achieved exceptional success in those years.  Nominations made by TCDA members. 

2021 Recipients

 Brittni Kelly
Lewisville ISD
Flower Mound, TX

 Evan Key
Conroe ISD
Houston, TX
 Katherine Patel
Plano ISD
Wylie, TX
 Megan Wisdom
Lewisville ISD
Corinth, TX

Innovative Programming Award

In recognition of the ingenuity and creativity of members in programming and the positive impact of such work on singers, audiences, and the choral art, TCDA seeks to recognize members who have created programs that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, and/or exceptional community engagement. Recipients should be current members of TCDA. Nominations made by TCDA members.

2021 Recipients
Ashley Dame
Wylie ISD
Rockwall, TX

Kristina MacMullen
University of North Texas

Denton, TX

Guadalupe Rivera
Lee High School

Midland, TX


Choral Advocacy Award

TCDA recognizes that the choral arts flourish because of the care and commitment of a vast network of artists, teachers, and administrators throughout our state. Nominations made by TCDA members.

2021 Recipients
Vivian Munn
Edinburg, TX
Troy Robertson
Tarleton State University
Stephenville, TX


Choral Director of Distinction Award

This award is given annually to mid-career TCDA members with 10 years or more conducting experience who maintain high performance and literature standards, participate in TCDA activities through attendance and leadership, and promote choral music in the community.

2021 Recipient
Tara Sikon
Birdville ISD
Lewisville, TX


TCDA Service Award

Not awarded every year, this select award is reserved for unusual or unique service to TCDA. Nominations are made by the TCDA Board.


2021 Scholarship Recipients

Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

  • Donald L Bailey Endowed Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($700) - Hasoo Eun, University of North Texas
  • Cloys Webb Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($700) - Madison Montague, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Past Presidents Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($700) - Klint Fabian, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Jackie Cocke Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($700) - Brittany Morrison, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • James Matheny Scholarship ($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($700) - William Swinney, University of North Texas
  • William Gorham Scholarship ($1,000) & TCDA General Scholarship ($700) - Celli Ra, University of North Texas
  • Mary Ann & Art Winden Scholarship ($4000) - Vanessa Guzman, Texas Tech University
  • General Scholarship ($1700) - Skylar DuBose, University of North Texas
  • General Scholarship ($1700) - Sheridan White, University of North Texas
  • General Scholarship ($1700) - Fredrick Morales, Texas Tech University
  • General Scholarship ($1700) - Hannah Hatfield, Dallas Baptist University
  • General Scholarship ($1700) - Jessica Hausmann, University of North Texas
  • General Scholarship ($1700) - Connor McCowan, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Professional Scholarship Recipients

  • Jim and Glenda Casey Scholarship ($500) & TCDA General Fund ($700)Kimberley Ahrens
  • Abbott IPCO Scholarship ($500) & TCDA General Fund ($700)Francis Cathlina
  • Gandy Ink Scholarship (($1000) & TCDA General Fund ($200)Saleel Menon
  • General Scholarship ($1200)Lindsey Spitsberg