Alumnus E. Wayne Abercrombie receives Lifetime Achievement Award

wayne-portraitE. Wayne Abercrombie recently received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual Alfred Nash Patterson awards ceremony on October 27. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually by Choral Arts New England to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England.

Dr. Abercrombie earned his Doctorate of  Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Indiana University School of Music in 1974 with high distinction. Professor Emeritus of Music and former Director of Choral Activities at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dr. Abercrombie taught for 33 years in the Department of Music. He founded the Children’s Chorus of Springfield, and helped establish the “Conductors Without Borders” program of the International Federation of Choral Music.

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