Gloriae Dei Cantores receives prize

December 4, 2019
Elizabeth C. Patterson (photo credit: Steve Sherman)
Elizabeth C. Patterson (photo credit: Steve Sherman)

Gloriae Dei Cantores and its director emeritus, Elizabeth C. Patterson, have been awarded the 2019 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, recognizing Patterson’s conducting and leadership, as well as the ensemble’s performances and promotion of American music. The American Prize is the nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts.

In addition to promoting new American composers at home, Patterson led Gloriæ Dei Cantores on numerous international tours. From New York to places such as San Francisco, London, Venice, Prague, Moscow, and Siberia, Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Patterson brought not only American music to foreign countries, but also music native to the countries in which they were performing.

Elizabeth Patterson has overseen the development of a repertoire incorporating over 2,400 works including world premieres and commissions by American composers Samuel Adler, Dominick Argento, Gerald Near, and Mark O’Connor. Her work to promote international understanding and cultural integrity have won her critical acclaim in concert halls in Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Wales.

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