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January 13, 2006

Choir conductor wins $200,000 award

St. Olaf College choir conductor and music professor Anton Armstrong has won the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The $200,000 prize is awarded by Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where Armstrong will teach during 2007. The St. Olaf music department will receive $25,000 as part of Armstrong's award.

In a statement, Armstrong said he was "overwhelmed" by the award. Armstrong is a 1978 St. Olaf graduate and has a master's degree in choral music from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in choral conducting from Michigan State University. Since he returned to St. Olaf in 1990 from a faculty position at Calvin College, the St. Olaf Choir has traveled the world on concert tours and recorded 11 CDs.

Baylor said the Cherry Award is the single largest award made to individuals for great teaching. It was established with an endowment from Robert Foster Cherry, a Baylor Law School graduate.

Posted by acapnews at January 13, 2006 12:03 AM