Hopkins High School choir director Philip Brown was awarded the
2013 American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Award for Creative
The award affirms the importance of quality secondary and undergraduate choral training throughout the State of Minnesota by celebrating music educators who uphold high standards of excellence in repertoire selection and acknowledging creativity in choral performance.
In applying for the award, Brown used recordings and programs of the Hopkins High School Concert Choir, which he has taught for the entire eight years he worked at Hopkins High School. Some of the core ideas behind Brown’s programming include music that is technically and artistically demanding, texts that have a story to tell that can connect to high school voices, and a wide variety of styles and genres in hopes that every song sounds unique.
The Award for Creative Programming is presented annually in November to a non-professional choral organization in the state of Minnesota.