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Inspire and Support a Community of
Choral Musicians in Minnesota!
By giving $10 or more today to the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund, you help inspire, transform, and connect people in our schools, churches, and communities through choral music.
Our annual scholarship program provides Minnesota choral conductors with professional development opportunities, encourages and supports talented young musicians to pursue a career in choral conducting and also provides administrative support.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, the FMC Endowment Fund Committee has awarded 271 recipients over $165,000 in scholarships since 1996. According to our recipients, our scholarships transform teaching, encourage lifelong relationships, and allow deep spiritual and artistic connection to music.
Thank you in advance for assisting us with keeping choral music exemplary and strong in Minnesota!
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Alice T. Larsen Memorial Scholarship
On the 85th anniversary of Alice T. Larsen’s birth, a scholarship is being established in her memory through the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund (FMC Endowment Fund) of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN). The Alice T. Larsen Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in the future to an ACDA-MN woman conductor who is pursuing a graduate degree in choral conducting.
In 1996, the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota created the F. Melius Christiansen (FMC) Endowment Fund to foster Minnesota's reputation for choral excellence by awarding scholarships to undergraduate and graduate choral conducting students from private and public Minnesota colleges and universities.
The Endowment Fund is named after F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Choir, who believed his contribution to music was not one of instinctive genius, but instead an ethic of hard work used to achieve perfect intonation, seamless blend and crisp diction. Today, choral musicians in Minnesota pride themselves on a tradition of excellence built on the Christiansen foundation; this evolving tradition continues to inspire talented young people throughout Minnesota to pursue their ambitions in the field of choral music. The future of choral music — in classrooms, churches, synagogues and communities — rests squarely in the hands of these promising young and aspiring directors.
Your gift to the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund will assist with:
- Providing active Minnesota choral conductors with professional development opportunities
- Encouraging talented young musicians to pursue choral conducting as a career
- Providing administrative support for ACDA of Minnesota
Please read about the history of our FMC Endowment Fund in an article authored by Mary Kay Geston, past president of ACDA-MN. (Click here to read the article).
Since 1996, the FMC Endowment Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to 196 Minnesota choral directors totaling more than $123,500. These scholarships are awarded annually to ACDA-MN members to attend ACDA division and national conferences, the Summer Dialogue conference and graduate school. Every three years an ACDA-MN member is awarded a scholarship to attend the World Symposium on Choral Music.
As we continue to offer more scholarships, your gift can truly make a difference! Contribute now.