2020 Helen Kemp Award

The Helen Kemp Award

for Lifetime Commitment to Excellence in Choral Music

The Helen Kemp Award, initiated in 2010 and named in honor of its first awardee, honors an individual who, through teaching, performing, and sharing, exhibits a lifelong passion and commitment to the choral art.

2020 Awardee: Marguerite L. Brooks

Marguerite L. Brooks

Marguerite Brooks, choral conductor, holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Temple University. She has served on the faculties of Smith and Amherst College and was also director of choral music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The conductor of the Yale Camerata and Yale Pro Musica, Brooks joined the Yale faculty in 1985 as the director of the choral conducting program at the School of Music and the director of choral music at the Institute of Sacred Music. She is active as a guest conductor and gives master classes sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Guild of Organists, and is director of music at the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven.
Marguerite was nominated by seven outstanding individuals who recognize her long career as a devoted teacher, renowned conductor, and revered leader in the field of choral music. Congratulations to a most deserving colleague in the Eastern Region!