The Lannom Fund of the ACDA Trust will award a young conductor (29 years of age or younger) the opportunity to engage in score study with a master conductor. The master conductor will be someone who is compatible with the interests of the young conductor selected and within reasonable proximity of the awardee. The master conductor may work with the awardee’s choir. This award, given on an annual basis, will be called the Allen C. Lannom Study Award.
About the Allen C. Lannom Study Award
Allen C. Lannom was a leader in choral music for over fifty years. He had a distinguished career in which he conducted public school, church, community, and college and university choirs. In addition, he taught choral conducting and courses in choral literature and techniques at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory. Upon his retirement from Boston University School for the Arts, Mr. Lannom was appointed Professor Emeritus. Many outstanding choral conductors are honored to call Allen Lannom their mentor. He was recognized nationally for his commitment to excellence in the choral art and was a Past President of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.
Several former students and colleagues of Allen wanted to honor him for his outstanding leadership in choral music. They decided to establish a fund in Allen’s name that would be used to provide choral conductors with the types of experiences and opportunities that would increase their ability to achieve excellence in choral conducting. To that end, they decided to pursue the establishment of the Allen C. Lannom Fund that would be part of the ACDA Endowment Trust. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance for young conductors to receive mentoring that would enhance their musical understanding and artistry in conducting. Conductors can often feel isolated and it was felt that the Fund could be instrumental in supplying monies for communities of conductors from all types of choral interests. Allen could continue to have a positive impact on choral music through the Endowment Trust. This is appropriate for someone who has modeled for us what it is to be a life-long learner and mentor.
The Purposes of the Fund
- To honor the lifelong contribution of Allen C. Lannom to the choral art and to recognize his commitment to choral excellence, his generosity in mentoring young conductors, and his regard for the study of the musical score.
- To advocate for the choral art by providing funding for the mentorship of choral conductors in ways that will enhance their musical understanding and proficiency in the art of conducting.
- To provide funding for conductors to increase their understanding of the choral art through a variety of experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom.
- To encourage the establishment of “communities of conductors” from a variety of choral settings that would meet on a regular basis to share ideas about choral music and its performance. This funding might facilitate the inclusion of nationally recognized conductors, artists, or composers who are not part of the local “community of conductors.”
- To underwrite the cost for a conductor to participate in a workshop or similar setting in order to provide mentorship or to provide learning in a specific area of the choral art.
- To provide funding for collaboration between conductors and their choral ensembles in a way that furthers the concept of mentorship.
- To provide financial assistance for choral conductors to learn the art of orchestral conducting through working with an orchestra and an appropriate mentor.
About Allen C. Lannom
Allen Lannom significantly influenced both singers and choral conductors for over fifty years. A graduate of Occidental College, he conducted public school, university, community and church choirs. As a graduate student, with his mentor Dr. Howard Swan, he became a member of an informal group of choral conductors which met regularly for three years to share ideas about choral music and its performance.
Mr. Lannom also studied at the Juilliard School with Robert Shaw. As Shaw’s assistant, he met Julius Herford, the country’s most influential teacher of choral conductors. Lannom was largely responsible for spreading Herford’s influence through West Coast workshops with choral conductors. As director of the City of Los Angeles’ adult choral program, he supervised fifteen community choruses and conducted the combined choruses in joint concerts. He also inaugurated a series of church choral concerts that incorporated professional orchestras.
For three decades Mr. Lannom conducted choral organizations and taught voice and conducting at Boston University School of Music. Upon his retirement in 1982 he was appointed Professor Emeritus. Lannom then became Director of Choral Activities at Boston Conservatory for seventeen years. Mr. Lannom was Minister of Music at Plymouth Church in Framingham, Massachusetts, for three decades and retired in June of 2005 as Artistic Director of the Masterworks Chorale. In that capacity he established the organization as a significant part of the cultural life of Greater Boston. Lannom successfully initiated a student program that allows high school students and their conductors an opportunity to perform a major choral work with orchestra and members of the Masterworks Chorale.
In 1998, Lannom received two accolades: the Lifelong Service Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts New England. A respected speaker and writer, he made presentations at major musical, educational and religious conventions, wrote articles that were published in two books and several magazines, and published a book of poetry. The Allen C. Lannom Study Award honors Allen’s lifetime of achievement and significant contributions to choral conducting, education, mentoring and the growth of the choral profession.
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