At this year's national Sängerfest in Peoria, IL, our very own Loesje Chandler was awarded the Menhart-Pescenye Award of Merit by the North American Singers Association (Nord-Amerikanischer Sängerbund).
This prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime award, was first given out in 2016. Since then it has been presented anually to an esteemed member of the NASB. The Award can be presented to singers or directors of the NASB. The recipients of the Award are recognized for having made a substantial contribution to the NASB, advancement of German-American cultural singing, and preservation of German-American traditions.
Per the guidelines, "The purpose of the award is to recognize that individual deemed to have made noteworthy contributions to the field [of] choral music and leadership. Such contributions may include the expression of new ideas, the creation of new choral groups, the development of better techniques, or substantial efforts, which have led to further improvements in the NASB, or outstanding service to the profession of music, as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social, or administrative processes affecting the NASB."
We are so very proud of Loesje and are thrilled that she has been recognized in this way. Her desire to try new things, push people to be their best, and keep the heart and spirit of German-American heritage alive and well inspires all those who are lucky enough to know her. She is an amazing musician, instructor, director, and friend. Well done, and well deserved, Loesje!