The MacPherson Prize

Scott MacPherson, our founding Artistic Director, built a legacy of choral conducting in South Texas during his 9 year tenure with the San Antonio Chamber Choir. To honor his legacy, we have created The MacPherson Prize.
 The MacPherson Prize recognizes excellence in choral conducting by an educator or professional choral conductor in Texas who exemplifies Scott MacPherson’s passion for choral music and dedication to the craft of choral conducting. Candidates are considered based on artistic merit as demonstrated by his or her abilities, cumulative body of work, and contribution to the art form in Texas. 

2015 Recipient: Stephen Holcomb

Stephen Holcomb, a native of Waco, Texas, holds the BME and MM degrees from Baylor Universityunnamed, and the DMA degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Since 1988 Dr. Holcomb has been on the music faculty of Dallas Baptist University as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. In 2001, he was selected as DBU’s Piper Outstanding Professor of the Year.

His choirs enjoy a reputation for excellence evidenced by invitations to sing for TMEA and SWACDA. In 2013, Dr. Holcomb conducted John Rutter’s REQUIEM in Carnegie Hall. The DBU Chorale has toured Europe on numerous occasions singing at St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, and St. Thomas Kirke. In addition to his work with University choirs, Dr. Holcomb produces, directs, and conducts the musical and opera productions each year.

He is a member of ACDA, TCDA, TMEA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity, and ASCAP.

 The next MacPherson Prize will be awarded in 2017.