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.

2019 Recipient: Dr. Christopher Aspaas

SACC is so excited to announce our MacPherson Prize winner for 2019: Dr. Christoper Aspaas! 

Dr. Aspaas serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at TCU. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. At TCU, Christopher leads the Concert Chorale, TCU’s flagship mixed ensemble, as well as the Frog Corps, TCU’s premier male vocal ensemble. He also teaches coursework in basic conducting, choral conducting, choral literature, and advanced choral conducting and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer have taken Christopher all over the United States as well as Canada, Germany, South Korea, and the Sultanate of Oman.

Christopher has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s, and women’s choirs. His works are published by Augsburg Fortress, earthsongs, Hal Leonard, and Aspen Hill Music, a publishing house Christopher co-founded with his wife Nancy in 2013. One of his recent commissions, Do Not Ask Me to Remember, premiered at the 2017 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota.