Chorus America presented Maestro Johnson with this lifetime achievement award on June 18th at the 2015 Chorus America Conference in Boston.
Chorus America established this Honorary Citation in 1978 to honor an individual with a lifetime of significant contributions to the professional choral art. Michael Korn, one of the founders of Chorus America and its first President (1977 to 1985), received the citation in 1986. Mr. Korn was artistic director and conductor of The Philadelphia Singers, which he founded in 1972; and also the associate conductor and chorus master of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 1991, in response to Mr. Korn’s untimely death at the age of 44, this citation was renamed The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art. It is the prerogative of the officers (chairman, treasurer, secretary, and either the immediate past chairman or the chairman-elect) of the Chorus America board of directors to select the annual recipient. Nominations are solicited from the membership of Chorus America. (from ChorusAmerica.org MORE)