Awards of Distinction

Suzanne Abele

Suzanne Abele Memorial Awards

The Suzanne Abele Memorial Awards have been established in honour of Suzanne’s passion for singing and choral music. Throughout her childhood Suzanne performed in classical voice classes at the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival; as a high school student she was also an enthusiastic and committed singer in the Schola Cantorum Youth Choir and Cantilon Chamber Choir. This passion for choral singing continued through university where Suzanne was a member of the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers. Her devotion to choral singing also led her to join the Da Camera Singers and Ariose.

In the autumn of 2013 the first annual Suzanne Abele Memorial Award for Choral Singing was presented to two passionate and enthusiastic young choral singers drawn from the Edmonton and area choral community. These awards have been funded through the Suzanne Abele Memorial Fund and administered by Choir Alberta. We invite you to make a donation in memory of Suzanne Abele through the link below.

Choir Alberta Awards of Distinction

Each year, Choir Alberta honours those who contribute to Alberta’s choral community through the Choir Alberta Awards of Distinction.

Con Spirito Award

In celebration of ACF’s 25th Anniversary (1997), the Con Spirito Award recognizes the spirit and dedication of individuals and their commitment to choral music in their local community. A limited number of awards are presented annually to persons selected by an appointed committee of the Choir Alberta Board from a list of candidates nominated by Choir Alberta members. Nominations may be made on the basis of any significant contribution to choral music in any community.

Past Con Spirito Award recipients:

Carolyn Olson, Margaret (Peg) Matheson, Heather Johnson, Carol Anderson, Norma Jean Atkinson, Monica Baczuk, Heather Bedford-Clooney, Dr. Joy Berg, Eva Bostrand, Dave Bray, Sandra Brunelle, Linda Burwell, Donald Buryn, Mary Carr, Joanne Collier, Cathy de Frece, Robert de Frece, Monica Dear, Leslie Dittman, Lee Dowan, Malcolm Edwards, George Evelyn, Richard Ferguson, Lisa Fielder, Lynne Frances, David Garber, Catherine Glaser-Climie, Val Gondek, John Goulart, Marc Hafso, Brian Haliburton, Glen Harder, John and Virginia Hoopfer, Janos Horvath, Karen Hudson, Norine Inkster, Scott Leithead, Elizabeth Lesoway Anderson, Laurier Levasseur, Dr. Mary MacDonald, John Mahon, Mike Mailone, Brian McAuley, Anne McIntyre, Leslie Ann McClosky, Moira Milne, Lorraine Muise, John Murray, Mary Noyes, Elaine Pitt, Elaine Quilichini, Leonard Ratzlaff, Flora Rizzuto, Barbara Sadler Wells, Alex and Marion Shand, Timothy Shantz, Helen Snortland, Thomas Spila, Jeremy Spurgeon, Paul Sweet, Barb Walker, Trevor Waters, James Whittle, David Wilson

Richard S. Eaton Award

Choir Alberta has awarded the Richard S. Eaton Award of Distinction annually since 1988 in recognition of exemplary service to choral music in the province of Alberta. The award is presented to a person selected by an appointed committee of the Choir Alberta Board from a list of candidates nominated by Choir Alberta members.

Past Richard S. Eaton Award of Distinction recipients

Anne McIntyre, Adele Armstrong, Heather Bedford-Clooney, Paul Bourret, Debra Cairns, Anne Campbell, Robert de Frece, Malcolm Edwards, Lloyd Erickson, George Evelyn, David Ferguson, Michel Marc Gervais, Gordon Hafso, Marilyn Kerley, William Lauterbach, Madge McCready, Douglas Parnham, John Pauls, Marilyn Perkins, Elaine Pitt, Soeur Thérèse Potvin, Leonard Ratzlaff, Ardelle Ries, Garth Worthington, Trent Worthington

Patricial Cook Memorial Award

Patricia Cook, Executive Assistant of the ACF from 1990-94, inspired this award with her dedication and commitment to arts advocacy and to the important role of the arts in education. The award is presented to a person, choir, institution, program or corporation who/which demonstrates exemplary service to advocacy in arts education. The award is presented to a person, choir, institution or corporation selected by an appointed committee of the Choir Alberta board from a list of candidates nominated by Choir Alberta members.

Past Patricia Cook Memorial Awards recipients:

Colleen Whidden, Alberta Music Festival Association, Violet Archer, Bob Baker, Raymond Baril, Malcolm Edwards, Richard Ferguson, William Edward Hamm, Garth Hobden, Russ Mann, Madge McCready, George Nikel, Save Our Fine Arts (SOFA), Phyllis Schafer, Shared Song - Cantaré Children's Choir and the Calgary Separate School District, University of Alberta Graduate Program in Choral Conducting 


All members of Choir Alberta are encouraged to nominate individuals and/or organizations for one or more of the Choir Alberta Awards of Distinction.

Nomination Form (Fillable PDF)

Nomination Deadline: 30 June 2016

2015 Awards of Distinction Recipients

Con Spirito Award

Bruce Cable, Edmonton

Jeannie Pernal, Grande Prairie

Richard S. Eaton Award

Scott Leithead, Edmonton

Patricia Cook Memorial Award

Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education



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