Demaree honored with Morris D. Hayes Award
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Bob Demaree has been awarded the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association’s Morris D. Hayes Award.
Established in 1985, the award recognizes current or former residents of Wisconsin who have “demonstrated a commitment to choral music whether through teaching, conducting or service to the art” and who have “made outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin.” According to the WCDA’s website, the organization’s mission is to “foster musical excellence within an inclusive singing community through education, collaboration, and inspiration.”
“I am deeply honored to join the ranks of the extraordinary artists who have contributed to choral music in the state, including my predecessor, Dr. Gerald Darrow,” said Demaree. “Between the two of us, we have directed choral activities for 55 years. Many of my dear friends, colleagues and mentors have received this award. To be in their company is a remarkable honor for me. It’s important to note that this award also belongs to the many amazing students I have taught over the years. They mean the world to me.”
Demaree was nominated for the award by Carol Dahle, a retired choral teacher in the Hudson (Wisconsin) School District.
“I had the distinct pleasure of working with and getting to know Bob Demaree on the WCDA Board of Directors when he was president,” said Dahle. “He listened, he communicated, he encouraged others to get involved, and his creative ideas were endless. His humility and willingness to serve the music and people, I find to be truly inspiring. He brings the best out of everyone. His achievements in choral music in the state of Wisconsin are second to none, and far too numerous to list here. Bob Demaree is a most worthy recipient of the Morris D. Hayes Award.”
“Bob is certainly deserving of this prestigious award for professional achievement,” said Dr. Laura Anderson, chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at UW-Platteville. “His dedication to the choral music program at UW-Platteville and his commitment to the arts in general have made him a role model for his students and a valued member of the department, college and university.”
The award will be presented to Demaree at the 2019 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association’s State Conference, “Reflections,” on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Another aspect of the weekend that will mean a lot to Demaree is that the UW-Platteville Chamber Choir will perform at the conference the day prior to his award ceremony. The 32-voice ensemble will sing pieces related to the theme of “home and reconciliation.” The choir was one of only six choirs in Wisconsin selected to perform through a blind audition process adjudicated by a panel of national judges. According to Demaree, “This is a tremendous honor for the choral program – Chamber Choir will be the only collegiate ensemble performing at this conference, and the competition for these performing slots is fierce.”
Demaree joined the UW-Platteville faculty in 1992. He conducts the Chamber Choir, the Coro D’Angeli treble choir and the Singing Pioneers bass choir, and teaches choral conducting, choral literature and music history. He has received the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award, the Excellence in Service to Students Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success and UW-Platteville’s Outstanding Advisor to a Student Organization Award. In fall 2001, Demaree was named a recipient of the Alliant Energy/Underkofler Award for Teaching Excellence. For more information about Demaree, visit www.uwplatt.edu/music/dr-bob-demaree.
Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, email@example.com