Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Weber Winner of the 2018 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize

Each year the Julius Herford Prize Subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee accepts nominations for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music.

Projects are eligible if they comprise the principal research component of the degree requirements, whether the institution defines the project as a “dissertation,” “document,” “thesis,” or “treatise,” etc. Eligibility is limited to doctoral recipients whose degrees were confirmed during the calendar year prior to the year of nomination. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash and a plaque.

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Weber Winner of the 2018 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for Choral Singing and Communal Mindset: A Program Evaluation of the Voices of Hope Women’s Prison Choir (University of Minnesota)

Dr. Weber is Minister of Music and the Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, and the founder and artistic director of Voices of Hope (women’s prison choir at the Minnesota Correctional Facility, Shakopee, MN).  Prior to this she was adjunct professor at Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) and at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has also been a speaker at the TEDx Minneapolis Salon (2016) and has contributed to “Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayerbook,” published by Augsburg Fortress (2019).  She received her D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where she worked under Prof. Kathy Saltzman Romey, Dr. Matthew Mehaffey, Dr. Kelley Harness, and Dr. Keitha Hamann. She holds an M.M. in choral conducting from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, and a B.A. in music and art from Luther College.