About FMC Endowment
In 1996, the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) created the F. Melius Christiansen (FMC) Endowment Fund to foster Minnesota’s reputation for choral excellence by awarding scholarships to undergraduate and graduate choral conducting students from private and public Minnesota colleges and universities.
The Endowment Fund is named after F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Choir, who believed his contribution to music was not one of instinctive genius, but instead an ethic of hard work used to achieve perfect intonation, seamless blend and crisp diction. Today, choral musicians in Minnesota pride themselves on a tradition of excellence built on the Christiansen foundation; this evolving tradition continues to inspire talented young people throughout Minnesota to pursue their ambitions in the field of choral music. The future of choral music — in classrooms, churches, synagogues and communities — rests squarely in the hands of these promising young and aspiring directors.
The FMC Endowment Fund of ACDA of MN represents a community of people — choral directors, students, parents, grandparents, and donors — who are brought together by a shared love of great choral music.
Please join us!
Your gift to the F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund will assist with:
Supporting and sustaining a vibrant future for choral music in Minnesota
Providing financial assistance to young and emerging choral conductors to pursue relevant educational programs to advance their professional careers
Providing needs-based financial support for students of ACDA-MN members who are selected for the ACDA-MN state honor choir program.
Providing financial support for administration of Committee activities.
Please read about the history of our FMC Endowment Fund in an article authored by Mary Kay Geston, past president of ACDA-MN.
Since 1996, the FMC Endowment Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to 311 Minnesota choral directors totaling more than $192,974.
As we continue to offer more scholarships, your gift can truly make a difference! Contribute now.
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