MU professor Peggy Dettwiler takes second in national competition

MANSFIELD – Peggy Dettwiler, professor of music and director of choral activities at Mansfield University, achieved second place nationally in the choral division of The American Prize 2013 conducting competition.

Dettwiler was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the country The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the country based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts

“I am extremely honored to be recognized with the second place American Prize in Choral Conducting,” Dettwiler said. “And the recognition, being a national award, is particularly special because the video that was reviewed by the adjudicators came from our April performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peaceby Karl Jenkins, performed by the Festival Chorus with orchestra. The Festival Chorus consists of a wide variety of volunteer singers from freshmen non-music majors to retired adult music professionals. I love working with this chorus and was so proud of their remarkable performance this spring.”

In addition to the Festival Chorus, Dettwiler conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

In 2010, Dettwiler received the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and she placed second for The 2011 American Prize for Choral Conductors at the College/University level.

Dettwiler has served as a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the country and has given presentations at numerous National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conventions.

She has produced two DVDs, Developing a Vocal Color Palette for Various Choral Styles and Sing in Style.