To Further the Understanding of Music
Tenor Nicolas Ouimette, Grafton High School graduate Wins
The Dr. Gerald R. Mack Music Award 2018
Nicolas studies voice with Jane Shivick and with Grafton Choral Director Patty Renner and plans to continue studies at SUNY/Purchase, majoring in vocal performance, with a concentration in opera.
Established in 2010, the Dr. Gerald R. Mack Award honors the 28-year tenure of the esteemed former Conductor of the Worcester Chorus. The annual award is restricted to a qualified graduate of a Worcester area high school, who is going on to college to major in music. The Mack Award is funded by the Chorus. The Award Committee accepts applications and makes decisions in the Spring.
"The Worcester Chorus is pleased to be able to give this award in the name of Dr. Gerald Mack, not only to recognize and reward the many achievements of the winners, but to remind these young people of Dr. Mack's great contribution to choral music and his commitment to education in the arts for future generations." - Award Committee
Dr. Gerald R. Mack was also Director of Choral Activities at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, gaining a national reputation in the field of choral music and often served as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician. He conducted choruses at Carnegie Hall, Tully Hall and many renowned concert halls in Europe. His appearances also included the Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC, the Salzburg and Dubrovnik International Music Festivals, and other performances throughout western Europe and Russia. He was the founder and choral director of the Great Waters Festival in Wolfeboro, NH, where he directed for 15 years until his retirement in 2009. Honoring Dr. Mack with this award not only recognizes his contribution to the choral arts, but is also a concrete and visible manifestation of his long commitment to the continuance of the arts for future generations.