Lincoln, Nebraska – Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Matt Hill, was renamed the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association Director of the Year. Hill received the award during the annual Nebraska Music Educators Conference.

Hill writes, “I was honored to have been named Choral Director of the Year. I am grateful to do the work I do in a state with such passion for choral music – and happy to represent Peru State College and Sing Omaha to the best of my ability every day”

Hill and Fox appear on stage before a dark background.

Hill with his award, photographed with Patty Fox, who was honored as the “Young Choral Director of the Year.”

Hill is an inaugural member of the Oklahoma State University Music Education Hall of Fame and was honored as the “Young Choral Director of the Year” by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association in 2015.

In 2017, Hill was also named to the Midlands Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” The annual list salutes the Omaha area’s young, dynamic leaders.

Hill founded “Sing Omaha Inc.” in January, 2007. This 501c3 non-profit organization serves as Nebraska’s premier K-12/adult choral arts organization, and is comprised of nine choirs, which serve more than 400 singers in Douglas and Sarpy County each year. In September 2015, Hill opened Sing Omaha Studios, two public-facing locations for private voice and piano lessons, and other related camps and workshops.

Hill regularly serves as a guest clinician for district festivals and honor choirs, and is called upon to adjudicate show choir and classical solo and ensemble competitions around the country each season. In addition to his work as a conductor, Hill has served in music ministry steadily since 2003 as pianist and worship leader and has performed as a chorister and featured soloist with numerous local and regional ensembles.

Hill earned a master’s in choral conducting at Oklahoma State University and is in the process of completing his doctoral work at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

According to their website, “The Choral Directors Association is a non-profit professional organization whose membership is composed of choral musicians from schools, colleges, universities, churches, community and professional groups. As a chapter of the national organization NCDA members are among 18,000 directors representing more than one million singers across the United States.”

“NCDA events and publications provide Nebraska educators with opportunities in the choral field that surpass standard professional development.”

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Alexa Cline contributed to this release.

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