Choral Arts New England is honoring E. Wayne Abercrombie, professor emeritus of music, with its Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented annually to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to choral singing and its culture within the six-state region.
Abercrombie is a noted conductor, clinician and workshop facilitator with extensive experience working with singers and students at all levels. Former director of choral activities in the department of music and dance, Abercrombie retired in 2007 after 33 years on the faculty.
Since his retirement he has helped found the Children’s Chorus of Springfield, where he is currently its artistic director, and helped establish the Conductors Without Borders program of the International Federation of Choral Music. He has also continued to teach and conduct at the collegiate level. Abercrombie earned the D. Mus. degree in choral conducting from Indiana University, and also holds degrees from Westminster Choir College. He has taught voice and sung recitals and solos with orchestra, and was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus under Robert Shaw.
The award will be presented on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St.