2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in the Performing Arts

Announcing a Call for Nominations for the 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Music Performance

The National Board of the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities is proud to announce the 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Music Performance

The Arlin G. Meyer Prize is awarded biennially to a full-time faculty member from a college or university in the Lilly Network of Church Related Colleges and Universities. Work that exemplifies the practice of the Christian artistic or scholarly vocation in relation to any pertinent subject matter or literary and artistic style will be considered. The prize will be awarded in different years for works of creative imagination and for works of scholarship. The 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize will reward the conductor or performer of a musical work that emerges from his or her practice of the vocation of the Christian musician, in accord with the principles and ideals of the Lilly Fellows Program.

The Prize honors the late Arlin G. Meyer, Professor Emeritus of English at Valparaiso University, who served as program director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts from its inception in 1991 until his retirement in 2002.

The 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize will be awarded to a full-time faculty member at a school in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities who has conducted or performed a musical work before a live audience in 2017, 2018, or 2019.

The Prize of $3000 will be awarded at the Lilly Fellows Program National Conference at Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, October 9-11, 2020.

Nomination Procedure

1. Each Lilly Network institution may nominate one work for the 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize. The institution may select its nominee through any process.

2. The work must have been performed or conducted by a full-time faculty member or administrator at a current Lilly Fellows Program National Network institution. The full-time faculty member may be a visiting faculty artist. If the nominee is a conductor or co-conductor, the performers may be any combination of faculty, students, guests, or community artists.

3. The music may represent any form or genre, including opera and musical theatre.

3. The work must have been filmed or performed during the calendar year of 2017, 2018, or 2019.

4. All nominations materials are submitted at the SlideRoom website (link coming in November 2019). Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter of nomination signed by one or both of the two official LFP representatives from the nominating institution
  • A statement or narrative of approximately 500 words by the artist explaining how the work exemplifies the practice of the Christian academic or artistic vocation
  • An audio or video recording (upload or link) of the performance. This must be a live performance, not a studio recording
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae

5. All nomination materials must be submitted to SlideRoom To submit, Click Here to link to SlideRoom.

6. Nomination deadline: March 1, 2020. Nominations received after this date cannot be considered.

Future subjects of the Arlin G. Meyer Prize: 2022: Imaginative Writing.


A flyer for the 2020 Meyer Prize in Music Performance can be found here.
A list of past winners and finalists may be found here.
A Copy of the Winner Announcement can be downloaded here.

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