2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in the Performing Arts

Announcing the Winner of the 2020 Arlin G. Meyer Prize

The Arlin G. Meyer Prize is awarded biennially to a faculty member from a college or university in the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities whose work exemplifies the practice of the Christian artistic or scholarly vocation in relation to any pertinent subject matter or literary and artistic style. The 2020 Prize has been awarded to 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. In subsequent years, the Meyer Prize will honor those who practice in the fields of non-fiction, visual art, imaginative writing, and performing arts.

The  prize honors the late Arlin G. Meyer, Professor 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 Prize of $3000 will formally be awarded at the Lilly Fellows Program National Conference at Boston College in October 2021.

Winner of the 2020 Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize

Stephen Heyde, Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies, Conductor
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2
The Baylor University Symphony Orchestra
Baylor University, Waco, Texas


The Finalists: 

O Sacred Instrument
Craig Cramer, Professor of Organ
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana

Link to Performance forthcoming

String Quartet No. 1: Vespers
Joel Scott Davis, Associate Professor of Music
Jeffrey Z. Flaniken, Associate Professor of Music
Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama

Link to Performance forthcoming

Prairie Songs: Remembering Ántonia
Brent Edstrom, Professor of Music
Scott David Miller, Director of Vocal Studies, Professor of Music
Whitworth University
Spokane, Washington

Link to Performance coming

The Artisan
Robert Feller, Area Coordinator for Winds and Percussion
Biola University
La Mirada, California

Link to Performance coming

Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2
Jim Taylor, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Fine Arts
LeTourneau University
Longview, Texas

Link to Performance coming

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In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.

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