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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

1965                Medal from Pope John Paul I

1966                Bronze Medal Tschaikovsky Competition

1971                The National Academy of Recording Artists

The distinguished Friend of Iowa Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association

1975                Contemporary Black History Maker Award

1986                Monarch Award from the National Council for Culture and Art

            Christian Education Award from Redemption Baptist Church

1988                United States Constitution Bicentennial Medal

Award presented in appreciation for dedication to Excellence in Education, Mclain High School

1993                Des Moines Community Foundation

            Urban Dream Humanitarian Award for flood relief

1994                The Centennial Citation from University of Tulsa

            Centerville Distinguished Alumni Award

1995                Plaque as Contributor to students of Des Moines Public Schools

1996                Distinguished Service Award for outstanding dedication and contributions to Iowa

            Lifetime Achievement Award by Symphony Saint Paulis

2001               The US Air Force Band Guest Artist

American Artist Citation for outstanding lifetime contribution to the art of singers By the New York Singers Teaching Association

2004               The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Award Awarded at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

2006               Distinguished Iowa Citizen by the Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America

2011               The Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness for exceptional contributions to vocal health awareness

Additional Awards and Recognitions

  • The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Medal
  • The Iowa Award
  • Martin Luther King Medal Presented by Mrs. Martin Luther King
  • Medal from Educational Foundation Scholar Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 50th Anniversary Medal from Iowa Allstate Music Festival
  • Seal of the State of Alaska
  • United States Air Force Band Washington, D.C.
  • Medal for Carnegie Hall Anniversary 1819-1981
  • Medal for Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary
  • Medal “Helen Corning Warden” Award for outstanding American Singers
  • YMCA Award for Sommerset Hills Building Fund Benefit Concert
  • Award of Excellence for Higher Education
  • George Washington Carver Award
  • Keys to 6 different Cities
  • Governor of Tulsa Oklahoma awarded the Honorary Citizen Award (by two separate Governors at two Separate occasions.)
  • Awarded an Honorary Colonel in the Iowa National Guard by General Bud Lawson and was honored to fly the F16 Fighter Jet for a few minutes
  • House Resolution “115” awarded by the Iowa Legislature
  • The Wendell F. Miller Award from Iowa State University
  • Awarded Honorary Member of Rotary International by District 6000
  • Best Vocal Educator of the Year by the Brooklyn Opera Company
  • Citation for great contribution to the art of music by Mayor Bloomberg of NYC 
  • Performed for Nobel Prize Laureates - Nelson Mandela, Elie Weisel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Performed at the Crystal Cathedral and the Billy Graham Crusade