CINCINNATI - Fort Dodge native Dale Warland was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame Oct. 10 at a gala event in Cincinnati.
A choral composer and conductor, Warland is best known as the founder and director of the Dale Warland Singers, a top professional choir that has toured the world. With the Dale Warland Singers, Warland commissioned over 270 new choral works and fostered the careers of an entire generation of composers.
Warland grew up on a farm near Badger and graduated from high school in Fort Dodge in 1950. He conducted children's choirs as a teenager at Badger Lutheran Church.
Since 2005, Warland has devoted himself to composing, conducting, teaching, and continuing to serve as a champion of new choral music. Since 2008, Warland has served as Artistic Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and for the past two seasons has served as Music Director for the Minnesota Beethoven Music Festival Chorale.
The music world has bestowed its highest honors on Warland, including the Weston Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choral Music (2010) from the American Choral Director's Association; the Cultural Leadership Citation Award from Yale University (2010); the 2001 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements as a choral conductor and his continued contribution to the arts in Minnesota; and the 1995 Chorus America Michael Korn Founder's Award, the highest honor for a choral conductor in the United States, previously awarded to Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, and Roger Wagner, among others.