MAILED: May 2, 2000
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor emeritus is among 11 recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Morris D. Hayes, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire, will be recognized at a celebration and awards banquet Friday, May 5, for his outstanding achievements. While at UW-Eau Claire from 1966 to 1987, he expanded the choral program from two groups of 85 students into seven groups of 600 students. Two UW-Eau Claire choral groups established under Hayes, the Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen, are among the top choral groups in the nation.
Hayes was the national president of the American Choral Directors Association from 1972 to 1974 and was appointed to the choral panel of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1976 to 1981. In 1982, the Wisconsin Choral Directors established the Morris D. Hayes Award for the year's most distinguished director. Hayes also prepared and conducted the first U.S. Youth Chorale that performed in several East Asian countries.
The Alumni Achievement Award, established in 1974, is the highest award given by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Alumni Association. Alumni who receive this award must possess a record of outstanding achievements in career or civic involvement.
Lee Denker, director of the Alumni Association at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is pleased with the award recipients.
"Morrie has done many neat things in music and is very deserving of this award," Denker said.
Hayes said he feels honored to receive the award. "Because there are so many deserving people, I am highly flattered and extremely honored," Hayes said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 2, 2000