New Scholarship Honors Former Choir Director

The Clay Dawson Choral Scholarship has been established as a tribute to former director of choral activities and chairman of the voice faculty, Clay Dawson.

The scholarship will be awarded to a member of Cantoria who has demonstrated strong leadership in the ensemble and shown dedication to the choir through a positive attitude, rehearsal discipline and service. Dawson, who is now retired, worked for the University from 1965-1991. While at Truman, he organized and administered the first Missouri All-State Collegiate Choir. He also was co-chairman of Missouri’s first American Choral Directors Association convention.

He has held numerous positions and won various awards for his choral direction including the Luther T. Spayde Award as Missouri Choral Director of the Year. Dawson now resides in Long Grove, Iowa, and is the librarian at the Long Grove Branch of the Scott County Library System.

For more information or to make a gift to this honorary scholarship, contact Jamie Hansen at 785.4124. For more information about establishing a scholarship, visit the Web site at

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