Accolades for Darby Choir
Michael G. Martin, Director of Choral Activities for Darby High School, was just honored with not one, but two prestigious American prize awards for excellence in music performance for the years 2019-2020. Dr. Martin received third place recognition as one of the top three choral conductors in the United States, and the Darby High School Symphonic Choir was recognized as the third top high school choir in the country.
The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, grants, professional adjudication, and regional, national, and international recognition for the best-recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States.
Mr. Martin’s double accolades set him apart as one of the premier choral conductors in the United States. A graduate of the Ohio State University School of Music, Martin has conducted choirs all over the world, as well as composed and arranged many Master’s Series choral works, and has performed for United States Presidents and many celebrities in the musical field.
Joining the staff of Hilliard Darby High School in 1997, Martin developed a choir of 18 youth that first year, to the over 100-voice, multi-award-winning Symphonic Choir that it is today – an auditioned choir, relentless in its quest for vocal excellence. Assisted by Mrs. Hannah Sterman-Wilson, the group continually receives top ratings in local and international competitions.