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Westminster Choir College Alumni Awards

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The Alumni Council accepts nominations throughout the year and votes annually in January. All Alumni Awards are presented during the Alumni Reunion each year.

View a List of Past Alumni Award Recipients

Nomination Process

Any member of the Westminster Alumni Association and community is eligible to nominate alumni for these awards. The Nominating Committee of the Alumni Council will vote to select award recipients based on nominations.


Award categories include:

Alumni Merit Award

Presented to a graduate who has distinguished him/herself in the greater musical community, building upon the foundation established at Westminster. At least one award is presented each year, no more than three a year.

Alumni Service Award

Presented to a graduate who has served Westminster in a distinctive and exemplary way.

Westminster Merit Award

Presented to a non-graduate who has distinguished him/herself in the greater musical community. Not an annual award; presented when deemed appropriate.

Distinguished Merit Award

Presented to a graduate or non-graduate who has already received the Alumni Merit Award or the Westminster Merit Award. Not an annual award; presented when deemed appropriate.

Westminster Service Award

Presented to a non-graduate who has served Westminster in a distinctive and exemplary way. Not an annual award; presented when deemed appropriate.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented to a graduate or non-graduate who has already received either the Alumni Service Award or the Westminster Service Award Not an annual award; presented when deemed appropriate.

Talbott Award

Presented to someone who has made a significant financial contribution to Westminster, given in consultation with the Development Office. Not an annual award; presented when deemed appropriate.

Williamson Medal

Presented to someone who has exceeded the expectations of both the Merit and Service Awards; this person probably has received one or both of the aforementioned awards. Not an annual award; rarely presented