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ChoralNet Founder James Feiszli is Professor of the Year - South Dakota

James Feiszli, Director of Music at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
 
For those of you who don't know Jim, he and a few others brainstormed this "ChoralNet" idea out of something called "ChoraList."  
 
Jim has always been an innovator, and I'm very pleased that his university supports him in putting his name forward for this prestigious award.  I was honored to write something on his behalf and this is what I said:
 
In 1993, Jim fused his love for choral music with his passion for technology and created ‘ChoraList,’ an email distribution list for choral music that united choral directors around the globe. This innovation was not unlike other developments in technology in the early days of the Internet, but his continued development resulted in ChoralNet, a tool that has profoundly changed our field. It continues to have a significant impact on the interactions of choral musicians today and grows in significance every year. ChoralNet has evolved into the online center of choral music and a forum for conductors and composers as well as a news resource. The remarkable thing about ChoralNet is that Jim created it, for the most part, by sheer force of will. I still find it extraordinary that Feiszli founded and managed an instrument that had an international impact from his home and office in Rapid City, South Dakota. His achievement was probably unnoticed by most of the other professors with whom he worked but it continues to impact people like me on a daily basis. “I call him one of the true historic figures in choral music for the U.S.A. In my opinion, he has done more to impact the world of choral music than anyone else in this century.
 
Congratulations on this recognition, Jim. You deserve it.
on November 25, 2013 7:46am
If this were a church service, Philip might have ended with "can I get an AMEN?" and the immediate and resounding unison response would be an overwhelming AMEN!!!!!!
 
I'm thankful that Jim asked me to help with this important project, and am very proud of him.
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on November 25, 2013 10:51am
Indeed, Jim's "sheer force of will" overcame the absolutely lassez-faire (if not sometime obstructionist) attitude of many who did not have the vision to see this medium for what it is and is to be.  Thanks Jim, for being that incredible bit of sand in the oyster that yields the pearl!  Hats off to you, sir!  
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on November 25, 2013 1:34pm
Congriadulations, Jim!  You were/are a visionary and I am so happy you are getting recognized for it.  Many, many good wishes to you and your family as you celebrate this honor--we're all so PROUD OF YOU!
on December 5, 2013 4:11am
Thank-you for helping create the amazing resource that is ChoralNet.  This meeting place of creative people has provided useful ideas for repertoire, fund-raising, travel, performance awareness, and every other aspect of the choral art.  My school, church and community music programs have benefitted from the relationships and advice I have received as a user of this FREE service.  You have been a model of altuism and a visionary in our field.  I am happy that you have found well deserved recognition for your work from somewhere, if not from ChoralNet/ACDA.  I appologize that I have been unable to crack the funding nut to help recognize you approriately here.