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Conferring Emeritus Status

I would be grateful for recommendations or information on the usual protocol for conferring emeritus status for a beloved conductor who is concluding an extended, highly successful tenure as founding artistic director of a professional choral ensemble.
Is permission usually sought from the person to be so honored? Seems prudent. We hope to announce the new title at a celebratory event; the element of surprise would be effective only if the new title would be welcomed!
I expect that our board would have to endorse/approve the new title, perhaps in the form of a resolution. Thoughts?
I found nothing in the ChoralNet archive, and some general research turned up plenty of information related to professors emeriti, but nothing that answers my questions.
Thank you!
Sarah Johnston
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on April 26, 2014 6:56am
Hi, Sarah,
What a lovely thing to do.  When our organist retired after 50+ years, we had a great celebration and declared her "Organist Emerita" with nothing more than the Session's approval. I don't think there is anything more official than that.  It was a surprise and there's no reason such a title wouldn't be welcomed that I can think of.  It's a pleasant way to say thank you and we wish you would/could stay and you will forever be a part of this organization.  Surprise him/her and have a nice plaque made.
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on April 28, 2014 12:45pm
When the founder of our choir left, she asked to be conferred as "Artistic Director Emeritus", and the Board of Directors gave its approval.  I think that it is a deserved title for someone who has given so much of her life to the futherance of the chorus.  
on May 5, 2014 5:14pm
I am aware of a situation where the founding director (for nearly 30 years) of a choir was awarded the title Conductor Emeritus, was given permanent ex officio status on the committee (she has voting rights, the current musical director does not), and also continues as a singer in the choir.
It is a mixed blessing for the current director.
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