Under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler and the music of
Jake Runestad, Capital University Chapel Choir and the Capital University
Choral Union were recently awarded an American Prize in Music, the Ernst Bacon
Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, College/University
Founded in 2009 and awarded annually, the American Prize is
a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts. The
Ernst Bacon Memorial Award recognizes and rewards the best performances of
American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide. Learn more aboutthe American Prize.
Lynda Hasseler is the Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. She directs the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, and vocal chamber ensemble, Philomel; she also teaches choral methods and conducting. Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, the choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for multiple regional and national conferences and festivals, have been awarded gold medals in world choral competitions and have toured nationally and internationally.
Jake Runestad is an award-winning and frequently-performed composer of “highly imaginative” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald) musical works. He has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles and organizations such as Washington National Opera, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seraphic Fire, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, and many more.