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Robin Parker honored with ACDA music award

Robin Parker (left), with Dr. Burt Perinchief, is the first non-choral director to receive the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award.

Robin Parker, Music Program coordinator and accompanist at Seminole State College of Florida, has been recognized for excellence in choral music by the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Parker, who has worked at the College for nearly 40 years, received the prestigious Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award during the Florida ACDA Fall Conference on Oct. 31 at Seminole State. She is the first non-choral director to receive the award.

The award, a complete surprise for Parker, was presented by Dr. Burt Perinchief, past president of the Florida ACDA and recipient of the 2001 Hugoboom award.

"Each and every state leader of this organization owes a debt of gratitude to Robin for her behind-the-scenes organizational skills as well as her engaging personality," says Perinchief, a founding faculty member of Seminole State's Music Program.

Parker, who has overseen nearly 20 Florida ACDA conferences, was nominated for her service to the organization and her commitment to choral music. In her role at Seminole State, Parker leads the College's concert series, recruitment activities for the Music Program and joint ventures with music programs at Seminole County Public Schools.

"I am excited to be selected for this award by a group of professional musicians who I consider to be choral giants," Parker says. "I serve them with great humility and a humble heart, and they have honored me with the highest recognition given by the Florida American Choral Directors Association."

Since 1986, the Hugoboom award has recognized "dedicated service, leadership, and consistent examples of excellence in choral music in Florida," according to the Florida ACDA. Each year, the recipient is selected based on the vote of past winners of the award. 

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