Music Director Dr. Thomas J. Tropp Wins 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize

For Immediate Release

Lake Forest, Ill. – Dec. 4, 2015 –First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest is pleased to announce that choir and music director Dr. Thomas J. Tropp was recently awarded the 2014 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for “Cantaten in Musik gesetzt von W. A. Mozart: The Contrafacta Cantatas, K. Anh. 124-130.”

Committee members commented that it was “an outstanding paper written with clarity, precision and lightness.” Other reviewers said they “admire his delving into an era and area most dismiss” … “a wonderfully researched, clearly written, thoughtfully considered document.”

“This is a very exciting honor, and I am so thankful to both my faculty mentors and my colleagues for all their guidance and support,” Dr. Tropp said.

Along with leading the First Presbyterian music ministry, Dr. Tropp, a Lake Forest resident, is also the founder and managing editor of The Galant Masters Project, an editorial venture intended to rediscover lost works of Galant-style sacred music; president of SoundByte Studios, an internationally-respected recording services company specializing in choral and orchestral record production; music director of the Chicago Galant Consort, a professional early music group serving as the resident ensemble of the Galant Masters Project; and is a faculty member in the School of Music at North Park University in Chicago.

He holds a bachelor of music education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master of music degree in conducting and historical musicology from The University of Arizona and a doctor of music degree from Northwestern University. He is the first Northwestern doctoral recipient to receive this prestigious award.

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