FMC Endowment Fund Update

Dawn Thomsen


Dawn Thomsen

Dawn Thomsen

Spring greetings! I hope you have been able to enjoy the sunshine and blooming flowers even while busy with the many choral activities at this time of year!

Summer Dialogue is August 7-10 at St. Olaf College, and the F. Melius Christiansen (FMC) Endowment Fund Committee is pleased to invite ACDA-MN members to apply for Summer Dialogue scholarships. Interested members may apply for scholarships in two categories:

FULL SCHOLARSHIP — Registration Fee ($259) and 3 nights (T W TH) of single occupancy – campus housing ($120) = $379 value
Eligibility: 1st or 2nd year Minnesota choral director or recent college/university graduate

PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP — Registration Fee ($259 value)
Eligibility: Minnesota choral director attending Summer Dialogue for the first time, regardless of experience

Deadline for scholarship application is receipt by June 1, 2018

We invite you to make an application and encourage you to share this information with others who might be interested in this scholarship opportunity! Details are found at:

For complete Summer Dialogue program, information, and online registration go to:


Thanks to your generosity, seven ACDA-MN student members received a scholarship to attend the ACDA North Central Division Conference in Chicago, IL, February 14-17.  Matt Kiminski’s comment below is a moving testimony to the personal impact of your gifts to ACDA-MN’s F. Melius Christiansen Endowment Fund.

The experience contributed to my development as a music educator, and further inspired me in the work that I am pursuing.  Through hearing excellent choirs, meeting composers and other educators, I have seen the significance of ACDA and all that it does!

Your contributions, large and small, truly make a difference!

With best wishes on your upcoming spring concerts,

Dawn Thomsen
Director of Development
FMC Endowment Fund

2018 North Central Conference Scholarship Recipients


Emma Jirele, Kyle Lamb, Jeremiah Krueger, Gunnar Molstad, Brian Brokofsky



Matt Kiminski, Maria Baumann


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