Number of scholarships and grants awarded: 695

Dollar Amount Awarded: $360,917


2023-24 State Honor Choir Scholarship Recipients @ $4745

  • 9-10:    18 scholarships
  • 4-5-6:   13 scholarships
  • 7-8:      19 scholarships

Special Note: Scholarship recipients represent every ACDA district and ALL students who applied were awarded honor choir funds!

2023 ACDA Regional Conference – Omaha, NE

  • Carl Clomon – Walker West Music Academy, Mount Olivet Baptist Church – St. Paul, MN
  • Danny Thompson – Concordia University – St. Paul, MN (BME)

Thank you for the generous scholarship to attend the regional conference of ACDA in February 2024. The opportunity and experience were invaluable to me. I gained important knowledge and made lasting connections through networking with the awesome delegates from around the region. Having the good fortune to present a master class on the usage of music to heal the community was the highlight of my week. The attendees of the session presented by Dr. David Mennicke and I were very receptive and attentive. My hope is that I will attend the conference annually going forward.

– from Carl Clomon

(L-R) Danny Thompson, Brendon Adams (29:11), Dr. David Mennicke, and Carl Clomon at the ACDA Regional Conference following their session A Rondo Reconciliation and Renewal: A Black History Month Concert of Connection, Healing, and Transformation.

2024 Graduate Study Scholarships

  • Shawn Neisen – North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND (DME)
  • John Habermann – Boston University – Boston, MA (DME)
  • Matthew Kiminski – University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, MN (MME)

Alice T. Larsen Memorial Scholarship

  • Brie Hawkins – University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, MN (MME)


Dan Digre

President / CEO at MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs
FMC Endowment Committee member

When did you make your first donation to ACDA-MN?

I have been an ACDA member since 1978 and an FMCEndowment donor for over 20 years.

Why is it so important for you to contribute to ACDA-MN?

We have all experienced the transformative power of choral music and the invaluable role it plays in shaping individuals’ lives. My personal journey in choral music has been deeply meaningful and has greatly influenced who I am today. By contributing to ACDA-MN, I have the opportunity to give something back and to support the next generation of choral musicians – both singers and conductors. Scholarships provided through ACDA-MN can open doors for aspiring musicians, allowing them to experience the joy, discipline, and camaraderie that choral music offers. ACDA-MN is here to support the community that values and champions choral music education, ensuring that others can benefit from the same enriching experiences that have meant so much to me.

What is one part of ACDA-MN’s future that excites you?

It’s exciting to see ACDA-MN’s commitment to adapt and evolve in response to the changing needs of its members. With this changing landscape of choral music in our communities and in our classrooms, it is crucial for organizations like ACDA-MN to stay relevant and innovative in their approach to supporting music educators, directors, and singers. Based on its forward looking vision, I know that ACDA-MN will continue to be a valuable resource and a leader for the advancement of choral music in Minnesota.


We thank these individuals who contributed to the FMC Endowment Fund during January-April, 2024.

Please check out the complete listing of last year’s donors and donor tributes in the 2023 FMC Annual Report currently posted on the ACDA-MN website.

Gifts to the FMC Endowment Fund

Acknowledge a mentor, colleague, relative, or friend by donating to the FMC Endowment Fund. Your donations in ANY amount are welcomed at ANY time.

Your gift to the FMC Endowment Fund supports choral music excellence in Minnesota today and into the future.  ACDA of Minnesota is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and all gifts are tax deductible.

For more information or to make an online contribution by credit card click:

Or mail your contribution to:

FMC Endowment Fund
Jamie Andrews, Executive Director
4445 44th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN. 55406

We greatly appreciate your ongoing generosity and support. Thank you!


ACDA-MN leadership, overseeing the FMC Endowment Fund and the Alice T. Larsen Memorial Scholarship Fund, annually advises our investment management firm to adopt selective investment strategies that utilize socially conscious investment options that focus on environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria.

Members of the FMC Endowment Fund Committee:

  • Bruce W. Becker
  • Daniel Digre
  • Marie Dymit
  • Rikka Estenson
  • Jon Habermann
  • Paula Holmberg
  • Jon Kietzer
  • Melanie Kjellberg
  • Anne Klus
  • Kathryn Larson
  • David Menneicke
  • Karla Miller
  • Mark Nelson, Past Chair
  • Ronald Rydell
  • Randy Schafer
  • Daryl Timmer, Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Jerry Upton, ACDA State President
  • Michael Walsh, Chair
  • Jamie Andrews, Executive Director

FMC Endowment Fund Emeritus Members:

  • Steven Albaugh
  • Rolf Anderson
  • Linda M. Armstrong
  • Steven O. Boehlke
  • Lawrence Burnett
  • David Docter
  • Katherine G. Doepke
  • Richard Edstrom
  • A.B. Engen+
  • Geneva S. Eschweiler+
  • Murrae N. Freng+
  • Barbara A. Geier
  • Mary Kay Geston
  • Janice Gilbertson
  • Lauretta P. Graetz+
  • Diane Heaney
  • Curtis E. Hansen+
  • Thomas Wm. Hassig
  • Charles Hellie
  • Paula Holmberg
  • Robert C. “BJ” Johnson+
  • Wayne M. Kivell
  • Diana J. Leland
  • Howard C. Lerohl+
  • Carl H. Lipke
  • Larry McCaghy
  • Robert D. Mix
  • Ronald A. Nelson+
  • Robert L. Peterson+
  • Tim Peterson
  • Linda M. Smith
  • Roger H. Tenney
  • Axel Theimer
  • Michael Wolsted

Members of the FMC Advisory Board

  • Anton E. Armstrong
  • Philip Brunelle
  • Carol Barnett
  • Abbie Betinis
  • Rene Clausen
  • Jocelyn Hagen
  • Sigrid Johnson
  • Brian Newhouse
  • Stephen Paulus+
  • Jake Runestad
  • Kathy Saltzman Romey
  • Timothy C. Takach
  • Dale Warland

(+) In Remembrance