1997 Swan Award Winner: Byron McGilvray


McGilvrayCoordinator of Choral Studies, Professor of Music, San Francisco State University

  • San Francisco State University choirs appeared at ACDA and CMEA conventions
  • Several European choir tours
  • Guest Conductor in Residence for Pan Asia Symphony in Hong Kong
  • Conducted concerts, clinics, workshops and teaching in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, Egypt and 23 European countries
  • Choral Scholar in residence at Fort Hays State University
  • Faculty of National Choral Symposium (twice)
  • New Music reviewer for ACDA Journal

President of Northern California ACDA

  • Established Echo Choral Conference
  • Negotiated ACDA’s assumption of responsibility for California State Honor Choir for CMEA
  • Worked with Southern California Vocal Association to become involved in ACDA and CMEA
  • Worked on merging Northern California and Southern California ACDA Chapters
  • Established the Swan Award
  • Proposed mentoring program for new public school conductors

State Vocal Chair for CMEA

  • Reorganized CMEA Vocal All-State requirements with Polly Vasché
  • Appeared before numerous school boards to encourage them to avoid cutting music programs

Co-Founder of Festival of Masses with Robert Shaw

Organizer of music festivals in numerous countries including Ireland, Israel, Greece and Asia

Co-Founder and faculty member of Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and Juneau Lyric Opera Mid-Summer and Mid-Winter Festivals

Conducted 23 All-State Honor Choirs, as well as numerous state and regional Honor Choirs