For a retired dean and music professor, it sure was a busy summer for Dr. Loyd Hawthorne.
After more than 40 years of choral direction, including 33 years at HardinSimmons University, Hawthorne is still being honored for his lifelong contribution to Christian music and choral direction.
On July 24, Hawthorne was honored at Baylor University’s Alleluia Conference.
The state-wide conference, designed to equip and inspire worship leaders, honored Hawthorne with the Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music.
Acknowledging the influence of Christian music leaders in his life,
Hawthorne accepted the award. Hawthorne served a year as the interim
director of choral studies at Baylor in 2007-08.
Five days later, the Texas Choral Directors Association honored Hawthorne with the prestigious Texas Choirmaster Award.
According to the Texas Choral Directors Association website, “this award is reserved for a TCDA member with clearly superior choral conducting and musicianship skill with many years of performance success. Nominations are made by the TCDA Board.” Hawthorne is one of only 8 individuals who have been recognized with this award since 1978.
Following the TCDA program, Hardin-Simmons University School of Music Foundation sponsored a reception for Hawthorne at which he was presented the Golden Baton Award. With his family in attendance, Hawthorne was presented the award by Mr. Bill Jones, Hardin-Simmons University School of Music Foundation.
The Golden Baton is an award exclusive to Hardin-Simmons University, and is presented to a conductor who has continually demonstrated excellence at Hardin-Simmons University and made a difference in the lives of students.
Following retirement from HSU in 2007, Hawthorne has continued his career in choral music through churches, clinics, adjudication, and frequent guest conducting opportunities.