SING! Texas is excited to announce the recipient of the 2017 SING! Texas Legacy Award
Each year, SING! festivals recognize an artist, ensemble or collective for significant and long-lasting contributions to the vocal arts. This year, SING! Texas will honor Jim Clancy, Executive Musical Director of the Vocal Majority, professional singer and tireless contributor to the a cappella music community. The award will be presented at SING! The Texas Vocal Arts Festival on Saturday, November 18 during the evening concert in Rockwall, Texas. The concert will include a special performance by 2017 Southwestern District Chorus Champions, the Vocal Majority.
For more information and to purchase tickets to SING! The Texas Vocal Arts Festival, visit SINGTexas.org.
Jim Clancy, Executive Musical Director of the Vocal Majority
2017 SING! Texas Legacy Award recipient, Jim Clancy
In his tenure as director of Vocal Majority, Jim Clancy has built an international reputation as composer, arranger, conductor, clinician and vocalist. Jim has conducted the Chorus in performances throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland and England, and before three United States Presidents, at national athletic events, with major symphony orchestras, and before hundreds of national conventions. As the record setting twelve-time Gold Medal International Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the reputation of Vocal Majority is a sharp reflection of the man who served as its primary director for almost 40 years. Jim Clancy is often called upon as a coach with national and international choral groups, having directed multiple concerts for the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He has understudied American greats such as Fred Waring, Madeleine Marshall, Paris Rutherford, Martha Moore Clancy, Warren Angell, and B.B. McKinney in addition to pursuing academic work at Baylor University, Centenary College, and the University of North Texas.
Jim is known throughout the recording industry as America’s most recorded bass singer in jingles and commercials on radio and television. His discography with Vocal Majority includes 25 albums of popular, jazz, classic, barbershop, and inspirational music and a DVD, A Vocal Majority Christmas, released in 2003. As a guest conductor with the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Clancy combined the Utah ensemble with the Vocal Majority in a joint album, Voices In Harmony, for CBS Masterworks. He has also performed on stage with many artists including Jimmy Dean, Bob Flanigan, The Four Freshmen, John Gary, Lee Greenwood, The Lettermen, Johnny Mann, The Oak Ridge Boys, and the Suntones.
In October 2000, Clancy was honored by the Barbershop Harmony Society Southwestern District when a new Chorus Champion trophy was unveiled and named in his honor as the Jim Clancy Chorus Champion Award. In 2005, Jim Clancy was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame.
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