To honor those that make a difference, the chorus honors its volunteers every year by presenting two CMC Service Awards for outstanding contributions.
To honor those that make a difference, the CMC honors its volunteers every year by presenting two awards for outstanding service.
Ken DeLong Service Award
This award is presented to a Chorus member who has rendered outstanding service to the Chorus.
Ken Delong, a longtime member of CMC, did Public Relations work (press releases, etc.) for the chorus, as well as putting together the program in the early years of the chorus. Ken died of cancer about seven years ago. Because of his outstanding devotion to the chorus, the CMC member award was named after him.
David Fischer Voluntary Service Award
This award is presented to a member of the community who serves the Chorus in a non-singing voluntary role supporting the chorus.
David Fischer, a dear friend to the underwriters and presenters of the award George Sarofeen and David Ferguson, volunteered to be the house manager for the concerts during the first two years of CMC existence. His dedication made the shows run smoothly, and the quiet humbleness in which he performed his duties made his diligence unknown to most CMC members.
Before David died of AIDS in 1994, Sarofeen and Ferguson told him that they would create an award in his honor to community members who support the chorus.
Christopher Rees Petersen Legacy Award
This award is presented to a community member outside of the CMC who has been at the forefront of issues affecting our community and/or who has taken the lead in the fight for equality. Chris Petersen was one of a hand full of people who envisioned a chorus for gay men and their supporters, to not only make music, but to make a community. Chris worked tirelessly along with the help of a few good men and women to create the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. Chris led the chorus as founder, President and member of the bass section. The CMC would not exist today, were it not for Chris’s vision, dedication and love for the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus.