What others are saying
about The Choral Academy of Crown College...
"I applaud you for these exciting concepts and ideas. I especially support the notion of providing choral music education in a non-traditional way, one that supports and nurtures students in home schooled settings."
Bruce W. Becker,
Executive Director for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota
"With the increasing number of students being home schooled, the concept of vocal/choral/theory collective and individual online training is overdue. Kudos to Crown College and Al Hawkins for instituting this program."
Retired director of choral activities at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
Recipient of the ACDA of Minnesota F. Melius Christiansen Award for lifetime achievement
"This is a fantastic new way to engage home educated students. As a former home-schooled student, Crown graduate, and former student & colleague of Al Hawkins, I highly recommend this program to any parents or students looking for a way to get further involved in choral music. There are few better places in the Twin Cities to be involved in choral music than at Crown College."
Currently a graduate student in Choral Conducting at the University of Cambridge
"Mr. Hawkins is a master choral educator - one whose excellent musicianship is only surpassed by his servanthood to score and student alike. As just one of many former students whose lifelong passion for the choral arts lies in debt to Mr. Hawkins, I can not recommend this opportunity enough."
Matthew J. Olson
Conductor & Composer
Founding Artistic Director of Oratory|Bach & Sojorn Song Series
"At Crown College, we are excited about this new, innovative and creative choral experience for distance students. Professor Hawkins is a proven choral/vocal music educator who has demonstrated his ability to produce admirable soloists and choirs through efficient and effective teaching. I am confident that students who register for The Choral Academy will benefit greatly from both the private instruction and ensemble involvement that this class will offer".
Dr. Gene Rivard
Chair, Crown College Music Department
"Choral music and singing require lifelong development and the cultivation of these skills fosters the growth of our human spirit. Mr. Hawkins is one of those special teachers who positively influenced my affinity for choral music, long before I considered it as a profession."
Dr. Brian A. Schmidt
Founder and Artistic Director of South Dakota Chorale
Assistant Conductor at Duke University Chapel www.brianschmidtmusic.com