Jeff Sandquist, the vocal music director and music department chair for Rolla Public Schools, received the Frederick H. Lass Arts Advocacy Award from the Missouri Citizens for the Arts.
Sandquist was selected because of his 20 years of service at the state level with the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) for which he has served as secretary an vice chair. He currently serves as chair.
Sandquist is also the artistic director for the Rolla Choral Arts Society. Choirs under his direction have performed for the Southwest Division ACDA Convention as well as the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention.
In 2001, the Rolla High School Festival Chorus under his direction made its debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
He has served as a board member and president of Arts Rolla! as well as a past-president of the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (SWACDA), Missouri Choral Directors Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. He continues to serve as Honor Choir Coordinator for SWACDA.
In the summer of 2014, he will once again conduct the Missouri Ambassadors of Music Concert Choir European tour.
Sandquist also serves as the director of music for First Presbyterian Church of Rolla where he conducts the Chancel Choir and the Bell Choir, a position he has held for the last 23 years.
Sandquist earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he received the Division Achievement Award for masters in vocal studies in 1995.
He also holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and vocal performance from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
The Missouri Citizens for the Arts is a non-partisan, statewide, grassroots organization that advocates to secure stable financial support for the arts to benefit Missouri and its citizens.
The Missouri Arts Advocacy Awards were established in 1984 to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that play a significant role as advocates and participants in fostering the arts.
The Frederick H. Laas Memorial Award was established in honor of longtime Missouri Citizens for the Arts board member and arts advocate, Fred Laas of Joplin, who passed away in October 2001.
The award recognizes those within the state who provide artistic opportunities for all and focuses on Laas’ passions for arts education and arts accessibility.
For further information, visit www.mo4arts.org.