Alex Gartner, a worship leader and pianist at Epiphany United Methodist Church has been awarded the Dr. John Leman Award from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Gartner is the accompanist and Assistant Director for the Voices in Praise at Epiphany which was recently awarded a Silver Diploma in competition at the World Choir Games
He is a Cincinnati native and attends the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati studying choral music education. He is currently the associate accompanist for the Cincinnati Children's Choir and the director of camps at Coney Island.
Dr. L Brett Scott, Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting at CCM made the presentation. Gartner was given the award: “Because of his musical leadership, exemplary character, and his commitment to the ensemble itself.”
Included in the award was a $500 stipend, and a plaque given to Gartner. His name will be inscribed on the plaque in the main hall of CCM, next to the box office windows near Corbett Auditorium.
Dr John Leman began serving as director of the CCM Chorale in 1969 and remained in that position for many years. Leman, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, was highly regarded in the American Choral Director's Association, and Dr. Leman's family was present for the award presentation.