Eads selected as national semifinalist for Ernst Bacon Memorial Award

May 1, 2021

Minot State’s Emerson Eads, assistant professor and director of choral activities, is a national semifinalist in the Performance of American Music of The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the recording of his Mass for the Oppressed. See The American Prize WEBSITE for more information and a listing of semifinalists.

A Mass for the Oppressed is an original setting of the traditional Latin Mass, along with text by Pope Francis and Evan Eads. It is an emotional and artistic response to the release of the FAIRBANKS FOUR. Eads wrote this work for them: Marvin Roberts, Kevin Pease, Eugene Vent, and George Frese. The mass is dedicated to the memory of his friend, Fr Normand Pepin, SJ, a Pulitzer prize-nominated composer, and dedicated advocate for social justice. To view a recording of the Mass for the Oppressed, see YOUTUBE.