Founder of the Heights Choir in 1930, George Strickling served as director of the internationally recognized Heights Choir until 1965. Strickling was a musical force within the school and the broader community, creating collaborative performance opportunities for students with the Cleveland Orchestra and appearing on television. Under his leadership, the choir made a big impression on a European tour in 1953. He composed numerous band and choir arrangements that are still appreciated today. After his retirement from Heights, he went on to serve as guest director for the Singing Angels in Cleveland for twelve years.
In memory of his tremendous career in choral music, this award recognizes students from the very program that he founded more than eighty-five years ago.
Emma Quill ’19
Kristen Lyons ’20
Jackson Marshall ’21
Cora Young ’22