Justin Raffa, artistic director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, was named outstanding emerging choral director for 2013.
The award is given by the Washington State American Choral Directors Association. It's awarded annually to a choral director with less than 10 years of choral directing experience who maintains a high standard of musical excellence.
"He has done a remarkable job of taking the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers to new levels of performance, collaboration and funding," said Tri-City composer Reginald Unterseher. "And he has made the organization a central player in the arts scene in southeastern Washington."