The PAFE arts education annual music festival has named their outstanding opera singer scholarship vocal award in honor of Richard Engstrom, as a lifetime honor, in recognition of his over 40 years in voice and opera. He studied voice for 14 years and after a brief vocal career became twice Vice-President of Education and Communications for the Seattle Opera Guild, the last President of the Seattle Minded Arts Supporters in Harmony and co-founder of the "Washington State Community Theater Association and also a past' President of Washington Association of Theater Artists. Additionally, for 12 years he has cast opera singers internationally and produced and coordinated for opera companies and has performed in 7 Shakespeare productions with two seasons at Ashland and was a judge for the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2003 in St. George, Utah.
The PAFE Board honored him at their February 11, 2014, Executive Board Meeting and the lifetime voice award will be given out every May.
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