This is the criteria the CDD Committee looks to for selecting the recipient of the award:
- Excellence in directing their own choruses consistently, at a high level.
- Willingness to share skills with other choruses and directors.
- Encouragement of other directors through participation at education schools.
- Giving of time and resources for the advancement of the society through encouragement of directors and demonstrating excellence in performance and singing.
Past Recipients of the Joe Liles Lifetime Achievement Award
2005 - Inaugural Class - Jim Clancy, Jim Miller, Joe Liles
2006 - Fred King
2007 - Jim Massey
2008 - Jim Bagby
2009 - Richard D. (RD) Mathey
2010 - Greg Lyne, Paul Tamblyn
2011 - Ray Danley
2012 - Tom Gentil, Mark Hale