Thursday, August 18, 2016

WOMEN in ART SONG & ORATORIO, semi-finalists: all divisions, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2016 in all divisions. Congratulations!

In the professional category, we list an extensive grouping of semi-finalists, perhaps the most exciting competition in this division in the contest's history.  

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced later this month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Elizabeth Ann Benson    Auburn AL

Savannah Bisset    Port Chester NY

Teresa Winner Blume    Needham MA   

Melisa Bonetti    Cincinnati OH   

Samantha Britt    New York NY   

Joanie Brittingham    New York NY   

Laura Osgood Brown    Interlochen MI   

Danielle Buonaiuto    Brooklyn NY   

Anna Christofaro    Excelsior MN   

Tania Arazi Coambs    Champaign IL 

Magaly Cordero    Oak Park IL   

Sarah Nelson Craft    Brooklyn NY   

Joan Marie Dauber    Chicago IL   

Carley DeFranco    Somerville MA   

Theresa Dunigan    Richland WA   

Lily Guerrero    Chicago IL   

Michelle Jarrell    Marietta GA   

Rachel Joselson    Iowa City IA 

Sarah Kelder    Bolingbrook IL   

Michele Elizabeth Kennedy    Astoria NY   

Dana Kephart    Rocky Hill CT   

Kirsten C. Kunkle    Wilmington DE   

Rosalind Lee    Oak Park IL   

Margaret Lias    Boston MA   

Elisabeth Marshall    Portland ME   

Qianru Meng    Newark NJ   

Valeria Sokolova Ore    Las Vegas NV

Sooah Park    Tyler TX   

Juliet Petrus    Chicago IL   

Jennifer Piazza-Pick    Chester VA   

Stella Dayrit Roden    Warrensburg MO   

Margot Rood    East Boston MA   

Penelope Shumate    Macomb IL   

Josefien Stoppelenburg    Evanston IL   

Zoe Vandermeer    Gaylordsville CT 

Agnes Vojtko    Dallas TX   

Raquel Winnica Young    Pittsburgh PA   

Dana Zenobi    Austin TX   


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Olivia Boen    Chicago IL

Lillian Broderick    Northfield VT    

Julia Coelho    Columbia MO    

Julia Cohen    New Paltz NY   

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY    

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX    

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL   

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA    

Nicolette Nazarowski    Chicago IL   

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH   

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA   

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL   

Sarah Love Taylor    Winston-Salem NC    

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA  

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Mary Elizabeth Adler    Bellevue WA    

Lina Chung    Buford GA   

Dalia Medovnikov    Woodbridge CT    

Olivia C. Prendergast    Penn Valley PA    

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA    

Taryn Surratt    Houston TX    

Caroline Wolfe    Dallastown PA

***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later in the summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.




Saturday, August 13, 2016

WOMEN in ART SONG & ORATORIO, semi-finalists: college/university and high school divisions, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2016 in the college/university and high school divisions. (The professional division will be published separately.) Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced later this month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song division (women), 2016

Olivia Boen    Chicago IL

Lillian Broderick    Northfield VT    

Julia Coelho    Columbia MO    

Julia Cohen    New Paltz NY   

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY    

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX    

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL   

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA    

Nicolette Nazarowski    Chicago IL   

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH   

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA   

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL   

Sarah Love Taylor    Winston-Salem NC    

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA  


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song division (women), 2016

Mary Elizabeth Adler    Bellevue WA    

Lina Chung    Buford GA   

Dalia Medovnikov    Woodbridge CT    

Olivia C. Prendergast    Penn Valley PA    

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA    

Taryn Surratt    Houston TX    

Caroline Wolfe    Dallastown PA

***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later in the summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.




Saturday, August 6, 2016

WOMEN in OPERA, 2016: semi-finalists, all divisions

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2016 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations!

In the professional category, we list an extensive grouping of semi-finalists, perhaps the most exciting competition in this division in the contest's history. 

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional division (women), 2016

Elizabeth Baldwin    Sylvania OH

Savannah Bisset    Port Chester NY

Melisa Bonetti    Cincinnati OH

Keely Bosworth Borland    Greenbelt MD

Samantha Britt    New York NY 

Joanie Brittingham    New York NY  

Laura Osgood Brown    Interlochen MI 

Melissa Jean Chavez    Winchester VA

Becca Conviser    Glencoe IL 

Danielle Davis    Lindenhurst NY 

Yelena Dudochkin    Waban MA

Theresa Dunigan    Richland WA 

Jennifer Graf    Quakertown PA 

Kisma R. Jordan    Detroit MI 

Diane Kalinowski    Meadville PA

Manna KnJoi    Stallings NC

Kirsten C. Kunkle    Wilmington DE  

Anna Laurenzo    Urbandale IA

Rosalind Lee    Oak Park IL

Alexandra Loutsion    Chicago IL 

Emily Martin    Lewisburg PA

Lindsey L. McKee    Tulsa OK

Carley Neill    Sacramento CA

Jessica Rose Nelson    Blackwood NJ

Lisa Newill-Smith    Berlin Germany

Jessica Satava    Baltimore MD

Rachele Schmiege    Jamaica Plain MA 

Jenna Siladie    Astoria NY 

Zoe Vandermeer    Gaylordsville CT

Susan Wheeler    Burke VA

Sara Womble    Brighton MA

  

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2016

Jamie Balter    Baltimore MD

Ksenia Berestovskaya    Boston MA

Kasia Bitner    Aliso Viejo CA

Alyssa Brode    Los Angeles CA

Kelsey Debner    Austin TX

Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY

Taryn Holback    Reisterstown MD

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX 

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL 

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA 

Elizabeth Moran    New York NY 

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA 

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL 

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2016

Caitlin Chisham    Holts Summit MO

Irene Y. Chun    Flushing NY

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA

Alexandra Taylor    Naples FL
 

***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later in the summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

WOMEN in OPERA, semi-finalists, 2016, college/university and high school

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2016 in the college/university and high school divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! (The professional division will be posted separately.)

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2016

Jamie Balter    Baltimore MD

Ksenia Berestovskaya    Boston MA

Kasia Bitner    Aliso Viejo CA

Alyssa Brode    Los Angeles CA

Kelsey Debner    Austin TX

Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY

Taryn Holback    Reisterstown MD

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX 

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL 

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA 

Elizabeth Moran    New York NY 

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA 

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL 

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2016

Caitlin Chisham    Holts Summit MO

Irene Y. Chun    Flushing NY

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA

Alexandra Taylor    Naples FL
 

***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later in the summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

Friday, July 29, 2016

MEN in ART SONG & ORATORIO, semi-finalists, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST men in art song & oratorio for 2016, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (men),  2016

Ryan F. Burns    Vernon CT 

James Dargan    Dorchester MA 

Carl DuPont    Charlotte NC 

Patrick Jones    Dallas TX 

Stephen Lancaster    South Bend IN 

Devon Morin    Saunderstown RI 

Nicholas Provenzale    Mattoon IL 

Chai-Lun Yueh    West Hartford CT


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (men),  2016

Brayton Arvin   Bloomington IN

Quinn Bernegger    Essex Junction VT 

Ben Reisinger    Rochester NY  

Mitchell Sturges    Midvale UT 

Gabriel Wernick    Evanston IL 

Alexander York    Evanston IL


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, high school division (men),  2016

Thomas J. Litchev    Dillon CO   

Ethan Yan    Mountain View CA

Ruobing Zhang    Voorhees NJ   

***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.






Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MEN in OPERA, semi-finalists, 2016 (CORRECTED)

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST men in opera for 2016, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (men), 2016

Brayton Arvin   Bloomington IN

Ryan Bradford    Walnut Creek CA

Evan Bravos    Chicago IL

Keith Brown    Interlochen MI

Patrick Jones    Dallas TX

Peter W. Lightfoot    East Lansing MI

Hugo Vera    Tucson AZ

Andrew Wannigman    Norman OK
   

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (men), 2016

Quinn Bernegger    Essex Junction VT

Frank Daniel Laucerica    Miami FL

Ben Reisinger    Rochester NY

Gabriel Wernick    Evanston IL
***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later in the summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.






Monday, July 25, 2016

ANSHEL BRUSILOW's BOOK about CONDUCTORS: A good summer read...

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, recently reviewed Anshel Brusilow's "Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell and Ormandy," for his colleagues on the OrchestraList and in the College Music Directors Association. We are happy to reprint it here as a recommended mid-summer read.

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Dear Colleagues,

I have just finished reading *Shoot the Conductor: too close to Monteux, Szell and Ormandy,* by Anshel Brusilow and Robin Underdahl, published last year by University of North Texas Press.

Despite the politically incorrect title, no physical violence is in store, and should any conductor feel himself in a gunman's proverbial cross-hairs, the author would surely be one: fully a third of the book has to do with his own conducting career.

For those of you who don't know Brusilow, he had an extraordinary life in music. Violin student at Curtis, trained in conducting at Monteux's summer school in Maine…the same school Charles Bruck inherited…then assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell, where he shared a stand with, my god, Joseph Gingold, then concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy, completing his career as music director of a number of orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony.

Despite the provocative subtitle, Brusilow has nothing but praise for the extraordinary musical gifts of the three legendary maestros with whom he had extended contact.

Personally, he has some less good things to say. Of the three, Monteux, surprisingly, comes off the worst. After the author chose love and marriage AND music instead of music alone, Monteux and his wife Doris cut off all ties, and all musical opportunities, including concerto appearances with major orchestras…a slight that clearly still stings, although it happened more than seventy years ago.

Ormandy, for his part, felt threatened by the author's podium aspirations and made life difficult, intervening with major managements to prevent him from hiring premiere soloists for his chamber orchestra in the so-called City of Brotherly Love. That rancor continued for years, up until Ormandy delivered a nasty snub at a retirement party to which Brusilow had been invited as a special guest.

As for Szell, he threw plenty of tantrums, but for anyone who has read Samuel Antek's *This was Toscanini,* or, indeed studied with Bruck, or any number of other Eastern European fire-breathers, they come off as pretty mild.

Mild, in fact, is one general criticism of the volume. There are some wonderful stories, but one misses learning much about specific experiences of the hundreds of concerts in which the author participated as leader, or any real sense of the performing styles, or indeed, the differences in feeling and technique, being led by three such great, and different, practitioners of the conductor's art.

The book seems to be aimed at a general readership. With a little more meat on its bones, it could have also better served those more musically experienced and knowledgeable. *Shoot the Conductor* comes off as not so much dumbed-down as a bit thin.

What meat there is is choice: a telling discussion with Stravinsky about the merits of the rebarring of *Rite of Spring,* and Brusilow's painful firing, for apparently no serious cause other than board politics, from the post in Dallas. The author had displayed plenty of ego throughout his life, but when that ego is bruised, and publicly, as it was in Texas, and for no artistic reason, it clearly leaves wounds, wounds that scab over, but don't ever really heal.

Brusilow ended his career as orchestra director at a number of major universities and colleges in Texas, where he was apparently remarkably successful molding young musicians. He finds satisfaction, considerable pride and a modicum of peace in these positions. His depth of experience must have been a great boon to his students.

Brusilow's was an eventful life, the kind of life that Thomas Beecham, another conductor turned writer, knew was not all pealing bells and glory, but rather, something much more interesting, a mingled chime.

A good summer read.

David Katz, chief judge
The American Prize
www.theamericanprize.org
www.museoffiretheplay.org



Friday, July 22, 2016

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE semi-finalists, 2016: all divisions

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2016 in all divisions. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

Semi-finalists are listed by ensemble name, by contact person in alphabetical order, and by city and state. 

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: professional division


Santa Cruz Chamber Players
    Solmaaz Adeli    Los Gatos CA 
Duo Korusa
    Jacob Clark    Beaumont TX
Scott Garrison Duo
    Leonard Garrison    Moscow ID
Telos Trio
    Deborah Grohman    Rochester NY
Dunamis Piano Duo
    Soojung Jeon    Duluth GA
Music By Two
    Sharon Johnson    Caneadea NY
Vox Nova
    Darrell J. Jordan    Columbia MO
Argus Quartet
    Clara Kim    Branford CT
Quin Texas
    Laura McIntyre    Austin TX
Merdinger-Yonan Duo
    Susan Merdinger    HighlandPark IL
Pianissimo!
    Susan Merdinger    Highland Park IL
Verismo Trio
    Nicole Riner    Greeley CO
Stranded Silver
    Willie Santiago    Ellicott City MD
Meriora Trio
    Yeonwoo Seo    Savoy IL
Elan Duo
    Andrew Smith    Fairfield CT
Avery Ensemble
    Adriana Jarvis Twitchell    Provo UT 


The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: college/university division

Mirasol Quartet
    James Barger    Amarillo TX   
Aquila Trio
    Michael Messer    Wheaton IL   
Galestro-Smith Duo
    Jonathan L. Smith    Winchester VA 


The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: high school division

The New Amsterdam Trio
       Jane Bua    New York NY   
The Amadeus String Quartet
       Ya-Fei Hsu    Pittsburgh PA   
Salo Quartet
       Steven Oh    Pleasant Valley NY   

***

Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a SEMI-FINALIST in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing FINALISTS in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE semi-finalists, 2016: college/university and high school divisions

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2016 in college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations! (The professional division will be published separately.) As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

Semi-finalists are listed by ensemble name, by contact person in alphabetical order, and by city and state.

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: college/university division

Mirasol Quartet
    James Barger    Amarillo TX   
Aquila Trio
    Michael Messer    Wheaton IL   
Galestro-Smith Duo
    Jonathan L. Smith    Winchester VA  


The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: high school division

The New Amsterdam Trio
       Jane Bua    New York NY   
The Amadeus String Quartet
       Ya-Fei Hsu    Pittsburgh PA   
Salo Quartet
       Steven Oh    Pleasant Valley NY   

***

Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a SEMI-FINALIST in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing FINALISTS in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!

Monday, July 18, 2016

PIANO SOLO semi-finalists, 2016: all divisions

The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive list of 2016 SEMI-FINALIST pianists in all SOLO divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division, 2016

 Sophia Agranovich    Springfield NJ   
 Stephanie Bruning    Catonsville MD   
 Andree-Ann Deschenes    Los Angeles CA     
 Sunhwa Hong    Bayside NY   
 John Yoontae Hwang    Mesa AZ   
 Jooyoung Kim    Fishers IN   
 En A Kim    Irvine CA   
 Seong-Sil Kim    Coralville IA   
 Miroslava Kisilevitch    Santa Barbara CA   
 Jessica Koebbe    Leawood KS   
 Artina McCain    Manchaca TX   
 Jarred Morehead    New York NY   
 John Mortensen    Cedarville OH   
 Bill John Newbrough    Houghton NY   
 Nan Childress Orchard    Union NJ   
 Jeremy Samolesky    Auburn AL   
 Rosangela Yazbec Sebba    Mississippi State MS   
 Sekyeong Seong    Columbus OH   
 Michael Seregow    Eugene OR   
 Jonathan Sokasits    Hastings NE   


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college university division, 2016

Joseph R. Bandi    Imperial PA   
Aurelien B. Boccard    Kansas City MO   
Adam Booher    Hermitage TN   
Congcong Chai    Lawrence KS  
Chia-Ying Chan    Urbana IL   
Li-Hsin Chen    Kansas City MO   
Hokyong Choi    Cambridge MA   
Ezra Donner    Buffalo NY 
Teng Fu    Lawrence KS   
William Hume    Carlisle PA   
Yoo Min Jung    East Lansing MI   
Jae Young Kim    New York NY
Francisco Montero    State College PA   
Jacob Nydegger    San Antonio TX   
Tyler Ramos    Waipahu HI   
Luke Rhodes    Lawrence KS   
Eunsun So    East Lansing MI   
I-Wen Wang    New Brunswick NJ   
Ahyeon Yun    Mesa AZ   
Tianyu Zhou    Rochester NY   


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2016


Sabrina Chen    Palo Alto CA    
Leyla Kabuli    Davis CA  
Alexander Lu    Redmond WA  
Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki    Wilmette IL  
Barbara Xiong    Brentwood TN    
Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY  
Ruobing Zhang    Voorhees NJ  

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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.





Friday, July 15, 2016

PIANO SOLO semi-finalists, 2016: college/university and high school

The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive list of 2016 SEMI-FINALIST pianists in the college/university and high school SOLO divisions. (Professional division will follow separately.) Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college university division, 2016

Joseph R. Bandi    Imperial PA   
Aurelien B. Boccard    Kansas City MO   
Adam Booher    Hermitage TN   
Congcong Chai    Lawrence KS   
Chia-Ying Chan    Urbana IL   
Li-in Chen    Kansas City MO   
Hokyong Choi    Cambridge MA   
Ezra Donner    Buffalo NY   
Teng Fu    Lawrence KS   
William Hume    Carlisle PA   
Yoo Min Jung    East Lansing MI   
Jae Young Kim    New York NY   
Francisco Montero    State College PA   
Jacob Nydegger    San Antonio TX   
Tyler Ramos    Waipahu HI   
Luke Rhodes    Lawrence KS   
Eunsun So    East Lansing MI   
I-Wen Wang    New Brunswick NJ   
Ahyeon Yun    Mesa AZ   
Tianyu Zhou    Rochester NY   


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2016


Sabrina Chen    Palo Alto CA    
Leyla Kabuli    Davis CA  
Alexander Lu    Redmond WA  
Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki    Wilmette IL  
Barbara Xiong    Brentwood TN    
Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY  
Ruobing Zhang    Voorhees NJ  


***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.





Friday, July 8, 2016

PIANO CONCERTO semi-finalists, 2016 (LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD)

Lorin Hollander
The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST pianists for 2016 in the CONCERTO division, The LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

The American Prize LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Lorin Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor.
For more about the extraordinary life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit http://lorinhollander.com/


We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2016
—professional division


Annette DiMedio    Philadelphia PA   
    Prokofiev #3, Tchaikovsky B minor
Sekyeong Seong    Columbus
    Grieg
Kiyoshi Tamagawa    Austin TX   
    Mozart C major, K503
Thomas Yee    Honolulu HI   
    Tchaikovsky B minor


The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2016
—college/university division


Patrick Michael Behringer    Watauga TX  
     Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Congcong Chai    Lawrence KS   
    Rachmaninoff #1

Li-Hsin Chen    Kansas City MO   
    Beeethoven G major

Nathan Cheung    Pleasanton CA   
    Prokofiev #3

William Hume    Carlisle PA   
    Ravel G major

Alexander Kopitz    Shelby Twp. MI   
    Prokofiev #1

Hwayoung Noh    Lubbock TX   
    Rachmaninoff #2

Hyeji Seo East    Lansing MI   
    Ravel G major

Yoonsook Song    Athens GA   
    Chopin E minor
 


The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2016
—high school division


Alexander Lu    Redmond WA   
    Grieg
Victor Shlyakhtenko    Los Angeles CA   
    Grieg

Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki    Wilmette IL   
    Prokofiev #3

Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY   
    Schumann A minor


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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST semi-finalists, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST instrumental soloists for 2016. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, professional division:

Leonard Garrison    Moscow ID   
     Flute
Jessica Koebbe    Leawood KS   
     Piano
Christopher Nichols    Newark DE   
     Clarinet
Todd Oxford    Austin TX   
     Saxophone
Adelya Shagidullina    Philadelphia PA   
     Viola
Kumiko Shimizu    Cleveland MS   
     Collaborative Pianist
Fangye Sun    Lansing MI   
     Violin 


The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, college/university division:

Joe Broom    McLean VA   
     Euphonium
Laura Christiana McIntyre    Austin TX   
     Bassoon
Sean Mix    Allston MA   
     Saxophone
Benjamin Sledge    Knightdale NC   
     Flute



The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, high school division:

Joshua Brown    Gurnee IL   
     Violin
Daniel Rafimayeri    New York NY   
     Violin
John Skiera    Armonk NY   
     Cello

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Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a SEMI-FINALIST in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing FINALISTS in my division later this summer. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WINNERS: The Chicago Oratorio Award, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce the WINNERS of the 2016 Chicago Oratorio Award. The following two artists will appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the Midwest's acclaimed all-attorney ensemble, in May 2016, performing the Brahms German Requiem, at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. 
 
The WINNERS are:

PENELOPE SHUMATE, soprano
Penelope Shumate

Penelope Shumate has been described as having a “voice with power” and a “welcome fire” on stage. Her singing was described by the New York Concert Review as “the embodiment of light.” The New York Times praised her recent performance as the Soprano Soloist in Messiah for her Avery Fisher Hall debut at Lincoln Center, stating she “sang the soprano solos with appealing bell-like clarity and surpassing sweetness.” 

For her return to Avery Fisher Hall, she performed as a soloist in Carmina Burana; a work that also marked her Carnegie Hall debut and return engagements. Additional Carnegie Hall soloist appearances include performances in Messiah, St. Nicolai Mass, Coronation Mass, the Verdi and Mozart Requiem, as well as the New York City premier of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. Also in New York City, she performed the title role in Naughty Marietta in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Her upcoming return engagements include her appearance in Messiah at Carnegie Hall presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York, as well as performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Rapides Symphony Orchestra. She also debuts with the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Carmina Burana.


She has appeared with opera companies and orchestras across America including Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Roanoke, Lake George Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera on the James, Duluth Festival Opera, Jacksonville Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Berkshire Choral Festival, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, MidAmerica Productions, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Kennett Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015, Penelope was recognized by The American Prize for "Excellence in Oratorio Performance." She has been a vocal award winner with the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition, MacAllister Awards, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Vocal Competition, Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, Octave Artist Management Excellence in Arts, James Parkinson Opera Competition, Kennett Symphony Orchestra Vocal Competition, and the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition. In addition to her active performance career, she serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Western Illinois University. www.penelopeshumate.com


STEPHEN LANCASTER, baritone

Stephen Lancaster

Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. He has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Centro Cultural de Belém, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

Recent concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest, Warren Symphony, and Oakland Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Fisher Music Center; Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Holland Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with Chorosynthesis in Seattle and Duruflé’s Requiem with Macalester College in St. Paul. He has performed numerous roles with Eugene Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, and Opera Notre Dame, and will create the role of Jaques in As You Like It by Roger Steptoe this season.


A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed Lieder programs in Paris, Frankfurt, and the Eure-et-Loire Festival, and for the Brooklyn Art Song Society in New York. He recently released a recording of French art songs with pianist Martin Katz, Le Menu des Mélodies (Centaur Records), and his recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series was broadcast live by classical radio station WFMT. Born and raised in Canada, he holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. www.stephenlancaster.net


CONGRATULATIONS!

The selection process for the Chicago Oratorio Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other.

The American Prize has selected soloists to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony and Chorus the last five years, in repertoire ranging from the Bruckner Te Deum and Beethoven Choral Fantasy, to a complete evening of opera excerpts and another featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  

To learn more about the CBASO & Chorus, please click here.

To purchase tickets, please follow this link.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FINALISTS: The Chicago Oratorio Award, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALISTS for the 2016 Chicago Oratorio Award.

In addition to national competitions in art song and opera, two cash prizes will be awarded as performance fees to soprano and baritone soloists selected to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the midwest's acclaimed all-attorney ensemble, in May 2016, performing the Brahms German Requiem, at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. 

The FINALISTS are:

BARITONES:

Ryan Bradford
Keith Brown
Stephen Lancaster
Peter W. Lightfoot
Chai-Lun Yueh
Alexander York

SOPRANOS:

Teresa Winner Blume
Rosalind Lee
Lisa Newill-Smith
Penelope Shumate
Josefien Stoppelenburg
Susan Wheeler


CONGRATULATIONS!

The selection process for the Chicago Oratorio Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other.

The American Prize has selected soloists to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony and Chorus the last five years, in repertoire ranging from the Bruckner Te Deum and Beethoven Choral Fantasy, to a complete evening of opera excerpts and another featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  

To learn more about the CBASO & Chorus, please click here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Announcing: The ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the Performance of American Music, 2016

Ernst Bacon
TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 is the extended postmark deadline for CONDUCTORS, ORCHESTRAS, CHORUSES and COMPOSERS to apply for The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the Performance of American Music, a new contest offered this year for the first time.

The ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by orchestras and choruses worldwide, based on submitted recordings.

Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school orchestras, competing in separate divisions, from choruses performing with orchestra, from orchestra and choral conductors, and from composers of orchestral or choral/orchestral music with excellent recordings of their works.

There is no live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performances only. There are no age limits.

The new award honors the memory and recognizes the legacy of Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) one of that pioneering generation of composers, who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, who found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country.

Upon the creation of the Ernst Bacon Award, Ellen Bacon, widow of the composer, wrote, “Ernst was a strong advocate of performing the music of living American composers...and the visibility that the award would bring would be very helpful to me in my efforts of outreach, and would definitely further the EB Society's mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of Ernst's music.”

We are grateful to the Ernst Bacon Society for providing this short introduction to the composer and his music:

Ernst Bacon was born in Chicago to an Austrian mother and American father; his music - whether lively and humorous or profound and elegiac - combines the best of the old and new worlds.  Bacon's chief aim as a composer was to express the spirit of America in music, as Whitman, Hawthorne, and others did in literature.  He was deeply interested in our country's history and folklore; and the poetry, folk songs, jazz rhythms and geography of America, as well as the landscape itself, which he hiked, climbed, and also painted - all of these elements found their way into his picturesque and evocative music.

Official rules, complete information and application forms may be found here: http://www.theamericanprize.org/AmericanMusic.html


Ernst Bacon as a young man
The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music s offered in as many as five categories, based on the membership in the ensemble, and on the number and quality of entries. Applications on behalf of orchestras (or choruses performing with orchestra) may be made by the conductor of the ensemble, its board members or other ensemble leaders, such as faculty or administrators, by the musicians themselves, by composers, or, in the case of student ensembles, by parents. In this category, multiple applications by the same ensemble are acceptable. Conductors may apply with more than one ensemble, and separately for conducting or ensemble awards (see Orchestra, Chorus and Conducting Prizes in the competition menu).


The five categories are:
  • professional orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—all musicians are paid
  • community or faith-based orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—some musicians may be paid/some may be students
  • college or university orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—mostly students/no paid players except "ringers"/faculty participation ok
  • youth orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—musicians from more than one secondary or high school, or an ensemble from an arts magnet school
  • secondary school orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—strings or full ensemble
ELIGIBILITY:

The contests of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories. For the ERNST BACON AWARD only, applications from non-U.S. orchestras and their conductors are accepted, provided the Requirements for the Recorded Audition have been met and application fees are remitted in U.S. Funds.

REQUIREMENTS for the RECORDED AUDITION:

The American Prize: Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music

You need not prepare a special tape for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines listed below have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners.

MAIL recordings of, or email ONLINE links to, the performance of any work (or works) of American orchestral (or orchestral/choral) music from any period, including "new" music, recorded within the last five years. Up to thirty minutes of music may be submitted, unless a work is of longer duration, in which case the entire piece may be sent. There is no minimum time limit for the audition. The judges prefer complete works, but complete movements—not excerpts—may be submitted if the full work is not available. Recordings may be audio or video, as is the applicant's preference. Works for orchestra alone, those with soloist(s), or with chorus, may be submitted.



"AMERICAN MUSIC"—For the purposes of the Bacon Award competition, "American music" is defined as any work composed in this country, at any time, in any period or style, by persons of any nationality, or works by American citizens composed anywhere in the world. 



"ORCHESTRA WORK"—For the purposes of the Bacon Award competition, an “orchestra work” is defined as any composition that is designed to be conducted which requires at least 9 musicians and includes among its membership bowed string instruments, including works for orchestra and chorus and/or instrumental or vocal soloists, or those that may feature electronic elements, either prerecorded or performed live.

These definitions are purposely broad to allow the largest number of potential contestants to be eligible. We seek to welcome the greatest variety of performances of American orchestral (or choral/orchestral) works from throughout the country and abroad.

THE AMERICAN PRIZE sponsors of UNIQUE CONTESTS in the PERFORMING ARTS

The American Prize is unique—the only national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts to provide evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers based on recorded performances. The American Prize is proud to have awarded more than $40,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.

The American Prize sponsors annual competitions for classical vocalists, pianists, composers, chamber musicians, conductors, ensembles and arts administrators and has welcomed applications from 49 U.S. states and from American citizens living throughout the world.

There is no live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performances only. Most contests feature separate divisions for professional musicians, pre-professionals (college and university), community musicians and high school age artists. There are no age limits.

Complete information on the website: www.theamericanprize.org

The American Prize: HISTORY and JUDGES

The American Prize grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.

With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, was recently honored by MUSICAL AMERICA as one of its Top Professionals of the Year for his work on behalf of The American Prize contests. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, he is author and performer of MUSE of FIRE, the acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting.

Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience as the organization hopes the winners of The American Prize will be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country, the group includes professional vocalists, conductors, composers and pianists, tenured professors and orchestra, band and choral musicians.

“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps ever be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of a few schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive world-class bragging rights to use in promotion right at home. “If The American Prize helps build careers, or contributes to local pride, or assists in increasing the audience for an artist or ensemble, builds the donor base, or stimulates opportunities or recruitment for winning artists and ensembles, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz said.

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

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