Monday, June 24, 2019

WINNERS: composers (choral music / student division), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the student choral division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of
Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until  
Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—choral music (student division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Alex Berko
Solon OH 

We Listen; Forgiven Tears 
Alex Berko
Fascinated by the art of story telling, composer/pianist Alex Berko often writes music that combines cinematic elements with a uniquely and widely influenced harmonic pallet, containing a strong emotional narrative. Berko (b. 1995) is an American composer, pianist, and arranger from Cleveland, Ohio whose music has been performed in Asia, Canada, and throughout the United States. He has received performances by The Crossing, NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, The Cathedral Choral Society, Cape Symphony Orchestra, Del Sol String Quartet, among many others, and has received recognition from ASCAP/SCI, ACDA (Raymond Brock Memorial Prize), the Cleveland Institute of Music, and more. Berko currently attends Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, pursuing a BM in composition with an outside concentration in piano and entrepreneurship. Primary teachers include David Dzubay, Claude Baker, Keith Fitch, Aaron Travers, Don Freund (composition) and Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Edmund Battersby, and Sandra Shapiro (piano). For more information, visit www.alexberko.com.
 


2nd Place: 
Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc MI
Our Rhyme 

Jacob Beranek
Jacob Beranek (b. 1998) is a Wisconsin-born composer and pianist. He has been named national winner in several competitions, including the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize, Steven Stucky Young Composers Competition, NFMC Junior Composers Competition, and Project 21 Prize for Music Composition. Jacob currently serves as Composer-in-Residence with the Midsummer’s Music Festival (Door County, WI) and will return for a second year of residency in 2018. He studied at the 2016 Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summer Program and regularly attended the Junior Composers Institute in Minneapolis (2012-15). In addition to composing, Jacob is a serious pianist and avid devotee of Czech music due to his heritage. He graduated with honors from University Lake School in Hartland, WI, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. You can learn more about Jacob and his musical endeavors at www.beranekmusic.com.


3rd Place: 
Chung Hon Michael Cheng
Sugar Land TX
Fantasia ricercata  

Chung Hon Michael Cheng
Hong Kong-born Chung Hon Michael Cheng began studying the piano at age four and composing around age six. An undergraduate at Harvard, he continued pursuing these passions when he came to the United States in 2006 and has studied composition with Dr. Ann Witherspoon, Prof. Chaya Czernowin, and Dr. Robert Kyr, theory with Dr. Richard Beaudoin, and counterpoint with Prof. Christopher Hasty.

Cheng was awarded the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Music Composition with Distinction in 2013 and attained a perfect score on the Grade 8 Theory Examination of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in 2011. He was declared the national winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition in 2012 and the national runner-up of the same in 2011 and 2014. In 2016, he was awarded the Hugh F. MacColl Prize in Music Composition by Harvard’s Department of Music.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Our Father; Alleluia; Alleluia moderna; I know a place…

Marat Sanatullov
Marat Sanatullov (b. 1970) began his formal study of music at age 6 and graduated with honors from Yaroslavl Music College as a violin performer and teacher in his native Russia. After studying literature in France and coming to America in 1998, he completed a Ph.D. in language education and taught. As a composer, he completed a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts (May 2018) in Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), studying with Tyler White (main teacher), Eric Richards, Tom Larson and Greg Simon. Inspired by his native Eurasian roots, different styles and mediums, Sanatullov’s music has been performed in high schools and universities throughout the United States. It received the First Prize in the 2015 Third Millennium Ensemble composers’ competition and the 2018 graduate Vreeland Award in Music at UNL. Sanatullov believes in the power of music, education and peace between nations and peoples. 



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Congratulations!

Monday, June 17, 2019

WINNERS: composers (band/wind ensemble), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Ted King-Smith
Mission KS
Between Glimpses of Blue 

Ted King-Smith
Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist based in Kansas City, Missouri. As a composer he is interested in the combination of acoustic and electronic forces in music, and emphasizes virtuosity and improvisation in his works. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen and BMI. Ted’s music has been featured at numerous conferences and festivals as well as Late Night at National Sawdust, and WFMT and WKCR radio stations.  He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Ted is currently adjunct faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College where he teaches courses in music technology and multimedia. He is also active as a performer with the Mnemosyne Quartet; and founded the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival as part of the NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble.


2nd Place: 
Andrew David Perkins
Fenton MI
ASYLUM

Andrew David Perkins
An ASCAP Plus Award recipient and GRAMMY nominated music educator, conductor, and composer, Andrew David Perkins (b.1978) holds a Specialist Certificate in Orchestration from the Berklee College of Music (2012), a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan (2007), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University (2002). An active composer, conductor and educator, Perkins is a regular guest clinician nationally and abroad. Mr. Perkins has served as an adjunct professor of Film Scoring at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music and Music Technology at Fenton High School in Fenton, Michigan. He additionally serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Fenton Community Orchestra. Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and his music is exclusively published through APOLLO STUDIOS (ASCAP). www.andrewdavidperkins.com


3rd Place: 
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
Across the Divide

Larry Tuttle
Larry Tuttle writes iconic and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. His music is driven by 21-st Century rhythms and sensibilities, while being rooted with the power of archetypal musical elements.

Larry won the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2014 Audience of the Future Composition Competition with his work CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE.  His concert overture BY STEAM OR BY DREAM won second prize at the 2016 Keuris Composers Competition in The Netherlands, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Larry recently completed two new works for wind ensemble on commission from the University of Southern California and a large consortium of universities. He is a composing and performing member of Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles, a workshop group dedicated to the development of new music.  Larry is also a renowned master of the Chapman Stick.  You can find out more about his music at www.larrytuttle.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Greg Danner
Cookeville TN
Euphonium Concerto   

Greg Danner
Greg Danner is Professor of Music at Tennessee Technological University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri (1958) he received the B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University, the M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and the Ph.D. from Washington University. Danner’s awards include the College Band Directors National Association Music for Young Band Prize, vocal category and grand prize in the Delius Society Composition Contest, first prize in the Robert Avalon International Composers Competition, and first prize in the Taghkanic Chorale Composers Competition. Danner has also received both the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and Kentucky Music Teachers Association Composer Commission Awards. He is a three-time winner in the International Composers Guild Composition Contest, including the Grand Prize in 2010. Danner has received annual ASCAP awards for composition since 1989.  Recent commissions include works for the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, the American School Band Directors Association, and the Trifecta Trio. www.gregdanner.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Gregory Fritze 
Daytona Beach Shores FL 

Continental Concerto
Gregory Fritze 
Gregory Fritze is a prize-winning composer and Fulbright Scholar. He has written over eighty compositions for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles and soloists.  He won over sixty composition awards including First Prize in 2017 WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Composition Contest, First Prize Winner in Concurso Tenerife, Spain and others. Several professional ensembles have commissioned and played his music including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, The Banda Municipal of Madrid, and others. His music is published by several publishers in the US, South America and Europe and recorded on Albany Records, MSR Classics, Crystal Records, Mark Records and others. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities and music festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan, South America and Europe. He taught at Berklee College of Music was Professor and Chair of Composition from 1979 to 2016. He has Composition degrees from the Boston Conservatory and Indiana University.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Christopher Lowry
Antioch TN
Bicentennial Variations 
 
Christopher Lowry
Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. Winner of the 2017 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Competition and two-time winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Lowry has won prizes in the Vox Novus Call for Scores "Celebrating 200 Years with the West Point Band" (2017), The American Prize in Composition (Band Division, 2017; Orchestral and Chamber Divisions, 2016), 2016 Oklahoma Youth Winds Composition Competition, 2016 Salford International Composers Contest, 2016 Alabama Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, 2016 BandWidth Music Festival Call for Scores, 2016 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Composition Competition, 2016 Ablaze Orchestral Masters Call for Scores, NAfME Composition Competition (2015, 2012), Frank Van Der Stucken Composition Award (2015), Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra Composition Competition (2015), and the Anton Stadler International Basset Clarinet Composition Competition (2010), among others. He is also a two-time winner of the World Projects Composition Competition, winning in 2015 with Tranquillo for Orchestra (premiered in Carnegie Hall, June 2016) and in 2016 with Calm After - Chorale-Fanfare for Orchestra (to be premiered June 2017, Walt Disney Concert Hall). His music has been recorded by the Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic) and performed by the Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Imperial Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Louisiana State University Symphony, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, West Point Band, Baylor University Wind Ensemble. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Lowry holds a DMA and Master’s Degree from LSU and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.



The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (student division), 2018-19

The American Prize Winner:
Celka Ojakangas
Los Angeles CA
Bonehead Fizzix 

Celka Ojakangas
Celebrated for her music's charm and wit, Celka Ojakangas (b. 1992) is an award-winning Los Angeles-based composer who is unafraid to compose music that is both accessible and "out of the box." Her compositions have been performed and commissioned by many artists including USC Thornton’s Wind Ensemble, yMusic, and the Portland State University Opera. Celka is the winner of USC’s 2017 New Music for Wind Ensemble Contest, the honorable mention recipient of IAWM's 2018 Alex Shapiro prize, and a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award in the years 2016-2019. She is also a grantee of Opera America's 2019 Discovery Grants for Woman Composers. Celka is presently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California, studying under Ted Hearne. Current and former mentors include Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, Mara Gibson and Carlyle Sharpe.


2nd Place:
Keith Allegretti
Austin TX
Petrichor   

Keith Allegretti
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music, and even musical theater. His music has been performed in Santa Fe, Houston, Berlin, Ann Arbor, New York and elsewhere by professional and amateur ensembles, including Santa Fe New Music, Quartetto Indaco, the Rice University Chorale, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Circuit Bridges, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the American Creators Ensemble, and First Readings Project. He holds degrees in composition from Rice University and the University of Michigan.


3rd Place: 
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Through my eyes: One immigrant's story  

Marat Sanatullov
Marat Sanatullov (b. 1970) began his formal study of music at age 6 and graduated with honors from Yaroslavl Music College as a violin performer and teacher in his native Russia. After studying literature in France and coming to America in 1998, he completed a Ph.D. in language education and taught. As a composer, he completed a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts (May 2018) in Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), studying with Tyler White, Eric Richards, Tom Larson and Greg Simon. Inspired by his native Eurasian roots, different styles and mediums, Sanatullov’s music has been performed in high schools and universities throughout the United States. It received the First Prize in the 2015 Third Millennium Ensemble composers’ competition and the 2018 graduate Vreeland Award in Music at UNL. Sanatullov believes in the power of music, education, diversity, democracy and peace between nations and peoples.



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Congratulations!

Friday, June 14, 2019

FINALISTS: orchestra conductors, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 FINALIST conductors in orchestra divisions. Congratulations!

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

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.
 
We invite 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.

REMINDER: TWO EXTENDED DEADLINES—Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional orchestra division, 2018-19

David Bernard
Massapequa Philharmonic / Park Ave. Chamber Symphony
New York NY  
  
Cheung Chau
Hunan Symphony
Changsha Hunan Province China  
  
Chad Goodman
Elevate Ensemble
San Francisco CA     

Travis Jurgens
Macon Symphony Orchestra
Macon GA     

Paul Mauffray
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
Zlin Czech Republic
  
Elaine Rinaldi
Orchestra Miami
Miami FL  
   
Jordan Randall Smith
Symphony Number One
Baltimore MD  
   
Vlad Vizireanu
Royal Camerata
Bucharest Romania


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university orchestra division, 2018-19

Mark Bartley
West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra
Canyon TX
   
Kaleb Benda
Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra
Oklahoma City OK  

Sergey Bogza
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Decatur IL 

Thomas Dickey
OSU Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK  
  
Gregory Grabowski
Susquehanna University Orchestra
Selinsgrove PA  
  
Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra
Madison WI  
  
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC  
  
Yutaka Kono
The University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Burlington VT  
   
John Masko
San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra
San Francisco CA  
  
David Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA  
  
Rebecca Tong
Music School Festival Orchestra
Chautauqua NY  
   
Alex Wise
University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Columbia SC  


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community orchestra division, 2018-19

David Anderson
Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra
Lake Geneva WI  
  
Reuben Blundell
The Chelsea Symphony
New York NY     
  
Pierre-Alain Chevalier
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
Baytown TX  
  
Lois Ferrari
Austin Civic Orchestra
Austin TX     

Matthew Makeever
Milwaukee Philharmonic
Milwaukee WI  
  
Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA  
      

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth & school  orchestra division, 2018-19

Alyze Dreiling
YPO Festival Orchestra
San Diego CA     

Michael Isadore
Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia
Houston TX  
  
Michael Webster
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX 

Dorian Neuendorf
Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Hendersonville NC  
   
Emily Schaad
Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra/Greenville County Youth Orchestra
Asheville NC  
  
Sayra Siverson
Albuquerque Youth Symphony
Albuquerque NM  



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We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, 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 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 results in my division soon. 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 finalists.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

WINNERS: conductors (opera divisions), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting, 2018-19, in the opera divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Conducting—opera (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Joshua Horsch
Pensacola Opera/Penascola Symphony
Pensacola FL
Cipullo: Glory Denied  

Joshua Horsch
American conductor Joshua Horsch is an extremely versatile musician working in both the operatic and symphonic repertoire.  Recently named the winner of the American Prize in Opera Conducting, Joshua’s recent and upcoming conducting engagements include appearances with Michigan Opera Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Mobile Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Tri-Cities Opera, Opera Steamboat, and Pensacola Opera.  With a diverse repertoire of over forty operas and a broad spectrum of orchestral and choral works, Joshua has recently held positions as a conductor/coach/chorus master on the music staff of Florida Grand Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Columbus, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Newport Music Festival, Seagle Music Colony, CU New Opera Workshop, and the Colorado Music Festival.  Joshua’s guest and workshop conducting includes work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Filharmonia de Chihuahua, the Lyatoshinsky Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, the Boston Opera Collaborative, and the Boulder Bach Festival.  Joshua studied conducting and piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Pennsylvania State University, and Ithaca College.



2nd Place:
Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni

Isaac Selya
A musician of remarkable versatility, Isaac Selya is a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, cellist, and entrepreneur. In recognition of his work as Founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Opera, he was featured in Musical America as a Spotlight Artist. He holds a Doctorate with specialization in Mozart’s operas, and has conducted all of Mozart’s German-language operas. At the Glimmerglass festival, he coached and conducted the first-ever reading of the revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, with the composer present.

Equally at home in symphonic repertoire, Isaac’s guest conducting credits include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Xiamen Philharmonic, the Dayton Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Guatemala, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Chelsea Symphony.

Committed to ensuring that musical education is accessible to all, Isaac teaches cello and conducts orchestras at the MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra, a free, El Sistema inspired program.
He has two cats, named Tosca and Aida.
 


The American Prize in Conducting—opera (college/university division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Michael W. Moore
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC 
Lucia Di Lammermoor

Michael W. Moore
Conductor Michael W. Moore is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra in Greenville, SC, where he serves as the Chair of the Division of Music and teaches conducting and music education courses. Moore has garnered praise for his “clear and spirited” conducting and the “polished sound” he elicits from the student musicians of the “sensational” BJUSO. “Always clear, always expressive… leading and following at the same time with the kind of coordination that is the sine qua non of good opera conducting” (Steven White, Metropolitan Opera).


2nd Place: 
Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI 
La Boheme

Chad Hutchinson
Chad Hutchinson is the Interim Director of Orchestras, Assistant Professor of Conducting and Conductor of University Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He conducts the Symphony Orchestra in 5 concerts annually, leads University Opera productions and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. 

Prior to his time in Madison, Dr. Hutchinson was the Assistant Conductor for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras.  As comfortable in the pit as on the stage, he has recently led productions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Morningside College.

Committed to education, Dr. Hutchinson taught orchestra in the public schools for nine years in Sioux Falls, SD and Williamsville, NY.  He later taught collegiately at Northwestern College(IA) and was the Coordinator/Music Director of the Siouxland Youth Orchestras in Sioux City, Iowa.  He holds conducting degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Morningside College(IA).  


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Congratulations!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

FINALISTS: opera conductors, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 FINALIST conductors in opera divisions. Congratulations!

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

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.
 
We invite 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.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional opera division, 2018-19

Joshua Horsch
Pensacola Opera/Penascola Symphony
Pensacola FL
Cipullo: Glory Denied     

Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university division, 2018-19

Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI
La Boheme
   
Michael W. Moore
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC
Lucia Di Lammermoor


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We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, 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 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 results in my division soon. 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 finalists.


Monday, May 20, 2019

FINALISTS: composers (instrumental chamber music), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music for 2018-19 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

"Much fine music is various genres and styles, each advanced on its merits. We hope to give more than one prize this year in the professional division, organizing the finalists into smaller categories. The American Prize never designates a set number of finalists: the quality of the candidates' work directly influences that outcome. We also try hard not to be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination—one reason we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite 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.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2018-19

Chris Holly Aa
Awakening, Bloody Tiananmen, Rise Up!
   
Olga Amelkina-Vera
Plano TX
The Heaven's Hundred  
  
William Ashworth
Medford OR
The Air of Other Planets: Variations on a theme by Arnold Schoenberg  
   
Leonard V. Ball Jr.
Winterville GA
ice crystals—lava flows
   
Bjorn Berkhout
Forest Hills NY
Running Towards Empty  
  
Robert J. Bradshaw
Gloucester MA
The Cost of Compassion  
 
Joshua Burel
Huntsville AL
Roanoke 
  
Oliver Caplan
Medford MA
Love Letters  
  
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar
Chicago IL 
Vermilion; Nimbi
 
Jun Yi Chow
Astoria NY
Neighbor    
  
Brian Ciach
Mountain View CA
Chaconne  
   
Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
The Dancing Ghost Lady of Coal Canyon    
       
Alex Cooke
Cleveland Heights OH
Scarcity  
  
Dante De Silva
Tarzana CA
Hungry  
  
Robert Denham
La Mirada CA
Goldgraber    

Cynthia Folio
Wynnewood PA
Winds for Change; When the Spirit Catches You…  
       
Burton Goldstein
Santa Monica CA
Sextet  
   
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Benny, Zoot and Teddy    
   
Kyle Kindred
Humble TX
Inundacion  
   
David Lipten
Tallahassee FL
Once Was  
   
Samuel A. Livingston
Hopewell NJ
Call to the Mountains   
   
Brian Mark
Brooklyn NY
Several Circles  
   
Jonathan B. McNair
Chattanooga TN
All a-Cryin'    

Lawrence R. Mumford
Laguna Niguel CA
SONATA ALLEGRO  
 
Jonathan Newmark
Burke VA
Secret Atop the Bluff
   
Sean Osborn
Shoreline WA
Trio No. 2
   
Clement Reid
Lakewood WA
Morrell Variations    

Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Quiltings    
   
Thomas Schwan
Dallas TX
Canone Infinito  
   
Andrew Sigler
Knoxville TN
Jacana    
   
Joseph T. Spaniola
Pensacola FL
Dream    
   
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
METTA
 
David Werfelmann
Saint Louis MO
Suite a l'antique



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2018-19

Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc WI
Death's Door

Jonathan Booker
Kansas City MO
Divergent Trajectories      
   
Jake Boring
San Diego CA
Miniatures      
   
Josiah Tayag Catalan
Sacramento CA
Wanderlust      
   
Benedetto Colagiovanni
Clayton MO
Night Blossoms    
  
Isak Gaines
Brooklyn NY
In The Heart of the Earth       

Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby
Cambridge MA
Structurae Modorum    

Joseph Foster Harkins
Cincinnati OH
Piano Sonatina No. 2  

Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
jaune doré      
  
Kyle Krause
Marengo IL
Chrysalism      
   
Mikaela Rose
Nashville TN
Weather String Quartet: Transformation of a Caterpillar      
   
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
Bats Hunting

Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Acts of Remembrance    
  
Avik Sarkar
Chestnut Hill MA
From Voices      
   
Austin C. Smith
Brighton MA
String Quartet No. 2          

Joseph Sowa
Simsbury CT
An Integrity of Clouds          

Zachariah Thomas
Bowling Green OH
Life Words amid corruption

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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, 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 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 winners in my division soon. 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 finalists.

Friday, May 17, 2019

TAP provides additional opportunities for its laureates—two more composers engaged

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts continues to search for ways to assist its laureates after the competitions conclude. One way TAP does this is to designate "Honored Artists of The American Prize," contestants who have displayed sustained excellence over multiple contest seasons. The next group of "Honored Artists" will be announced this summer.

A number of The American Prize laureate conductors and ensembles have engaged TAP winners as soloists or guests. We hope to expand this program in the future, making it easier for TAP laureates in all divisions to contact fellow artists to arrange concerts and other collaborations.

Among the group of conductors providing additional opportunities is the competitions' own chief judge, David (Volosin) Katz, who is founding music director of The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. Over the last eight years, the CBASO, the midwest's unique ensemble of lawyers, judges and law students, has hired many vocalist soloists directly through the contests, all winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Awards. The latest group, four singers who will perform the Beethoven 9th Symphony under Maestro Katz's baton, were announced earlier this week. Here is a link to that announcement.

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2019/05/winners-of-chicago-oratorio-awards-2019.html

In addition, Katz and the CBASO have selected works by several TAP laureate composers for performance, including works by Robert Wendel and Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Two more composers will be highlighted as part of June's Beethoven concerts.

TAP laureate composer Christopher Lowry's "Celebration Overture" will be featured in performances by the orchestra in Niles, IL on June 2nd and again on June 22nd in Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. TAP Composer Jamie Wind Whitmarsh has been commissioned by TAP and the CBASO to create added percussion parts for Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, the grand finale of the concerts. Whitmarsh's new percussion edition will be published by DelGatto Press, soon to go live online; the edition will be available for sale later this year.

You can read more about the concerts at these links:
https://odetojoyniles.brownpapertickets.com/
https://cso.org/ticketsandevents/production-details-2018-19/rentals/chicago-bar-association/

We are happy to publish bios and photos of Lowry and Whitmarsh below and look forward to more such TAP laureate interactions in coming seasons.


REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)


CHRISTOPHER LOWRY
CHRISTOPHER LOWRY
Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. His music has been performed by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Imperial Symphony, Austin Peay State University Symphony, Middle TN State University Symphony, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Blair Chamber Choir, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, members of the Taipei Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic, New York All-State String Orchestra, Plainview Old-Bethpage JFK High School String Orchestra, and many youth orchestras from around the country. Lowry has won awards in the Alabama Symphony Call for Scores, BandWidth Music Festival Call for Scores, Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Competition, World Projects Composition Competition, NAfME Composition Competition, Frank Van Der Stucken Award, Nashville Philharmonic Composition Competition, Anton Stadler International Basset Clarinet Composition Competition, among others. Lowry holds a BM degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and a MM degree from LSU, where he is currently working towards his DMA.


JAMIE WIND WHITMARSH
JAMIE WIND WHITMARSH
Jamie Wind Whitmarsh is an American composer, percussionist, and conductor on faculty at Oklahoma City University. He regularly performs with clarinet/percussion duo Duo Rodinia as well as the percussion collective Great Plains Percussion Group, and is Music Director for the Oklahoma Composer's Orchestra. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Music Composition from Florida State University and Bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Composition from Oklahoma City University.

His music is performed often at regional, national, and international conventions/conferences, including PASIC, SCI, ITG, ICA, World Saxophone Congress, MTNA National, Regional and State Conventions, and NFA. He can be heard on the compact discs Firefish, the Music of Blake Tyson, Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume II: Not Far From Here and Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume III: Ten Windows, the last of which contains his work NAILS!!!. His work Aqueous Transfusion may be heard on Tyler Tolles’ debut disc In Touch, his work Buckle Up on Rogue Two's debut disc, and his works Portraits and Insights may be heard on Ryan Beach’s forthcoming solo disc. He is on percussion staff with Yukon High School and is also highly sought after as a wind/percussion arranger with A103 Productions. Jame is a member of SCI, ASCAP, and PAS, and serves on the Composition Contest Committee for PAS as well as chair of the Composition Education Subcommittee. Jamie proudly endorses Innovative Percussion products.

FINALISTS: choral ensembles, 2018-19


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2018-19 in all divisions. Congratulations!

"Wonderful choirs! I am delighted that so many fine choral ensembles have advanced. Regardless of the final outcome, all deserve finalist recognition and the written evaluations that come with it."—DK

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

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.
 
We invite 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.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division,
2018-19

Constellation Men's Ensemble
Ryan Townsend Strand
Chicago IL 
 
San Diego Pro Art Voices
Katie Walders
San Diego CA 
 
Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers
Elissa Weller
Minneapolis MN  



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

University of Redlands Chapel Singers
Nicholle Andrews
Redlands CA           
  
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals
Michael B  Boswell
Saint Mary of the Woods IN           
  
Mansfield University Concert Choir
Peggy Dettwiler
Mansfield PA  
  
NOTUS
Dominick DiOrio
Bloomington IN  
  
UW Milwaukee Concert Chorale
Zachary Durlam
Milwaukee WI           
 
UNebraska-Lincoln University Singers
Peter A  Eklund
Lincoln NE           
  
Buena Vista Concert Choir
Merrin Guice
Storm Lake IA              

Wichita State University Concert Chorale
Michael Hanawalt
Wichita KS           
  
Muskingum University Concert Choir
Zebulon M  Highben
New Concord OH           
  
Miami University Men's Glee Club
Jeremy D  Jones
Oxford OH           
  
William Jewell College Concert Choir
Anthony J  Maglione
Liberty MO           
  
Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
Nancy Menk
Notre Dame IN         
 
Winthrop University Chorale
Dr  Jeremy Mims
Rock Hill SC              

Westminster Kantorei
Westminster Choir College
Amanda Quist
Princeton NJ           
  
Clark University  Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Daniel P  Ryan
Worcester MA           
  
Wheaton College Concert Choir
John William Trotter
Wheaton IL           
  
The College of Wooster Chorus
Lisa Wong
Wooster OH                    ,       



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2018-19

Choral Chameleon
Vince Peterson
Brooklyn NY  
  
SONUS
Tyler Evick
Nashville TN 
Timbre Cierpke conductor

Ensemble Companio
Erik Peregrine
Niskayuna NY     

Oregon Repertory Singers
Ethan Sperry
Portland OR     

First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Joshua Taylor
Dallas TX  
  
Plymouth Choir
Tom Trenney
Lincoln NE



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and school  division, 2018-19

North Shore HS Madrigal Singers
Jared Berry
Glen Head NY     

Brockton HS Concert Choir
Matthew Cunningham
Brockton MA  
  
LHS Chamber Choir
Rika R  Heruth
Liberty MO     

Roosevelt HS Concert Choir
Robyn Starks Holcomb
Sioux Falls SD  
  
Arvada West HS Vocal Showcase
Chris Maunu
Arvada CO  
  
Graham-Kapowsin HS Concert Chorale
Jason Saunders
Graham WA  
  
Firebird Singers
Adalberto Yanes
Miami FL

New World Singers
Jeanne M  Wohlgamuth
Columbus OH   

SPECIAL FINALISTS (elementary school choirs):         
Fifth Avenue Falcons
Shawn M  Small
Lebanon PA     


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We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has just been selected as a 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 results in the division soon. 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 finalists.


  

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WINNERS of The Chicago Oratorio Awards, 2019

The CBASO, CBA Chorus and Guest Choirs at Symphony Center, Chicago
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the 2019 winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Awards.

For the eighth consecutive year, in addition to the national voice competitions outlined on The American Prize website, contestants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2019-20, were invited to also apply for The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, the opportunity to be selected as soloists to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra, the CBA Chorus and guest choirs—more than three hundred lawyer-musicians and friends in all—this season performing the choral finale (4th movement) of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, in concerts entitled "ODE to JOY!"

Performances will be Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3pm at St. John Brebeuf Church, Niles, IL, and Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8pm at Symphony Center / Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the Beethoven, the concerts will feature three orchestra-member soloists in concerto movements, the Chicago premiere of "Celebration Overture" by The American Prize laureate composer, Christoper Lowry, and selections by the massed choirs, those under the baton of CBA Chorus Director, Stephen Blackwelder.

The Symphony Center performance marks the third time that the CBASO and CBA Chorus have presented major concerts in that hallowed hall, having performed "Carmina Burana" there in 2011 and "Something Wonderful" a concert of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, in 2015.

Here are ticket links:
June 2nd—bit.ly/OdeToJoy_Nilesbit.ly/OdeToJoy_Niles
June 22nd—bit.ly/OdeToJoy_Orchestra Hall 


REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

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2019 Winners of 
The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award

AMY PFRIMMER, soprano
AMY PFRIMMER, soprano
Soprano AMY PFRIMMER has sung across the US, Europe, and Canada including appearances with the London Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Baltimore Choral Arts, Montréal Opera, New Orleans Opera, Bulgarian State Opera Stara Zagora, Illinois Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Mississippi Opera, Atlanta Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. She collaborated frequently with the late pianist/composer Dave Brubeck in his Mass, To Hope! A Celebration, and La Fiesta de la Posada and soloed regularly with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band.

Pfrimmer is Tulane University’s Lillian Gerson Watsky Professor in voice. She serves as Tulane’s voice area coordinator/concert vocal series director. She is sought after for high energy, interactive master classes, and is a respected contest adjudicator. Awards for the soprano include Tulane University's USG Crest Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, Metropolitan Opera Education Fund and Florida Grand Opera’s Gilbert Artist of the Year.

With MSR Classics label, Pfrimmer has released two recordings: Souvenance: Mélodies and Organ Works of César Franck and Eternal Life: Sacred Songs and Spirituals.

Specific projects in 2014-2018 have included Schönberg’s expressionist mono-drama Pierrot Lunaire (Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), the tragic title characters in Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly (State Opera Stara Zagora Bulgaria), and Mozart’s heroine Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Lawrence Opera Theatre Kansas). With New Orleans Opera she appeared as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld as Juno, Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and the title character in Friedl.

She also gave concerts featuring the music of César Franck, St. Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, and sang Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. National/international recitals include Absolutely American!, American Summer Dream, and From New Orleans to Bulgaria featuring the works of American composers Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Carlisle Floyd, Moses Hogan, Rudolf Friml, Cole Porter, and Richard Hundley and Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev. With pianist Dreux Montegut, Pfrimmer created and performed a solo program Cabaret Soirée! featuring the American songbook composers Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Kurt Weill. She has been a regular soloist with the Marine Corps Band-New Orleans, and New Orleans Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Pfrimmer has appeared in several French concert series: Vendredi Soirées at St. Pierre le Jeune and Les Estivales de St. Guillaume in Strasbourg, L’Abbaye de Royaumont, as well as The American Cathedral and St. Eustache in Paris.


ANN CRAVERO, mezzo-soprano
ANN CRAVERO, mezzo-soprano
Ann Belluso Cravero, acclaimed mezzo-soprano recitalist and soloist, has been heard on stages in Italy, China, and throughout the United States including repeat performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.  Cravero's vocal engagements include The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Heartland Festival Orchestra, The International Lyric Academy Orchestra Italy, The Rome Festival Orchestra, The Alexander and Buono Festival Italy, Festivale Cantus Angeli Italy, The Lyric Symphony Orchestra CA, The Bach Festival IL, The Hancher Center for the Performing Arts, The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Civic Center, IA, and The Overture Center.

Ann Cravero has performed lead opera roles including the staged adaption of The Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of Håkan Hagegård honoring Dominick Argento who was in attendance (Source Song Festival), The Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at the University of Iowa, the Northland Opera Theatre, and the Rome Festival Opera in Rome, Italy. Ann also participated as an apprentice artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera.  Cravero has served on the faculty of Milnes' Savannah Voice Festival, and the International Lyric Academy Italy with Stefano Vignati and Claudio Ferri.

Highly sought after for her interpretation of New Music, Dr. Cravero has performed with the Center for New Music in Iowa City, IA, including performances of works by Scott Dunn, Geoffrey Gordon, Bernard Rands, and Raffaele Grimaldi. Cravero also coached with Stephen Paulus and soloed two performances of his work, To Be Certain of the Dawn. In the fall of 2009 she was commissioned by the Iowa Composers’ Forum to tour IA with pianist Miko Kominami, and also premiered works for ICF in 2015. Ann has been featured on RAI TV in Italy and frequently broadcast on Iowa Public Radio.

Ann is the district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, and the recipient of honorable mention for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. She is the recipient of the Donald Walker Vocal Scholarship for outstanding vocal achievement at the University of Iowa, and receiver of outstanding academic achievement in the field of Music Education from Bradley University, and winner of the Bradley University Piano Concerto Competition. She has performed in master classes with Frederica von Stade and Michèle Crider, and coached with Cheryl Studer and Richard Boldrey. Cravero recently presented Mahler's 2nd Symphony with soprano, Michèle Crider for the re-dedication of Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City at the University of Iowa under the direction of William L. Jones.

Dr. Cravero is Associate Professor of Voice at Drake University, and an active participant of The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ann released an album of duets with soprano Camelia Voin and pianist Nicholas Roth (‘Endless Noise’ Studio) in Santa Monica, CA Dr. Cravero holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa where she studied with Stephen Swanson and Katherine Eberle, and a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis on Piano and Voice from Bradley University. For further information on the artist please visit anncravero.com or at https://www.facebook.com/anncraveromezzosoprano/



PATRICK MUEHLEISE, tenor
PATRICK MUEHLEISE, tenor
Praised for his “real musicality and finely executed coloratura,” Patrick Muehleise is an acclaimed American tenor specializing in a wide variety of concert soloist repertoire and known for his “beautiful, evenly produced lyric tenor” and “pure tone.” Recent engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Xian Zhang at the Aspen Music Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under the baton of Jane Glover, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with both Elmhurst Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte, Reich’s The Desert Music with New World Symphony, the role of Pan in the fully-staged period performance of Cavalli’s La Calisto with Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago; and continues this season performing Handel’s Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with True Concord of Tucson, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Back Bay Chorale of Boston and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In addition to his work as a concert soloist, Patrick is a regular member of Grammy-nominated and award winning ensembles such as Seraphic Fire, True Concord, Chicago Symphony Chorus, as well as Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and has taken the stage with Aspen Chamber Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and The Cleveland Orchestra.

This season Patrick continues his residency at the University of California-Los Angeles for the second academic year and will return to the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival for his second year as Artist-Faculty in partnership with the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute.

In 2016, Mr. Muehleise was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Choral Performance category for his collaboration on True Concord’s album “Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus” which won the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. An active member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Patrick can be heard on six nationally released recordings with Grammy-nominated ensembles.


LEO RADOSAVLJEVIC, bass-baritone

LEO RADOSAVLJEVIC, bass-baritone
Recent Third-Prize Winner of the International Klaudia Taev Competition in Estonia and winner of The American Prize Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice in 2014, Bass-Baritone Leo Radosavljevic is making a name for himself as a unique performer in the world of opera. Born in Chicago Illinois, Leo spent his childhood playing piano and singing in the children's chorus at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where his love for opera first began. He attended Juilliard from 2007-2013, receiving both BM and MM degrees in voice under Dr. Robert C. White. While at Juilliard, he sang several operatic roles including Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Tobia Mill in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio. In addition to his operatic roles, Leo received composition lessons from Dr. Phillip Lasser for much of his time at Juilliard, and received Scholastic Distinction in 2010 for his thesis, The Lieder of Ludwig van Beethoven: Introductory Studies in an Infrequently Performed Opus. In 2011, he gave the U.S. premiere of the role of Willi Graf in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Kommilitonen!, where he played piano and sang simultaneously from the stage, winning him critical acclaim from The New York Times. Since his time at Juilliard, Leo has performed around Europe and the United States, most recently as Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with DuPage Opera, as Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Opera Colorado, in recital at the Ravinia Festival, as soloist with Juilliard 415, in their west coast tour and Canadian Broadcasting Company recording of Telemann's rarely heard Die Tageszeiten. This summer he will join the roster of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, performing in Regina and La Traviata. He will then participate in the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo, formally Bel Canto at Caramoor, as Orbazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi, conducted by Will Crutchfield. Leo currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is continuing his vocal studies with Julia Faulkner.

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