Wednesday, April 14, 2021

LEONARD ATHERTON, first TAP judge (1941-2021)

Dear TAP Contestants, Judges, Colleagues and Friends,


I have just learned of the death of my friend, conductor Leonard Atherton, emeritus music director of the Muncie Symphony in Indiana, a longtime member of the faculty at Ball State, and one of the first to step forward to participate as a judge for The American Prize back at the founding in 2009.


You can read more here: https://www.meeksmortuary.com/obituary/leonard-j-atherton/


Leonard was a graduate of Oxford University, a lovely man, soft spoken, serious and infinitely polite, I will miss his gracious counsel.


All best,

David

David Katz, founder and chief judge

The American Prize

founding music director,

The Chicago Bar Association Symphony

playwright and actor

"MUSE of FIRE"

http://theamericanprize.org

http://www.museoffiretheplay.org 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Semi-finalists: AMERICAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE (ensembles)—The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, 2021

 The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.

Ernst Bacon
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS in the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC contest, 2021 in conducting and ensemble divisions. 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.

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

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself. 

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, 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. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

The American Prize is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.  

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.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE division, 2021

Nancy Braithwaite             

Hemenway Ensemble       

The Netherlands 

Questions of Travel; Asian Figures


Nancy  Braithwaite             

Hemenway Ensemble  

The Netherlands

Four Poems of Langston Hughes; A Child's Garden


Oliver Caplan                  

Juventas New Music Ensemble                                       

Boston   MA       

American Mirror (Derrick Spiva Jr.)


Rebecca  Johnson                 

Trio Village                                                      

Muncie  IN      

Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano (Musgrave); Minatures (Still)


Nanette  McGuinness              

Ensemble for These Times                                          

San Francisco  CA       

Interlude 2 from Die eichne Tur; By a Departing Light; Three Etudes;




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL ensemble/conducting division, 2021

Jon L. Culpepper   

Dallas Chamber Choir

Dallas TX

Specks of Earth; Refuge; Good Night Love


Wes Kenney   

Fort Collins Symphony  

Fort Collins CO  

A Light in the Ocean (Chris Pilsner)


Tigran Shiganyan

The National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan  

Tashkent Uzbekistan  

Overture to Candide, Rumble from West Side Story


Dean Whiteside

Musicians of the New World Symphony

Miami Beach FL  

Music for Eighteen Winds (Harbison) 


Nathan Zullinger

Emanuele Arcioli, Viva Voce, Yale Symphony Orchestra

New Haven   CT  

Armed and Dangerous, Seven Women of Ancient Greek Myth (Curt Cacioppo)



  
NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ensemble/conducting  division, 2021

Dustin Barr   

California State University Fullerton Wind Symphony   

Fullerton  CA  

First Symphony for Band (William Bolcom)


Nicholas Bratcher 

CSUSB Symphonic Band   

San Bernardino  CA  

Shenandoah; Black Dog; Sheltering Sky  


Stephen E. Caldwell   

University of  Arkansas Schola Cantorum   

Fayetteville AR  

Plain-Chant for America; The Black Oak Tree (Still; Niles)


Alexandra Dee

Northwestern University Ad Hoc String Orchestra   

Evanston IL  

Lua Descolorida; The Nature of Light; Particles (Shape Shifter)


Edo Frenkel  

Eastman Musica Nova

Rochester   NY 

Anthem (George Lewis)


Jeremy D. Jones  

Miami University Men's Glee Club  

Oxford  OH  

We Are; Death of the Ball Turret Gunner; Will the Circle be Unbroken; Glory   


Thomas G. Leslie   

UNLV Wind Orchestra

Las Vegas   NV  

Quaternity (Bruce Broughton)


Kypros Markou   

Wayne State University Orchestra

Detroit MI  

Skyline; Peachtree St.; Transcension   


Samuel Mungo  

Peabody Institute Opera Theatre  

Baltimore   MD  

Pride and Prejudice  (Kirke Mechem)


Vu Nguyen   

University of CT Wind Ensemble  

Storrs  CT  

Christina's World (Kenneth Fuchs)


Nathaniel F. Parker   

KSU Symphony & Jazz Ensemble

Kennesaw GA  

Harlem  (Duke Ellington) 


Danh T. Pham 

WA State University Festival of Contemporary Art Music Wind 

Pullman WA  

Double Concerto for Trumpet, Timpani and Wind Ensemble (Ryan Hare)


Chris Ramos

UNM Chamber Players

Albuquerque NM

Abu (George Walker)


Scott Rieker 

Frostburg State University Chamber Singers

Frostburg   MD

So I’ll Sing with My Voice; Ave Maria; Until All of Us Are Free (Argento; Lauridsen; Burrows)


Richard W. Robbins

University of Minnesota Duluth University Singers  

Duluth  MN  

Music of Love and the Stars (Jeffrey Van)  


Catherine Sailer   

University of Denver Lamont Chorale 

Denver  CO  

O Magnum; Spirited Light, And so I go on


Tom Trenney

Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir   

Lincoln NE  

A Silence Haunts Me; One Sweet Little Baby; Walk Together, Children  (Runestad; Kirchner; Hogan)


Luis Viquez   

University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra   

Vermillion  SD  

Breathe; On Peaks and Clouds; Psalms (Wehrspann; Morel; Yarbrough)


Chris David Westover-Munoz 

Denison University Wind Ensemble

Granville  OH  

Piano Concerto No 1 (HyeKyung Lee); Meditation No. 2 from MASS 


Brian J. Winnie   

Western Illinois University Singers 

Macomb  IL  

Considering Matthew Shepard (Craig Hella Johnson)




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COMMUNITY ensemble/conducting division, 2021

Donald L. Appert 

Clark College Orchestra  

Vancouver   WA  

Symphony No.2 “Romantic” (Hanson) 


William Baker  

The William Baker Festival Singers   

Roeland Park KS 

God is Seen; O Magnum; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Parker; Davis; arr. Parker), more


Ryan Brandau

Princeton Pro Musica 

Princeton NJ 

A Procession Winding Around Me; Triptych; Fern Hill 


Ryan Brandau 

Amor Artis   

New York NY  

The the Hands, Ave Maria, Prepare for Death and Follow Me   


Libi Lebel

Texas Medical Center Orchestra 

Houston TX  

Cuban Overture; Lincoln Portrait   


Ingrid Martin   

University of Melbourne All Staff Orchestra 

Melbourne Australia  

Bloom (Steven Bryant)  


Ingrid Martin   

Orchestra 21   

Melbourne  Australia 

Duels & Dances  (James Stephenson)   


Ingrid Martin   

Blackburn HS Alumni Band   

Melbourne  Australia  

October (Eric Whitacre)


Eric Posada  

Pasion

McAllen TX  

Light Shines in the Darkness (Michael Troth)  


Diane Retallack  

Eugene Vocal Arts

Eugene  OR  

The Unarmed Child  (Michael Bussewitz-Quarm)  


Tim Stevens

Denver Pops Orchestra

Denver  CO  

A Western Portrait (Rick Dejonge) 


Chris David Westover-Munoz   

Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra   

Newton  KS  

A Lincoln Address (Persichetti) Symphony No. 2 (Ives)




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, SCHOOL & YOUTH ensemble/conducting division, 2021

Kevin Erickson   

J. Frank Dobie HS  Wind Ensemble 

Houston TX  

When Jesus Wept; Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront 


Harold Goldstein  

Newfield HS Wind Ensemble

Selden  NY  

Midnight on Main Street; Song of Sailor and Sea 


Douglas R. Henderson               

The Phillips Trio                                                 

Raleigh NC     

Allegro; Rubato, Andante moderato  (Paul Schoenfield)


Mary Huff   

NYC Children's Chorus and Chamber Orchestra  

New York NY  

The Place of the Blest (Randall Thompson)


Wes Kenney

Denver Young Artists Orchestra   

Denver  CO  

Ellis Island-The Dream of America (Peter Boyer)


Jim Kollias                 

Beckman HS Chamber Orchestra                                     

Irvine  CA       

Lullaby: String Serenade, I & III; Air & Simple Gifts    


Mark Rohwer 

Flower Mound HS Jaguar Chorale   

Flower Mound TX  

Cells Planets (Lloyd/Peterson); I carry your heart (Dickau); Incendiary (Thomas)


Patrick Ryan

Great Falls HS Delphian Choir

Great Falls MT  

Fragile; Moments in Film; The Longest Nights (Timothy Takach)


Shawn M.  Small  

Fifth Avenue Falcons 

Lebanon PA  

Chatterbox; Simple Gifts; Counting Down to Christmas Day; Fairest Lady; Home


Clinton L. Williams   

The Rancho HS Wind Ensemble  

Las Vegas  NV  

the field well  (Nicholas Omiccioli)



*** 

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2018-19. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists 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 semi-finalists.

Monday, April 12, 2021

CONTEST UPDATE: April 12, 2021

 


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music, 2021 (ensemble division)

Tues, Apr 13, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2021 (women in opera)

Thurs, Apr 15, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Composition, 2021 (opera/theater/film/dance)

Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021 

Tues, Apr 20, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


BLOG: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com


Congratulations! 


***


NOTES:


1. The American Prize WEBSITE has been updated for the 2021-22 contest season. Preliminary deadlines are April 20 and May 18, with extensions available by email request. http://theamericanprize.org


2. Additional FINALIST listings for 2021 are in preparation.


3. To make the information easier to find, a new edition of “What’s on TAP,” our e-newsletter, will include complete SEMI-FINALIST links for 2021 and those FINALIST categories already announced. 


If you are not a contestant and did not receive the edition of “What’s on TAP” sent March 22, you can sign up using this link: 

https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001KYrzQAAWKXnHlI8dcIxB7Km6UQHzSFgwMLc5H8lbrJAmNz4R43FN0kml65IWEnelrWugoo28hj9uuI7mS4Rlpw%3D%3D


We never share our email list with anyone and you can cancel at any time.


—The American Prize Team



***




 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Semi-Finalists: AMERICAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE (soloists)—The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, 2021

 The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.

Ernst Bacon
This listing was updated 4/13/21 to add a contestant originally listed incorrectly in another category.—DK

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2021, in the solo division. Congratulations! (A separate announcement will be made in the ensemble division later this week.)

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself. 

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, 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. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

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.

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 semi-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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL soloists or composers, 2021


Elizabeth  Avery  

Norman OK

Three Folk Songs (Jake Heggie)  


Gabriel Beavers

Miami FL

Swagger


Jeffrey Bowen   

Maja Cerar    

Seattle WA

What Will Sound (was already sound)  


BJ Brooks  

West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band    

Canyon   TX 

Symphony No. 3 


Kris Carlisle    

Rome GA

The Silence Between   


Steven M. Darling

Martin TN

Concerto for Tuba Op. 96 (James Barnes)


Shawn W. Davern  

James Madison University Wind Symphony 

Harrisonburg  VA 

An Elegant Sufficiency


Danielle Davis  

Lindenhurst NY

Stars; Will There Really Be a Morning (more)


Ann DuHamel

Morris MN

Dr. Brahms's Book of Rags (Marc Chan)    


Emerson Eads    

Concordia Choir and Ritornello Orchestra of the 

University of Notre Dame 

South Bend IN 

Mass for the Oppressed 


Daniel B. Elder   

The Thirteen  

Washington DC 

Absaolm    


Robert Gans    

The Ergon Ensemble 

Athens   Greece  

Love Dance & Crossing The River  


Eren Gumrukcuoglu 

JACK Quartet  

New York NY 

Pareidolia  


Katie Johnson

Knoxville TN

Songs of the Wolf  (Andrea Clearfield) 


Jeffrey Kautz   

Mannes Orchestra   

New York NY 

Raise the Roof; Warzone   (Michael Daugherty/Alexander Singer)  


Kyle Kindred

Humble TX

Symphony No. 1: The Remnant


Douglas Knehans

Cincinnati OH

Lumen  


Douglas Knehans

Cincinnati OH

Falling Air 


Douglas Knehans

Cincinnati OH

Backwards from Winter


Katie Mess   

Maitland FL

Danza de la Maripose; To Greet the Sun; Three Preludes; Sonatina; Sunshavers    


Emi Nishida

Boston MA

Han-gover Square 


Richard Prior   

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  

Atlanta  GA 

…of shadow and light…


Leandra Ramm   

Pittsburg. CA

Short songs to sing aloud (Grey Grant)


Ben Raznick

Denver CO

The Entertainer, Solace, Maple Leaf Rag; Prelude I, II (Cadenza), III  


Denice Rippentrop   

First Reading Project   

Scottsdale AZ

God Jehovah


Scott Roeder 

Edinburg TX

Five Muses (Scott Roeder and John Stevens)  


Kira Zeeman Rugen

Master Chorale of Flagstaff  

Flagstaff AZ 

Earth Reach Me  


Carlyle Sharpe  

Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra 

Springfield   MO 

Of These Years I Sing


Benjamin Shorstein   

Jacksonville FL

Sonata for Piano 


Sengthian Kyndra Sisayaket   

East Lansing  MI 

The Gothic (Kerry Turner)


Andriy Igorovich Sovetov

Aurora CO

Piano Concerto #1


Bryan D. Stanley     

Kyle Stegall   

Omaha NE

Three Carl Sandburg Songs (Stanley) 


Amy Stephens    

San Francisco CA

Becoming: suite for solo piano in seven movements   


Amy Suznovich   

New Brunswick NJ

I Am The Wife of Mao Tse Tung, Two Little Words; Here's to your Illusions


Eric Swanson 

Bizarre Star Strings    

Portland OR 

Can you hear the call of my beating heart?    


Patricia Wallinga    

San Francisco CA

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


Drew Whiting

Oshkosh WI

Random Access; Saudade Study    


Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn

Springfield MO

Five Songs (Ruth Crawford Seeger)   


Heidi Louise Williams    

Tallahassee FL

Sonata for Piano; Piano Sonata No. 1 (Floyd/Walker)


Adriana Zabala 

Orange CT

The Trial of Susan B. Anthony  (Stephen Mark Kohn) 




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY soloists or composers, 2021

Cole Bartels

Verona WI

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free (Mark); more


Yu-Ting Cheng   

Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra    

Stony Brook   NY 

Clarinet Concerto (Corigliano)


Mark Franklin    

Tallahassee. FL

Piano Fantasy    


Julian Fueyo   

Cleveland Institute of Music's Student Orchestra 

Cleveland OH

The Eleventh Heaven   


Martin Hebel   

New Haven CT

CCM Chamber Players  

Dulce et Decorum Est


Theodore Jackson

Riverview FL

Merlin II; OPEN/shut; Tymptych III  (Thomas/Anderson/Gay)


Darrell J. Jordan 

Seattle WA

Celebrating Queer American Composers


YoungJun Lee    

Boston MA

Shin-Byeong 


Yuhui Li

Mesa   AZ 

Ragtime Music (Bolcom)


Jorge Machain 

UNLV Wind Orchestra

Las Vegas NV 

The Espresso Express  


Craig Peaslee

Ootsurg WI

Second City Strut  




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, HIGH SCHOOL soloists or composers, 2021

Elisa K. Johnson

Seattle WA

Less Alone  


Nicole Liang  

Clarksville MD

Childhood Innocence   


Nicole Liang  

Clarksville MD

Portals


Amelia Severns

Venetia PA

Not A Day Goes By (Sondheim)


Christina  Xiao   

Lexington MA

Rain; Ambler; Baby River; Approaching The End; Skitter



*** 

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2021. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists 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 semi-finalists.