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The American Prize in Conducting
The American Prize winner:
MARIA SENSI SELLNER, music director
Resonance Works / Pittsburgh
|MARIA SENSI SELLNER|
Among judges' comments: "mighty impressive...excellent work. Beat always mirrors the energy and feeling of what is to come."
LIDIYA YANKOVSKAYA, music director
Lowell House Opera, Harvard University
Among judges' comments: "...impressive production of a difficult score...beat is energetic, welcoming... judicious tempos, high level of knowledge of material..."
KIRA OMELCHENKO, guest conductor
Bulgarian State Opera Company
Omelchenko served as the music director of the St. Ambrose University Symphony Orchestra and was a conducting fellow with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. She has been the assistant opera conductor to the University of Iowa Opera, the University of New Mexico, and the International Opera Lyric Academy in Italy.
International conducting fellowships include studies in Vienna, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Bulgaria. As guest conductor, she has conducted with the Seasons Music Festival Orchestra in Yakima, Washington and the Bulgarian State Opera in Burgas.
Among judges' comments: "good posture, clear beat, makes the big moments 'work.' Expects— and adjusts—to get what she wants."