Applications have begun to arrive for the spring 2010 round of The American Prize, a series of new, non-profit national competitions now underway, including ones from conductors, choruses and orchestras.
The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded ensemble performances each year in the United States. There are separate categories for professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school orchestras, choruses and their conductors.
(Additional competitions for 2010—for wind ensemble/concert band, children’s choir and composition—will be announced this spring.)
The judging panel for The American Prize, which includes several current and former board members of The Conductors Guild, is as varied in background and experience and as geographically diverse as we hope the winners of The American Prize to be.
Complete information and downloadable application forms may be found on the website www.theamericanprize.org. The postmark deadline for the current round of competitions is March 1, 2010.