“College and university orchestras across the country are obviously in very good hands, judging by the quality of the applications in this category,” commented David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, “and studio teachers throughout the U.S. are inspiring their charges to play at a technically very high level...The final ranking is going to come down to mere inches (or measures, if you prefer.) It has already proven to a very exciting and inspiring competition...I am so happy it does not fall to me alone to make the final ranking..."
The COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY finalists ORCHESTRAS and CONDUCTORS, in alphabetical order, are:
The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Allen Anderson of Boone, N.C. for a recording featuring music of Debussy and David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 6, “Living Earth.”
The Cornell University Symphony Orchestra, Chris Kim, conductor, of Ithaca, N.Y. for Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
The Lamont Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lawrence Golan of Denver, CO, performing music by Hindemith and the William Hill Symphony No. 2 (Beethoven 7.1).
The Las Cruces Symphony at NMSU and conductor Lonnie Klein of La Cruces, N.M. in music by Marquez and the Ravel Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 2.
The Lehigh University Philharmonic and conductor Eugene Albulescu of Bethlehem, PA performing the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4.
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ricardo Averbach of Oxford, OH performing Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and the Ravel Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 2.
The Oxford Chamber Orchestra and conductor Ricardo Averbach of Oxford, OH playing Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and music by Falla and Villa-Lobos.
The Texas Chamber Group Orchestra and conductor Wesley Schulz of Austin, TX performing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Additional orchestral conducting finalists will be announced tomorrow. Choral performance and choral conducting finalists will be announced late in the week of May 10th.
Winners of The American Prize spring competitions in choral and orchestral performance and in conducting will be announced in June.
For those NOT chosen as finalists, the competition is not yet over. Different from many competitions where contestants who do not reach the semi-finals or finals are eliminated without further consideration or communication, each contestant, including those not advanced to the finals, whether an ensemble or individual, will receive an evaluation and may receive other awards.
Evaluations will be emailed after the winners are finally tabulated and announced in June. In this way, The American Prize seeks to provide encouragement to every one of its contestants, regardless of location, category or stature.
Thanks and best wishes to all contestants.