(Additional orchestral finalists will be announced later this week.)
The American Prize is pleased to announce that five community orchestras and their conductors have been advanced to the final round of The American Prize spring 2010 competitions in orchestral performance and orchestral conducting. In making the announcement, chief judge David Katz singled out one work on each of the finalists' submitted recordings for special mention. In no order, the orchestras and conductors (and Maestro Katz’s comments) are below.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Beverly Everett of Bemidji, Minnesota for “a grand performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—a sterling example of everything a community’s music-making should encompass.”
The Mercury Orchestra and Conductor Channing Yu of Cambridge, Massachusetts, for “a thrilling rendition of the Rondo Finale from the Mahler Symphony No. 5.”
The Bravura Philharmonic and Conductor Chiu-Tze Lin of West Windsor, New Jersey for “a luminous performance of the opening movement of Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony.”
The Auburn University/Community Orchestra and Conductor Howard Goldstein of Auburn, Alabama, for “a lovingly prepared account of Prokofiev’s cantata, Alexander Nevsky.”
The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and Conductor Robert Butts of Rockaway, New Jersey for “a joyously spirited recording of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony.”
Additional orchestral performance and orchestral conducting finalists in high school, youth, college/university and professional categories will be announced later this week. Choral performance and choral conducting finalists will be announced 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.