Friday, May 7, 2010


(additional orchestral finalists to be announced later this week.)

The American Prize is pleased to announce that all five professional orchestras selected for the semi-finals, and their conductor applicants, have been advanced to the final round of The American Prize spring 2010 competitions in orchestral performance and orchestral conducting. “The quality of each of the applicants in the semi-finals in the professional category was so high that it felt right to move them all into the final round for further consideration,” said chief judge David Katz.

In no order, the orchestras and conductors are below.


The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and conductor José-Luis Novo, Annapolis, MD, for Three Symphonic Centuries—Corelli, Beethoven, Ravel and Prangcharoen.

The Fox Valley Symphony, Brian Groner, music director, Appleton, WI, for Zemlinsky’s “The Mermaid.” 

The Western Piedmont Symphony, John Gordon Ross, music director and conductor, Hickory, NC, for Masterworks II, in cooperation with The African-American Cultural Center of Hickory,NC: music by Taylor-Perkinson, Boulogne, White, Kelley.

The Lancaster Festival Orchestra and conductor Gary Sheldon, Lancaster, OH, for a program of Bolcom, Beethoven and Glazunov.

Orchestra Miami and conductor Elaine Rinaldi, Miami, FL for a concert that includes the Mendelssohn Italian Symphony and overtures by Mozart and Verdi.

Congratulations to the finalists!


Additional orchestral performance and orchestral conducting finalists in the college/university category should be announced this weekend. 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.

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