Monday, May 10, 2010


In addition to those conductors listed as finalists along with orchestral ensembles last week, two additional conducting applicants have been advanced to the finals for The American Prize in Conducting (Orchestra Division.)

Tong Chen of Baltimore, Maryland, leading the orchestra of the American Academy of Conducting in music by Rimski-Korsakov, Humperdink and Sibelius.

Nadezda Potemkina of Memphis, Tennessee, leading the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev, Debussy and Tchaikovsky.


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.

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