Friday, June 18, 2010

HOUSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY WINS THE AMERICAN PRIZE

The American Prize is pleased to announce that HOUSTON YOUTH SYMPHONY, Michael Webster, artistic director, is the 2010 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (youth orchestra division.) Congratulations.

The Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra of Rockford, IL, placed second.

In making their decision, the judging panel commented that Houston Youth Orchestra's "strings have gorgeous tone and excellent musicality...an outstanding performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5."

Houston Youth Symphony was founded in 1947 and now serves over 300 student musicians in four orchestras. Michael Webster has been the Artistic Director since 1997, and has led the Symphony, its most advanced orchestra, at the inauguration of mayor Lee Brown, the 2002 National Youth Orchestra Festival, and at Carnegie Hall. HYS has been named the national first prize winner of Choice Music Events Mark of Excellence competition in both 2008 and 2009. http://www.houstonyouthsymphony.com/

Congratulations to both Houston Youth Symphony and the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra for their outstanding achievement, ranked among the finest youth orchestras in the country.

Bravo.

The winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance (professional division) will be announced at 2 pm today.

The winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (community division) will be announced at 5 pm today.

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