Monday, June 21, 2010


The American Prize is pleased to announce that the LANCASTER FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, of Lancaster, OH, Gary Sheldon, music director, is the 2010 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (professional orchestra division.) Congratulations.

The Annapolis Symphony of Annapolis, MD, placed second.
The Western Piedmont Symphony of Hickory, NC, placed third.

Other finalists are not ranked in order, but will receive official certificates and adjudicated comments.

In making their decision, the judging panel praised the LANCASTER FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA for performances "excellently prepared interpretively and very well executed."  

The Lancaster Festival Orchestra was founded by conductor Gary Sheldon in 1988. With sixty musicians from around the world, the orchestra members perform symphony, opera, ballet and chamber music at Ohio University and other venues in Lancaster, Ohio every summer. Distinguished American composers in residence at the festival have included William Bolcom, Leslie Burrs, Kirke Mechem, Gang Situ, Augusta Reade Thomas and Joan Tower.

Congratulations to the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony and the
Western Piedmont Symphony for their outstanding achievement, ranked among the finest professional orchestras in the country.


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