Thursday, September 30, 2010

THE AMERICAN PRIZE welcomes judges in voice/opera/choral

The American Prize is pleased to welcome additional judges in the areas of voice and vocal pedagogy, opera, and choral conducting to assist in adjudicating upcoming competitions. These individuals, whose combined expertise includes studio teaching, high school, college and university instruction, artist management, as well as professional performance, hail from the West Coast, New England, the Midwest and South, bringing a level of experience as varied as we hope the winners of The American Prize will be.

Please welcome: 

Dr. Anne Harley, Assistant Professor, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, Instructor of Voice and Opera, Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Dr. Daniel Farris, Assistant Professor of Choral/Vocal, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Thomas, OK

Dr. Donald Freed,
Associate Professor of Vocal Music, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX

Dr. Sandra Howard, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Keene State College, Keene, NH

Dr. Dean FH Macy, noted author, vocal coach, artist manager and pedagogue, Peterborough, NH

Mr. Brian O’Connell faculty Boston Conservatory/UMass-Lowell, vocal pedagogy, choral methods, Boston, MA

Dr. Bonnie Borshay Sneed, Director of Choral Activities/Associate Professor, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK

Mr. Kyle Weary, Dept. Head for Voice, Ingram School for the Arts, Washington County BOE, MD

Dr. Jay White, Grammy Award-winning eight year veteran of the acclaimed solo vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER, Assistant Professor of Voice at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

THE AMERICAN PRIZE in PIANO PERFORMANCE

THE AMERICAN PRIZE announces
NEW COMEPTITIONS in PIANO PERFORMANCE: Solo & Concerto
DEADLINE December 15, 2010


Cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition will be awarded to the first winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance, a series of new, non-profit performing arts competitions now accepting applications in the form of recorded performances.

Classical pianists at the professional, college/university, community and secondary school levels are eligible to apply by submitting recordings. There are separate divisions for solo piano and for concerto performance, with few repertoire restrictions and no age limits. The postmark deadline for the first round of The American Prize in Piano Performance is December 15, 2010. Winners will be announced in March 2011. Complete information, including competition guidelines and application forms, is available on the competition website: www.theamericanprize.org

Founded in 2009, The American Prize grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians. With the performing arts in America now virtually ignored by the national news media, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves many excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize will recognize and reward the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known. 

The American Prize was first awarded this past spring, when choruses, orchestras and conductors nationwide were singled out for their excellence. A complete list of winners may be found on the competition website.  Additional competitions in vocal performance, opera and musical theater production, band/wind ensemble performance and composition are also scheduled. Please see the website.

David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, Katz was the founder and for twelve years chief judge of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice international competition and has adjudicated for the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association and the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, among many others.

Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience and as geographically diverse as Katz hopes the winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance to be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing a dozen states from every region of the country, the group includes individuals associated with professional, university, community and secondary school music-making, including distinguished performers and tenured professors.

 Application fees for The American Prize are $35 for individuals, far less than the costs associated with traveling to adjudicated music festivals. Financial awards range from $100 to $500 or more, depending on the category and the number of applicants. In addition to cash prizes and commentary from judges, winners will be profiled on The American Prize website, with video and audio links to winning performances.

“Winning prize money is good, of course,” Katz said, “but the rewards of The American Prize are more than financial. By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance receive visibility and world-class attention to help build or sustain careers. Any musician worthy of the name knows excellence when he hears it, regardless of its pedigree,” Katz said, “The American Prize will tell you about it.”

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut. Complete information, including competition guidelines, application forms and judges’ bios may be found on the website: www.theamericanprize.org.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FRIEDRICH & VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOCAL PERFORMANCE

THE AMERICAN PRIZE announces
FRIEDRICH & VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD
in Vocal Performance. 


DEADLINE October 26, 2010

Cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition will be awarded to the first winners of The American Prize FRIEDRICH & VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in Vocal Performance, a series of new, non-profit performing arts competitions now accepting applications in the form of recorded performances.

The Schorr Award honors the memory Friedrich Schorr, the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, who sang at the Metropolitan Opera for nineteen seasons, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music for nearly fifty years.

Classical vocalists at the professional, college/university, community and secondary school levels are eligible to apply by submitting their recordings. There are separate divisions for opera/operetta and for art song, with few repertoire restrictions and no age limits. The postmark deadline for the first round of The American Prize Schorr Memorial Awards is October 26, 2010. Winners will be announced in March 2011. Complete information, including competition guidelines and application forms, is available on the competition website: www.theamericanprize.org

David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, Katz was the founder and for twelve years chief judge of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice international competition. Katz studied with Virginia Schorr at the Hartt School and gained her permission to name the original competition in her husband’s honor. “With the renewal of the Schorr competition under the banner of The American Prize, we are again able to honor of the legacy of two important musicians from the past while encouraging vocal excellence among those currently studying and performing,” Katz said.

Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience and as geographically diverse as Katz hopes the winners of The American Prize Schorr Memorial Awards to be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing a dozen states from every region of the country, the group includes individuals associated with professional, university, community and secondary school music-making, including distinguished performers and tenured professors.

Application fees for The American Prize are $35 for individuals, far less than the costs associated with traveling to adjudicated music festivals. Financial awards range from $100 to $500 or more, depending on the category and the number of applicants. In addition to cash prizes and commentary from judges, winners will be profiled on The American Prize website, with video and audio links to winning performances.

“Winning prize money is good, of course,” Katz said, “but the rewards of The American Prize are more than financial. By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award get visibility and world-class attention to help build and sustain careers. Any musician worthy of the name knows excellence when he hears it, regardless of its pedigree,” Katz said, “The American Prize will tell you about it.”

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut. Complete information, including competition guidelines, application forms and judges’ bios may be found on the website: www.theamericanprize.org.

Friday, September 10, 2010

NEW JUDGES—Thanks

Thanks to the many who responded to the call to round out the roster of judges for upcoming competitions. Contestants will benefit from your wisdom and expertise. New judges will be announced on the website shortly.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CALL FOR JUDGES—The American Prize

The American Prize seeks additional qualified judges to complete our roster for upcoming competitions including the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in vocal performance (separate categories for art song and opera), competitions in piano performance (both solo and concerto), opera, musical theater production and band/wind ensemble.

If you are interested in being considered, please send your C.V. to my attention via theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com

Full information on our website, www.theamericanprize.org. Look for “Call for Judges” on the home page. There is a modest honorarium.

We hope to make final decisions within the next two weeks.

Many thanks. David Katz, chief judge
The American Prize

Saturday, September 4, 2010

INTERNATIONAL ELIGIBILITY for competitions of THE AMERICAN PRIZE

As the fall contests of The American Prize start to attract notice from around the world, we wanted to share our official eligibility statement, from the website:

The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.

Please do contact us with any questions about the prize.