Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dr. Carroll Lehman joins judging panel

Dr. Carroll J. Lehman, Director of Choral/Vocal Activities at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, has joined the choral/vocal judging panel for The American Prize. Welcome.

The postmark deadline for The American Prize Schorr Memorial Awards in Vocal Performance is now Monday, November 15, 2010.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

THE SCHORR VOCAL AWARDS—IN A NUTSHELL

The American Prize—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Vocal Performance is a unique competition—a valuable career builder in which all semi-finalists, finalists and winners derive benefit, regardless of who the final winners may be. The competition is judged solely through recorded performances. There is no live competition. There are no age limits.

Semi-finalists, finalists and winners of The American Prize receive recognition and reward as a result of their selection. We announce semi-finalists, finalists and winners to the national media, and also directly to the contacts you provide—like local newspapers or radio stations, schools, teachers, conductors or managers, and publish the names on our blog; all semi-finalists, finalists and winners receive personalized certificates. Finalists also receive unbiased written evaluations of their performances, authored by noted professionals in the field, evaluations applicants may then utilize in any way that may be valuable to them. Winners receive certificates, evaluations and cash prizes and are profiled on our website with bios and photos, along with links to their winning performances uploaded to our You Tube channel. Cash prizes range from $100—$500.

Although the benefits of participating in The American Prize Schorr Awards are more than financial, the size of the cash awards in each division (opera/operetta or art song) is based on the categories in each particular competition (gifted high school, community, pre-professional, professional), and on the number of applicants, but in no case is the prize less than $100.

Applicants submit DVD, CD or VHS video recordings of their performances in either the Opera/Operetta or Art Song divisions, and select the category that best describes them—whether a professional, pre-professional, community or gifted high school vocalist. The Art Song and Opera/Operetta categories are judged separately: if you plan to apply for both, please be sure we receive all the required materials as if you were applying to two separate competitions. Applications must be postmarked by the extended deadline date of November 15, 2010. No materials will be returned.

Complete rules, requirements
for the recordings, plus application forms, fee and prize information may be found on our website: www.theamericanprize.org. The most up-to-date information about deadlines, judges and more may be found here on our blog: www.theamericanprize.blogspot.com.

The American Prize competitions are open to U.S. citizens living here or abroad, or to non-citizens currently living, working or studying in the U.S.A. The American Prize follows strict timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners. Please see the website. There are no refunds unless a competition is canceled, in which case application fees will be returned. The decisions of the judges are final.

You need not prepare a special tape
for The American Prize. Previous recordings, either made in front of an audience or in a studio session, are acceptable, provided they include the minimum requirements for the competition as stated in the rules.

For any questions the website or blog do not seem to address, please email David Katz, chief judge, at theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com.

Founded in 2009, The American Prize, a series of national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts unique in scope and structure, was first awarded this past spring to orchestras, choruses and conductors nationwide. Profiles of past winners may be found on the website. More than $2000 in cash prizes were awarded.

The Schorr Awards honor the memory of Friedrich Schorr, the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, and his wife, Virginia, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan and Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. Among their students were MET opera stars Cornell MacNeil, Ezio Flagello and Arthur Thompson. For more about the long history of the Schorr voice competitions, please visit the blog: http://friedrichschorrprize.blogspot.com/

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

Friday, October 1, 2010

JAY WHITE, 8-year CHANTICLEER veteran, joins TAP judging panel

The American Prize is honored to welcome countertenor Jay White, the Grammy Award-winning eight year veteran of the acclaimed solo vocal ensemble, CHANTICLEER, to our vocal judging panel. Mr. White is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Photos and bios of Mr. White and all our new judges will be added to the website shortly. Additional new judges in vocal music, vocal pedagogy, and choral music can be found below.

The SCHORR AWARDS—unique career builder for singers

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Awards is a competition unique in scope and structure, an inexpensive and valuable career builder in which all semi-finalists, finalists and winners derive benefit, regardless of who the final winners may be.

The postmark deadline for applications is October 26, 2010.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. Among their many notable students were Cornell MacNeil, Ezio Flagello and Arthur Thompson. The Award recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2010, based on applications submitted in two divisions—art song and opera/operetta. There are no age limits.

There are no expenses relating to travel for the Schorr Awards. The competition is judged solely through submitted recordings, whether on DVD, CD of VHS. You need not prepare a special tape for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual limits eligibility,  provided the general guidelines listed for each competition have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of semi-finalists, finalists and winners. Specific requirements for the tapes in each category may be found on the website: www.theamericanprize.org

Semi-finalists received personalized certificates recognizing their selection and are announced by the competition office to the national media, to professional contacts you provide (including local media, schools, managers and conductors, if you wish) and on our blog, where we will include links to personal websites, when provided. (A sample of a winning certificate—from our spring 2010 choral competitions—is posted above.)

Finalists receive the same benefits, and also get written, unbiased evaluations of their performances, authored by noted professionals in the field, evaluations applicants can then utilize in any way that may be valuable to them.

Winners additionally receive cash awards of between $100—$500, are profiled on our website, with bios, photos and weblinks, and on YouTube, where excerpts of winning performances are uploaded.

Although the benefits of participating in The American Prize Schorr Awards are more than financial, the size of the cash awards in each division (opera/operetta or art song) is based on the categories in each particular competition (gifted high school, community, pre-professional, professional), and on the number of applicants, but in no case is the prize less than $100. The decisions of the judges are final.

Eligibility is open to all U.S. citizens, whether living here or abroad, and to non-citizens working, living or studying in the U.S. at the current time.

The art song and the opera competitions are judged separately. The application fee is $35 per competition, so a vocalist skilled enough to wish to enter both the opera and art song competitions should send two copies of each recording for each competition, two copes of each application form and both fees.

All applications will be acknowledged by email. The American Prize follows a strict timeline for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners. The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

The American Prize
was founded in 2009 and awarded its first prizes, which included more than $2000 in cash awards to orchestras, choruses and conductors, in spring 2010.

If you have any questions about The American Prize that do not seem to be addressed in our blog or our our website, please email David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, at theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com