Friday, December 31, 2010

SEMI-FINALISTS (MEN) in OPERA

The American Prize is pleased to announce the semi-finalist men in the Opera division in both professional and college/university categories. Finalists will be chosen from this list, from which the final winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards will be chosen. In addition to this blog listing, semi-finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information after the first of the year.

If you were not chosen as a semi-finalist, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award Honorable Mentions, Citations, and other recognition to praiseworthy applicants later in the process. Non-semi-finalists will also receive certificates.

Semi-finalist men in the Art Song category were announced earlier this afternoon. (See blog post, below.) Semi-finalist women will be announced after the holiday weekend. Happy new year to all contestants.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards semi-finalists in Opera (men) in no order are: 

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION: 

Jeffrey Ambrosini, Norman, OK
Jonathan Beyer, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Blalock, Sunnyside, NY
John Concepcion, Homewood, IL
Andrew Costello, New York, NY
Blake Friedman, New York, NY
David Salsbery Fry, New York, NY
Morton Hyson, Las Vegas, NV
Victor Khodadad, Brooklyn, NY
Marcus McConico, Duluth, MN
Kevin Nickorick, St Petersburg, FL
Yohan Yi, Los Angeles, CA

COLLEGE DIVISION: 

Philip Stoddard, New York, NY
Luke Scott, West Hartford, CT
Casey B. Finnigan, Houston, TX
Jonathan Story, Rensselaer, NY

Congratulations!

SEMI-FINALISTS (MEN) in ART SONG

The American Prize is pleased to announce the semi-finalist men in the Art Song division in both professional and college/university categories. Finalists will be chosen from this list, from which the final winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards will be chosen. In addition to this blog listing, semi-finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information after the first of the year.

If you were not chosen as a semi-finalist, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and other recognition to praiseworthy applicants later in the process. Non-semi-finalists will also receive certificates.

Semi-finalist men in the Opera category will be announced later this afternoon. Semi-finalist women will be announced after the holiday weekend. Happy new year to all contestants.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards semi-finalists in Art Song (men) in no order are: 

PROFESSIONAL DIVISON:

Timothy Ballard, Gaithersburg, MD
Jonathan Beyer, Philadelphia, PA
Mischa Bouvier,  Shirley, NY
Darren Chase, New York, NY
Blake Friedman, New York, NY
Kenneth Harmon, Jackson Heights, NY
Craig Philip Price, Lexington, KY 

COLLEGE DIVISION: 

Philip Stoddard, New York, NY
Sergio A. de M. Miranda, Grand Forks, ND
Steven Linville, Bloomington, IN
Jeffrey Hill, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Jeffrey Grayson Gates, Oklahoma City, OK
Thomas Florio, Bloomington, IN
Casey B. Finnigan, Houston, TX
Tre'Von J. Bray, Lanham, MD

Congratulations!

Friday, December 24, 2010

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!...and Piano DEADLINE reminder

Happy Holidays from the office of The American Prize!

Just a reminder that the postmark deadline for The American Prize in Piano Performance has been extended to Friday, December 31, 2010 in both the solo piano and concerto divisions, to provide opportunities to the largest number of applicants from throughout the U.S. There is no need to apply for an extension. Simply be sure the application is postmarked by the new date.

The competition also recently revised requirements in the solo piano division, eliminating the Beethoven/Mozart/Haydn sonata provision. For application forms and complete rules, please visit The American Prize. Although the deadline on the website and on the printed application form has not been changed, please be assured that all contestants who apply by the new postmark deadline date will be accepted.

Information about the announcement of semi-finalists in the vocal competitions is below.


Monday, December 20, 2010

SCHORR VOICE semi-finalists to be announced week of DEC 26th

Because of the deadline extension for contestants and the large number of applications, semi-finalists for The American Prize Schorr Awards in Voice should be announced beginning the week of December 26th.

To know in advance the exact day when a particular category will be announced, please subscribe to our twitter, blog or facebook pages. Many thanks and happy holidays. 

David Katz, chief judge, The American Prize

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PIANO SOLO CONTEST repertoire requirements relaxed, deadline extended

We have heard from an number of piano contestants who have asked about waivers of the repertoire limitations for the tape in the solo piano contest. 

Since we desire The American Prize to provide opportunities to the largest number of applicants from throughout the U.S., we have modified the requirements, eliminating the Beethoven/Haydn/Mozart sonata provision

The new repertoire expectations are below. We hope it will prove a stimulus to attract the largest possible pool of applicants. If you have questions, please email David Katz, chief judge, at theamericanprz@aol.com

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE RECORDING: (revised)
The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo piano division): no fewer than 30 minutes of music, selected from the standard classical solo piano repertoire from any period. No pop music or improvisation. There are no other restrictions. Performers and works must be clearly identified on the disc, cover or video box. We prefer a DVD or VHS video of the applicant, but will accept CD (audio) recordings if no other format is available. No cassette tapes or other electronic media. There are no other restrictions.

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 above have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners.

DEADLINE EXTENSIONS:
To provide more time for applicants who may now be better able to enter the contest, the postmark deadline for applications in both the solo piano and concerto competitions has been extended to Friday, December 31, 2010.  There is no need to request an extension. Simply be sure your application is postmarked by the new date. Although the deadline on the website and on the printed application may not change, be assured that all contestants who apply by the new deadline date will be accepted.

Questions? Please contact David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, at theamericanprz@aol.com