Sunday, January 23, 2011

The American Prize for CONDUCTORS and ENSEMBLES deadline is March 15, 2011

The American Prize, the series of new, national non-profit competitions in the performing arts, provides reward and recognition to the finest conductors and ensembles in America at the professional, college and university, community, church and secondary school levels.

In addition to competitions for choruses and orchestras and their conductors, in 2011 there are new categories for opera and musical theater companies, concert bands and wind ensembles and their conductors, and in the unique field of orchestral programming.

Postmark deadline for all categories is Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Complete information, application forms, philosophy and answers to frequently asked questions may be found on the website:, where 2010 winners are profiled.

Last season, orchestras, choruses and conductors shared more than $2000 in cash awards as winners of The American Prize and were featured as winners not only on, but in newspapers, magazines, websites, brochures and blogs. Ensembles and their conductors were honored by local communities and foundations for their award-winning performances; at least one 2010 winner plans to select other The American Prize winners to feature on the summer festival he leads as music director.

There is no live competition. The American Prize is judged by a distinguished panel of noted professionals solely through recorded performances. Cash awards range from $100-$500, depending on the year, the category and the number of applicants. Judges' bios may be found on the website.

Semi-finalists receive certificates, are announced to national media and to media contacts contestants provide.

Finalists also receive written evaluations from members of The American Prize judging panel.

Winners also receive cash awards, are featured on The American Prize website, where links will lead to excerpts of winning performances on our YouTube channel, soon to be active. The decision of the judges is final.

If you have specific questions that do not seem to be answered on the website, please email David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, at or

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