Saturday, June 18, 2011

CHORAL FINALISTS for The American Prize 2011

The American Prize is pleased to announce choruses advanced to the final round of The American Prize in Choral Performance competitions for 2011. Congratulations! To know the exact date and time when winners will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

We will begin to announce finalist conductors Monday at 4 pm.

David Katz, principal judge of The American Prize, shared these comments: "Based on the applications received this year and last, the quality of choral music-making (and choral education) in this country is indeed high. What a joy to experience such heartfelt and exquisite singing...The final decisions the judges face in several categories will be very difficult ones."


The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2011
FINALISTS (in no order)







Professional Chorus 
Milwaukee Choral Artists, Sharon Hanson, director, Milwaukee, WI 
Sky-Born Music: 10th anniversary commissions and world premieres 

Washington Bach Consort, J. Reilly Lewis, founder and music director, Washington, DC 
music by Byrd, Praetorius, Gabrieli, Sweelinck, Schutz and more 

Sinfonia Voci, Daniel Abraham, Conductor & Artistic Director, Washington, DC 
music by Bach, Carissimi, Rossi and Biber

The Princeton Singers, Steven Sametz, Artistic Director, Princeton, NJ 
music by Finzi, Lauridsen, Milhaud, Sametz, more

Community or Faith-based Chorus
Sistrum: Lansing Women’s Chorus, Meredith Bowen, conductor, Lansing, MI
Brandon: Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn, more

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis, IN
Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Britten Sanctus from War Requiem 

Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Martin Benvenuto, artistic director, Palo Alto, CA
Tormis, Elgar, Schumann, Barber, more

Austin Civic Chorus, Ryan Heller, conductor, Austin, TX
Cherubini: Requiem in C minor, more

Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Kenmore, WA
music by Martinu, Barber, Schumann, Muehleisen, more

Pacific Lutheran University (Community) Choral Union, Richard Nance, conductor, Tacoma, WA
Britten: The Company of Heaven, Tormis, Chilcott, more

Albany Pro Musica, David Griggs-Janower, artistic director and conductor, Albany, NY
An Hour to Sing: Music of Gwyneth Walker 

Cathedral Choral Society, J. Reilly Lewis, conductor, Washington, DC
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis 

Seattle Pro Musica, Karen Thomas, conductor, Seattle, WA
Mendelssohn: from Elijah, Lauridsen, more

Cantori New York, Mark Shapiro, artistic director, New York, NY
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Romancero Gitano, Dowland, Levy
 

College/University Chorus

Mansfield University Concert Choir, Peggy Dettwiler, conductor, Mansfield, PA 
music by Paulus, Whitacre, Bach, Byrd, Mendelssohn, more 

West Chester University Concert Choir, David DeVenney, conductor, West Chester, PA 
selections from Israel in Egypt, Rorem Four Madrigals, more 


The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers, David Holdhusen, conductor, Vermillion, SD
music by Whitacre, Stanford, Ticheli, Christiansen, more 

Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Richard Nance, conductor, Tacoma, WA
Phoenix: includes music by Bach, Distler, Whitacre, McGlynn, Robinovitch, more 

University of Arizona Symphonic Choir, Elizabeth Schauer, conductor, Tucson, AZ
music by Weekles, Monteverdi, Argento, Vaughan Williams, more

Secondary or High School Chorus 
Longmeadow Hill School Lyrics, Kayla Werlin, conductor, Longmeadow, MA
music by Palestrina, Verdi, Bach, Durufle and more  

Jr. Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Susan Medley, conductor, Pittsburgh, PA 
music by Schubert, Faure, Viadana and Dello Joio 

Ann Arbor Huron High School A Cappella Choir, Richard Ingram, conductor, Ann Arbor, MI
music by Vivaldi, Finza, Childs, Ticheli and more



Youth Chorus 
Old North Festival Youth Chorus, Rebecca Kenneally, director Marblehead, MA
holiday concert 

The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, Joy Hirokawa, artistic director, Red Hill, PA 
music by Walker, Bach, Thompson, more 

Columbus International Children’s Choir, Tatiana Kats, artistic director and principal conductor, Columbus, OH 
music by Vivaldi, Bach, Verdi, Bizet, Rachmaninoff, more  

Central Illinois Children’s Chorus Chamber Choir, Andrea Solya, conductor, Champaign, IL 
music by Vivaldi, Clausen and Faure's Messe Basse


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