Friday, July 22, 2011

WINNER in ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE/CONDUCTING (college/university) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (college/university), 2011.

From the Chief Judge: As the rules governing The American Prize judges require, because I have a “professional relationship with one or more of the candidates” in these particular competitions, I recused myself from ranking or evaluating finalists or assisting in the selection of winners, who were chosen separately by judges working independently in different parts of the country. —DK

 
 

University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Kiesler, conductor, Ann Arbor, MI
The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s leading student orchestras, has recently won two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Grammy Award for Best Classical CD. Led by Kenneth Kiesler since 1995, the USO presents a wide repertoire in eight programs and opera annually, and has recordings on Naxos, Equilibrium, and Dorian. The 2008 tour included music of Mahler and Evan Chambers at Oberlin, Cornell, University of Pittsburgh and
Carnegie Hall.


University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Pu-Qi Jiang, conductor, Memphis, TN, placed second.

Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Jeffery Meyer, director of orchestras, Ithaca, NY, placed third.
 

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The American Prize is pleased to announce the winner of The American Prize in Conducting (college/university orchestra), 2011.

From the Chief Judge: As the rules governing The American Prize judges require, because I have a “professional relationship with one or more of the candidates” in these particular competitions, I recused myself from ranking or evaluating finalists or assisting in the selection of winners, who were chosen separately by judges working independently in different parts of the country. —DK

Kenneth Kiesler, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor, MI
 
Kenneth Kiesler is an inspiring mentor to generations of conductors, through his teaching in Berlin, Moscow, Paris, England’s Royal Academy of Music, and his positions as Professor at University of Michigan, and Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Conducting Program and Conductors Retreat at Medomak.  He has conducted a dozen acclaimedrecordings, many premieres by major composers and leading orchestras including the Chicago, Detroit, Utah, New Jersey, Jerusalem, Ensemble
Orchestral de Paris and many others.

Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, placed second.

Taeyoung Lee, Mannes College of Music, New York, NY, placed third.


Congratulations!











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