Sunday, February 27, 2011

A COMPETITION for the REST of US

"The American Prize—a competition for the rest of us", an article about the value and importance of The American Prize, has just been published on PRIZEWORTHY our brand new sister blog, offering ideas and advice about the national competitions in the performing arts.

PRIZEWORTHY will feature longer articles about the competitions, highlighting the value, philosophy and structure of The American Prize. It is also where features on winners will occasionally be published. We invite you to subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages to get notice of when new features are added to PRIZEWORTHY — and do continue to check out the latest news here on our competition blog.

Friday, February 25, 2011

GIFT creates VYTAUTAS MARIJOSIUS AWARDS in CONDUCTING, PROGRAMMING

I am very pleased to announce that The American Prize competitions has received a generous gift from the family of Maestro Vytautas Marijosius to fund cash awards in conducting and orchestral programming, honoring the memory of the great Lithuanian Maestro who taught at the Hartt School of Music for more than thirty years.

In addition to written evaluations and certificates of accomplishment, winners of The American Prize in ConductingVytautas Marijosius Memorial Awards in 2011 in the following categories will each receive minimum $200 cash awards as a result of the Marijosius Family gift:

Orchestral Conducting 
professional, college/university and community categories

Opera Conducting 
professional category

Orchestral Programming 
one $200 prize will be awarded. Additional prizes of from $100-$200 may be awarded if the number and quality of other applicants warrant.

The postmark deadline for the competitions is:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

Complete information, including requirements and application forms, may be found on the website The American Prize


about MARIJOSIUS 


Maestro Vytautas Marijosius was born in Lithuania in 1910. He studied at the Prague Conservatory with Hermann Scherchen and Vaclav Talich and by the age of 28 was music director of the Lithuanian State Opera. He recorded for Deutsche Grammaphone, guest conducted throughout Eastern Europe, and was awarded the Order of the White Lion by the Czechoslovak government for his services to Czech culture, the country’s highest honor to a non-citizen.

Driven from his homeland by the Communists, he settled in New Britain, Connecticut in 1948 and soon joined the faculty at the Hartt School of Music (later part of the University of Hartford) where he taught for more than thirty years. He died in 1996.

A man of remarkable perception, quick wit, extraordinary musical skill and impeccable taste, Marijosius was delightful and demanding, beloved of faculty and students. Loyal to a fault, he remained at Hartt even when offered the post of music director of opera at the Eastman School of Music.

His podium manner was reserved and elegant (he had the most beautiful conducting technique I have ever seen) but he could generate overwhelming emotion in performance. The audience reaction to his concert of complete acts from Boris Godunov and Lohengrin at Hartt in 1973, for example, threatened the stability of the auditorium’s architecture.

He had catholic tastes, exposing his students not only to the great masters of the past, but to symphonic masterworks by (then) living composers as diverse as Husa, Copland, Honegger, Britten, Ginastera and Schuman. I am honored to have studied with him as an undergraduate and later became he graduate assistant, and I am delighted that the Marijosius family has decided to honor his memory through the awarding of The American Prize.

Individuals who also wish to honor the memory of Maestro Marijosius are invited to make tax deductible donations via our website portal: http://www.theamericanprize.org/pleasedonate.html Funds donated in this way will be used to fund cash awards only, not for administration. See the website for details or send me an email at theamericanprize@gmail.com

For more about Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, please visit our affiliated blog: Remembering Marijosius.

DK 

Friday, February 18, 2011

SOLO PIANO & CONCERTO SEMI-FINALISTS

The American Prize is pleased to announce the semi-finalists in its 2011 piano competitions, in both the concerto performance and solo divisions. Finalists will be chosen from this list, from which the winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance will be chosen. In addition to the blog announcement, semi-finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information shortly. To know exactly when finalists and winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

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.

The postmark deadline for the next round of piano competitions of The American Prize is December 15, 2011. Application forms and further information will be available on the website shortly.

Lastly, just a reminder that the postmark deadline for applications by conductors and ensembles (orchestras, choruses, bands, opera and musical theater companies) is Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Complete information on the website.

PIANO CONCERTO PERFORMANCE—professional division

Sarah S. Chan, Rochester, NY
Catharine Dornin, Concord, NH
May Phang, Greencastle, IN

CONCERTO PERFORMANCE—college/university division

George Hemcher, Frazer, PA
Stephanie Ng, Marietta, GA
Sora Park, Macomb, IL

SOLO PIANO—professional division

Sarah S. Chan, Rochester, NY
Susan Chan, Tigard, OR
Catharine Quillen Dornin, Concord, NH
Jeongwon Ham, Norman, OK
Lok Ng, Killington, VT
May Phang, Greencastle, IN
Joseph Satava, Baltimore, MD
Jade Simmons, Humble, TX
Lin-Yu Wang, Aiea, HI

SOLO PIANO—college/university division

Maria Dickson, Provo, UT
Soojung Jeon, Duluth, MN
Sora Park, Macomb, IL

SOLO PIANO—high school division

Verina Chen, Provo, UT
Neha Kumar, Wynne, AR
Aaron Michael Potter, Albany, OR

Congratulations!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 JUDGES photos and biographies

Photos and biographies of all 2011 judges of The American Prize have been updated on our Website and Facebook pages. Click here: The American Prize

Friday, February 11, 2011

The American Prize in COMPOSITION—semi-finalists

The American Prize is pleased to announce the semi-finalists in its 2011 composition contests, in both the choral and orchestral divisions. Finalists will be chosen from this list, from which the winners of The American Prize in Composition will be chosen. In addition to the blog announcement, semi-finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information shortly. To know exactly when finalists and winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

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.

The postmark deadline for the next composition contest of The American Prize is December 15, 2011. Application forms and further information will be available on the website shortly.

Lastly, just a reminder that the postmark deadline for applications by conductors and ensembles is Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Complete information on the website.

CHORAL COMPOSITION SEMI-FINALISTS and their submitted works:

Ted Vives—Castrovalva, Lux Aeterna, Gloria

John Van Geem—The Blue Spirit


ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION SEMI-FINALISTS and their submitted works:

Michael Glenn Williams—Rising Stars Overture

Lee Actor—Dance Rhapsody

Todd Goodman—Concerto for Bass Clarinet

Robert Wendel—Towers of Light

Jesse Ayers—The Passion of John Brown

Ted Vives—Fanfare Diamante

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.