Tuesday, March 29, 2011

HOW TAP/SCHORR VOCAL WINNERS will be ANNOUNCED

Here is the procedure we will follow to announce winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. 


We expect to have heard from all vocal judges by the end of this week. Results will be tabulated. Then we will start to contact winners individually. Winners will be asked to accept their designation first, then this information will be announced publicly on our blog, along with runners-up and any special citation awards the competition may make. To know the exact schedule of announcements, subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

After the winners and runners-up in all categories have been announced, winners will receive cash awards, certificates and written evaluations from the competition office. Following that, written evaluations and certificates will be sent to any citation winners, runners-up and other finalists. Certificates will then be sent to remaining semi-finalists.

We thank you for your participation in The American Prize. As we start to complete the process for this season, do feel free to email the office with any questions you may have.

We expect to post applications/requirements for the 2012 competition on the website in early summer, with the postmark deadline of December 15, 2011.

Again, congratulations.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

PIANO SOLO/CONCERTO FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The American Prize is pleased to announce the finalists in its 2011 piano competitions, in both the concerto performance and solo divisions. Winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance will be chosen from these listings.

In addition to being announced on The American Prize blog, finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information. To know exactly when winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

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 in early summer.

Finalists: CONCERTO PERFORMANCE—professional division

Sarah S. Chan, Rochester, NY—Mozart #25 and Brahms #1 (two applications)
Catharine Dornin, Concord, NH—Beethoven #4
May Phang, Greencastle, IN—Rachmaninoff #2

Finalists: CONCERTO PERFORMANCE—college/university division

George Hemcher, Frazer, PA—MacDowell #2
Stephanie Ng, Marietta, GA—Chopin #1
Sora Park, Macomb, IL—Tchaikovsky #1

Finalists: SOLO PIANO—professional division

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, offered these comments about the professional solo piano division: "Already as semi-finalists, these candidates evidence pianism at a very high level. The programs are challenging and interesting, with often crystalline playing, power and technique in abundance. We will leave it to the rest of our colleagues to sort out the final order. By doing so, The American Prize is able to offer every one of these worthy candidates the benefit of a written evaluation, regardless of who the final winner may be. A truly wonderful competition."

Sarah S. Chan, Rochester, NY (Scarlatti, Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy)
Susan Chan, Tigard, OR (Louie, Franck, Chopin)
Catharine Quillen Dornin, Concord, NH (Mozart, Grieg, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach)
Jeongwon Ham, Norman, OK (Mozart, Kabalevsky, Schumann, Hindemith, Liszt)
Lok Ng, Killington, VT (Beethoven, Barber, Chopin, Busoni, Brahms)
May Phang, Greencastle, IN (Liszt, Bach, Gougeon)
Joseph Satava, Baltimore, MD (Beethoven, Szymanowski, Mussorgsky)
Jade Simmons, Humble, TX (Barber, Corigliano, Pinkston, Roumain)
Lin-Yu Wang, Aiea, HI (Scriabin, Berio, Dutilleux)

Finalists: SOLO PIANO—college/university division

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

Finalists: SOLO PIANO—high school division

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

Congratulations to all!

FINALISTS in CHORAL & ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION

The American Prize is pleased to announce the finalists in its 2011 composition contests, in both the choral and orchestral divisions. Winners of The American Prize in Composition will be chosen from this list.

In addition to the announcement here, finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information. To know exactly when winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

If you were not chosen as a 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 in early summer.

CHORAL COMPOSITION FINALISTS and their submitted works:
Ted Vives—Castrovalva, Lux Aeterna, Gloria
John Van Geem—The Blue Spirit

ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITION FINALISTS and their submitted works:
Lee Actor—Dance Rhapsody
Robert Wendel—Towers of Light
Jesse Ayers—The Passion of John Brown
Todd Goodman—Concerto for Bass Clarinet


Congratulations to all finalists.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

TWATAP: This week at The American Prize

Monday, March 21, 2011

Here is what is happening at The American Prize offices this week:

1. APPLICATION EXTENSIONS: We continue to welcome requests for extensions for the competitions for conductors and ensembles, with the new postmark deadline of Thursday, March 31, 2011. Just email the office at theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com with your intention to apply.

2. ACKNOWLEDGING CONDUCTOR/ENSEMBLE APPLICATIONS: We have received scores of applications from conductors and ensembles leading up to the original deadline last week. As applications are processed in the coming weeks, we will confirm receipt by email to all contestants.

3. ANNOUNCING PIANO & COMPOSER FINALISTS: We expect to announce finalists in the competitions for composers and pianists by late in the week. Details of exactly when announcements will be made are always Tweeted and posted to our Facebook pages first.

Questions? Please email us.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

CONDUCTOR and ENSEMBLES APPLICATIONS: deadline extension

We are excited to have already received scores of applications from all over the U.S. for the 2011 conductor and ensemble contests of The American Prize, providing reward and recognition to the finest orchestras, choruses, bands, opera and musical theater companies and their conductors in the U.S. The published postmark deadline for this round of the competition is Tuesday, March 15. Although the date on the website will not be changed, applications will be accepted with the extended postmark deadline of Thursday, March 31 for those who need more time or who just learned of the contests.

You need not request an extension in advance. Simply be sure that both the emailed and regular-mailed portions of your application are postmarked by that date. Questions? Please email the office at theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com

Monday, March 7, 2011

THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE opera & art song finalists (MEN)

The American Prize is pleased to announce the finalist men in the OPERA & ART SONG divisions. The winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards will be chosen from the contestants below. In addition to this blog listing, finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information shortly. To know exactly when winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

If you were not chosen as a 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 American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards finalists in OPERA (men) in no order are: 

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:

Jonathan Beyer, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Blalock, Sunnyside, NY
John Concepcion, Homewood, IL
David Salsbery Fry, New York, NY
Victor Khodadad, Brooklyn, NY
Yohan Yi, Los Angeles, CA

COLLEGE DIVISION:

Philip Stoddard, New York, NY
Luke Scott, West Hartford, CT
Casey B. Finnegan, Houston, TX


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

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:

Jonathan Beyer, Philadelphia, PA
Mischa Bouvier,  Shirley, NY
Darren Chase, New York, NY
Blake Friedman, New York, NY

COLLEGE DIVISION:

Philip Stoddard, New York, NY
Jeffrey Hill, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Jeffrey Grayson Gates, Oklahoma City, OK
Thomas Florio, Bloomington, IN

Congratulations to all finalists.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

PROFESSIONAL OPERA FINALISTS (women) ANNOUNCED

The American Prize is pleased to announce the finalist women in the professional OPERA category. The winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards will be chosen from the contestants below. In addition to this blog listing, finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information shortly. To know exactly when winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

If you were not chosen as a 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 American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards finalists in OPERA (women) are:

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION
I-Chun Cheng, New York, NY
Greer Davis, Chicago, IL
Annie Gill, Baltimore, MD
Megan Hart, Portland, OR
Perri Montane', Decatur, GA
Maryann Mootos, Brooklyn, NY
Tami Petty, New York, NY
Diane Thueson Reich, Orem, UT
Nili Riemer, Dorset, VT
Sharee Seal, New York, NY
Penelope Shumate, Philadelphia, PA
Christine Steyer, Oak Park, IL
Laura Strickling, Alexandria, VA
Diana Tash, Los Angeles, CA
Marci Wagnon, Indianapolis, IN
Meredith Ziegler, Storrs, CT

Congratulations. Additional finalist women in other divisions and categories are listed in the post below. Finalist men to be announced shortly.

Friday, March 4, 2011

THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE women finalists ANNOUNCED in most categories

The American Prize is pleased to announce the finalist women in the OPERA & ART SONG divisions, except for the professional opera category, which is delayed until the weekend. (See our facebook page for details.) The winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards will be chosen from the contestants below. In addition to this blog listing, finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information shortly. To know exactly when winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

If you were not chosen as a 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 American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards finalists in OPERA (women) are:

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION

Maren Weinberger, Houston, TX
Erin Roth, Plano, TX
Christina Theresa Pecce, Hempstead, NY
Melanie Long, Bronx, NY
Amy Keesun Kwon, Baltimore, MD
Sara Michael Jacobi, Fredericksburg, TX
Stefanie Izzo, Briarwood, NY
Rebecca Patrick Flaherty, Pooler, GA
Katie Carlson, San Francisco, CA
Cristina Burack, Vienna, Austria
Sara Antunovich, Brooklyn, NY
Megan Welker, Evanston, IL

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Laura Corina Sanders, Hillsborough, CA
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, Alexander, NY

The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards finalists in ART SONG (women) are:

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

Rebekah Alexander, Brookline, MA
Kathleen Allen, Auburn, AL
Kimberly Giordano, Bothell, WA
Megan Hart, Portland, OR
Deborah Lifton, Stamford, CT
Karen Lupton, Atlanta, GA
Diane Thueson Reich, Orem, UT
Penelope Schumate, Philadelphia, PA
Christine Steyer, Oak Park, IL
Laura Strickling, Alexandria, VA
Brandie Sutton, New York, NY

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION

Jourdan Laine Burger, Palmetto, FL
Leah Kaye Serr, Shippensburg, PA
Megan Welker, Evanston, IL
Young Hee Kim, Adelphi, MD
Georgia Duan, Bronx, NY

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Ava Borowski, Wilmington, DE
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, Alexander, NY

Congratulations to all finalists. (We except to announce the rest of the finalists by the end of the weekend. See our facebook and twitter pages for further details.)