Thursday, April 21, 2011

UPDATE on COMPETITIONS for CONDUCTORS & ENSEMBLES

As noted in a recent email sent to all conducting and ensemble contestants for The American Prize, 2011, we have adjusted the published schedule for announcements of semi-finalists, finalists and winners in those categories. Please make note of the following:

SEMI-FINALISTS: 
announcements begin the week of May 1, 2011
FINALISTS: 
announcements begin the week of May 29, 2011
WINNERS: 
announcements begin the week of June 19, 2011 
 
For updates on the progress of the competition, and to learn the exact date when semi-finalists, finalists and winners in any category or division will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Many thanks.

David Katz, chief judge
The American Prize

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE—What happens next.

Now that the winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virgina Schorr Memorial Awards have been announced, what happens next?

In the next few weeks, the office will send, in this order:
WINNERS—will receive written evaluations, certificates and cash prizes.
FINALISTS—will receive written evaluations and certificates.
SEMI-FINALISTS—will receive certificates.
OTHER APPLICANTS—will receive certificates of participation.

All semi-finalists, finalists and winners will also receive emailed graphics of The American Prize logo and official seal to use in their publicity without restriction.

All applicants will receive information on the availability of exclusive The American Prize gifts, offered only to The American Prize competition participants, families and friends. (Proceeds from the sale of The American Prize merchandise directly supports the non-profit competitions.)

The American Prize office will:
—post links to the announcement of winners on various websites, blogs and forums
—send press releases of winners, finalists and semi-finalists to national media and to media contacts provided by applicants.
—and will add Schorr Memorial Award winners to the winners page on The American Prize website and begin to upload clips of winning performances to our YouTube channel.

All contestants will also receive a short email evaluation in which you will be asked to provide feedback about The American Prize—what you liked, and how we can make the competition better.

The postmark deadline for applications for The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards for 2012 is December 15, 2011. We expect that revised competition information and application forms will be available on the website in about a month.

Thanks to all contestants.

Monday, April 11, 2011

WINNERS of THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE in ART SONG for 2011 (WOMEN)

The American Prize is pleased to announce the 2011 winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards in Art Song (women.)


PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Christine Steyer, soprano, Oak Park, IL
Chicagoan Christine Steyer received major awards at the Altamura/Caruso International Competition and National Opera Association Competition.  Roles include Pamina with Tulsa Opera, Abigail in The Crucible, the Marschallin and Violetta and has performed numerous roles with Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Upcoming engagements include Butterfly, Four Last Songs and Mother in Amahl.  She is featured on Caroline Myss' Voices of the Sacred and founded Bellissima Opera Outreach which brought free music to 9,000 schoolchildren in 2010.  
2nd Place: Karen Lupton, soprano, Atlanta, GA

 

3rd Place: Brandie Sutton, soprano, New York, NY

*****



COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:
 
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Georgia Duan, soprano, Bronx, NY
Soprano Georgia Duan is a rising talent with a keen interest in the Italian and Austrian operatic styles. She made her German debut as the Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) with the Mittelsächsisches Theater Freiberg and has sung Mabel with Opera San Luis Obispo. In December, she returns to San Francisco to sing Giulia in Rossini’s La scala di seta. Georgia holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford University.

2nd Place: Megan Welker, soprano, Evanston, IL

3rd Place: Leah Kaye Serr, mezzo-soprano, Shippensburg, PA

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
 
THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, soprano, Alexander, NY

Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, 16 year old, lyric coloratura soprano was showcased on the CBS Morning Show with Renee Fleming. Emily was awarded first place at the Schmidt Vocal Competition and Classical Singer’s Mannes College and Boston Conservatory, Marvin Hamlisch BPO Contest, and Rochester Oratorio Classical Idol. Emily performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC as winner of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition She performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Viva Vivaldi Festival (four years), Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, and Cheektowaga Orchestra.
2nd Place: Ava Borowski, soprano, Wilmington, DE

CONGRATULATIONS!

WINNERS of THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE in ART SONG for 2011 (MEN)

The American Prize is pleased to announce the 2011 winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards in Art Song (men.)

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:
There were co-winners in the Professional division in 2011. Each will receive the same honors. 

THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Blake Friedman, tenor, New York, NY
“Fresh Lyric Tenor” (OperaNews Online) Blake Friedman, is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Praised for his “climactic high notes” by Q on Stage, Mr. Friedman was named Honorable Mention in the 2010 Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and was a Finalist in The New York Lyric Opera Theatre Vocal Competition of 2010. Mr. Friedman’s performance credits include opera, oratorio, solo and choral engagements, most notably: Cover of Tenor 6 “The Prince” in Conrad Susa’s Transformations as guest artist at The Juilliard School.

 
THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Jonathan Beyer, baritone, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Beyer  is a baritone who has performed with opera companies in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, Fort Worth, Santa Barbara, and Aix-en-Provence among others. He has also appeared with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge, Vermont, and Indianapolis Symphonies. He was the 1st Place Winner at the Marian Anderson, McCammon, Cooper, DuPont, Verismo, American Opera Society, and Bel Canto Competitions. He has degrees from the Curtis Institute and Roosevelt University.  Upcoming engagements include Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Knoxville, Dallas, Austin, Chicago Symphony, and Carnegie Hall.

2nd Place: Mischa Bouvier, baritone, Shirley, NY

 

3rd Place: Darren Chase, tenor, New York, NY

*****


COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Jeffrey Hill, Annandale on Hudson, NY
Jeffrey Hill, 25, tenor. Featured young artist at both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Music Academy of the West. Carnegie Hall recital debut this spring. He has already made recital debuts in Paris and New York, and has won several competitions, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Featured in reviews as “a force to be reckoned with, [a voice] that sounds effortless but absolutely commands the listener’s attention,” “impressively rich and full-bodied” and “Authoritative.”

2nd Place: Thomas Florio, bass-baritone, Bloomington, IN

3rd Place: Jeffrey Grayson Gates, baritone, Oklahoma City, OK

CONGRATULATIONS!

WINNERS of THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE in OPERA for 2011 (women)

The American Prize is pleased to announce the 2011 winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards in Opera (women.)


PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Laura Strickling, Alexandria, VA
Soprano Laura Strickling’s operatic roles include Mimi, Dinorah, Elvira, Josephine, Mabel, Belinda, Countess, Gretel, Micaëla, and Pamina. Concert engagements include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Handel’s Messiah. Winner of the Vocal Arts Society and Baltimore Music Club competitions, she was a finalist in the NATSAA and the Washington International competitions. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Moody Bible Institute, she studies with Elizabeth Daniels and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
 

2nd Place: Greer Davis, soprano, Chicago, IL

 

3rd Place: Tami Petty, soprano, New York, NY

*****



COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:
 
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Maren Weinberger, soprano, Houston, TX
Maren Weinberger is a senior vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University and studies with Larry Keller and vocal coach Jan McDaniel. This summer she participated in “Si Parla, Si Canta”, an opera program in Urbania, Italy under Benton Hess, director of opera at Eastman School of Music, and worked with esteemed faculty including Bob Cowart (The Metropolitan Opera). She has also been seen in Light Opera Oklahoma’s ’09 summer season in My Fair Lady, The Gondoliers, and A Little Night Music. Her OCU credits include: Violetta in La Traviata, The Consul (as Anna Gomez), Too Many Sopranos (as Jeanette), and Bat Boy.

2nd Place: Rebecca Patrick Flaherty, soprano, Pooler, GA

3rd Place: Sara Antunovich, Brooklyn, NY

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
There were co-winners in the High School division in 2011. Each will receive the same honors.


THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Laura Corina Sanders, soprano, Hillsborough, CA
Laura Sanders is a student at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. She has performed in numerous productions including as Cis in the SF Opera Merola Program production of Albert Herring; Mary in the Lamplighters Music Theatre's The Secret Garden; Laurie in Oklahoma; and principle and ensemble roles in Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof; Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Yeomen of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Gondoliers, Ruddygore, and A Christmas Carol.

 

THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, soprano, Alexander, NY
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, 16 year old, lyric coloratura soprano was showcased on the CBS Morning Show with Renee Fleming. Emily was awarded first place at the Schmidt Vocal Competition and Classical Singer’s Mannes College and Boston Conservatory, Marvin Hamlisch BPO Contest, and Rochester Oratorio Classical Idol. Emily performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC as winner of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition She performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Viva Vivaldi Festival (four years), Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, and Cheektowaga Orchestra.
 

CONGRATULATIONS!

WINNERS of THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE in OPERA for 2011 (MEN)

The American Prize is pleased to announce the 2011 winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards in Opera (men.)

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:
 
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Jonathan Beyer, baritone, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Beyer  is a baritone who has performed with opera companies in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, Fort Worth, Santa Barbara, and Aix-en-Provence among others. He has also appeared with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge, Vermont, and Indianapolis Symphonies. He was the 1st Place Winner at the Marian Anderson, McCammon, Cooper, DuPont, Verismo, American Opera Society, and Bel Canto Competitions. He has degrees from the Curtis Institute and Roosevelt University.  Upcoming engagements include Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Knoxville, Dallas, Austin, Chicago Symphony, and Carnegie Hall.
 

2nd Place: John Concepcion, tenor, Homewood, IL

 

3rd Place: Jonathan Blalock, tenor, Sunnyside, NY

*****


COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION:
THE AMERICAN PRIZE: 
Casey B. Finnigan, tenor, Houston, TX
The second place winner of the 2010 Classical Singer competition, Mr. Finnigan is currently working on his MM in vocal performance at the University of Houston.  Recent performances include Rodolfo in La Boheme at Sherrill Milnes' "Voice Experience" program.  Upcoming engagements include the role of Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catan's new opera Il Postino at the University of Houston.  Mr. Finnigan received his BM in voice performance from the University of North Texas in 2009.

2nd Place: Luke Scott, baritone, West Hartford, CT

3rd Place: Philip Stoddard, baritone, New York, NY

CONGRATULATIONS!

Monday, April 4, 2011

TWATAP for MONDAY, APRIL 4

This Week At The American Prize:
VOCAL COMPETITIONS: final tabulation of results (we are waiting on several judges); contacting winners privately, then making announcements on our blog after designations are accepted. (Check our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates about the timing of announcements). For more about how Schorr Vocal competition winners will be announced, see the previous blog post, below.

ENSEMBLE & CONDUCTING COMPETITIONS: we continue to confirm receipt of applications for the competitions, which had an extended deadline of last Thursday, March 31, 2011. 

VOCAL, PIANO, COMPOSITION CONTESTS: emails to media are being sent.

Questions? Please email the office: theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com
Many thanks.