Saturday, May 28, 2011

WINNERS in Piano Performance—CONCERTO of The American Prize, 2011

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance (Concerto).

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION: Sarah S. Chan
In the professional division, the winner is Sarah S. Chan of Rochester, NY, for her performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25.

Pianist Sarah Chan has concertized internationally, including engagements at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Merkin Concert Hall (New York), Sala Ateneu (Bacau, Romania), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Meany Hall for the Performing Arts (Seattle), Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (Annapolis), and Seattle Chamber Music Festival. As soloist with orchestra, she has performed with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic of Romania, Romanian State Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Chan was featured as “Carnegie Emerging Artist” and “Rising Artist” by New York Concert Artists and Associates in 2011 and 2010. She trained at the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A), Peabody Conservatory of Music (M.M.), Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and University of Michigan.
 
May Phang of Greencastle, IN was the first runner-up, playing the Rachmaninoff Second Concerto.  

Catharine Quillen Dornin, of Concord, NH was the second runner-up, performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY DIVISION: George Hemcher
In the college/university division, the winner is George Hemcher of Frazer, PA, for his performance of the MacDowell Piano Concerto No. 2.

George J. Hemcher is a Senior at Hofstra University pursuing a degree in Music Merchandising. He studies privately with Professor Blanche Abram. He is an active collaborative pianist with Hofstra Opera Theatre under the dramatic direction of Isabel Milenski, and the musical direction Dr. David Ramael. In main stage theatre he was the collaborative pianist for L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Die Fledermaus. Mr. Hemcher will be playing for Don Giovanni in January 2010. 
Sora Park of Macomb, IL placed second playing the Tchaikovsky First Concerto.

Stephanie Ng of Marietta, GA placed third playing the Chopin E minor Concerto.

Congratulations! Winners of the solo piano competition will be announced once all acceptances are received. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

TWATAP for May 23, 2011: This week at The American Prize: updates on all competitions

Here are updates on all current competitions, in order of date of their postmark deadline:

SCHORR VOCAL COMPETITIONS:  Certificates and evaluations have been sent to all winners, runners-up and finalists. Remaining semi-finalists and others are next. Contestants will receive by email publicity materials to use in their promotion without restriction.

COMPOSITION CONTESTS: Winners and runners-up have been announced. Prizes, certificates and evaluations will be mailed in June.

PIANO COMPETITIONS: We expect to announce winners later this week. To know the exact date and time when winners will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

CONDUCTING & ENSEMBLE PRIZES: Semi-finalists have been announced. We expect to announce finalists within the next two weeks. To know the exact date and time when finalists will be posted to this blog, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

FOR JUDGES:  Vocal, piano and composition judges are scheduled to receive an email from the office this week. In about ten days will be in touch with all other judges with additional updates.

Please email if you have additional questions: theamericanprize@gmail.com or theamericanprz@aol.com

Many thanks.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Semi-finalists: OPERA PERFORMANCE/CONDUCTING, ORCHESTRA PROGRAMMING announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce those individuals and ensembles who have advanced to the semi-final round in its new competitions in Opera Performance, Opera Conducting and in the unique field of Orchestral Programming. Congratulations!

To know the exact date and time when finalists will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2011
SEMI-FINALISTS (in no order)







Crane Opera Ensemble, Crane School of Music (SUNY), Potsdam, NY
Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston, MA
Lowell House Opera, Cambridge, MA
Astoria Music Festival Opera, Portland, OR


The American Prize in Conducting, Opera Division, 2011 SEMI-FINALISTS (in no order)

Channing Yu, Conductor, Lowell House Opera, Cambridge, MA
Robert W. Butts, Artistic Director/Conductor, Opera at Florham, Rockaway, NJ
Matthew Bertuzzi, Assistant Conductor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Eric Peterson, Music Director, Troupers Light Opera Company, Stamford, CT
Beau Benson, Principal Conductor, Metroplex Opera Company, Robinson, TX
Michael Sakir, Conductor, Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston, MA
Keith Clark, Artistic Director, Astoria Music Festival, Portland, OR


The American Prize in Orchestral Programming, 2011
Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award
SEMI-FINALISTS (in no order)





Donald L. Appert, Music Director/Conductor, Oregon Sinfonietta, Vancouver, WA
Donald L. Appert, Music Director/Conductor, Clark College Orchestra, Vancouver, WA
Chris Younghoon Kim, Director of Orchestras, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Peter Freisinger, Music Director/Conductor, Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, Boston, MA
Michael Griffith, Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Brian Stone, Music Director, University of Delaware Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Newark DE
Robert W. Butts, Conductor, Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Rockaway, NJ
Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras, Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca, NY
Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca, NY
Mark Perlman, Music Director, Willamette Falls Symphony, Salem, OR
David Leibowitz, Music Director, New York Repertory Orchestra, New York, NY

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Semi-finalists: CHORAL PERFORMANCE/CHORAL CONDUCTING announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce choruses and choral conductors who have been advanced to the semi-final round of The American Prize competitions for 2011. Congratulations! To know the exact date and time when finalists will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Semi-finalists in all remaining ensemble and conducting categories will be announced Friday and again on Saturday, both at 4pm.

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







Professional Chorus
Milwaukee Choral Artists, Milwaukee, WI
Washington Bach Consort, Washington, DC
Sinfonia Voci, Washington, DC
The Princeton Singers, Princeton, NJ

Community of Faith-based Chorus
New York City Master Chorale, New York, NY
Sistrum: Lansing Women’s Chorus, Lansing, MI
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis, IN
Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Palo Alto, CA
Austin Civic Chorus, Portland, OR
Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Kenmore, WA
The Choral Project, San Jose, CA
Pacific Lutheran University (Community) Choral Union, Tacoma, WA
Albany Pro Musica, Albany, NY
The Magpie Consort, Columbus, OH
Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, DC
Seattle Pro Musica, Seattle, WA
Cantori New York, New York, NY 

College/University Chorus
Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Shepherdstown, WV
Mansfield University Concert Choir, Mansfield, PA
West Chester University Concert Choir, West Chester, PA
Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, Albany, OR
The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers, Vermillion, SD
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Tacoma, WA
Mount Marty College Mixed Chorus and Chamber Choir, Yankton, SD
University of Arizona Symphonic Choir, Tucson, AZ

Secondary or High School Chorus
Longmeadow Hill School Lyrics, Longmeadow, MA
Jr. Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Ann Arbor Huron High School A Cappella Choir, Ann Arbor, MI

Youth Chorus
Old North Church Festival Youth Chorus, Marblehead, MA
The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, Red Hill, PA
Columbus International Children’s Choir, Columbus, OH
Central Illinois Children’s Chorus Chamber Choir, Champaign, IL

The American Prize in Conducting, Choral Division, 2011
SEMI-FINALISTS (in no order)






College/University Chorus
David P. DeVenney, Conductor, West Chester University Concert Choir, West Chester, PA
Richard Nance, Conductor, Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Tacoma, WA
Seung Wen Cho, Conductor, UIUC Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Savoy, IL
Carole J. Ott, Assistant Professor of Choral Music, University Chorale and Chamber Singers, Greensboro, NC
Sean Vogt, Director of Choral Activities, Mount Marty College Mixed Chorus and Chamber Choir, Yankton, SD
Peggy Dettwiler, Conductor, Mansfield University Concert Choir, Mansfield, PA

Community Chorus
Daniel Hughes, Conductor, The Choral Project, San Jose, CA
Richard Nance, Conductor, Pacific University (Community) Choral Union, Tacoma, WA
J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Semi-finalists: ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE/ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce orchestras and orchestral conductors who have been advanced to the semi-final round of The American Prize competitions for 2011. Congratulations! To know the exact date and time when finalists will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Semi-finalist choruses and choral conductors will be announced tomorrow at 4pm.

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The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2011
SEMI-FINALISTS (in no order)







Professional Orchestra
Edison Symphony, Metuchen, NJ
Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory, NC
Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola, FL

Community Orchestra
The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Rockaway, NJ
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Metuchen, NJ
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, New York, NY

College/University Orchestra
Pacific (University) Philharmonic, Forest Grove, OR
Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca, NY
The Mannes Orchestra, New York, NY
University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis, TN
Cornell Orchestras, Ithaca, NY
University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor, MI

Youth Orchestra
Houston Youth Symphony, Houston, TX
Vivace String Orchestra, LaGrangeville, NY
Philharmonia String Orchestra and Soloist Ensemble
, San Diego, CA

Secondary or High School Orchestra

Horace Mann String Sinfonietta, Bronx, NY
Arlington High School Philharmonia, LaGrangeville, NY


The American Prize in Conducting, Orchestra Division, 2011
SEMI-FINALISTS (in no order)






Professional Orchestra
Benjamin Rous, Associate Conductor, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth, VA
Judith Morse, Music Director & Conductor, Edison Symphony Orchestra, Edison, NJ
Travis Jürgens, Music Director & Conductor, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Falls Church, VA

Community Orchestra
Christopher Ramaekers, Principal Conductor, Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Chicago, Il
Eric Peterson, Conductor, Queer Urban Orchestra (QUD), Jackson Heights, NY
Mark Perlman, Music Director, Willamette Falls Symphony, Salem, OR
David Bernard, Music Director, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, New York, NY
David Leibowitz, Music Director, New York Repertory Orchestra, New York, NY

College/University Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler, Music Director, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor, MI
Robert William Boardman, DMA Orchestral Conducting 2010, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Yorgos Kouritas, Associate Conductor, Brighton Symphony, Music Director, New Horizons Orchestra, Rochester, NY
Bryce Seliger, Director of Orchestral Activities, Pacific Philharmonic, Forest Grove, OR
Nikolas Caoile, Director of Orchestras, Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra, Ellensburg, WA
Vera Volchansky, Director/Conductor, Millersville University Orchestra, Lancaster, PA
Jeffery Meyer, Directors of Orchestras, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca, NY
Pu-Qi Jiang, conductor, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis, TN
Jason Lim, freelance conductor, Denton, TX
Taeyoung Lee, Orchestral Conducting Student, The Mannes Orchestra, New York, NY
Paul Mauffray, Assistant Conductor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Bloomington, IN
Jacob Sustaita, Graduate Assistant, Penn State University Philharmonic, State College, PA
Roger Kalia, Doctoral Conducting Fellow, Indiana University Sinfonietta/Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Bloomington, IN

Youth Orchestra
Nathaniel Meyer, Founder & Conductor, Belmont Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Belmont, MA
Michael Webster, Artistic Director, Houston Youth Symphony, Houston, TX
Alyze Dreiling, Conductor, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego, CA

Monday, May 16, 2011

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestral Division

The American Prize is pleased to announce that the winner of The American Prize in Composition (Orchestral Division) is Jesse Ayers, for The Passion of John Brown, commissioned by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, music director.
JESSE AYERS's (b. Knoxville, TN 1951) music has been performed in Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and over 100 U.S. cities, and has twice been selected to represent the United States at the ISCM World Music Days. His awards include a MacDowell Fellowhip, an Individual Creativity Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, annual awards from ASCAP, and grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center. For more about Mr. Ayers and The Passion of John Brown, please visit www.jesseayers.com

Lee Actor placed second with Dance Rhapsody.
Todd Goodman placed third with Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra. 
Robert Wendel placed fourth with Towers of Light. 


Congratulations! Information about The American Prize in Composition, 2012, will be posted soon to our website. The postmark deadline for applications will be December 15, 2011.


The American Prize in Composition—Choral Division

The American Prize is pleased to announce that the winner of The American Prize in Composition (Choral Division) is Ted Vives, for Castrovalva, Lux Aeterna and Gloria.
Ted Vives has received many awards and commissions for his choral and instrumental works. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Education from Florida State University and a Master's in Music Composition and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida. His composition instructors have included John Boda, Charles Carter, and Budd Udell. He is the musical director for the Los Alamos (NM) Community Winds where he resides with his wife and children. Visit http://www.survivesmusic.net

John Van Geem placed second for The Blue Spirit.

Congratulations! Information about The American Prize in Composition, 2012, will be posted soon to our website. The postmark deadline for applications will be December 15, 2011.






TWATAP: This week at The American Prize

This week at The American Prize:

COMPOSERS: Winners of The American Prize in Composition have been selected and will be posted to our blog as soon as winners accept selection via email.

PIANISTS: Winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance will be announced next week as scheduled (exact time and date to be Tweeted and posted to our Facebook pages first.)

VOCALISTS: Certificates, evaluations have been sent to all winners and runners-up. The rest of the finalists will be sent this week, followed by certificates to semi-finalists and remaining contestants.

CONDUCTORS & ENSEMBLES: Semi-finalists will be announced on this blog at 4 pm Wednesday. Thanks for your patience while the person in the office who handles this has had a family emergency.

Monday, May 2, 2011

TWATAP: This week at The American Prize

Updates on all competitions:

Vocal Performance/Schorr Awards: We expect to send cash prizes, certificates and evaluations to all WINNERS later this week. Certificates and evaluations to RUNNERS-UP and other FINALISTS will follow, then certificates to semi-finalists and others.

Composition Prizes: We expect to announce the WINNERS per the schedule published with the competitions guidelines. To know the exact day and time when the announcement will be made, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Piano Prizes: We expect to announce the WINNERS per the schedule published with the competitions guidelines. To know the exact day and time when the announcement will be made, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Conducting and Ensemble Prizes: We anticipate the announcement of SEMI-FINALISTS on this blog by late in the week. To know the exact day and time when the announcement will be made, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter feeds.