Wednesday, September 14, 2011

THE AMERICAN PRIZE GIFTS—free shipping code on FACEBOOK Sept 16.


To semi-finalists, finalists & winners of The American Prize:

You're invited to celebrate your achievement with exclusive 2011 The American Prize Gifts available only to you, family and friends, (and to ensemble members and their families) and only for a limited time. 

Our new catalog of The American Prize Gifts  is now online. Popular with conductors, choir and orchestra members, board members, parents and individual contestants, our catalog features specially-designed The American Prize polos, tees, tote bags, mugs, lapel and dress pins, and signature conducting batons, available nowhere else. Proceeds from the sale of The American Prize Gifts directly support the non-profit competitions. Show you're Prizeworthy!

A FREE SHIPPING code will be posted on our Facebook page on September 16th—good on all orders postmarked, emailed or faxed by October 17, 2012, which will ship in plenty of time for the holidays.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OPERA PERFORMANCE WINNERS' PAGE

The winners' pages for The American Prize in Opera Performance and Conducting is now uploaded. Please email us about any misprints. (For winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Opera Division click here.

Visit The American Prize to see our updated home page which includes banner photos of winners, top and bottom. (A sample of one of the banner images illustrates this post, above.) The banners will be rotated periodically to feature additional winners of The American Prize.

For important updates,  please scroll down:

THE AMERICAN PRIZE in VOCAL PERFORMANCE, 2012
UPDATE: Press Releases and Publicity
UPDATE: Certificates and Prizes
UPDATE: Winner Pages and Website

Friday, September 9, 2011

ADVANCE ANNOUNCEMENT: The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012

The American Prize in Vocal Performance: Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards & Chicago Opera Awards. Although official announcement of the 2012 contests of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (opera/operetta and art song) will not be made until next week, information and application forms may be downloaded now from our website. The postmark deadline for applications is Thursday, December 15, 2011.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

PIANO and COMPOSITION WINNERS' PAGES uploaded, plus HOME PAGE UPDATE

Visit The American Prize to see our updated home page which includes banner photos of winners, top and bottom. These banners will be rotated periodically to feature additional winners of The American Prize (although not ensemble photos, which would, needless to say, be much too small.)

Also, the winners' pages for The American Prize in Composition and The American Prize in Piano, 2011, have been uploaded. Winners and runners-up of The American Prize are featured. Please email us about any misprints.

For three important updates about recent contests, please scroll down:
UPDATE: Press Releases and Publicity
UPDATE: Certificates and Prizes
UPDATE: Winner Pages and Website

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

HOME PAGE update / WINNERS' PAGES

Visit The American Prize to see our updated home page which includes banner photos of winners, top and bottom. These banners will be rotated periodically to feature additional winners of The American Prize (although not ensemble photos, which would, needless to say, be much too small.)

Also, the winners' pages for The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, 2011, have been uploaded. Winners and runners-up of The American Prize are featured. Please email us about any misprints.

For three important updates about recent contests, please scroll down:
UPDATE: Press Releases and Publicity
UPDATE: Certificates and Prizes
UPDATE: Winner Pages and Website

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TAP UPDATES: September 1, 2011

With power restored, The American Prize can get back to business.

Below, please find three separate blogpost updates about the competitions of The American Prize.

UPDATE: Press Releases and Publicity
UPDATE: Certificates and Prizes
UPDATE: Winner Pages and Website

Thanks for your good wishes post-Hurricane Irene.

TAP UPDATE: Press Releases and Publicity

PUBLICITY: Publicity announcing The American Prize finalists, runners-up, winners (and in some cases, semi-finalists) has been recently featured in a number of national publications, especially online. Not every competition is found on every site (many are content-specific, others make an editorial choice about what to publicize) but among online resources where stories about The American Prize contestants have appeared are Musical America, ChoralNet, League of American Orchestras, OrchestraList, National Forum for the Classical Singer, SingersLink, VocalList, and many more. Names of all winners, finalists and semi-finalists may always be found on this blog (use the archive feature in the right-hand column to search for a specific competition.)


If you know of additional national online resources to whom we can send finalist and winner information, especially in the areas of voice, composition and piano, we will add them to the list. Please email us: theamericanprize@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASES: Personalized press releases about winners and runners-up (and in some cases, finalists and semi-finalists) have been sent to the literally hundreds of local media contacts provided by The American Prize contestants. We are delighted that these announcements have generated tens of thousands of webpages about the success of our applicants. Within about a week, a copy of each personalized press release will be forwarded to the contestant. Feel free to share it with more contacts with whom you wish to share your news. We do always recommend you contact your personal media list to be sure the information we sent was received (and did not find its way to a spam folder.)


If you need a generic press release to create your own announcement, we are happy to provide one, please email us.

OFFICIAL LOGO and SEAL:
Although many contestants have already downloaded our logo and official seal for use in programs, publicity and online, each contestant at the semi-final level or higher will receive these materials via email.

THE AMERICAN PRIZE GIFTS: Our new catalog of The American Prize gifts (popular with individual contestants as well as with conductors and members of ensembles) is available on our website and will soon be emailed. Featuring specially-designed The American Prize polos, tees, tote bags, mugs, lapel and dress pins, signature batons, all available nowhere else, proceeds from the sale of The American Prize gifts directly support the non-profit competitions. Look for a FREE SHIPPING code to be posted on our Facebook page soon—but good for only a limited time.

TAP UPDATE: Certificates and Prizes

With Hurricane Irene behind us, we now begin to prepare packets of certificates, evaluations (and for winners, cash prizes). They will be sent to the address found in the applications, in this order: all winners, then all runners-up, all citation recipients, all remaining finalists, then all remaining semi-finalists. Please be patient with this process as each packet is prepared individually.

TAP UPDATE: Winner Pages and Website

WINNERS PAGES: Winners pages in all 2011 competitions will be going live on our website in the coming days. As each one is uploaded, we will announce it on our facebook page and by tweet. We make every effort to be correct and comprehensive, but if you find a mistake or misprint in your information, please email us and we will make the fix. Look for photos of all winners and runner-ups to be added to our Facebook albums soon, as well.

NEW COMPETITIONS:
We have been updating all national competitions for 2012 with revised applications forms and in some cases, revised descriptions.

Contests with December 15, 2011 deadlines (voice, piano, composition) go live first. We will announce on Facebook and by Tweet as each one becomes available.

NEW BLOG: In the coming weeks, a new The American Prize blog will come online. Called The American Prize Winning Links, it will catalog websites and press reports about The American Prize laureates in all contests and at all levels of achievement. Look for more about Winning Links soon.

As always, we welcome comments and suggestions: theamericanprize@gmail.com