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From the judges: "Very fine conductors, exceptionally good bands, all down the line. Surely one of the most competitive contests in the history of The American Prize."
The American Prize in Conducting —Band/Wind Ensemble Division, 2012—College/University
Richard Kazuhiko Henebry—New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Boston, MA—Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, Weinstein: Serenade, more
H. Carl Hess—Duquesne University Wind Symphony/Symphony Band, Pittsburgh, PA
Trent A. Hollinger—Peabody Conservatory Players (Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds), Baltimore, MD—Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, Woolfenden, Hahn
David Wacyk—University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, College Park, MD—Stravinsky—Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Husa, McPhee, Gounod, more
The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance, 2012
High School Division
Stroudsburg 9th Grade Concert Band, Stroudsburg, PA, Ben Pritchard, conductor—Reed: Second Suite for Band, Lopez, Edmondson, more
Orange County High School of the Arts Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble, Santa Ana, California, Teren Shaffer, conductor—Holst: Second Suite, Maslanka, Reed, more
Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos, NM, Ted Vives, music director—Orff: Carmina Burana, music by Strauss, Williams, more
The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, Athens, GA, John P. Lynch, conductor—Oquin, Mobberely (commissions), Lorenz, Copland, more
Cornell Wind Ensemble, Ithaca, NY, Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor—Stark, Gallagher, Wadsworth, Likhuta, more
Congratulations to all finalists for what is already proving to be an exciting and musically stimulating competition.
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