Monday, July 30, 2012

FINALISTS: High School Orchestras, Youth Orchestras, and their conductors, 2012

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST conductors and ensembles, 2012, in the High School Orchestra and Youth Orchestra divisions. Please scroll down for additional finalist conductors and ensembles in choral and orchestral music, wind band, opera and musical theater. More announcements to follow. Congratulations!

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The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2012—Youth Orchestra Division

Dubuque Youth Symphony Orchestra
, Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey, conductor, Dubuque, IA—Sullivan, Wagner, Mascagni, Vaughan Williams, more

YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra & Soloist Ensemble, Alyze Dreiling, conductor, San Diego, CA—Golijov, Respighi, Biber, more

Vivace of the Stringendo Orchestra School, Jonathan Handman & Emily Schaad, directors, Poughkeepsie, NY—Suk, Mozart, more

Germantown Performing Arts Center Youth Symphony Orchestra
, Pu-Qi Jiang, conductor, Germantown, TN—Dvorak: New World Symphony, more

Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director, Orange, CA—Franck: Symphony in D minor, Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony, more

Houston Youth Symphony Orchestra
, Michael Webster, conductor, Houston, TX—Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 


The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2012—High School Division

Midway Philharmonic,
Beau Benson, conductor, Waco, TX—Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, more

Arlington HS Philharmonia
, Jonathan Handman, conductor, LaGrangeville, NY—Barber, Respighi, more


The American Prize in Conducting—Orchestra Division, 2012—Youth/High School

Beau Benson—Midway Philharmonic, Waco, TX—Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven

James Feddeck—Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland, OH—Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Jon Handman—Arlington High School Philharmonia/Vivace of the Stringendo Orchestra School, Poughkeepsie, NY—Mozart: Divertimento, Barber: Adagio

Christopher T.F. Hanson—S.M.A.R.T. Orchestra, San Marcos, TX—Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Anderson, Copland, more

Nathaniel Meyer—Belmont Festival Orchestra, Belmont, MA—Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
Michael Webster—Houston Youth Symphony, Houston, TX—Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1

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