Saturday, March 31, 2012

CHICAGO OPERA AWARD winners announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winners of the CHICAGO OPERA AWARD for 2012.

From a field of very strong contenders, Maestro David Katz has selected three vocalists to solo with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at their spring opera/operetta favorites concert on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 7:30 pm at St James Epsicopal Cathedral, north of the Loop. Each will receive a $500 fee for their performance. For tickets, follow this link.

The winners are:
CHRISTINE STEYER, soprano, who will sing arias by Puccini and Lehar.
WILLIAM BENNETT, tenor, who will sing solos by Donizetti and Romberg.
ANDREW BAWDEN, bartione, who will perform arias from Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro.

All three soloists will join chorus and orchestra in selections from Copland's opera, The Tender Land.

Winners of the CHICAGO OPERA AWARD were chosen separately from all other judging for The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. The selection of Chicago Opera Award winners has no bearing on final results in the other competitions. Finalists in the opera and art song divisions of The American Prize contests will be announced later. Please "friend" the competition's Facebook page to learn exactly when those announcements will be made.

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CHRISTINE STEYER
Steyer was the 2011 winner of The American Prize in Art Song, the Mercer Award and was a Bronze Medal winner at American Traditions Competition.  She has performed with opera houses including Lyric Opera of Chicago and has received critical acclaim for Violetta, Butterfly and the Marschallin.  Recently, Christine gave recitals with Philip Morehead.  She can be heard on Caroline Myss' Voices of the Sacred.  Ms. Steyer has performed for 15,000 schoolchildren with Bellissima Opera Outreach, an organization she founded. Christinesteyer.com


WILLIAM BENNETT
For his 2011 debut with Light Opera Works in the demanding title role of the Student Prince, the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones praised “the gorgeously voiced young tenor William Bennett.” William Bennett has also performed solo operatic roles with Chicago Symphony Kraft Series, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Opera in the Neighborhoods program, Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program, Ash Lawn Opera, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, Cedar Rapids Opera, Elgin Opera and DuPage Opera Theater.



ANDREW BAWDEN
Originally from Springfield, Illinois, and now living in Virginia, Andrew Bawden, a doctoral student studying with Professor Kevin McMillan, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Urbana Center for Alexander Technique, and the Eastman School of Music. In 2007, he was the first place winner and audience favorite winner of the Rochester Classical Idol Competition. Recent credits include roles with Opera Vivente, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater and Tri-Cities Opera.
 

Friday, March 23, 2012

THIS WEEK at TAP (week of Mar 24)

1. We expect to announce the three winners of the Chicago Opera Award later this week. Announcements in all other competitions will be made according to the schedules published with each competition's guidelines. Visit (or "Friend") our Facebook pages to learn in advance exactly when  information about each competition will be published.

2. We continue to process and receive applications from conductors and ensembles for the spring round of competitions. The postmark deadline for the 2012 contests is Monday, April 2, 2012. If you plan to apply and have encountered an issue that requires you to need more time, please email the administrator for more information at theamericanprize@gmail.com

3. The American Prize is honored to announce that it has a received a gift making it possible for us to award The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Award in Orchestral Programming in perpetuity. (Please see related story on this blog.)

GIFT establishes VYTAUTAS MARIJOSIUS Programming AWARD in PERPETUITY

The American Prize is honored to announce that it has received a generous gift from the family of Maestro Vytautas Marijosius to fund in perpetuity its unique award in orchestral programming. The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian Maestro who taught at the Hartt School of Music for more than thirty years.

The Marijosius Award recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community. It was first presented in 2011.

The postmark deadline for the 2012 programming competition is Monday, April 2, 2012.
Complete information, including requirements and application forms, may be found on the website The American Prize.  

For more about the Marijosius Award (including profiles of previous winners) and to discover the brilliance and the wit of the man for whom the award is named, please visit our companion blog,  Remembering Marijosius.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

REMINDER for conductors & ensembles

A REMINDER to conductors and ensembles: The extended postmark deadline for applications in all conductor and ensemble contests is Monday, April 2, 2012. Although the date on the applications (and elsewhere on the website) will not change, be assured that all applications postmarked by the new date will be processed as "on time." Questions? Please email theamericanprize@gmail.com

Sunday, March 11, 2012

CHICAGO OPERA AWARD FINALISTS


The American Prize is pleased to announce finalists for the Chicago Opera Award, listed below, alphabetically by state. Congratulations. Finalists will be contacted by email early this coming week with a request for additional information. We ask all finalists to respond as quickly as possible to the email so final decisions may be made very soon.

The selection process for the Chicago Opera Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other and all rankings are decided and announced separately. The three singers selected to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra will be announced on The American Prize blog and to the media as winners of the Chicago Opera Award, but will not receive additional written evaluations or certificates beyond those they may receive as contestants for The American Prize. 

CHICAGO OPERA AWARD FINALISTS, 2012

Claire Stadtmueller    CT
Geoffrey Agpalo    IL   
William Bennett    IL   
Rosalind Lee        IL 
Sarah McIntyre     IL   
Patrice Michaels    IL
Juliet Petrus        IL      
Christine Steyer    IL   
Kate Tombaugh    IL   
Aaron Wardell    IL   
Marci Wagnon   IN  
Annie Gill   MD
Greer Davis     NY   
Matthew  Garrett    NY   
Maren Weinberger    NY   
Annie Gill        OH   
Kelsey Betzelberger    OR   
Suzanne Vinnik        PA        
Andrew Bawden        VA  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

SEMI-FINALISTS in ART SONG, 2012

The American Prize is pleased to announce semi-finalists for The American Prize in Art Song Performance, 2012. To know the exact day when finalists will be announced, based on the schedule previously published for this competition, please "like" our Facebook pages or subscribe to our Twitter account, where the exact schedule will be announced first.

(Please note that the announcement of FINALISTS for the CHICAGO OPERA AWARD has been delayed one day, until Sunday at 4pm.)

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.
Please make us aware of any misprints by emailing theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Art Song—professional division (women)  

Sharin Apostolou, NY   
Rebekah AuYeung, TX
Katherine Bergman, IL
Alyssa Bowlby, CT 
Karol Carroll, NH   
Holly Thomson DiClaudio, GA   
Shadi Ebrahimi, MA   
Frances Fenton, TX   
Darlene Koldenhoven, CA   
Jeanai LaVita, NY  
Lisa Lowry, IN   
Celeste Mann, PA   
Judy O. Marchman, FL 
Joann Martinson, ND  
Jessica McCormack, OH   
Sarah McIntyre, IL   
Patrice Michaels, IL   
Malya Muth, WA  
Jennifer Paschal, NC  
Juliet Petrus, IL   
Maggie Schwenker, PA   
Kate Tombaugh, IL  
Anneliese von Goerken, WA   

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Art Song—professional division (men) 

Geoffrey Agpalo, IL    
Johnny Butler, DC    
Matthew Garrett, NY    
Jeffrey Hill, NC   
Patrick Howle, MO    
Christian Ketter, IL   
Darryl Lewis, OH    
Chad R. Payton, MS    
Ivan Rivera, NY    
Randall Scotting, CO    
Darryl Taylor, CA   
 
 
The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Art Song—college/university division (women)
   
Deborah Blakesley, WA   
Ruth Hartt, MA 
Sanghee Park, TX 
Sarah Richardson, WI 
Elizabeth Mary Sutphen, NY 
Yilin Hsu Wentlandt, CA 
   
The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Art Song—college/university division (men)

Andrew Bawden, VA   
Jonathan F. Cooper, OH 
Matthew J. Daniels, FL 
Michael Orlinsky, IL   
Mitchell Sturges, AZ   

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Art Song—high school division (women)

Grace Canfield, IL  
Clare Demer, AZ   
Madison Williams, OH   
 

SEMI-FINALISTS in OPERA, 2012


The American Prize is pleased to announce semi-finalists for The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2012. To know the exact day when finalists will be announced, based on the schedule previously published for this competition, please "like" our Facebook pages or subscribe to our Twitter account, where the exact schedule will be announced first.

(Please note that the announcement of FINALISTS for the CHICAGO OPERA AWARD has been delayed one day, until Sunday at 4pm.)

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.
Please make us aware of any misprints by emailing theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Opera—professional division (women)  

Sharin Apostolou, NY
Rebekah AuYeung, TX
Katherine Bergman, IL
Nancy Anne Davis, WI
Greer Davis, NY 
Shadi Ebrahimi, MA  
Frances Fenton, TX 
Annie  Gill, OH   
Julie-Anne Hamula, NJ   
Angela Jajko, MA  
Kristin Johnston, IL 
Jeanai LaVita, NY 
Rosalind Lee, IL  
Celeste Mann, PA   
Joann Martinson, ND  
Sarah McIntyre, IL 
Patrice Michaels, IL 
Natasha Novitskaia, NY  
Juliet Petrus, IL   
Erin Pettitt, IL 
Vicki Revere, CT  
Naomi Isabel Ruiz, NJ  
Sara Salas, IL  
Claire Stadtmueller, CT   
Christine Steyer, IL   
Kate Tombaugh, IL   
Suzanne Vinnik, PA   
Marci Wagnon, IN   
Susan Wheeler, VA

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Opera—professional division (men) 

Geoffrey Agpalo, IL   
William Bennett, IL   
Matthew Garrett, NY   
Adelmo Guidarelli, NY   
Jeffrey Hill, NC   
Christian Ketter, IL   
Simon Kyung Lee, IL   
Ivan Rivera, NY   
Randall Scotting, CO   
Aaron Wardell, IL   
Duane Wittman, PA

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Opera—college/university division (women)
   
Karen Amlaw, MA   
Kelsey Betzelberger, OR  
Deborah Blakesley, WA
Shayna Cantrell, FL 
Gabriella Carrillo, AZ   
Leslie Collie, TX   
Ruth Hartt, MA   
Aumna Iqbal, CA   
Iva Kupresak, NY   
Romelia Lupas, MI   
Brianna Meese, NJ 
Rebecca Paul, NY   
Laura Proctor, NY   
Andrea Ramos, TX   
Nicole Renna, NJ   
Schyler Sheltrown, MI   
Elizabeth Mary Sutphen, NY   
Julia Katherine Walsh, PA   
Maren Weinberger, NY 
Yilin Hsu Wentlandt, CA 
Alma Westerberg, VA   

The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2012
Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards
Opera—college/university division (men)

Andrew Bawden, VA 
Cristopher Frisco, PA  
Mo Li, OH   
Michael Orlinsky, IL   
Johnathan Riesen, MI   
Mitchell Sturges, AZ  
Andrew York, FL   

Monday, March 5, 2012

CHICAGO OPERA AWARD semi-finalists announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the Chicago Opera Award, listed below, alphabetically by state.

The selection process for the Chicago Opera Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other and all rankings are handled and announced separately. The three singers selected to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra will be announced on The American Prize blog and to the media as winners of the Chicago Opera Award, but will not receive additional written evaluations or certificates beyond those they may receive as contestants for The American Prize.

We expect to announce Chicago Opera Award finalists by the end of this week, and semi-finalists for the various vocal competitions of The American Prize at about the same time. Please visit or "like" our facebook page for the exact schedule of when additional announcements will be made.

SEMI-FINALISTS for the CHICAGO OPERA AWARD:

Mitchell Sturges    AZ
Claire Stadtmueller    CT
Geoffrey Agpalo    IL   
William Bennett    IL   
Katherine Bergman IL      
Christian Ketter    IL   
Simon Kyung Lee    IL   
Rosalind Lee        IL   
Sarah McIntyre     IL   
Patrice Michaels    IL
Michael Orlinsky    IL   
Juliet Petrus        IL      
Christine Steyer    IL   
Kate Tombaugh    IL   
Aaron Wardell    IL   
Marci Wagnon    IN   
Ruth Hartt        MA   
Johnathan Riesen    MI   
Greer Davis     NY   
Matthew  Garrett    NY   
Natasha Novitskaia NY   
Ivan Rivera        NY   
Maren Weinberger    NY   
Annie Gill        OH   
Kelsey Betzelberger    OR   
Celeste Mann        PA   
Suzanne Vinnik        PA   
Julia Katherine Walsh    PA     
Andrew Bawden        VA    
Susan Wheeler        VA   
Nancy Anne Davis        WI 

Congratulations to all semi-finalists. Please let us know of any misprints. Many thanks.
         

Friday, March 2, 2012

COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS, 2012 (choral)

The American Prize is pleased to begin the selection of this year's winners of The American Prize in Composition, orchestral and choral divisions, with today's announcement of semi-finalists for these prizes.

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, added this note: "The tremendous display of talent, craftsmanship, variety of subject matter and style represented by the works of the composers below has me very excited. I have no idea what the final outcome will be, but I do know that the winning work and composer will be chosen from some very fine company. Congratulations to all."

Below, please find semi-finalists in each of the competitions listed, arranged by category (professional, student) in alphabetical order, along with the name of the submitted work. Congratulations to all semi-finalists. Do make us aware of any misprints. (theamericanprize@gmail.com)

The American Prize in Composition—Choral Division (professional)

Jonathan Adams, AR    This Still Room; All Men Dream
David Avshalomov, CA    There's a Wind
Melinda Bargreen, WA    selected choral works
Daniel Barnard, TX     Requiem for a Sailor
Greg Bartholomew, WA    selected choral works
Dr. Ross C. Bernhardt, TX    selected choral works           
Sy Brandon, AZ    I Am Music
Jenni Brandon, CA    selected choral works             
Jordan Andrew Davis, CA    Ave Verum Corpus
Nancy Bloomer Deussen, CA    The Message; Et in Terra Pax
Burton Goldstein, CA     Pater Noster
John C. Griffin, MI    When Music Sounds
Brian W. Holmes, CA   Amherst Requiem
Clyde Edward Hupton, NY    Requiem for the Victims of Genocide
Amanda Jacobs, NY     Mass for the Living
Ryan Keebaugh, VA     ...the last words
Anne Carol Kilstofte, AZ    Soft Footfalls: Song of the Anasazi
Jonathan Kolm, VA   On the Beach at Night
Lansing McLoskey, FL    The Memory of Rain; Burning Chariots
Timothy Michael Powell, SC    Incarnatio Mysteria
Gordon Ring, VA    Magnificat
Robert A.M. Ross, PA    Psalm 51; Of Nature and Humility
Paul J. Rudoi, MN  selected choral works
David P. Sartor, TN     Thy Light is Come
Kyle Simpson, PA    Self-Portrait in an Upstairs Window


The American Prize in Composition—Choral Division (student)

Costantinos Dafnis, MI    Carmen Vocis
Joshua Fishbein, CA    selected choral works   
Jason Michael Saunders, WA    selected choral works        
 

COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS, 2012 (orchestra)

The American Prize is pleased to begin the selection of this year's winners of The American Prize in Composition, orchestral and choral divisions, with today's announcement of semi-finalists for these prizes.

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, added this note: "The tremendous display of talent, craftsmanship, variety of subject matter and style represented by the works of the composers below has me very excited. I have no idea what the final outcome will be, but I do know that the winning work and composer will be chosen from some very fine company. Congratulations to all."

Below, please find semi-finalists in each of the competitions listed, arranged by category (professional, student) in alphabetical order, along with the name of the submitted work. Congratulations to all semi-finalists. Do make us aware of any misprints. (theamericanprize@gmail.com)

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra Division (professional)

Lee Actor, CA    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Donald L. Appert, WA    Northwest Triptych
David Avshalomov, CA    Trotzky's Train
Seth Boustead, IL    This Point Forward
Sy Brandon, AZ    Celebration Overture
Oliver Caplan, MA    Journey to the West
Richard Chiarappa, CT    Uncle Sal's Cello
Nancy Bloomer Deussen, CA    Trinity Alps
Raphael Fusco, NJ    Sinfonia Drammatica
Michael Gatonska, CT    The Whispering Wind
Burton Goldstein, CA    Pale Fire
Raymond Horton, IN    Make Gentle the Life of This World
Michael S. Horwood, AB, Canada    National Park Suite
Michael S. Horwood, AB, Canada    Symphony No. 1
David C. Janssen, MA    The Return of the Son of Man
Douglas Knehans, OH    Ripple—for Large Orchestra
Jonathan Kolm, VA    Prophecies
Osnat Netzer, MA    Common Ground
Reynaldo Ochoa, TX    The Rainmakers Helper
Matthew  Peterson, IN     Hyperborea
David P. Sartor, TN    Portent and Apotheosis
Baljinder Sekhon, II, FL    The Offering
Kyle Simpson, PA    Journey Into Wissameking
Bradley Sowash, OH    The Spirit of Christmas
Greg A. Steinke, OR    All in a Moment's Time
John Van Geem    IL    Overture to Ellipse
Michael Glenn Williams    CA    New West Overture
Judith Lang Zaimont    AZ    Solar Traveller 

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra Division (student)

Jason Thorpe Buchanan, NY    Berlin Songs
Michael-Thomas Foumai, HI     The Light-Bringer
Roberto Kalb, MA    Mascaras for Orchestra
Peter F. Nostrand, VA    The Dutchess, The Last Waltz, Ravello, Antibes, Gentle Rain
Alessandra Salvati, FL    Sinfonia
Liza White, IL    Step!

Congratulations, again.

PIANO SEMI-FINALISTS, 2012

The American Prize is pleased to begin the selection of this year's winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance, solo and concerto divisions, with today's announcement of semi-finalists for these prizes.

Below, please find semi-finalists in each of the competitions listed, arranged by category (professional, college/university/high school) in alphabetical order. Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

The American Prize in Solo Piano Performance—professional division
Cole Burger, MD   
Catharine Quillen Dornin, NH       
Lara Downes, CA       
Graciella Kowalczyk, KY       
Nathanael May, MO       
Amaury Morales, PA       
Michael Rector, MS   

The American Prize in Solo Piano Performance—college/university division
Aeryeon Jang                        
Kevin Kwan Loucks, NY  

Jennifer Miao, TN       
Youngmi Moon, GA              
Azariah Tan, MI                                             
Sukyung Yang, IL                   
Yuanchang Zhou, MI     


The American Prize in Piano Performance—high school division  
Michael Davidman, NY    
Taide Ding, MS    
T.J. Keanu Tario, NY                

The American Prize in Concerto Performance—college/university division
Kevin Kwan Loucks, NY   
Azariah Tan,  MI   
Azariah Tan,  MI   
Azariah Tan,  MI    

(Mr. Tan made three separate applications.) 

The American Prize in Concerto Performance—high school division
Michael Davidman, NY
Jim Lu, UT   
Jing Luo, VA    


Please let us know of any misprints. (theamericanprize@gmail.com)

 


Postmark DEADLINE for CONDUCTORS, ENSEMBLES extended to April 2nd

To allow more time for conductors and ensembles who may have just heard of The American Prize, or those who may wish to include their most recently-performed winter concerts with their materials, we have extended the postmark deadline for applicants in all conducting and ensemble categories to Monday, April 2, 2012.

Although the date on the application forms (and other locations on the website) will not change, be assured that all applications postmarked by the later date will be processed as on-time.

Questions about applications? Please email theamericanprize@gmail.com