Full information, including application forms and profiles of former winners, may be found on the website. www.theamericanprize.org
NEW FOR COMPOSERS in 2013: In addition to contests in choral and orchestral composition, there are new categories this year for works for band or wind ensemble and for chamber music. As in the past, there are separate categories for professional and for student composers in all divisions.
NEW FOR VOCALISTS in 2013: In addition to individual contests in opera and in art song, an additional opportunity called the Chicago Oratorio Award is available to performing artists who live within driving distance of that city. As in the past, there are separate categories for men and women and for professional, college/university and community vocalists in both art song and opera divisions.
FOR PIANISTS in 2013: The American Prize sponsors contests in solo piano and in concerto performance, with categories for professional, college/university, community and high school age performers.
The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts unique in scope and structure, providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition. Each year, The American Prize rewards the best recorded performances by individual artists and ensembles in the United States at the professional, community, college and university, church and school levels.
In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of winning performances. The American Prize has awarded more than $10,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.
The American Prize grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country...in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.
With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.
The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.