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The American Prize in Orchestral Performance
—high school orchestra
The American Prize winner:
Jasper High School Legacy Orchestra, Ryan Ross, conductor, Plano, TX
|Jasper High School Legacy Orchestra|
Among judges comments: "an exceptional ensemble playing at a high level of accomplishment..."
Arlington High School Philharmonia, Jonathan Handman, conductor, LaGrangeville, NY
|Arlington High School Philharmonia|
Among judges comments: "well balanced sound, with good solo contributions and especially strong string sections."
Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra, Shira Katsman, director, Bellevue, WA
The Interlake High School Chamber Orchestra, an advanced string orchestra from Bellevue, Washington under the direction of Dr. Shira Katsman, consists of 50 students in grades ten through twelve. The group consistently receives superior ratings at the Eastshore Orchestra I Festival, and many orchestra members have placed at the State level in the Solo & Ensemble Festival, participated in the All-Northwest and All-State Orchestras, and performed at the NSO Summer Music Institute. The orchestra has worked with the Lafayette String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Dr. Chin Kim, Nicholas Canellakis, David Becker, Ron Patterson, and Eric Wilson and collaborated with the Academy of Music Northwest and violist Paul Colletti to premier Colletti’s transcription of the long lost J.S. Bach Viola Concerto. In 2013 the orchestra performed in the final round of the ASTA National Orchestra Festival competition in Providence, Rhode Island and received an excellent rating for their expressive and dynamic performance.
Among judges comments: "generous depth of tone, good intonation...performances with a sense of direction and considerable expression."
Special Judges' Citation: Exceptional Accomplishment in String Education and Performance
Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble, Ralph T. Jackson, director, Lansdale, PA
|Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble|
Among judges' comments: "a bell-weather group—showing what is possible when community, school and musical leadership are in apparent harmony."
Congratulations to all!