Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FINALIST COMPOSERS: orchestral music, 2013

The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the orchestral music category.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in early June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: he American Prize in Composition—Orchestra, Professional Division
    
Lee Actor   Monte Sereno CA
   "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra"
Adrienne Albert  Los Angeles, CA
   "Western Suite"
David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA  
   "Songs of Life & Songs of Death" (E. Dickinson)
Ofer Ben-Amots   Colorado Springs CO  
   "From Darkness to Light" concertino for clarinet, mandolin, and chamber orchestra
Matthew H. Fields   Ann Arbor MI
   "Sages of Chelm"
Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
   "Turn the Page" (for orchestra and electric guitar solo)
Alessandra  Salvati   Miami FL
   "Tektosyne" Three Architectures for Orchestra
Robert Tomaro   Beloit  WI
   "The Bridge of Souls" (Part I)

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra, Student Division
    
Christopher Chandler   Rochester NY 
     “deep in liquid indigo”
Kyle Duffee   Pueblo West CO 
     “Paean”
Michael-Thomas Foumai   Ann Arbor MI
     “Concerto for Orchestra”
Geoffrey Pope   Denver CO
     “Votive”
Liza  Sobel   Cresskill NJ 
     “Piano Concertino”
Youngwoo Yoo   Champaign IL 
     “Honbul (Re-creation from above)”

Congratulations!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

FINALIST COMPOSERS: band/wind ensemble, 2013

The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the band/wind ensemble category.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

"As we begin to announce finalists, and ultimately the winners and runners-up in each division, it is proving to be a very tight and exciting race... The depth of talent (in a variety of styles) is truly impressive."

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in early June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Band, Professional Division
    
Jesse Ayers   Canton OH  
   “...and they gathered on Mount Carmel”
Jesse Ayers   Canton OH  
   “Jericho”
Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH  
   “Chamber Symphony No. 4 for Saxophone and Winds”
Lansing McLoskey   Miami FL  
   “What We Do Is Secret”
Darren Mitchell   Kirkland WA  
   “Ascension”
David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN  
   “Synergistic Parable”
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn   Wichita KS  
   “Fireworks”


FINALISTS The American Prize in Composition—Band, Student Division
    
Viet Cuong   Marietta GA  
   “Sound and Smoke”
Jae Lee Johns   Creek GA  
   “The Final Redemption”
David Clay Mettens   Covington KY  
   “A very hungry butterfly”
Maya Nag & Rebecca Yang  Saratoga CA  
   “Arab Spring”
   
Congratulations!
    

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FINALISTS in ART SONG (women, all divisions), 2013

Friedrich Schorr as Wotan
The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards is pleased to announce FINALISTS in art song (women, all divisions), 2013.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

          "Perhaps, if the overall quality of the applicants in this competition is a guide, there is evidence of the beginning of renaissance in the art of recital singing in this country. So much elegant, graceful, musical and heartfelt vocalism is on display, along with some wonderful performance concepts—one hopes it may prove to be the case..."

Congratulations.

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in early June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

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FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song, professional division, women

Rebekah Alexander   Brookline MA
Kristina Bachrach   Holliston MA
Karol Carroll   Manchester NH
Abigail Krawson   Jamaica Plain MA
Dana Zenobi   Austin TX
Amaya Arberas   New York NY
Rebekah Auyeung   Frisco TX
Jessica Louise Coe   Chicago IL
Kristen Frost   St. Louis  MO
Rosalind Lee   Oak Park IL
Natalie Mann   Moreno Valley CA
Emily Marvosh   Cambridge MA
Joanna Porackova   Lexington MA

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song, college/university division, women
     
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Dana  Kephart   Flemington NJ
Rachel Policar   New York NY
Diana Yodzis   Matthews NC
Courtney Miller   Jamaica Plain MA
Megan  Slack   Cincinnati OH
Lilla Heinrich Szasz   Princeton NJ

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song, high school division, women
     
Olivia Boen   River Forest IL
Emily Peterson   San Diego CA
Emily Pogorelc   Whitefish Bay WI

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The American Prize: SEMI-FINALIST ENSEMBLES, 2013

The American Prize  is pleased to announce ENSEMBLE semi-finalists for 2013.

Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

Owing to the number of qualified candidates advanced to the semi-final rounds in certain categories, and as allowed under the rules, one prize will be awarded in each of the following divisions. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions at their discretion.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional orchestra  
     
John Gordon Ross  Western Piedmont Symphony         Hickory, NC
Nan Harrison   Washburn Michigan Philharmonic   Plymouth, MI
     
     
The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra  

Donald L. Appert   Clark College Orchestra          Vancouver, WA
Donald L. Appert   Oregon Sinfonietta   Portland, OR
David Bernard   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony   New York, NY
Robert W. Butts   The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey   Madison, NJ
Anna Edwards   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra       Seattle, WA
Charles Salembier   Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra   Waynesboro, VA
Tara Towson Villa   Davidson College Symphony Orchestra   Davidson, NC
James Villani   Manassas Symphony Orchestra       Manassas, VA
     
     
The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university orchestra  

Michael Alexander   Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra   Kennesaw, GA
Steven Amundson   St. Olaf Orchestra  Northfield, MN
Taeyoung Lee   Mannes Orchestra   New York, NY
Jaemi Loeb   Centre College Orchestra   Danville, KY
Mitchell Arnold   West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra   Morgantown, WV
Stephen Heyde   Baylor Symphony   Waco, TX
Jeffery Meyer   Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra   Ithaca, NY
Dr. Bryce Seliger   Pacific Philharmonic   Forest Grove, OR
     

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—school orchestra  

Jonathan Handman   Arlington HS Philharmonia   LaGrangeville, NY
Dr. Shira Katsman   Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra   Bellevue, WA
Patrick R. O'Connor   District 214 Honors Orchestra   Mt. Prospect, IL
Ryan Ross   Jasper HS Legacy Orchestra   Plano, TX
Ralph T. Jackson   Bridle Path/ Montgomery Select String Ensemble   Lansdale, PA
     
     
The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra  

Mary Cowans   Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra   Saratoga Springs, NY
Dr.Thomas Taylor Dickey   Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra   Dubuque, IA
Alyze Dreiling   YPO Soloist Ensemble   San Diego, CA
Gabriella Fryer   Vivace   Poughkeepsie, NY
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony   Houston, TX
     
     
The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance

     
Brian Hughes   Quad City Wind Ensemble   Davenport, IA
David Thomas Kehler   Kennesaw State Univ. Wind Ensemble   Kennesaw, GA
Stephen Meyer   Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble   League City, TX
Teren  Shaffer   Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble           Santa Ana, CA


The American Prize in Choral Performance—community

Ryan Brandau   Princeton Pro Musica   Princeton, NJ
Eric Nelson   Atlanta Sacred Chorale   Atlanta, GA
Judith Gary   The Virginia Consort Festival Chorus   Charlottesville, VA
Mark Shapiro  The Cecilia Chorus of New York  NY, NY
Mark Shapiro   Cantori New York   New York, NY
Ryan Heller   Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble   Austin, TX
Donald Kendrick   Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra   Sacramento, CA
Kathleen McGuire   Singers of the Street                        San Francisco, CA
Nancy Menk   South Bend Chamber Singers                   South Bend, IN
Robert Bode   Choral Arts   Seattle, WA
Marsha Owens   Washington Festival Chorale   Washington, PA
Michael Pettry   Indianapolis Symphonic Choir   Indianapolis, IN
Loren Ponten   Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble   Seattle, WA
     

The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university

     
James M. Reddan   Linn-Benton Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir   Albany, OR
James M. Reddan   Linn-Benton Concert Choir        Albany, OR
Kimberly Dunn Adams   Western Michigan University Chorale   Kalamazoo, MI
Peggy Dettwiler   Mansfield University Concert Choir   Mansfield, PA
David Holdhusen   Univ. of South Dakota Chamber Singers   Vermillion, SD
Richard Nance   Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West   Tacoma, WA
James Rodde   Iowa State Singers   Ames, IA
Mark Shapiro   LIU Post Chorus   Brookville, NY
Mark Shapiro   LIU Post Chamber Singers   Brookville, NY
Ethan Sperry   Portland State Chamber Choir   Portland, OR


The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth/high school

Karyn Joaquino Brearley   B-Naturals   New York, NY
Erin E. Plisco   Pinecrest High School Chamber Ensemble   Southern Pines, NC
Angie Johnson   Young Naperville Singers Chamber Singers   Naperville, IL
     

The American Prize in Opera Performance
     
Karen Rich   dell'Arte Opera Ensemble   New York, NY
Mary E. Sederburg   Undercroft Opera   Pittsburgh, PA
Lidiya Yankovskaya   Lowell House Opera, Harvard University   Cambridge, MA
Brian DeMaris   Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
Carleen Graham   Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam   Potsdam, NY
Alan E. Hicks   Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre, Univ. of Iowa   Iowa City, IA
Tracelyn Gesteland   University of South Dakota Opera   Vermillion, SD
     

Friday, May 17, 2013

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting, 2013

The American Prize  is pleased to announce semi-finalists in CONDUCTING for 2013.

Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

Owing to the number of qualified candidates advanced to the semi-final rounds in certain categories, and as allowed under the rules, one prize will be awarded in each of the following divisions. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions at their discretion.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Conducting—Orchestra division, professional
     
Darin Lewis  Simpatico Chamber Ensemble  Stamford, CT
Jason Lim   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra   Denton, TX
Judith Morse   Edison Symphony Edison, NJ
Vlad Vizireanu   George Enescu Philharmonic   Bucharest, Romania
Nan Harrison Washburn   Michigan Philharmonic   Plymouth, MI
     

The American Prize in Conducting—Orchestra division, community
     
Donald L. Appert  Clark College Orchestra  Vancouver, WA
David Bernard   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony   New York, NY
Robert W. Butts   The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey   Madison, NJ
Anna Edwards   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra     Seattle, WA
Christopher Koch   Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra   Springfield, MO
Benjamin Lorenzo   Stillwater/OSU Community Orchestra   Stillwater, OK
Tara Towson Villa   Davidson College Symphony Orchestra   Davidson, NC      

  
The American Prize in Conducting—Orchestra division, college/university (revised)

David Gargaro   Bard College Orchestra   Annandale on Hudson, NY
Taeyoung Lee   Mannes Orchestra   New York, NY
Qinqing Qian   SFCM Conservatory Orchestra   San Francisco, CA
Alexandra Dee   Florida State University Philharmonia   Tallahassee, FL
Carlos Espinosa  University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra Lawrence, KS
Steven Eric Hawk   University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra   Athens, GA
Lance Inouye   Lewis and Clark Orchestra   Honolulu, HI
Jeffery Meyer   Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra   Ithaca, NY
Dr. Jason Fredrick Rinehart   Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe   Monroe, LA
Dr. Bryce Seliger   Pacific Philharmonic   Forest Grove, OR
Kevin Sutterlin   University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra   Memphis, TN
Chaowen Ting   Eastman Philharmonia   Rochester, NY
Vlad Vizireanu   Arizona State Univ. Symphony Orchestra   Tempe, AZ
Vera Volchansky   Mellersville University Orchestra   Lancaster, PA
     
 
The American Prize in Conducting—Orchestra division, youth
      
Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey   Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra   Dubuque, IA
Alyze Dreiling   YPO Soloist Ensemble   San Diego, CA
Jonathan Handman   Vivace Arlington HS Philharmonia   Poughkeepsie, NY
Christopher T.F. Hanson  SMART Orchestra  San Marcos, TX
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony   Houston, TX
     
  
The American Prize in Conducting—Choral division     

Donald Kendrick   Sacramento Choral Society   Sacramento, CA
Darin Lewis   St. Francis Choir   Stamford, CT
Thomas R. Vozzella   Free Will Baptist Choral Union   Nashville, TN
Ingrid Lestrud   Conservatory Choir   Chicago, IL
Peggy Dettwiler   Mansfield University Festival Chorus   Mansfield, PA
Timothy S. McDonnell   Ave Maria University Chamber Choir   Ave Maria, FL
Richard Nance   Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West   Tacoma, WA


The American Prize in Conducting—Band/Wind Ensemble division   
     
Joel Bein   High Desert Winds   Santa Fe, NM
Jason D. Duran   Lakeside Pride Sympnonic Band   Chicago, IL
Brian Hughes   Quad City Wind Ensemble   Davenport, IA
Kevin Sutterlin   Musikgesellschaft Emmen   Emmen, Switzerland
Benjamin Lorenzo (various) Austin, Lubbock TX, West Point, NY
Thanapol Setabrahmana   CCM Wind Studies      Cincinnati, OH
Christopher Unger   Eastman Wind Ensemble/Eastman Wind Orchestra   Rochester, NY


The American Prize in Conducting—Opera & Music Theater division
           
Robert W. Butts   Opera at Florham   Florham Park,  NJ
Maria Sensi Sellner   Hubbard Hall Opera Theater   Cambridge, NY
Robert W. Butts   BONJ Opera   Madison, NJ
Eric Peterson   Savoynet Performing Group   Buxton, England
Maria Sensi Sellner   Boston Opera Collaborative   Boston, MA
Lidiya Yankovskaya   Lowell House Opera, Harvard University   Cambridge, MA      
Brian DeMaris   Ithaca College   Ithaca, NY
Qinqing Qian   San Francisco Conservatory of Music   San Francisco, CA
Randi Ellen Rudolph   Ram's Head Theatrical Society at Stanford Univ.   Stanford, CA      



Vytautas Marijosius
The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award 

John Stickler   Gulf Coast Symphony   Biloxi, MS
Donald L. Appert   Oregon Sinfonietta   Portland, OR
Donald L. Appert   Clark College Orchestra   Vancouver, WA
Jason Love   Columbia Orchestra   Ellicott City, MD
Tara Towson Villa   Lee County Community Orchestra   Sanford, NC
Tara Towson Villa   Davidson College Symphony Orchestra   Davidson, NC
Tian Hui Ng   Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra   South Hadley, MA
Jeffery Meyer   Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra   Ithaca, NY
Jeffery Meyer   Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra   Ithaca, NY
Dr. Bryce Seliger   Pacific Philharmonic   Forest Grove, OR
Alyze Dreiling   YPO Soloist Ensemble   San Diego, CA

Monday, May 13, 2013

OPERA & ART SONG FINALISTS (men), 2013

The American Prize in Voice Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards is pleased to announce FINALISTS in opera and art song for 2013 (men). Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.

Because of the limited number of qualified men advanced to the semi-final rounds in opera and art song, and as allowed under the rules, one prize will be awarded in each division. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions at their discretion. 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera Division, men
     
Mitchell Hutchings   Cincinnati OH
Christian Ketter   Chicago IL 
Michael Orlinsky   Chicago IL


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song Division, men

Michael Cavalieri   Homewood IL
Darren Chase   New York NY
Andrew Fuchs   Astoria NY
H. Conor Angell   Houghton NY
Thomas Alaan Lipsmeyer   Chicago IL

Friday, May 3, 2013

FINALISTS in PIANO PERFORMANCE, 2013 (SOLO)


The American Prize is pleased to announce finalists in piano solo performance for 2013. Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

One prize will be awarded in each of the following divisions. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions at their discretion.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013—solo piano, professional division
    
Hye Kyeong Cho   Lacey WA   Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann
Richard Fountain   Plainview TX   "American Ivory"
Petronel Malan   Waukesha WI   "Tchaikovsky Transfigured"
Adam Tendler   New York NY   "Night Thoughts—Rothko Chapel"
Stephen Wilber   Chattenooga TN   "Piano"

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013—solo piano, student division

Anthony Michael Cornet  Altoona CA
Hwayoung Noh   Macomb IL
Alice Burla   Ossining NY

Congratulations!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

FINALISTS in PIANO PERFORMANCE, 2013 (CONCERTO)


The American Prize is pleased to announce finalists in piano concerto performance for 2013. Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013—concerto

Alice Burla   Ossining NY
     Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Anthony Michael Cornet   Altoona PA 
     Liszt: Totentanz 
Graciella  Kowalczyk   Alvaton KY
     Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 
 SungEun Park  Austin TX 
     Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Congratulations!