Thursday, July 31, 2014


The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST conductors in the choral divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:  
"Never in the five year history of The American Prize, to my recollection, has such a large percentage of semi-finalists in the choral conducting and ensemble categories been advanced to the final round. Even accounting for differences in the size, make-up, location and repertoire of the groups these conductors lead, there is excellence here, albeit of different kinds, deserving of finalist status, additional scrutiny and further evaluation. 

However much the media may try to tell us that classical music is "dead," it is clear that is simply incorrect. If this year's finalists for The American Prize are any indication, the choral art is thriving all over the county, worthy of our attention and our support. Bravi, tutti."

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The American Prize in Conducting (College/University Choral Division)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT
   Southern Utah Univ. Concert Chamber Choir
   Faure—Cantique de Jean Racine, carols, more   
Meredith Bowen   East Lansing, MI
   Meredith Bowen Recital Choir
   Barnett, Diemer, von Bingen, Tavener
Dominick DiOrio   Bloomington, IN
   NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
   Muhly, Howells, Shaw, Argento
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA
   Georgia State University Singers
   Schnittke, Brahms, Lauridsen, Tallis
Timothy S. McDonnell   Naples, FL
   Ave Maria Univ. Combined Choirs
   Brahms—Ein Deutsches Requiem
Colleen Phelps   Cincinnati, OH
   CCM Chamber Singers
   Sullivan—Pirates of Penzance (in concert)
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL
   Wheaton College Concert Choir

The American Prize in Conducting (Community/Youth Choral Division) 

Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA
   Choral Arts Initiative
   Runestad, Warland, Corlis, Dunphy, more
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
   "Christmas with Choral Arts"
Reona Ito   New York, NY
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
   Puccini—Messa di Gloria, Haydn—Te Deum
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
   von Bingen, La Rocca, Barnum, more
Robert Bode   Seattle, WA
   Choral Arts
   Brahms—Ein deutsches Requiem

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