Thursday, July 31, 2014


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2014 in all categories. 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."

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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The American Prize in Choral Performance (college/university)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT
   Southern Utah Univ. Opus Chamber Choir
   Durufle, Barber, Hennagin, more
Dr. Joshua Bronfman   Grand Forks, ND
   Univ. of North Dakota Concert Choir
   "Of the Valley" (Antognini, Gjeilo, Miskinis, more)
David Holdhusen   Vernillion, SD
   Univ. of South Dakota Chamber Singers
   Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Schlenker, more
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA
   Georgia State U. University Singers
   Dove "The Passing of the Year," more
Karen Kenaston-French   Arlington, TX
   Univ. of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir
   "The Road Home" (Paulus, Mendelssohn, Debussy, more)
Dr. Amanda Quist   Princeton, NJ
   Westminster Choir College Kantorei
   Schutz, Handel, Buxtehude, Isaac, more
James Reddan  Albany, OR
   Linn-Benton Comm. College Re-Choired Element
      Chamber Choir      
   Poulenc, Whitacre, Hogan, more
Jeffrey R. Sandborg   Salem, VA
   Roanoke College Choir
   Howells, Houkom, Brahms, Christiansen, more
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe   Los Angeles, CA
   USC Thornton Chamber Singers
   Lauridsen "Nocturnes," more
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL
   Wheaton College Concert Choir
   Handel "Dixit Dominus," more
Lisa Wong   Wooster, OH
   Wooster Chorus from the College of Wooster
   Whitacre, Robinovitch, Ticheli, more

The American Prize in Choral Performance (community)

Emilie Amrein   Chicago, IL
   Peregrine Vocal Ensemble
   "Music to Mark the Day of the Dead"
Ryan Brandau   Princeton, NJ
   Princeton Pro Musica
   Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Van, Finzi
Becky Durham/Barlow Bradford   Salt Lake City, UT
   Utah Chamber Artists
   Stanford, Miskinis, Barnum, more
Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA
   Choral Arts Initiative
   Runestad, Warland, Dunphy, more
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
   "Christmas at American's First Cathedral" 
Nancy Menk   South Bend, IN
   South Bend Chamber Singers
   "Christmas at Loretto"
Robert Bode  Seattle, WA
   Choral Arts
   "Life Stories"—The Music of  Eric Barnum

The American Prize in Choral Performance (youth & high school)

Patrick Ryan   Great Falls, MT
   The Delphian Choir
   Kallmen, Vaughan Williams, Forrest, more
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
   von Bingen, La Rocca, Swingle, Barnum
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA
   The Accidentals
   Elgar, Gjeilo, Mendelssohn, more
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA
   Britten, Finzi, Schutz, more

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