All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.
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The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance
The American Prize winner:
UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA WIND ENSEMBLE
Scott Weiss, music director
|University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble|
Among judges' comments: "this is a first-class performance that I will be visiting again and again."
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY
Daniel Belongia, music director
|Illinois State University Wind Symphony|
Among judges' comments: "...the players trust their director and place their hands in his skillful care..."
ITHACA COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE
Stephen Peterson, music director
|Ithaca College Wind Ensemble|
Guest conductors and composers from around the globe who have worked with the ensemble include Samuel Adler, David Amran, Frank Battisti, Warren Benson, Michael Colburn, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Viet Cuong, Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty, David Dzubay, Lukas Foss, Arnald Gabriel, John Harbison, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, Timothy Mahr, John Mackey, David Maslanka, Ron Nelson, Larry Rachleff, Timothy Reynish, H. Robert Reynolds, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwanter, Roberto Sierra, Carl St. Clair, Richard Strange, Steven Stucky, Frank Ticheli, John Whitwell, and Dana Wilson.
Membership in the 48-member ensemble is determined by audition in the fall of each academic year. The wind and percussion players in the Wind Ensemble are among the most talented in the School of Music.
Among judges' comments: "The Milhaud was polished and brilliant, and was indeed a highlight for this band."