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The American Prize in Conducting
—band/wind ensemble division
The American Prize winner:
TEREN SHAFFER, music director
Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble
Santa Ana, CA
Among judges' comments: "incisive, committed leadership...technically and musically highly skilled."
THANAPOL SETABRAHMANA, conductor
CCM Wind Orchestra/Chamber Players
Setabrahmana holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Mahidol University. His previous positions include the faculty member of CCM Preparatory Preparatory Department, Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, Graduate Conducting Associate of CCM Winds Studies, and Assistant Conductor of Mahidol Symphony Orchestra.
Among judges' comments: "I like that he focuses on the long line. Quite accomplished."
CHARLIE G. (TRAE) BLANCO, III conductor
Indiana U. Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
|CHARLIE G. (TRAE) BLANCO, III|
Under his direction the ensembles at Las Cruces High received superior ratings at New Mexico festivals. The Jazz Band One was selected in 2010 to be the New Mexico All State Honor Jazz Band and the Symphonic Winds were selected in 2011 to be the Honor Concert Band by the New Mexico Music Educators Association. Mr. Blanco was also the recipient of the 2010 NM Music Educators New and Emerging Teacher Award.
Among judges' comments: "engaged, energetic—band plays very well for him."
COREY SEAPY, conductor
Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
Among judges' comments: "calm, sensitive, musical, good posture and expression, very natural."