Saturday, October 25, 2014


The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting—band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of other winners, finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Use the archive navigation tool in the right-hand column. 

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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
Praised as an “Outstanding Arts Educator” by the Orange County Department of Education, Teren Shaffer currently serves as Music Director & Conductor of the Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble at the Orange County School of the Arts, Associate Conductor & General Manager of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Adjunct Professor of Conducting at the Chapman University Conservatory of Music. Mr. Shaffer also maintains an active professional career as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and recently began a music production, artist management, and entertainment consulting firm, First & Grand Entertainment, LLC.

Among judges' comments: "incisive, committed leadership...technically and musically highly skilled."

2nd Place:
CCM Wind Orchestra/Chamber Players
Cincinnati, OH
Recently graduated from the doctoral conducting program at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Thanapol Setabrahmana has been appointed the position of the Director of Bands at College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand. He serves as the music director and conductor of its premiere ensemble, Mahidol Wind Symphony.

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."

3rd Place:
Indiana U. Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
Bloomington, IN
Trae Blanco holds a B.M.E. from New Mexico Sate University, is completing a MM in Wind Conducting, and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Blanco will be pursuing a DMA in conducting beginning fall 2014 at the Herberger Institute for Design and Arts at Arizona State University. Mr. Blanco was Director of Bands at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico from 2008-2012.

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
Ithaca, NY 
Corey Seapy is a graduate student at the Ithaca College School of Music, where he studies conducting with Stephen Peterson, Cynthia Johnston Turner, Jeffery Meyer, and Jonathan Pasternack. He works with a variety of groups including the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Campus Band, and new music ensembles. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, he served as Director of Bands at Georgetown Middle/High School in Georgetown, MA. He also conducted the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble and was the assistant conductor of the Gordon College Wind Ensemble. Corey holds a B.M. in Music Education from Gordon College in Wenham, MA.

Among judges' comments: "calm, sensitive, musical, good posture and expression, very natural."


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