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The American Prize in Conducting
The American Prize winner:
MARIA SENSI SELLNER, music director
Resonance Works / Pittsburgh
|MARIA SENSI SELLNER|
Among judges' comments: "mighty impressive...excellent work. Beat always mirrors the energy and feeling of what is to come."
LIDIYA YANKOVSKAYA, music director
Lowell House Opera, Harvard University
Among judges' comments: "...impressive production of a difficult score...beat is energetic, welcoming... judicious tempos, high level of knowledge of material..."
KIRA OMELCHENKO, guest conductor
Bulgarian State Opera Company
International conducting fellowships include studies in Vienna, Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatories in the Netherlands, and Bulgaria. As guest conductor, she has conducted at the Seasons Music Festival Orchestra in Yakima, Washington and with the Bulgarian State Opera in Burgas. A native of Kansas, Dr. Omelchenko holds a doctoral degree in music from the University of Iowa and degrees from the University of New Mexico and Knox College.
Among judges' comments: "good posture, clear beat, makes the big moments 'work.' Expects— and adjusts—to get what she wants."