All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
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The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division
The American Prize winner:
BAYLOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Stephen Heyde, music director
|Baylor Symphony Orchestra|
Among judges' comments: "Truly a remarkable performance all around."
CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA—UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, KANSAS CITY
Robert H. Olson, music director
Kansas City MO
|UMKC Conservatory Orchestra|
The Conservatory Orchestra of the University of Missouri-Kansas is recognized as one of the premier orchestras in the Midwest. Composed entirely of Conservatory students, the 90-member orchestra has received repeated critical acclaim from the Kansas City Star and other critics: “Electrifying. … the most exciting musical experience I’ve had in eight years here. Period!” “But the most amazing revelation was the playing of the Conservatory Orchestra under Robert Olson. It was more spirited, better tuned, and far more expressive than anything I’ve heard…” “… the orchestra generated a truly “WOW” moment that rivals anything I’ve ever encountered.” “The ensemble consistently gives exciting concerts worthy of a professional orchestra.” The orchestra presents 8 concerts and 2 operas a year, and has recently accompanied such luminaries as Joshua Bell and Pepe Romero in concert.
Among judges' comments: "This is an exceptional collegiate recording."
NEW ENGLAND REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Tiffany Chang, music director
|New England Repertory Orchestra|
Among judges' comments: "A very good ensemble, playing together especially well."