Friday, September 4, 2015


The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in band divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university band division

Mark Tse
    New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds
    Boston, MA
Brian Diller
    CCM Wind Orchestra    Cincinnati, OH
Jaclyn Hartenberger
    University of Georgia Wind Symphony    Athens, GA
Michael Hart
    California Lutheran Univ. Wind Ensemble
    Thousand Oaks, CA
Jaemi Loeb
    Centre College Wind Ensemble    Danville, KY
Rickey Badua
    Cal Poly Pomona University Band    Pomona, CA
Charlie G. Blanco III
    ASU Wind Orchestra & Wind Ensemble    Tempe, AZ
David Vickerman
    The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble    Ewing, NJ

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—school/community band division

Brian Hughes
    Quad City Wind Ensemble    Davenport, IA
Kaleb Benda
    Tri Fraternal Winds    Denton, TX
Shawn Smith
    Banda Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo
    Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Ryan Yahl
    New Bremen High School Symphonic Band
    New Bremen, OH


We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division in several weeks. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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