Wednesday, September 9, 2015


The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST choruses for 2015 in all categories. 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 Choral Performance—professional division

Robert Simpson   Houston Chamber Choir 
    Houston, TX 
Darrell Jordan    Vox Nova 
    Columbia, MO 
Jean-Sebastien Vallee    Inspiravi 
    Los Angeles, CA 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community chorus division

Martin Benvenuto   Peninsula Womens Chorus 
    Palo Alto, CA 
Ryan Brandau    Princeton Pro Musica 
    Princton, NJ 
Cathy R. Deitz    Susquehanna Chorale 
    Hershey, PA 
Loren W. Ponten    Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble 
    Seattle, WA 
Jean-Sebastien Vallee    Mountainside Master Chorale 
    Pamona, CA 
Steven Szalaj    Voices In Harmony 
    Crystal Lake, IL 
Mark Shapiro    Cantori New York 
    New York, NY 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university chorus division

David Holdhusen    USD Chamber Singers 
    Vermillion, SD 
Anthony J. Maglione    William Jewell College Concert
    Choir   Liberty, MO 
Trent A. Patterson    Webster University Chamber Singers 
    Saint Louis, MO 
Peggy Dettwiler    Mansfield Univ. Concert Choir 
    Mansfield, PA 
Ethan Sperry    The Portland State Chamber Choir 
    Portland, OR 
Jo-Michael Scheibe    USC Thornton Chamber Singers 
    Los Angeles, CA 
Hingrid Kujawinski    Voorhees Choir 
    New Brunswick, NJ 
Michael Hanawalt    Wichita State Univ. Concert Chorale 
    Wichita, KS 
Richard A. Williamson    Anderson University Concert
    Choir   Anderson, SC 
John William Trotter    Wheaton College Concert Choir 
    Wheaton, IL 
Trent R. Brown   Chamber Choir of Bower School of Music 
    Fort Myers, FL 
Giselle Wyers    University of Washington Chorale 
    Seattle, WA 
Lisa Wong    The College of Wooster Chorus 
    Wooster, OH 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and high school chorus division

Robyn Lana    Cincinnati Children's Choir 
    Cincinnati, OH 
Debbie Aurelius-Muir    Olympia HS Concert Choir 
    Stanford, IL 
Richard Ingram   Huron HS A Cappella Choir 
    Ann Arbor, MI
Lynn R. Ryan    Chanteur Choir 
    Great Falls, MT 
Kyle J. Weary    Cantala Women's Choir 
    Hagerstown, MD 
Timothy  Powell    The Davidson Chorale 
    Augusta, GA 
Karyn Joaquino    The Brearley B-Naturals 
    New York, NY 


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! Our ensemble has 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 the 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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