Monday, September 28, 2015

COMPOSER FINALISTS: chamber music (professional & student divisions)

From a very strong field representing a great divergence of styles and compositional approaches, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of chamber music for 2015 in the professional and student divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing:

The American Prize in Composition—professional chamber music division

Sahba Aminikia    San Francisco CA
    Tar o Pood (Warp and Weft)

David  Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
    Sacred Winds

Bjorn Berkhout    Sunnyside NY

Robert J. Bradshaw    Gloucester MA
    Tableau No.3: The Miracle of Lascaux

Stephen Cohn    Burbank CA
    Sea Change

Dante  DeSilva    Tarzana CA
    Mr. Distinguished

Nancy Bloomer Deussen    Mountain View CA
    Solstice Circle

Matthew H. Fields    Ann Arbor MI
    Progeny of Memory

David Garner    El Cerrito CA
    String Quartet No. 2

John Heins    Broomfield CO
    String Quartet No. 2

Michael Kaulkin    Oakland CA
    City Walks

Jonathan N. Kupper    La Miranda CA
    Life Cycle, Moods of Rejection

Daniel McCarthy    Akron OH
    Visions of the Anointed

Rebecca Oswald    Eugene OR
    Theseus and the Minotaur

Kurt Sander    Cincinnati OH
    Ella's Song

Filippo Santoro    New Haven CT

Greg A. Steinke    Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn    Witchita KS
    Sonata for Bassoon

Judith Stillman    Providence RI 
    Phoenix from the Ashes

Nick Vasallo    Eastvale CA
    When the War Began 

Judith Lang Zaimont    Maricopa AZ
    String Quartet "The Figure"

The American Prize in Composition—chamber music, student division

Trevor Bumgarner    New York NY
   Everything Went Quiet

Derek David    Boston MA
    String Quartet No. 1, Viola Sonata

Ted King-Smith    Kansas City MO

Bin Li    New York NY
    What I Have Forgotten

Phillip Sink    Bloomington IN
    Flowers of Salt

DeLong Wang    Boston MA
    Impressions, Four-character Poetry


We encourage 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 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 winners in my division next month. 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 finalists.

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