Monday, September 21, 2015

COMPOSER FINALISTS: orchestra music

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 FINALIST composers of orchestra music in both student and professional 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—orchestra music, professional division

David Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
   Pangs of Love
Elizabeth Bell    Tarrytown NY
B.P. Herrington    Conroe TX
   Hast'ning Home
Douglas Knehans    Cincinnati OH
Keith Lay    Oviedo FL
   Children on the Playground (violin concerto)
Feng-Hsu Lee    Hartford CT
   Meteor Impacts 
Daniel McCarthy    Akron OH
Jonathan B. McNair    Chattanooga TN
   Hopyard Overture
James Joseph Ogburn     Wenatchee WA
   Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra
Angelique Poteat    Seattle WA
   Beyond Much Difference
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn    Witchita KS
   Jokers Wild 

The American Prize in Composition—orchestra music, student division

Dylan Arthur Baker    Kansas City MO
   Tumultuous Voyage

Dongryul Lee    Champaign IL
   Circular Simulacrum

Brian Mark    Holbrook NY
   The Persistence of Time

Patrick O'Malley    Los Angeles CA
   Symphonic poem "Even in Paradise"

Charles Peck    Philadelphia PA

Philip Rice    Lansing MI
   The Souls of Ancient Bells

Benjamin D. Whiting    Champaign IL
   Tempus Imperfectum 


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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