Friday, September 4, 2015


The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in the opera/music theater division. 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—opera and music theater division

Robert W. Butts
    Eastern Opera of NJ    Warren, NJ
Walter Morales
    Undercroft Opera     Pittsburgh, PA
Kyle J. Weary
    Barbara Ingram School for the Arts    Hagerstown, MD
Nancy Allen
    Belmont University    Nashville, TN
Jun Kim
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee    Milwaukee, WI
Michael Sakir
    Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
    Evanston, IL
Justin C. Davis
    Houghton College Lyric Theater    Houghton, NY
Brian DeMaris
    Mill City Summer Opera    Ithaca, 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.

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"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: "

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Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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