Friday, September 4, 2015


The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in orchestra 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—professional orchestra division

Yutaka Kono   
    Burlington Chamber Orcherstra    Burlington, VT
Paul Mauffray   
    Hradec Kralore Philharmonic    Slidell, LA
Jonathan Griffith   
    Distinguished Concerts Orchestra    New York, NY
Jason Lim   
    Odysseus Chamber Orchestra    Frisco/McKinney, TX
Olivier Ochanine   
    Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra    Manila, Philippines

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

Francisc "Frank" Restesan   
    Northern Kentucky U. Philharmonic Orch.
    Highland Heights, KY
Reuben Blundell   
    The Hunter Symphony    New York, NY
Kalena Bovell   
    Hartt Orchestra    West Hartford, CT
Chris Younghoon Kim   
    Cornell Chamber Orchestra    Ithaca, NY
Kevin M. Geraldi   
    UNCG Symphony Orchestra     Greensboro, NC
Joel Neves   
    Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra    Houghton, MI
Jeffrey Donald Klefstad   
    All University Orchestra of Carnegie Mellon
    University    Pittsburgh, PA
Jaemi Loeb   
    Centre College Orchestra    Danville, KY
Henry E. Duitman   
    Grand Valley State University Symphony Orchestra
    Allendale, MI
Boon Hua Lien   
    Eastman Philharmonia    Rochester, NY
Ingrid Lestrud   
    Hope College Orchestra    Holland, MI

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community orchestra division

Robert W. Butts
    The Baroque Orchestra of NJ    Dover, NJ
Walter Morales
    Undercroft Opera Orchestra    Pittsburgh,PA
Thomas E. Rainey
    Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
    Round Rock, TX
Matthew Hooper
    West Shore Symphony Orchestra    Carlisle, PA
Reuben Blundell
    The Chelsea Symphony    New York, NY
Lorraine Marks Field
    The Florida Intergenerational Orchestra
    Boca Raton, FL
Elliot Moore
    Detroit Medical Orchestra    Detroit, MI
Ted Vives
    Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra    Los Alamos, NM
Anna Edwards
    Seattle Collaborative Orchestra    Seattle, WA

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth and school orchestra division

Dan Whisler
    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia
    Louisville, KY
Michael Webster
    Houston Youth Symphony    Houston, TX
Ron Polomchak
    Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra    Schaumburg, IL
Eric Meincke
    The Music Education Benefit Concert Orchestra
    Little Rock, AR
Benjamin Firer
    Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra
    State College, PA
Allen Tinkham
    Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras    Chicago, IL
Robert Boardman
    South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
    South Bend, IN
Carolyn Watson
    Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra    Interlochen, MI
Carolyn Watson
    Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra    Detroit, MI
Beau  Benson
    Midway Camerata    Waco, TX
Deanna Tham
    Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra    Boise, ID


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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