Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ORCHESTRA FINALISTS: all divisions, 2015

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2015 in all divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

To know the exact date when winners, runners-up and any citation recipients 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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FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional division

Jason Lim   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra
    Frisco/McKinney, TX
Elliot Moore    Blue Period Ensemble
    New York, NY
John Gordon Ross   Western Piedmont Symphony
    Hickory, NC
Maria Sensi Sellner   Resonance Works Chamber
    Orchestra   Pittsburgh, PA
Nan Harrison Washburn    Michigan Philharmonic
    Plymouth, MI

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division

Sergio Bernal    Utah State Univ. Symphony Orchestra
    Logan, UT
Bruce Uchimura    Western Michigan Univ. Symphony Orchestra
    Kalamazoo, MI
Alexander Jimenez    Florida State University Symphony Orchestra
    Tallahassee, FL
Stephen Heyde    Baylor Symphony Orchestra
    Waco, TX
Hajime Teri Murai    Peabody Symphony Orchestra
    Baltimore, MD
Chris Younghoon Kim    Cornell Symphony Orchestra
    Ithaca, NY
Michael W. Moore    Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra
    Greenville, SC
David Grandis    College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
    Williamsburg,  VA

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division

"Virtually every semi-finalist orchestra in the community division has been advanced to the final round in 2015 —not because they are all of equal quality, but because they all appear to serve their communities well, in vital ways. Each is absolutely worthy of further listening and encouragement, and of course, evaluation. Who will win? I have no idea, and that makes for a very exciting contest." — DK

Donald L. Appert    Clark College Orchestra
    Vancouver,  WA
Donald L. Appert    Oregon Sinfonietta
    Portland, OR
Robert W. Butts    The Baroque Orchestra of NJ
    Dover, NJ
Peter Wilson    Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
    Waynesboro, VA
Dominique Royem    Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
    Sugar Land, TX
Thomas Rainey    Williamson County Symphony
    Round Rock, TX
Zoe Zeniodi    Broward Symphony Orchestra
    Davie/Broward, FL
Matthew Hooper    West Shore Symphony Orchestra
    Carlisle, PA
Reuben Blundell    Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
    Lansdowne, PA
Elliot Moore    Detroit Medical Orchestra
    Detroit, MI
James Villani    Manassas Symphony Orchestra
    Manassas, VA
Anna Edwards    Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
    Seattle, WA

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (youth orchestra division)

Thomas Dickey    Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Dubuque, IA
Jonathan Handman    Stringendo Orchestra School's Vivace
   Poughkeepsie, NY 
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony 
    Houston, TX 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (high school orchestra division)

Beau Benson    Midway Camerata 
    Waco, TX 
Jonathan Handman    Arlington HS Philharmonia 
    LaGrangeville, NY
Tanner Ledford    Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra 
    Spring, TX
Ryan Ross    Jasper Legacy Orchestra 
    Plano, TX
Timothy Verville    Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 
    Idyllwild, CA
Dr. Carolyn Watson    Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
   Interlochen, MI 
Dan Whisler    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia 
    Louisville, KY 

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! (Ensemble) 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 the 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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