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Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.
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The American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble: College/University Division, 2015.
The American Prize winner:
The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble Ewing, NJ
New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds Boston, MA
Tse has been invited to participate at many conducting symposiums including the Wintergreen Conductors' Summit with scholarship (orchestral), the Bard Conductors' Institute (orchestral) with scholarship, the Frederick Fennell Memorial Conducting Masterclass at the Eastman School of Music (wind), and the Hartt Instrumental Conducting Clinic (wind) through a scholarship by the College Band Directors National Association.
3rd Place: (there was a tie)
University of Georgia Wind Symphony Athens, GA
Dr. Hartenberger has served as a visiting conductor in concert with the West Point Band in New York; the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, Missouri; and most recently traveled to Brazil serving as visiting professor and wind band conductor for the Festival International de Inverno da USFM
3rd Place: (there was a tie)
Charlie G. Blanco III
ASU Wind Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Tempe, AZ
|Charlie G. Blanco III|
Under his direction the New Mexico Music Educators Association selected the Las Cruces High School Jazz Band e in 2010 as the New Mexico All State Honor Jazz Band as well as the Symphonic Winds in 2011 as the Honor Concert Band. Mr. Blanco was the recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators New and Emerging Teacher Award in 2010, and a finalist in the American Prize in Conducing in 2014. Mr. Blanco currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife Kelsey Blanco. More info at traeblanco.com
The American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble: Community/School Division, 2015.
The American Prize winner,
and in recognition of his more than 30 years' contribution to music education in Iowa:
Quad City Wind Ensemble Davenport, IA
Following secondary school positions in Iowa and Illinois, he was a faculty member at Loras College (Dubuque) for 15 years. Concurrently, he served as a graduate associate conductor, and associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has degrees in music education and conducting from Olivet College (MI), the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin.
Hughes has won conducting prizes from the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic and the West Bohemian Philharmonic. He is a two-time winner of UW-Madison’s Church Conducting Prize. In recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the arts," he was presented the Elisha Darlin Award, given by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.
Banda Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo Sao Paulo, Brazil
Smith has conducted professional ensembles including the Corpus Christi Symphony (Texas), and members of the Charlotte Symphony and conducts regularly throughout Brazil including a number of guest conducting engagements with one of the finest professional bands in South America, the State Symphonic Band of São Paulo. Equally at home with opera and musical theater productions, Smith has conducted pit orchestras for the Marriage of Figaro and a six-week run of Les Misérables.
Smith has presented numerous clinics and speeches, most notably at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and has presented research at national and international conferences in the United States, Europe and South America.
New Bremen High School Symphonic Band
New Bremen, OH