Thursday, December 17, 2015

CONDUCTOR WINNERS: band/wind ensemble, 2015

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Conducting, Band/Wind Ensemble Divisions, 2015. Congratulations!

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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:
David Vickerman 
The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble    Ewing, NJ 
David Vickerman
David Vickerman is the Director of Bands at The College of New Jersey. In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble, he teaches the instrumental conducting sequence and courses in the music education curriculum. In the few years since becoming the conductor of the Wind Ensemble, he has been able to establish it as a regional model for performance excellence – performing in concert by invitation at the CBDNA Eastern Div. Conference in March of 2014. Prior to his appointment at TCNJ, he held the position of Director of Bands at Johns Hopkins University where he conducted the Wind Ensemble. In addition to his duties at TCNJ, he is the founder and artistic director of X Trigger, a contemporary music ensemble in New Jersey and the Associate Conductor of Great Noise Ensemble in Washington D.C.
 
2nd Place:
Mark Tse 
New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds   Boston, MA 
Mark Tse
Mark Tse is a Canadian-born freelance conductor beginning his doctoral studies in conducting with Timothy Salzman at the University of Washington in Seattle. He recently completed his masters in conducting with Charles Peltz at the New England Conservatory in Boston. While there, he has premiered new works, taught conducting classes and conducted rehearsals with NEC’s Symphonic Winds. Tse also helped organize the College Band Directors National Association's regional conference “Crossing Over” which NEC hosted. In September he will begin his doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Washington.

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)
Jaclyn Hartenberger 
University of Georgia Wind Symphony    Athens, GA 
Jaclyn Hartenberger
Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia. In addition to serving as the conductor for the Wind Symphony, she teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Jerry F. Junkin. Prior to her graduate degree work she served as a middle school and high school band director in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for distinguished music programs. Dr. Hartenberger received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where she performed and recorded with the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony.

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
Trae Blanco‭ ‬is currently a candidate for a DMA wind conducting degree at the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University‭. ‬Mr‭. ‬Blanco also holds a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music Education degree from New Mexico State University‭.‬

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:
Brian Hughes 
Quad City Wind Ensemble    Davenport, IA 

Brian Hughes
Lauded by Iowa Public Radio as a “major figure in Iowa arts,” Brian Hughes is an active conductor at home and abroad.  Following his European debut with the Northern Iowa Chamber Winds in Eger, Hungary (1993), he has led ensembles in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Russia.  He is the founder of Dubuque’s Tri-State Wind Symphony and also leads the Quad City (IA) Wind Ensemble and the Bettendorf (IA) Park Band.

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.

2nd Place:  
Shawn Smith 
Banda Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo    Sao Paulo, Brazil  
Shawn Smith
Dr. Shawn Smith is Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In high demand as a band and orchestra conductor, Smith has been invited to conduct throughout the United States and internationally.
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.


HONORABLE MENTION:
Ryan Yahl 
New Bremen High School Symphonic Band    
New Bremen, OH
Ryan Yahl
Ryan Yahl is currently in his ninth year of teaching, and sixth as director of bands in the New Bremen Local School District, where he oversees the instrumental music program in grades 5-12.  A native of Wapakoneta, Yahl attended Bowling Green State University, where he earned his bachelors (2006) and masters (2009) degrees in music education. While at BGSU, Yahl studied percussion with Michael Sander and Roger Schupp, and conducting with Emily Freeman Brown, Carol Hayward, Kenneth Thompson, and Bruce Moss.  As an undergraduate, Yahl was awarded the Dr. Richard and Annette Ecker Award in Music Education, and the Mark and Helen Kelly University Band Award.  Yahl is a past President of the BGSU Band Alumni Society, and currently serves as President of OMEA District III, and as the Region 3 Representative for ASBDA. 

1 comment:

  1. I am so proud of my son David. I can't truly express how rewarding it is to see your son enjoy his profession and thrive.

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