Tuesday, December 22, 2015

ORCHESTRA WINNERS, community division, 2015

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2015, in the community orchestra division.

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 Orchestral Performance, 2015, community orchestra division

The American Prize winner:
Manassas Symphony Orchestra
James Villani, music director    Manassas, VA
Manassas Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1992, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra is the Manassas and Prince William County area’s premier community-service symphony orchestra. Its diverse blend of local and national artists, great music, unique programs, and family-friendly atmosphere is designed to delight both long-time patrons and newest audience members, bringing the experience and excitement of live orchestral performances to families for an affordable price. The symphony is open to all area musicians by audition and provides a quality performance opportunity for serious adult players.  Thriving without ringers or recording contracts, the MSO’s all-volunteer membership crosses a variety of professions, including teachers, physicians, and engineers. In addition, the symphony provides opportunities for select advanced high school players. Under the direction of James Villani, the symphony enjoys a large following in its beautiful home at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. For more information about the Manassas Symphony, visit ManassasSymphony.org.

2nd Place:
Detroit Medical Orchestra
Elliot Moore, music director    Detroit, MI
Detroit Medical Orchestra
The Detroit Medical Orchestra (DMO) was founded by a musically-gifted medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2010. Our musicians are doctors, nurses, medical students, and other medical professionals, and our members are affiliated with several medical systems and hospitals throughout Southeast Michigan.  Our Music Director, Dr. Elliot Moore, recently graduated from the University of Michigan conducting program. The DMO is now a full symphony orchestra with more than 80 musicians at our May, 2014, performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. We most recently performed Stravinsky’s Firebird (1919) with staging and choreography for the dancers, orchestra, and our conductor, on May 3, 2015.  Our mission is to explore the connections between music and healing, foster partnerships among medical professionals, and make philanthropic contributions to the Detroit community.  We have used each concert performance to raise funds for local medically-related charities in Detroit.


3rd Place:
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
Peter Wilson, music director    Waynesboro, VA
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra ( WSO ) founded in 1996,  is a non-profit organization of professional, amateur and student musicians
serving Waynesboro, Staunton, Charlottesville and other Central Virginia Communities. The WSO provides dedicated instrumentalists with opportunities to collaborate in an intergenerational and educational environment, to share in the joy of music-making and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the region.


SPECIAL JUDGE'S CITATION: "Commitment to Community Outreach and Music Education"
Williamson County Symphony
Thomas Rainey, music director        Round Rock, TX
Williamson County Symphony
The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2002 by church musicians desiring to play substantial classical music.  The 90-member Orchestra is staffed entirely by volunteer musicians: a few of which are teaching professionals and musicians with collegiate degrees in performance, most just adults working in other professions, and a few select students.

The Orchestra performs FREE "pops-styled" concerts with a mixture of music from the classical, romantic & modern periods, movies & TV music, contemporary music, jazz genre music, and new compositions from Composer-in-Resident, Dr ML Daniels.  The FREE concerts are pitched toward families, seniors, and people who do not yet know they like great music.  The Orchestra, directed by Dr Thomas Rainey, performs a two-concert series four times a year - Fall, Christmas, Spring, & Outdoor - at venues across Williamson County plus one FREE concert for the troops and their families at Ft Hood.


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Congratulations!

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations to the Manassas Symphony and its music director, James Villani!

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  2. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!

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