Tuesday, January 5, 2016

CONDUCTOR WINNERS: college/university chorus

The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Chorus Division, 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: College/University Chorus Division, 2015.

The American Prize winner:
Zebulon M. Highben
    Muskingum Concert Choir & Chamber Singers
    New Concord, OH

Zebulon M. Highben
Zebulon M. Highben is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Ensembles under his direction have performed for numerous conferences and festivals, including the Ohio Choral Directors Association, ACDA of Minnesota, and the St. Olaf College Choral Festival.  In 2016 Dr. Highben will teach and perform in South Korea as a Conducting Fellow in ACDA’s International Conductors Exchange Program, and will also lead the Muskingum Concert Choir on tours to Washington, D.C. (February) and Germany and the Czech Republic (May). As a composer, Dr. Highben has received awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and was a Finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Choral Composition. Over forty of his works are published by five domestic publishers and by Gehrmans Musikförlag in Sweden. He studied at Ohio State University, Luther Seminary, and St. Olaf College, and holds the DMA in conducting from Michigan State University, where he was the recipient of both the Charles K. Smith Fellowship in Choral Conducting and the Robert A. Harris Award for Excellence in Choral Performance. website: www.zebulonhighben.com

2nd Place:
Kevin M. Geraldi
    UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
    Greensboro, NC

Kevin M. Geraldi
DR. KEVIN M. GERALDI is Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In this capacity, he conducts the UNCG Symphony Orchestra, Casella Sinfonietta, and Symphonic Band.  In addition to regular appearances as a guest conductor and clinician, he has recorded several compact discs on the Centaur and Equilibrium labels.  Dr. Geraldi holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with H. Robert Reynolds and Michael Haithcock, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied conducting with Steven Eggleston.  He has also studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Kenneth Kiesler. Dr. Geraldi is a recipient of the Thelma A. Robinson Award, an award given biennially by the Conductors Guild and the National Federation of Music Clubs.  http://orchestras.uncg.edu

3rd Place:
Eliezer Yanson
    Jr. Combined Choirs of Bob Jones University
    Greenville, SC

Eliezer Yanson
Eliezer Yanson Jr. is associate professor of music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where he conducts the University Singers and Lyric Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate music classes. He earned a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, a master of music degree in church music and a bachelor of music in piano performance from Bob Jones University. Additionally, he holds a bachelor of theology degree from Baptist Bible Seminary & Institute in his native Philippines. His main conducting mentors have been Larry Wyatt and Warren Cook. An active clinician, conference speaker, and adjudicator, Eliezer is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation for Choral Music, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Association for Music Education, and Pi Kappa Lambda. While passionate about conducting and teaching, Eliezer’s greatest role is being husband to Martha and father to Isabella and Andre.


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