Saturday, January 2, 2016

ORCHESTRA WINNERS: arts high schools

To provide the most opportunity for recognition and reward in the high school orchestra division in 2015, the category was divided into two groups: those student ensembles found in general membership high schools and those associated with arts high schools or magnet schools. The listing below announces orchestra winners and runners-up from arts high schools/magnet schools in the U.S.

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2015, in the arts high school orchestra division.


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, arts high school orchestra division

The American Prize winner:
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Dr. Carolyn Watson, director       Interlochen, MI 
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra presents approximately eight major concerts each year and frequently collaborates with renowned guest artists and conductors. The orchestra performs a diversity of literature comprising major works of the symphonic repertoire, concerti and new music. The Academy Orchestra also performs with choir and other ensembles, and is the resident orchestra for the annual ballet production. In addition to works presented for performance, the Academy Orchestra reads and rehearses numerous other works in regular reading sessions.

2nd Place:
Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 
Timothy Verville, director        Idyllwild, CA
Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra
Idyllwild Arts Academy is the country’s premier and internationally-acclaimed residential arts high school which provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists. Located in the San Jacinto Mountains, its pine-forested campus is only two hours away from Los Angeles and San Diego. The orchestra, directed by Timothy Verville, has a rich history of preparing talented performers for top music schools and professional careers which include Liang Wang, current principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. The school also holds a yearly composition commission awarded to some of the greatest living composers. For more information please visit

3rd Place:
Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia 
Dan Whisler, director        Louisville, KY
Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia
The Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) is a performing arts school in Louisville, KY, that concentrates on numerous music, theatre, dance, and design/production disciplines for high school students. In recent years, the YPAS Philharmonia has auditioned for and been invited to perform on numerous occasions at state, regional, and national music educator conferences. They've also appeared on the nationally syndicated National Public Radio program From the Top, at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, in the MidAmerica series in New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall, and at the Music for All Orchestra America National Festival in 2009, 2013, and 2015. The string students in this department typically compose 20 to 25 percent of the Kentucky All-State Orchestra string section. Annually, about 85% of student graduates attend major music colleges. The 105 members of the YPAS class of 2014 were offered 568 scholarships totaling over $18.5 million.


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