Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FINALISTS: women in art song/orartorio, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2016. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced next month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

TAP has honored many semi-finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing:

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Elizabeth Ann Benson    Auburn AL

Teresa Winner Blume    Needham MA   

Melisa Bonetti    Cincinnati OH   

Samantha Britt    New York NY   

Joanie Brittingham    New York NY   

Laura Osgood Brown    Interlochen MI   

Danielle Buonaiuto    Brooklyn NY   

Tania Arazi Coambs    Champaign IL 

Sarah Nelson Craft    Brooklyn NY   

Carley DeFranco    Somerville MA   

Lily Guerrero    Chicago IL   

Rachel Joselson    Iowa City IA 

Michele Elizabeth Kennedy    Astoria NY   

Rosalind Lee    Oak Park IL   

Margaret Lias    Boston MA   

Elisabeth Marshall    Portland ME   

Juliet Petrus    Chicago IL   

Jennifer Piazza-Pick    Chester VA   

Stella Dayrit Roden    Warrensburg MO   

Margot Rood    East Boston MA   

Penelope Shumate    Macomb IL   

Josefien Stoppelenburg    Evanston IL   

Raquel Winnica Young    Pittsburgh PA   

Dana Zenobi    Austin TX   

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Olivia Boen    Chicago IL

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX    

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL   

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA   

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA   

Sarah Love Taylor    Winston-Salem NC    

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Mary Elizabeth Adler    Bellevue WA    

Lina Chung    Buford GA   

Dalia Medovnikov    Woodbridge CT    

Olivia C. Prendergast    Penn Valley PA    

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA    

Taryn Surratt    Houston TX    

Caroline Wolfe    Dallastown PA


We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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