Tuesday, September 20, 2016


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST instrumental soloists for 2016. Congratulations!

To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, 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 often honored 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 winter.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, professional division:

Leonard Garrison   Moscow ID, Flute

Jessica Koebbe    Leawood KS, Piano

Christopher Nichols    Newark DE, Clarinet

Todd Oxford    Austin TX, Saxophone

Adelya Shagidullina    Philadelphia PA, Viola

Kumiko Shimizu    Cleveland MS, Collaborative Piano

Fangye Sun    Lansing MI, Violin

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, college/university division:

Joe Broom    McLean VA, Euphonium

Laura Christiana McIntyre    Austin TX, Bassoon

Sean Mix    Allston MA, Saxophone

Benjamin Sledge    Knightdale NC, Flute

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, high school division:

Joshua Brown    Gurnee IL, Violin

Daniel Rafimayeri    New York NY, Violin

John Skiera    Armonk NY, Cello


Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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

Congratulations to all finalists!

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