Wednesday, October 19, 2016

COMPOSER semi-finalists, 2016: CHAMBER MUSIC (all divisions)

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2016 SEMI-FINALIST composers of chamber music, in both divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

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

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (professional division)

Adrienne Albert    Los Angeles CA
    War Stories
John Allemeier    Huntersville NC
    The Devil's Turn   
Aaron Alter    Carlsbad CA
    Homage to Josquin   
William Ashworth    Medford OR
    Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, The Dove in Love with the Moon, Meadowlands
David Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
Leonard V. Ball, Jr.    Wintersville GA
    The World Turns Softly   
Samuel Beebe    Philadelphia PA
    Rocking Chair Child
Jennifer Bellor    Henderson NV
    Reste (Stay)
Ofer Ben-Amots    Colorado Springs CO
    The Odessa Trio   
Jeffrey Bernstein    La Canada/Flintridge CA
    Quintet No. 2
John G. Bilotta    Concord CA
    The Song of the Hermit Thrush   
Robert J. Bradshaw    Gloucester MA
    Sonata No.6 "One-way Ticket"   
Sy Brandon    Cottonwood AZ
    Shenanigans, Variations, Badinerie, Three Moods
Douglas Buchanan    Cockeysville MD
    Scots and Waters   
Matthew Burtner    Charlottesville VA
    The Ceiling Floats Away
Oliver Caplan    Medford MA
    Illuminated by the Light of Two Ships Passing in the Night, Fanfare for the Importance of Imagination, My Elephant Cloud   
Daniel M. Cavanagh    Arlington TX
Thomas Childs    Traverse City MI
    tritonicity, Critical Mass, chachi ka, Roulette   
Allen Cohen    New Providence NJ
    Duo-Partita, Sculpture Garden Suite
Ethan Cypress    Oneonta NY
    Toy Suite
Joel Scott Davis    Hoover AL
    Songs of Liberty   
Dante De Silva    Tarzana CA
    A Year of Strife   
Cyril Deaconoff    Oakland CA
    Winter Dream   
Justin N. Dello Joio    New York NY
    Due Per Due; The March of Folly
Nicholas DeMaison    Troy NY
    from perfect nowhere   
Wallace DePue Sr.    Bowling Green OH
    Sonata Lycanthrope
Daniel Elder    Nashville TN
    The Ties Eternal
Paul Elwood    Greeley CO
    Plutonic Winds   
Gregory Fritze    Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Petite Suite   
Kenneth Froelich    Fresno CA
    Sonata for Clarinet & Piano   
Jack Gallagher    Wooster
Amos Gillespie    Chicago IL
    The Spanish Speakers   
Edgar Girtain    Riverdale NJ
William P. Gorton    Decatur IL
    Epiphany, Light My Light, Thirst
John C. Griffin    Portage MI
    Pidgin Piano   
Ellen Ruth Harrison    Cincinnati OH
    All One Can Imagine
Ching-chu Hu    Newark OH
Shawn Hundley    Port Orange FL
    Duoesque for Clarinet and Piano   
Derek Keller    Carmichael CA
Mark Lackey    Birmingham AL
Andrea LaRose    Praha 6 Czech Republic
     Zwiefache: jenny, the dirndl queen of ghana   
Andrew List    Boston MA
    String Quarter No.5 "Time Cycles"   
Lansing D. McLoskey    Miami FL
Timothy Lee Miller    Mahwah NJ
    224 slices of pi, The Appalachian
Michael Murray    Springfield MO
    Neutral Tones
Ian Ng    New York NY
    Think Twice-Three Little Musical Games   
David R. Peoples    Buford GA
    Cactus Blooms
Mark Petering    Kenosha WI
    Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (string quartet)   
Jakub Polaczyk    Astoria NY
    String Quartet
Sun Mi Ro    Orlando FL
    Three Invocations
Emilio Solla    Brooklyn NY
    Cowuersas (Al Lado Del Agua), 
Llegara, Llegara, Llegara   
Greg A. Steinke    Depoe Bay OR
    Lifschey Cards II, Expressions   
Brandon Stewart    Ridgefield WA
    Facades, Spectra, Six Vignettes   
Kotoka Suzuki    Chicago IL
    In Praise of Shadows   
Waddy Thompson    New York NY
    Seasons of New York
Daniel Tressel    Lansing MI
    Trio Rustico   
William Vollinger    Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Stalin and the Little Girl (an icon), Faes, Feces and Categorization
Kirsten Volness    Providence RI
    Tree of Life, Complacency Will Kill You, Alone Together 
P. Kellach Waddle    Austin TX
    A Vonnegut Quintet   
Judith Lang Zaimont    Maricopa AZ

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

Navid Bargrizan    Gainesville FL
    10 Aphorisms, Tuning Exercise Nr. 1

Danielle Bees    Yucca Valley CA

Jean-Patrick Besingrand    Pittsburgh PA
    Instants ephemeres, Meandres

 Dan Caputo    Los Angeles CA
    out of nothing

Yihan Chen    Planifield IN
    Spirits-River: a piano sonata

Daniel J. Choi    Centreville VA

Peter Neil Dayton III    Terrace Park OH
    Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Botticellian Trees, Sol Negro

Daniel Despins    Wilmington DE

Garrett Michael George    La Mirada CA
    The Song Goes On

Daniel Godsil    Monmouth IL
    Rust, Reinforced

Phillip Golub    Pacific Palisades CA

Ian Evans Guthrie    Fort Worth TX
    Journey Through Cascadia

Joshua Hey    Philadelphia PA

Dana Kaufman    Miami FL
    Halcyon Disquiet
Sangwon Lee    Champaign IL    
    String Quartet No. 1
Joungmin Lee    Columbus OH
    String Quartet

Christopher Lowry    Antioch TN
    A Cypress Prelude, Overture to a New Day, 

     The American Dream-An Anthem
Aaron Mencher    Johns Creek GA

Marlene Miller   West Grove PA 
Jonathan Newmark    Burke VA
    Piano Quintet

Eun-Chul Oh    Bloomington IN
    The Night Sky

Zachary Ploeger    Pipestone MN
    Miniatures, Trio

Lara Poe    Chestnut Hill MA

Hilary Purrington    New Haven CT
    A Sound Soul in a Sound Body

Julia Riew    St.Louis MO
    The Executioners Dream

Justin Rito    Grand Rapids MI

Andrew M. Smith    Manorville NY
    Angel Oak

Phong Tran    Woodstock GA

Qianqian Yu    Gainesville FL


We invite semi-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 semi-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 finalists in my division in several weeks. 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 semi-finalists.

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