Tuesday, November 1, 2016


The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in the opera/music theater 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.

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

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—opera/music theater (professional division)

Warren Puffer Jones
    Arbor Opera Theater
    Ann Arbor MI
Walter Morales
    Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summer Fest
    Pittsburgh PA
Ryan Murray
    Fresno Grand Opera
    Fresno CA

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—opera/music theater (college/university division)

Kevin Class
    University Of Tennessee Opera Theatre
    Knoxville TN
David Holley
    The University of NC at Greensboro
    Greensboro NC
Joshua Horsch
    University of Colorado-Boulder
    Eklund Opera Program
    Boulder CO
Chad Hutchinson
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis MN
Kathleen Kelly
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor MI 
Michael W. Moore
    Bob Jones University
    Greenville SC
Walter Morales
    Duquesne University
    Pittsburgh PA
Hugh Murphy
    Purchase College Conservatory of Music/SUNY
    Purchase NY 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—opera/music theater (community division)

Ezra Donner
    University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society
    Ann Arbor MI
Dale Kruse
    Project Opera
    Minneapolis MN
Eric Peterson
    Savoynet Performing Group
    Harrogate UK
Eric Peterson
    Blue Hill Troupe
    New York NY


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: 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 semi-finalists.

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