Thursday, December 1, 2016

ERNST BACON AWARD finalists, 2016

The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2016, in all divisions. 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 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.

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by orchestras and choruses worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school orchestras, competing in separate divisions, from choruses performing with orchestra, from orchestra and choral conductors, and from composers of orchestral or choral/orchestral music with excellent recordings of their works.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country.

It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide.

To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

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

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

The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, PROFESSIONAL division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

Christina Brice Dolanc, composer, Erie Chamber Orchestra & Erie Renaissance Singers Erie PA
   Dolanc—Stars Alone


Arthur Gottschalk, composer, Houston TX
    Gottschalk: Requiem—for the Living


Tim Huling, composer, Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, Anna Edwards, conductor, Whidbey Island WA
    Huling—The American Northwest


Farkhad Khudyev, composer, Monterey Symphony,  Farkhad Khudyev, conductor, Monterey CA
   Khudyev—The Sounds of Eternity


Jason Lim, conductor, Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra, McKinney TX
    Russell Peck—Signs of Life II


Bryan Percoco, composer, Janacek Philharmonic, Ostrava, Czech Republic
    Percoco—Involutions of an Abyss


Nan Washburn, conductor, Michigan Philharmonic, Plymouth MI
    Michael Daugherty—Ladder to the Moon
    Carter Pann—Slalom
    Kareem Roustom—Hewar



The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration. 

Peter Askim, conductor, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, NYC & Falls Village CT   
    Pierre Jalbert—Autumn Rhapsody
    Lisa Bielawa—The Trojan Woman


Mark Bartley, conductor, West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, Canyon TX
    Libby Larsen—Four on the Floor


Maxwell Karmazyn composer, University Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor MI
    Karmazyn—Le Voyage d'une Vie


Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca NY
    Steven Stucky—Second Concerto


Kyle Kindred, composer, Sam Houston State University Choruses and Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville TX
    Kindred—Canciones de Alfaro


Michael W. Moore, conductor, Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, Greenville SC
    Ernest Bloch—Schelomo


Hugh Murphy, conductor, SUNY Purchase Opera/Purchase Orchestra, Purchase NY
    Robert Ward—The Crucible


Samuel Winnie, composer, UMBC Chamber Ensemble, Catonsville MD
    Winnie—Nightfall in Lothlorien


 

The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, COMMUNITY division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

Donald L. Appert, conductor, Clark College Orchestra, Vancouver WA
    Eric Ewazen—Palmetto Suite for Alto Trombone and Orchestra


Libi Lebel, conductor, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Houston TX
    Bernstein—Candide Overture
    Ron Nelson—Savannah River Holiday
    Grofe—Mississippi Suite


Steve Nelson Lewis, Jr., music director, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Prairie Village KS
    Joseph Kern—Chamber Symphony


Diane Retallack, artistic director, Eugene Vocal Arts Chamber Choir, Eugene OR
    Joan Szymko—Shadow & Light (an alzheimer’s journey in sixteen movements)
 


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, YOUTH ORCHESTRA division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

Orlando Cela, conductor, NC Governor's School Orchestra, Winston-Salem NC
   Ken Ueno—On the Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis
   Libby Larsen—What the Monster Saw
   Ives—Three Places in New England, Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut
   Ives—The Fourth of July
   Dulaney—The Old Harp, version 3
   John Luther Adams—Dark Waves
   Armando Bayolo—A Shelter that Filters the Sun

Wes Kenney, conductor, Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Denver CO
    Copland—Billy the Kid Suite
 


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 soon. 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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