Tuesday, December 20, 2016

FINALISTS: band/wind ensemble conducting


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST band and wind/ensemble conductors 2016 in all divisions. Congratulations!

"An exciting competition this season, especially in the college/university division, which has surely attracted some of the finest band conductors in the country. Impressive performances of some very fine repertoire. Bravo to all finalists."

To know the exact date when winners 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.

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.

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

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. (See sample, below.)

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—Band/Wind Ensemble (college/university division)

Joel Bein 
    U Michigan Symphony Band & Chamber Winds   
    Ann Arbor MI

Charlie G. Blanco III  
    Arizona State Wind Orchestra           
    Tempe AZ

Cormac Cannon
    Univ.of SC Symphonic Winds               
    Columbia SC

Jaclyn Hartenberger  
    Hodgson Wind Symphony  (UGA)    
    Athens GA 

Kevin Michael Holzman  
    The Eastman Wind Ensemble & Wind Orch.       
    Rochester NY

Thomas McCauley  
    Montclair State Univ. Wind Symphony       
    Montclair NJ

Russell G. McCutcheon  
    Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony       
    Gettysburg PA

Jason H. Nam  
    I.U.Jacobs School of Music Concert Band       
    Bloomington

Andrew Pease  
    Arizona State Univ. Wind Bands           
    Tempe AZ

Shawn Smith  
    UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble           
    Charlotte NC

Mark Tse  
    U. of Washington Wind Ensemble           
    Seattle WA

Nicholas Enrico Williams  
    U.of North Texas Wind Ensemble   
   Denton TX  

Chee Weng Yim  
    Frost Wind Ensemble                   
    Coral Gables FL

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—Band/Wind Ensemble (school/community division)

Kaleb Benda      
    Centennial High Band              
    Frisco TX

Trent A. Hollinger   
    Quincy Concert Band              
    Quincy IL

Brian Hughes       
    Quad City Wind Ensemble          
    Davenport IA

Michael Knight   
    St. Norbert Comm. Band          
    De Pere WI      
  
Brian Messier       
    The Valley Winds               
    Amherst MA
    Belchertown HS Wind Ensemble      
    Belchertown MA

Mark Tse       
    U.of Washington Concert Band      
    Seattle WA

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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! (Ensemble) 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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