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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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FINALISTS: Bands & Wind Ensembles, 2016, in all categories

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST bands for 2016 in all categories. Congratulations!

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 Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division
Capital University Symphonic Winds
    Jeffrey D. Gershman    Columbus OH
Hodgson Wind Symphony
    Jaclyn Hartenberger    Athens GA
IL Wesleyan Wind Ensemble
    Lev Ivanov    Bloomington IL


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division

Quad City Wind Ensemble
    Brian Hughes Davenport IA
St. Norbert Community Band
    Michael Knight    De Pere WI
The Valley Winds
    Brian Messier    Amherst MA
Eastern Wind Symphony
    Todd Nichols    Princeton NJ 


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—school division

North Hills HS Wind Ensemble
    Leonard Lavelle   Pittsburgh
Belchertown HS Wind Ensemble
    Brian Messier    Belchertown MA
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
    Bradley Morrison    Ossining NY
Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra
    Elijah Wirth    Baltimore MD

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Congratulations to all finalists.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

COMPOSER FINALISTS, 2016: orchestra

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 FINALIST composers of orchestra music in both student and professional 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.

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 fall. 

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.)

The American Prize in Composition—orchestra music, professional division

Lee Actor    Monte Sereno CA    
     Divertimento for Small Orchestra

Mark Arnest    Colorado Springs CO   
     Ludlow: Four Scenes for Orchestra

Jennifer Bellor    Henderson NV   
     Chase the Stars

Douglas Buchanan    Cockeysville MD   
     Malleus  

Nickitas Demos    Atlanta GA   
     New World Sketches

Nancy Bloomer Deussen    Mountain View CA   
     Journey of the Heart

Hakki Cengiz Eren    Los Angeles CA   
     Buffavento  

Kenneth Froelich    Fresno CA   
     Through Cloudy & Cracked Lenses

Jack Gallagher    Wooster OH  
     Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant"

Ching-chu Hu    Newark OH   
     Violin Concerto No. 3—Water Spirit

Michael Karp    New York NY   
     Affirmation

Shawn E Okpebholo    Wheaton IL   
     Kutimbua Kivumbi (Stomp the Dust)

John Peel    Salem OR
     Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Lucas Richman    Bangor ME   
     Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth

Max Simoncic    Stockton CA   
     Concerto for Saxophone

Judith Lang Zaimont    Maricopa AZ   
     PURE, COOL (Water)


The American Prize in Composition—orchestra music, student division

Yihan Chen    Planifield IN   
     Phantasms

Daniel J Choi    Centreville VA
     Scaena Ager

Peter Neil Dayton III    Terrace Park OH   
     From Sombre Lands

Jihyun Kim    Ithaca NY   
     A Little Tramp Walking in the Assembly Line

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



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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! 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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Voice (women in art song), 2016, ALL DIVISIONS

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, citation and honorable mention recipients of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in all divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner: "OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE in Art Song & Oratorio"
MARGARET LIAS
Boston MA
MARGARET LIAS
Mezzo-soprano, Margaret Lias, has been celebrated for her “warm,” “arresting,” and “rich-toned” singing. Since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with Handel and Haydn Society, Margaret has been a frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers. In 2015, Margaret received praise for her Lincoln Center solo debut singing Mozart’s Requiem. Select solo appearances in 2016 and 2017 include Princeton Pro Musica, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Arcadia Players, Cleveland Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music. Margaret was a founding member of The Skylark Vocal Ensemble under Matthew Guard. She performs frequently with Seraphic Fire under Patrick Dupré Quigley, Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman, Voices of Ascension under Dennis Keene, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space under K. Scott Warren, Emmanuel Music under Ryan Turner, and Musica Sacra New York under Kent Tritle. This season, Margaret is thrilled to add New York City Opera Renaissance chorus to her roster of ensembles. www.margaretlias.com


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
MELISA BONETTI
Cincinnati OH
MELISA BONETTI
Melisa Bonetti, Mezzo-soprano, just completed the Dayton Opera Artist in Residence program in which she made her Dayton Opera Mainstage debut as Emilia in Otello. After enjoying her time as a young artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera 2015 summer festival in which she played the role of Isabela in Catan's La Hija de Rappaccini, "Melisa Bonetti commanded a wonderful presence in the lower middle voice but also easily soared heavenward with a well-schooled top" - Opera Today, Ms.Bonetti will return to sing with the company this Summer in the roles of Maria Maddalena and Scribe in Glass' Galileo Galilei. After a full season with Kentucky Opera last year, Melisa returned earlier this season to sing Marcellina for their Nozze di Figaro concert tour. During her work with Kentucky Opera last year Ms. Bonetti performed Lorca Ainadamar, a production with the Lexington Philharmonic, Clare in Daron Hagen's new work, A Woman in Morocco, Flora La Traviata, Wowkle La Fanciulla del West, & Mexican Flower Woman Streetcar Named Desire. Since completing her Master’s in voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, she has also worked with the Dayton Philharmonic, Opera Columbus, Cincinnati Opera Outreach and Chorus, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. During her summer's as a Master's student she participated in the Wolf Trap Opera studio artist program and in I Sing Beijing as a young artist. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music in New York.
www.MelisaBonettiMezzo.com


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
STELLA DAYRIT RODEN
Warrensburg MO
STELLA DAYRIT RODEN
Stella Dayrit Roden, soprano, has performed as a featured soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Britain Symphony, and the Connecticut Virtuosi.   As Resident Artist with the Wichita Grand Opera, she performed the role of 'Cousin' in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and served as a member of the opera chorus for the 2011 season.  In the summers of 2012 and 2013, she performed several concerts in Florence, Italy, a series sponsored by Accademia Europea di Firenze and Misericordia di Firenze, Piazza Duomo. Stella Roden received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Music degree, Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University.  Dr. Roden has also been a finalist in prestigious competitions such as the Connecticut Opera Guild, the Austin Lyric Young Artist's Competition, and the NATSAA New England Regional Division Competition.


3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
SARAH NELSON CRAFT
Brooklyn NY
SARAH NELSON CRAFT
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft’s commanding, versatile voice most recently brought her to Paris where she participated in The Song Continues: Paris Residency, performing in recitals and working closely with Marilyn Horne and Martin Katz. Performances this season include Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Masterworks Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall. In 2013 Ms. Craft made her mainstage debut with the Caramoor Festival as Ninetta in Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes and was noted as a “young singer to watch out for”. She has been a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall in Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s Messiah with the National Chorale, and in Mahler’s Symphony No.2 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. In 2016 Carnegie Hall will present Ms. Craft in a solo Spotlight Recital with pianist Warren Jones at Weill Recital Hall.  www.sarahnelsoncraft.com


3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
MARGOT ROOD
East Boston MA
MARGOT ROOD
Soprano Margot Rood, hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times, performs a wide range of repertoire. Recent and upcoming solo appearances include those with Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Handel and Haydn Society, Seraphic Fire, A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Blue Heron, Cape Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, Grand Harmonie, as well as onstage with Boston Early Music Festival, Monadnock Music, St. Petersburg Opera, Helios Early Opera and Green Mountain Opera Festival. Ms. Rood is the recipient of prestigious awards including the St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award (2015), and the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellowship at Emmanuel Music (2015). Ms. Rood is a core member of Lorelei Ensemble, Boston's 9-voice women's ensemble. Her new solo recording with composer Heather Gilligan, Living in Light, will be released in 2017. Ms. Rood holds degrees from the University of Michigan and McGill University. www.margotrood.com


FINALIST—SPECIAL CITATION: "Outstanding Performance in Art Song"
RACHEL JOSELSON
Iowa City IA
RACHEL JOSELSON
While still a university student in voice performance, Rachel Joselson performed with the Indianapolis and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Her first full-time operatic contract was in Darmstadt, Germany, singing roles as Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Adalgisa and Idamante before switching to soprano repertoire during her years at Hamburg State Opera. She has performed with symphony orchestras in Cedar Rapids, Madison, Oshkosh, and Johnson City, and was featured with the Utah Festival Opera with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in Salt Lake City. Joselson was invited to Leipzig, Germany, where she presented a lecture and master classes about American song composers at a convention for the German Association of Voice Teachers International Convention. In Halle, she taught a master class on bel canto technique and was an artist-in-residence at the Asolo Song Festival and Institute in Italy. Ms. Joselson received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers University.


FINALIST—SPECIAL CITATION: "Outstanding Performance in Oratorio"
ROSALIND LEE
Oak Park IL
ROSALIND LEE
Rosalind Lee, soprano, has been described as "a beautiful soprano with a glowing voice." She has appeared as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Orff’s Carmina burana, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass, and Vivaldi's Gloria. She's appeared as a soloist with groups such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Bach Week Festival, Chorus Angelorum, Elgin Choral Union, Handel Week Festival, North Shore Choral Society, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their Kraft Family Concert series. Ms. Lee has also covered soprano solos in Beethoven's Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Verdi's Requiem for the CSO. On the opera stage, she has appeared at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Festival, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Music by the Lake, and Light Opera Works, among others. (http://www.rosalind-lee.com)


FINALIST—SPECIAL CITATION: "Outstanding Performance in Music before 1800"
ELISABETH MARSHALL
Portland ME
ELISABETH MARSHALL
Elisabeth Marshall has been praised by OPERA NEWS for her “radiant soprano” on the Brooklyn Art Song Society’s recent album New Voices (Roven Records, 2015). Concert highlights include Messiah at Chicago’s Symphony Center, Bach’s Mattëuspassion under Helmuth Rilling (Oregon Bach Festival), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with CBE Raymond Leppard (Indianapolis Symphony), and Mozart’s Requiem at Rochester Cathedral (England). On the opera stage, she has been hailed for her performances as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in London, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella. Other engagements include the Wexford Festival Opera, the London Philharmonia Chorus, and Carmel Bach Festival. A Fulbright grant recipient to the HMT-Leipzig (Germany), Ms. Marshall holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Carol Vaness, and, in addition to her active performing career, currently serves on the voice faculty at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. www.elisabethmarshall.com


FINALIST—HONORABLE MENTION: Exceptional Repertoire
DANA ZENOBI
Austin TX
DANA ZENOBI
Winner of an Inspiration in Teaching Citation from The American Prize (2014), Dana Zenobi is a versatile performer who embraces traditional repertoire and new music.  She has appeared in concert with ensembles including Austin Civic Orchestra, San Gabriel Chorale, and Austin Chamber Ensemble. On the operatic stage, she appeared in Austin Opera’s American Premiere of Waiting for the Barbarians (Philip Glass), and with Lyric Opera Cleveland in the first production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women directed by Adamo. The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised her “dazzling coloratura” and “irresitible phrasing” as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). She has garnered similar success in roles ranging from Mozart heroines to Verdi’s Violetta Valéry.  Dr. Zenobi joined the faculty at Southwestern University in 2007.  She is executive director of BELTÀ (www.BELTA.org), a nonprofit that supports emerging artists. She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA and MM) and Duke University (BA). www.danazenobi.com


CAREER ENCOURAGEMENT CERTIFICATE 
TERESA WINNER BLUME
Needham MA
TERESA WINNER BLUME
Teresa Winner Blume, lyric coloratura, performs frequently in recital, oratorio, opera, musical theatre, and in collaboration with composers of new works. She was recently featured in the U.S. premiere of Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, singing Schubert lieder. Past performances include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Connecticut Choral Society; Brevard Music Center), Carmina Burana (Canton Symphony Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor), and Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Grant Llewellyn at the North Carolina Symphony. Awards include New York Oratorio Society Competition (semi-finalist, 2015), the Peter Elvins Competition (semi-finalist, 2015); National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (National semi-finalist, 2010), and the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Award (Eastman School). She serves as Head of Voice at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, as voice faculty at Gordon College, and maintains a private studio. B.M. University of Illinois; M.M. and Performer’s Certificate Eastman School of Music. www.TeresaWinnerBlume.com


HONORABLE MENTION
KIRSTEN KUNKLE
Wilmington DE
KIRSTEN KUNKLE
Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano, originally from Fremont, Ohio, currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware. Her recordings are collected at the Library of Congress, the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Merkel Area Museum in Merkel, Texas.  She is on the list of Classical Native American Artists and Musicians at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She won the 2014 PA NATSAA competition, became the youngest inductee into the Fremont Ross Music Hall of Fame in 2011, and recently made her solo Carnegie Hall debut. Some favorite roles performed are Mimì (La bohème), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) Iolanta and Brigitta (Iolanta), Zemphira (Aleko), Lisa (Pique Dame), Foreign Woman (The Consul), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), and the Witch (Hansel and Gretel).  Her degrees are from Bowling Green State University and University of Michigan. www.kirstenckunkle.com  

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
SAMANTHA SCHMID
Boston MA
SAMANTHA SCHMID
Samantha Schmid, lyric soprano—dedicates herself to exploring culture and communication. This season, Schmid makes her debut with Juventas New Music Ensemble as Constance in the premiere of Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic. She also appears as Donna Elvira with Opera in the Ozarks. A champion of contemporary and Slavic music, Schmid has recently performed with Russian Opera Workshop, Lowell House Opera, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Previous engagements include Tina (Flight), Iolanta (Iolanta), Liza (The Queen of Spades), Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte). Recognition for her artistry includes inauguration into the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society and multiple awards from NATS. A student of Dr. Kerry Deal, Schmid recently received her Professional Studies Certificate and M.M. in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory. She also holds a B.A. from Webster University. For more information, visit www.samanthaschmid.com.


2nd PLACE:
OLIVIA BOEN
Chicago IL
OLIVIA BOEN
Heralded as "someone to watch," soprano Olivia Boen is currently in her third year of undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Daune Mahy. As an opera singer, she has performed such roles as Alcina in Oberlin Opera Theatre's production of Handel's Alcina, Norina in Oberlin-In-Italy’s production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Equally at home performing contemporary music, Olivia has collaborated with composers Jesse Jones, Peter Kramer, and Shihui Yin. Recent performance highlights include concerts in Siena, Cortona, and Arezzo in Tuscany through the Oberlin-In-Italy program. She has participated in masterclasses by such renowned artists as Renée Fleming, Eric Owens, Nicole Cabell, and Enza Ferrari. Olivia has been selected for the prestigious position as one of Opera Theater of St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artists and will begin her work with the company in April 2016. More information can be found at www.oliviaboen.com.


3rd PLACE:
SARAH LOVE TAYLOR
Winston-Salem NC
SARAH LOVE TAYLOR
Sarah Love Taylor, mezzo-soprano, hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her operatic credits include the title role in Carmen (CCM Summer Opera), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance (Greensboro Light Opera), and Sister Dolcina in Suor Angelica. She debuted the role of Oscar the Cat, in Alejandro Rutty’s The Fight to be Favorite (Greensboro Opera). Scene credits include Charlotte (Werther), Nicklaus (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and Third Lady (The Magic Flute). Sarah has appeared as a guest artist with Durham Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society of Durham, Greensboro Oratorio Society, Concert Singers of Cary, and Roanoke College Choir. She earned her BM and BA (French) from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MM from UNC-Greensboro where she is currently pursuing her DMA in Performance. She is the founding President of the Student NATS chapter at UNC-Greensboro where she teaches Class Voice, Lyric Diction, and Applied Voice. www.sarahlovetaylor.com


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
OLIVIA PRENDERGAST
Penn Valley PA
OLIVIA PRENDERGAST
Olivia Prendergast is a senior attending Harriton High School in Bryn Mawr, PA and had studied privately with tenor Paul Spencer Adkins since 2012. In addition to directing Harriton’s a cappella groups and appearing in their theater productions, she received their school’s music award and scholarship for musical excellence. Olivia has had lead roles in Wolf Performing Arts Center’s productions, including Eve in “Children of Eden”, Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”, and Beth in “Little Women”. Olivia was a semifinalist in the Art Song Division of the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, and was selected to attend the Metropolitan Opera Guild High School Opera Singers' Intensive. She also advanced to the semifinal round of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition and was a finalist in their inaugural on-line Summer Musical Theatre Vocal Competition. She is also active in her church choir as both a member and lead cantor. Olivia will continue her music training as a vocal performance major in the Bienen School of Music as part of Northwetern’s Class of 2020, where she will be in the studio of Sunny Joy Langton.


2nd PLACE:
LINA CHUNG
Buford GA
LINA CHUNG
Lina Chung is a 17 year-old soprano from Buford, Georgia, and is currently a senior at Mill Creek High School. She has done notable achievements such as winning First Place at the Schmidt Competition, being chosen as the soloist for Gounod's masterpiece "Gallia" with the New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean community choir, winner of the GA Christian University Music Competition (for Voice) being designated as an alumni at the Governor Honor's Program 2015, 6A Literary State Champion for Girl's Solo, performing at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center with the New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra as well as holding multiple recitals at the Korean Festival, and 6 years of All State Chorus. She has also won scholarships and has been recognized by Julliard professor Margo Garrett, Indiana University professor Mary Ann Hart and opera singer Tamara Hardesty who graduated from the Curtis School of Music. She aspires to major in Vocal Performance and continue her craft throughout her lifetime. Nonetheless, her unchanging aspiration is to sing for the glory of God.


3rd PLACE:
DALIA MEDOVNIKOV
Woodbridge CT
DALIA MEDOVNIKOV
Dalia Medovnikov is a freshman in Amity High School, Woodbridge, Connecticut. She has been singing since her early childhood. Last summer she was accepted and participated in the Young Artists Vocal Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She just got accepted to the same program again for this summer. In April of this year she will be participating in the “Amber Nightingale” International Art Song Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia.


SPECIAL CAREER ENCOURAGEMENT CITATION:
MARY ELIZABETH ADLER
Bellevue WA
MARY ELIZABETH ADLER
Mary Elizabeth Adler, soprano, is a sophomore in high school in Bellevue Washington.  She has been studying classical voice under Nancy Zylstra for over five years.  She has won numerous awards in classical vocal competitions locally, at the state level, and nationally.  She sings in the St. James Cathedral Young Women's Choir as well as with the Seattle Opera's STUDIO Program.  She also studies the cello under Page Smith and is in her high school orchestra as well as in a youth symphony.  She is the Captain of her high school Varsity Badminton team as well as the President of Biology club at school.


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Congratulations!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

COMPOSER FINALISTS, 2016: opera, theater, film

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 FINALIST composers of music for theater, opera, or film. 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.

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 fall. 

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.)


2016 FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM, professional division

Curtis Bryant    Union City GA  Zabette    

Douglas Buchanan    Cockeysville MD
    Prospero Variations  

Justin N Dello Joio    New York NY
    Blue Mountain 

Avner Finberg    Ithaca NY
    A Taste of Damnation   

Raymond Horton    Floyds Knobs IN
    Searching For America 

Allen Shearer    Oakland CA
    Middlemarch in Spring    

Judith Lynn Stillman    Providence RI
    When the Music Stopped 


2016 FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM, student division

Georgi T Dimitrov    Los Angeles CA
    Maximus: An Opera in One Act   

Dayton Kinney    Durham NC 
    Cold Hands   

Harriet Steinke    Grosse Pointe MI
    Somewhere in Europe   


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Monday, December 5, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Voice (women in art song), 2016—college and high school divisions

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, citation and honorable mention recipients of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations! (Results in the professional division will be announced shortly.)

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
SAMANTHA SCHMID
Boston MA
SAMANTHA SCHMID
Samantha Schmid, lyric soprano—dedicates herself to exploring culture and communication. This season, Schmid makes her debut with Juventas New Music Ensemble as Constance in the premiere of Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic. She also appears as Donna Elvira with Opera in the Ozarks. A champion of contemporary and Slavic music, Schmid has recently performed with Russian Opera Workshop, Lowell House Opera, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Previous engagements include Tina (Flight), Iolanta (Iolanta), Liza (The Queen of Spades), Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte). Recognition for her artistry includes inauguration into the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society and multiple awards from NATS. A student of Dr. Kerry Deal, Schmid recently received her Professional Studies Certificate and M.M. in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory. She also holds a B.A. from Webster University. For more information, visit www.samanthaschmid.com.


2nd PLACE:
OLIVIA BOEN
Chicago IL
OLIVIA BOEN
Heralded as "someone to watch," soprano Olivia Boen is currently in her third year of undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Daune Mahy. As an opera singer, she has performed such roles as Alcina in Oberlin Opera Theatre's production of Handel's Alcina, Norina in Oberlin-In-Italy’s production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Equally at home performing contemporary music, Olivia has collaborated with composers Jesse Jones, Peter Kramer, and Shihui Yin. Recent performance highlights include concerts in Siena, Cortona, and Arezzo in Tuscany through the Oberlin-In-Italy program. She has participated in masterclasses by such renowned artists as Renée Fleming, Eric Owens, Nicole Cabell, and Enza Ferrari. Olivia has been selected for the prestigious position as one of Opera Theater of St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artists and will begin her work with the company in April 2016. More information can be found at oliviaboen.com.


3rd PLACE:
SARAH LOVE TAYLOR
Winston-Salem NC
SARAH LOVE TAYLOR
Sarah Love Taylor, mezzo-soprano, hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her operatic credits include the title role in Carmen (CCM Summer Opera), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance (Greensboro Light Opera), and Sister Dolcina in Suor Angelica. She debuted the role of Oscar the Cat, in Alejandro Rutty’s The Fight to be Favorite (Greensboro Opera). Scene credits include Charlotte (Werther), Nicklaus (Les contes d’Hoffmann), and Third Lady (The Magic Flute). Sarah has appeared as a guest artist with Durham Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society of Durham, Greensboro Oratorio Society, Concert Singers of Cary, and Roanoke College Choir. She earned her BM and BA (French) from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MM from UNC-Greensboro where she is currently pursuing her DMA in Performance. She is the founding President of the Student NATS chapter at UNC-Greensboro where she teaches Class Voice, Lyric Diction, and Applied Voice. www.sarahlovetaylor.com


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
OLIVIA PRENDERGAST
Penn Valley PA
OLIVIA PRENDERGAST
Olivia Prendergast is a senior attending Harriton High School in Bryn Mawr, PA and had studied privately with tenor Paul Spencer Adkins since 2012. In addition to directing Harriton’s a cappella groups and appearing in their theater productions, she received their school’s music award and scholarship for musical excellence. Olivia has had lead roles in Wolf Performing Arts Center’s productions, including Eve in “Children of Eden”, Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”, and Beth in “Little Women”. Olivia was a semifinalist in the Art Song Division of the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, and was selected to attend the Metropolitan Opera Guild High School Opera Singers' Intensive. She also advanced to the semifinal round of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition and was a finalist in their inaugural on-line Summer Musical Theatre Vocal Competition. She is also active in her church choir as both a member and lead cantor. Olivia will continue her music training as a vocal performance major in the Bienen School of Music as part of Northwetern’s Class of 2020, where she will be in the studio of Sunny Joy Langton.


2nd PLACE:
LINA CHUNG
Buford GA
LINA CHUNG
Lina Chung is a 17 year-old soprano from Buford, Georgia, and is currently a senior at Mill Creek High School. She has done notable achievements such as winning First Place at the Schmidt Competition, being chosen as the soloist for Gounod's masterpiece "Gallia" with the New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean community choir, winner of the GA Christian University Music Competition (for Voice) being designated as an alumni at the Governor Honor's Program 2015, 6A Literary State Champion for Girl's Solo, performing at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center with the New Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra as well as holding multiple recitals at the Korean Festival, and 6 years of All State Chorus. She has also won scholarships and has been recognized by Julliard professor Margo Garrett, Indiana University professor Mary Ann Hart and opera singer Tamara Hardesty who graduated from the Curtis School of Music. She aspires to major in Vocal Performance and continue her craft throughout her lifetime. Nonetheless, her unchanging aspiration is to sing for the glory of God.


3rd PLACE:
DALIA MEDOVNIKOV
Woodbridge CT
DALIA MEDOVNIKOV
Dalia Medovnikov is a freshman in Amity High School, Woodbridge, Connecticut. She has been singing since her early childhood. Last summer she was accepted and participated in the Young Artists Vocal Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She just got accepted to the same program again for this summer. In April of this year she will be participating in the “Amber Nightingale” International Art Song Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia.


SPECIAL CAREER ENCOURAGEMENT CITATION:
MARY ELIZABETH ADLER
Bellevue WA
MARY ELIZABETH ADLER
Mary Elizabeth Adler, soprano, is a sophomore in high school in Bellevue Washington.  She has been studying classical voice under Nancy Zylstra for over five years.  She has won numerous awards in classical vocal competitions locally, at the state level, and nationally.  She sings in the St. James Cathedral Young Women's Choir as well as with the Seattle Opera's STUDIO Program.  She also studies the cello under Page Smith and is in her high school orchestra as well as in a youth symphony.  She is the Captain of her high school Varsity Badminton team as well as the President of Biology club at school.


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Congratulations!

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.

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"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.