Monday, February 20, 2017

CHORAL ENSEMBLE finalists, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2016-17. 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.

"An exceptional competition featuring wonderful choral ensembles from across the U.S.—a privilege to listen..."

If your ensemble is 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.

We invite 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:

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division

    Krishan Oberoi and Juan Carlos Acosta    San Diego CA

Pro Arte Singers
    Arthur Sjogren   Ridgefield CT

Chorosynthesis Singers
    Wendy K. Moy, Jeremiah Selvey   Seattle WA

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
    Linda L. Ryder    St. Louis MO

South Dakota Chorale
    Brian A. Schmidt Sioux Falls SD

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community chorus division

Pasadena Master Chorale
    Jeffrey Bernstein   Pasadena CA

Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus
    Douglas Buchanan   Baltimore MD

Choral Arts Esemble of Portland
    David DeLyser   Portland OR

eVoco Mixed Ensemble
    David Fryling   Lynbrook NY

Cumberland Oratorio Singers
    Michael David Martin   Fayetteville NC

Eugene Vocal Arts
    Diane Retallack   Eugene OR

Duke Vespers Ensemble
    Brian A. Schmidt   Durham NC

Tallahassee Community Chorus
    Andre Thomas   Tallahassee FL

Northwest Choral Society
    Alan Wellman   Park Ridge IL

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university chorus division

Mansfield University  Concert Choir
    Peggy Dettwiler   Mansfield PA

Hofstra Chamber Choir
    David Fryling   Hempstead NY

Wichita State University Concert Chorale
    Michael Hanawalt   Wichita KS

West Chester University Concert Choir and Mastersingers
    Ryan Kelly West Chester PA

Rutgers University Voorhees Choir
    Elian Kujawinski   New Brunswick NJ

Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
    Nancy Menk   Notre Dame IN

Concordia University-St Paul Christus Chorus
    David Mennicke   St. Paul MN

Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West
    Richard Nance   Tacoma WA

The Wartburg Choir
    Lee Nelson   Waverly IA

Frostburg State University Chamber Singers
    James M. Reddan   Cumberland MD

University of Denver Lamont Chorale
    Catherine Sailer   Denver CO

University of AZ Symphonic Choir
    Elizabeth Schauer   Tucson AZ

Wheaton College Concert Choir
    John William Trotter   Wheaton IL

The College of Wooster Chorus
    Lisa Wong   Wooster OH

Bob Jones University Singers
    Eliezer G. Yanson Jr.   Greenville SC

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and high school chorus division

Bexley HS Vocal Ensemble
    Amy Johnston Blosser    Bexley OH

Hopkins High School Concert Choir
    Philip Brown    Minnetonka MN

Sprague High Concert Choir
    David Brown    Salem OR

Brookline HS Camerata & Chamber Orchestra
    Michael Driscoll    Brookline MA

New Jersey Youth Chorus
    Patricia Joyce    Chatham NJ

Columbus International Children's Choir
    Tatiana Kats    Columbus OH

Delphian Choir
    Patrick Ryan    Great Falls MT

The Davidson Chorale
    Phillip Rogers Streetman    Augusta GA

Longmeadow Lyrics
    Kayla Werlin    Longmeadow MA


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! Our ensemble has 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: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.


  1. So thrilled to be honored as a finalist by the American Prize for choral performance in the college/university division! This prize organization has expanded and the outreach is enormous. Thank you David Katz! (One little request: could someone remove the "m" in Mansfield University Co(m)ncert Choir. :-)

  2. Very exciting and pleased to be in such an esteemed company of choirs! Congratulations to all listed! One small note--the name of our university is "Concordia University, St. Paul" and the choir is "Christus Chorus"