Monday, February 13, 2017

CONDUCTOR finalists: CHORUS, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 FINALIST conductors in all CHORAL 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.  

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist conductors will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. All finalists receive written evaluations.

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. 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional chorus division

Wendy K. Moy
    Chorosynthesis Singers
    Seatlle WA

Brian A. Schmidt
    South Dakota Chorale  
    Sioux Falls SD

Jeremiah Selvey
    Chorosynthesis Singers
    Seattle WA

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

John Cuk
    Manhattanville College Choir & Women's Vocal Ensemble
    Purchase N

David Fryling
    Hofstra Chamber Choir & Hofstra Chorale
    Hempstead NY

Jaclyn Johnson
    Chamber & Concert Choirs
    Knoxville TN 

Michael Robert Patch
    UMKC Conser.of Music and Dance Conservatory Singers
    Kansas City MO

Catherine Sailer
    Univ. of Denver Lamont Chorale
    Denver CO

Beverly Taylor
    UW-Madison Choral Union
    Madison WI

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

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community chorus division

Douglas Buchanan
    Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus
    Baltimore MD

David Fryling   
    eVoco Mixed Ensemble & Women's Ensemble
    Lynbrook NY

Reginald M. Houze
    The Weddington UMC/First BC Worcester Choirs
    Charlotte NC

Alex Favazza
    Tallahassee Community Chorus
    Tallahassee FL

Sean Linfors
    Tallahassee Community Chorus
    Tallahassee FL 

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

William Bennett
    Cane Bay Choirs
    Summerville SC

Amy Johnston Blosser
    Bexley  Vocal Ensemble
    Bexley OH  

Philip Brown
    Concert Choir
    Minnetonka MN

Tatiana Kats
    Columbus International Children's Choir
    Columbus OH

Patrick Ryan
    Delphian Choir
    Great Falls MT  


We invite 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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.

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