Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CONDUCTOR finalists: ORCHESTRA, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 FINALIST conductors in all orchestra 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 orchestra division

Genevieve Leclair
    Boston Ballet Orchestra
    Boston MA

Jason Lim
    Odysseus N. Texas Chamber Orchestra
    McKinney TX

Paul Mauffray
    Hradec Kralove Philharmonic
    Czech Republic

Walter Morales
    Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
    Greensburg PA


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

James Allen Anderson
    University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra
    Newark DE

Ricardo Averbach
    Miami U. Symphony Orchestra
    Oxford OH

Peter J. Folliard
    Eastman Philharmonia
    Rochester NY

Lev Ivanov
    IL Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra
    Bloomington IL 

Chris Younghoon Kim
    Cornell Chamber Orchestra
    Ithaca NY

Jeffrey Klefstad
    All University Orchestra
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh PA

Genevieve Leclair
    Syracuse University Symphony
    Syracuse NY

Kevin Sutterlin
    University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra
    Memphis TN


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community orchestra division

Matthew Cody
    Oneota Valley Community Orchestra
    Decorah IA 

Lois Ferrari
    Austin Civic Orchestra
    Austin TX

Grant Harville
    Idaho State Civic Symphony
    Pocatello ID

Zachary D. McCoy
    Balmoral Chamber Orchestra
    Memphis TN


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

Because of their key influence as musicians and educators, youth orchestra music directors might be the most important conductors in the country. For that reason, all semi-finalists who met the minimum standard were advanced to finals this year. In this way, the importance of their work can be highlighted in their individual communities and each can receive a written evaluation—one which the competition hopes will prove of value in future endeavors. Bravi, tutti, and thanks.—DK

Orlando Cela
    North Carolina Governor's School Orchestra
    Winston-Salem NC

Cheung Chau
    Utah All-State Orchestra
    Salt Lake City UT

Alyze Dreiling
    YPO Soloists Ensemble
    San Diego CA 

Farkhad Khudyev
    Youth Music Monterey
    Monterey CA

Yutaka Kono
    Vermont Youth Philharmonia
    Burlington VT

Michael Webster
    Houston Youth Symphony
    Houston TX

Ryan Murray
    Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Modesto CA  YO  Yes

Ron Polomchak
    Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra
    Schaumburg IL

Carolyn Watson
    Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
    Interlochen MI

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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: 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 semi-finalists.


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