Friday, February 17, 2017

CONDUCTOR finalists: opera/music theater

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 FINALIST conductors in OPERA/MUSIC THEATER 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—opera/music theater (professional division)

Warren Puffer Jones
    Arbor Opera Theater
    Ann Arbor MI
    La Traviata

Walter Morales
    Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summer Fest
    Pittsburgh PA
    Figaro (redux)

Ryan Murray
    Fresno Grand Opera
    Fresno CA
    A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn)


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—opera/music theater (college/university division)

Kevin Class
    University Of Tennessee Opera Theatre
    Knoxville TN
    The Consul

Joshua Horsch
    University of Colorado-Boulder
    Eklund Opera Program
    Boulder CO
    The Tender Land

Chad Hutchinson
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis MN
    Susannah

Michael W. Moore
    Bob Jones University
    Greenville SC
    La Cenerentola 

Walter Morales
    Duquesne University
    Pittsburgh PA
    Rita (Donizetti)


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—opera/music theater (community division)

Ezra Donner
    University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society
    Ann Arbor MI
    H.M.S. Pinafore

Dale Kruse
    Project Opera
    Minneapolis MN
    Memory Boy (Reynaldo Moya)

Eric Peterson
    Savoynet Performing Group
    Harrogate UK
    The Pirates of Penzance




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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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