Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2016 in all divisions. 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 Orchestral Performance—professional division

Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
    Jonathan Griffith   New York NY

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
    Anna Harris    Houston TX

Odysseus N. Texas Chamber Orchestra
    Jason Lim    McKinney TX

Michigan Philharmonic
    Nan Washburn    Plymouth MI

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division
The college-university division of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance has always been one of the most competitive, but no more so than this year, when many of these fine orchestras tackled especially difficult repertoire and performed it so very well. Regardless of the final outcome, I send every warm wish to each of these ensembles and their fine conductors for exceptional work.—DK

University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra
    James Allen Anderson    Newark DE

Miami University Symphony Orchestra
    Ricardo Averbach Oxford OH

 West Texas A&M Orchestra
    Mark Bartley    Canyon TX

College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
    David Grandis    Williamsburg VA

Baylor Symphony Orchestra
    Stephen Heyde    Waco TX

IL Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra
    Lev Ivanov    Bloomington IL

Cornell Chamber Orchestra
    Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca NY

Peabody Symphony Orchestra
    Hajime Teri Murai    Baltimore MD

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division

Clark College Orchestra
    Donald L. Appert    Vancouver WA

Texas Medical Center Orchestra
    Patricia Brown    Houston TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
    Lois Ferrari    Austin TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
    Thomas Rainey    Round Rock TX

Dudley House Orchestra
    Aaron Kuan    Cambridge MA

Midwest Chamber Ensemble
    Steve Nelson Lewis Jr.    Prairie Village KS

Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
    Charles Salembier    Waynesboro VA

The Parthenon Chamber Orchestra
    David P. Sartor    Nashville TN

Tucson Repertory Orchestra
    Toru Tagawa    Tucson AZ

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division 

Houston Youth Symphony
    Michael Webster   Houston TX

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
    Carolyn Watson  Interlochen MI

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division
"Extraordinary high school orchestras, every one."—DK

Allen HS Symphony Orchestra
    David DeVoto    Allen TX

Reagan Chamber Orchestra
    Sixto Elizondo IV   San Antonio TX

Arlington HS Philharmonia
    Jon Handman    LeGrangeville NY

Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra
    Shira Katsman    Bellevue WA

Klein Oak Chamber Orchestra
    Tanner Ledford    Spring TX

Plano West Chamber Orchestra
    Ryan Ross    Plano TX

Canyon del Oro High School
    Toru Tagawa    Oro Valley AZ


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! (Ensemble) 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.

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