Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—instrumental chamber music, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce a grand list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music, in both professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2017-18

Mark Ackerley   Oakland CA
    "For Viola" for solo viola

Aaron Alter   Carlsbad CA
    Introspective Blues #1, Homage to Josquin

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    Trotzky's Train

Bruce Babcock   Pasadena CA

Jay C. Batzner   Mt. Pleasant MI
    Two Slow Movements

Bjorn Berkhout   Forest Hills NY

Steven R. Bernstein   West Hills CA
    "Suite 16" for 2 violins

Michael Boyd  Wilkins Township PA
    I Wouldn't Eat the Strawberries

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    Sonata for Horn and Piano

Harry Bulow   West Lafayette IN
    Sonata for Piano

Gustavo Casenave   Astoria NY
    Sol Negro

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Chicago IL
    Vermilion; Khaos

Timothy P. Chatwood   Carson City NV
    Midnight- The Second Noon

Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    Fourth Sonata for piano

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Lew Beach

Ethan Cypress   Oneonta NY
    Fickle Tone Zones

Joel Scott Davis   Hoover AL
    String Quartet No.1: Vespers

Dante De Silva   Tarzana CA

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Joys of Lights and Reflection

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, The Pegasus Suite

Paul Elwood   Greeley CO
    Emissions Transparent

David Faleris   Annapolis MD
    A Martyred Village

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Uluru; Prelude and Dance

Robert Gans   Falmouth ME
    A DISTANT SHORE: A Musical Narrative for Piano in 5 Episodes

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Imagined Memories

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Sextet for piano and windquintet

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Trio for piano, violin, cello in 3 movements, 1. Aubade. 2.Gigue. 3. Chanson

Jocelyn Hagen   Plymouth MN
    Test Pilot Suite

Douglas Hedwig   Chattanooga TN
    "A Certain Slant of Light"

Harlan Hodges   Glendale CA
    Six Poems ; Three American Etudes

Ching-chu Hu   Newark OH
    The Swash of Water and Red

Andrea La Rose   Praha 6 Czech Republic
    what presents itself (2017)

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    Towers of Power: Chamber Symphony No. 4

Mel Mobley   Monroe LA

Rebecca Oswald   Beaverton OR
    "My Blue Ocean, Your Eyes","To Solace My Heart","The Gentle Rain of Your Pure Love","The
Whisper of the Meaning","A Complete Life in Our Hands"

David R. Peoples   Buford GA
    Sonata "Riding Crepuscular Rays"

Bryan Anthony Percoco   Newark OH

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY

Clement Reid   Lakewood WA
    Robeson Overture, Theater Piece #1

Phil Salathe   Potsdam NY
    Three Street Pieces

Yitzhak Santis   1996000 Israel

David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN
    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

Peter Scartabello   Wickford RI
    Threshold for 5 Bb clarinets

Richard Silverman   Brooklyn NY
    String Quartet #7 "Elegy"

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    Shadow Confrontations

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    From Songs of the Fire Circles

Ann Stimson   Weston MA
    Caracas for solo piano

Jorge Variego   Knoxville TN
    Crippled tango

William F. Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Dreams Before You Awake

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Goethe's Revenge; Lenten Hope; Resurrection Dances; Fugeata

Charles Zoll Tempe AZ

The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2017-18

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Ascension Tube

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Submerged Worlds

Tom Bar   Boston MA
    Thus the Past Buries its Dreams, The Prophetic Bird's Prophecy, The Pied Pier of Hamelin's Song, And I Will Be the Last One Laughing

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Sonata for Violin and Piano

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Agitato, Precarious, Fuse

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Persian Dance, On the Blue Line, Samba de las Olimpadus

James Budinich   Northport NY
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

Zachary Gulaboff Davis   Salem OR
    Sonata for two pianos

Jonathan Embry   Fulton NY
    Passacaglia in F Minor, Op. 4, Solo Organ

Neal Endicott   Laingsburg MI
    "Against the Dying of the Light"

Kyle Franklin   Boston MA
    V Tableau

Joseph R. Gessler   Hendersonville NC
    Angels After Midnight

Paul Hwang   Palisades Park NJ
    In Nomine a 4; Music for Percussion; Short and Bittersweet

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Peaporutus (Concussion)

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus 5"

John Nydam   Wellesley MA

Zachary Ploeger   Pipestone MN
    Concert Piece

Heather Pryse   Charlottesville VA
    Opaque Figures

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA
    Animated Ominosity

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    Beijing Impressions

Brandon Thibodeau   Holt MO

Chelsea Williamson   Norman OK


We invite semi-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 semi-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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