Monday, February 20, 2017

CHORAL ENSEMBLE finalists, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2016-17. 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.

"An exceptional competition featuring wonderful choral ensembles from across the U.S.—a privilege to listen..."

If your ensemble is 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.

We invite 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. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division

Sacra/Profana
    Krishan Oberoi and Juan Carlos Acosta    San Diego CA

Pro Arte Singers
    Arthur Sjogren   Ridgefield CT

Chorosynthesis Singers
    Wendy K. Moy, Jeremiah Selvey   Seattle WA

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
    Linda L. Ryder    St. Louis MO

South Dakota Chorale
    Brian A. Schmidt Sioux Falls SD


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community chorus division
 

Pasadena Master Chorale
    Jeffrey Bernstein   Pasadena CA

Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus
    Douglas Buchanan   Baltimore MD

Choral Arts Esemble of Portland
    David DeLyser   Portland OR

eVoco Mixed Ensemble
    David Fryling   Lynbrook NY

Cumberland Oratorio Singers
    Michael David Martin   Fayetteville NC

Eugene Vocal Arts
    Diane Retallack   Eugene OR

Duke Vespers Ensemble
    Brian A. Schmidt   Durham NC

Tallahassee Community Chorus
    Andre Thomas   Tallahassee FL

Northwest Choral Society
    Alan Wellman   Park Ridge IL


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

Mansfield University  Comncert Choir
    Peggy Dettwiler   Mansfield PA

Hofstra Chamber Choir
    David Fryling   Hempstead NY

Wichita State University Concert Chorale
    Michael Hanawalt   Wichita KS

West Chester University Concert Choir and Mastersingers
    Ryan Kelly West Chester PA

Rutgers University Voorhees Choir
    Elian Kujawinski   New Brunswick NJ

Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
    Nancy Menk   Notre Dame IN

St. Paul Christus Chorus, Concordia University
    David Mennicke   St. Paul MN

Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West
    Richard Nance   Tacoma WA

The Wartburg Choir
    Lee Nelson   Waverly IA

Frostburg State University Chamber Singers
    James M. Reddan   Cumberland MD

University of Denver Lamont Chorale
    Catherine Sailer   Denver CO

University of AZ Symphonic Choir
    Elizabeth Schauer   Tucson AZ

Wheaton College Concert Choir
    John William Trotter   Wheaton IL

The College of Wooster Chorus
    Lisa Wong   Wooster OH

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


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

Bexley HS Vocal Ensemble
    Amy Johnston Blosser    Bexley OH

Hopkins High School Concert Choir
    Philip Brown    Minnetonka MN

Sprague High Concert Choir
    David Brown    Salem OR

Brookline HS Camerata & Chamber Orchestra
    Michael Driscoll    Brookline MA

New Jersey Youth Chorus
    Patricia Joyce    Chatham NJ

Columbus International Children's Choir
    Tatiana Kats    Columbus OH

Delphian Choir
    Patrick Ryan    Great Falls MT

The Davidson Chorale
    Phillip Rogers Streetman    Augusta GA

Longmeadow Lyrics
    Kayla Werlin    Longmeadow MA


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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! Our ensemble has 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.


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




***

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.


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: 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.


Friday, February 10, 2017

WELCOME our newest ARTIST-JUDGE

 
 THE AMERICAN PRIZE 
is proud to welcome internationally acclaimed    
Metropolitan Opera  mezzo-soprano
SUSANNE MENTZER  
to our judging panel, beginning with the 2017 contest year.
Susanne Mentzer

American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer has established herself not only as an international singer but also as a writer, teacher and arts advocate.
 
She enjoys a significant opera, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty years appearing on four continents with nearly every great opera house and orchestra. She has been a guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera in leading roles since 1989, most recently as Marcellina in the new production of Le Nozze di Figaro in the fall of 2014. She returned to the Met in February and March of 2016.

Susanne recently added some new roles to her repertoire; as Mrs. Patrick DeRocher in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre St. Louis and Nellie in Carlisle Floyd's Wuthering Heights which has also been recorded for commercial release.

Operatically, Susanne specializes in music Mozart, Berlioz, Rossini and Richard Strauss and is widely admired as a specialist in trouser roles, most notably for her portrayals of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Idamante in Idomeneo, der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. She has also appeared in many notable female roles - Dorabella, Despina, Rosina, Adalgisa, and Jane Seymour. 
 
Her extensive discography includes over 25 CDs of opera and oratorio and songs. Her most recent project is a recording of songs by American opera composer Carlisle Floyd to be released on GPR Records through Naxos. This project was funded by her successful Kickstarter campaign. She has recorded two other recitals she also performs in concert: The Eternal Feminine, a recital of music by women composers (Koch International Classics) which includes the premiere of Libby Larsen's Love After 1950 with her long-time pianist, Craig Rutenberg; and her personal favorite, Wayfaring Stranger - a collection of international folksongs arranged for voice and guitar with Grammy Award-winning Sharon Isbin. She also received a Grammy nomination for her work as Colombina in Busoni's Arlecchino.

Susanne may be heard on the recent releases of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking and Plump Jack by Gordon Getty. Susanne appears on DVDs of Les Contes d'Hoffmann (OpĂ©ra de Paris), Don Giovanni (La Scala), and Grammy nominated The First Emperor by Tan Dun (Metropolitan Opera), and Ariadne auf Naxos (Metropolitan Opera). She has appeared numerous times on PBS as part of the Live from Lincoln Center and Live from the Met programs and the Met Cinema broadcast.
 
 
As a recitalist Susanne has appeared in recital on the
Great Performer series at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's
Weill and Zankel halls, NY Festival of Song, Tisch Center for the Arts, Morgan Library, Town Hall, Tannery Pond, Schubert Club St. Paul, Kennedy Center, Vocal Arts Society- DC, Spivey Hall Atlanta, Schwartz Hall at Emory, Santa Fe Concert Association, Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Winter Music, Wyatt Artist in Residence Series-Calgary, Ravinia Festival, Ann Arbor University Music Society, Oberlin College, and others.

Welcome, Susanne! 
 

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

***

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.