Wednesday, February 28, 2018

FINALISTS: composers (vocal chamber music), 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music for 2017-18 in both student and professional 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.

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly affects the outcome. We also try hard to be not about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

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. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. 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 of the contest year.

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 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—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division)

Samuel Beebe   Brooklyn NY
    The Woods

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    Songs in the Dark

Curtis Bryant   Union City GA

Oliver Caplan   Medford MA
    Connect All. We All Connect.

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Kollwitz-Konnex (… im Frieden seiner Hande)

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ
    Three Poems of Henry W. Longfellow

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    our voices, for now, sustained

Eugene O'Brien   Bloomington IN

Scott Robbins   Spartanburg SC
    Blue Ridge A Cappella

Adam Schumaker   Portage MI
    The Best Thing Ever

Moshe Shulman   Buffalo NY
    Song of Songs

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    More Beautiful Than Night

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    Here, Bullet, a cycle of songs

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Acts of Kindness

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Songs of Ascents, Final Praise

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Emily's Garden

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    To Decipher the Art

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX

Michael Lanci   Saratoga Springs NY
    Songs For Joe Hill


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: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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