Saturday, April 7, 2018

FINALISTS: ERNST BACON AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2018

Ernst Bacon
The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2017-18 in all divisions. Congratulations!

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize created an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be 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.
 
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.


FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL division, 2017-18

Reuben Blundell
Gowanus Arts Ensemble
Brooklyn NY

   “American Romantics”—music by Foote, Busch, Parker
 

Luke Cissell
composer and performer
New York NY
   String Quintet—Luke Cissell  


Nse Ekpo
Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra
Pazardjik Bulgaria
   Lyric for Strings—George Walker  


Michael S. Horwood
Sinfonia Varsovia
Warsaw Poland
   Intravariations—Horwood


Christopher Nichols
clarinet
Newark DE 

   music by Jennifer Barker, Kevin Cope and James Stephenson 

Phoenix Park-Kim
Soprani Compagni
Marion IN   

   “Portraits of Women”—music by David Horace Davies, Robert Denham, Lenna Kirchoff
 

William Popp
accordion
Denver CO

   music by Kleinsinger, Gart, Antonio

Peter Seivewright
piano
Glasgow Scotland 
   American Piano Sonatas by Carter, Rozsa, MacDowell 

Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn
Ann Maire Wilcox-Daehn and Elizabeth Avery
Springfield MO
   The Forgotten Songs of Sergius Kagen 


Rain Worthington
Missouri State University Symphony
Springfield MO 

   Tracing a Dream—Worthington 

Giselle Wyers
Solaris Vocal Ensemble
Seattle WA 

   Floodsongs—Anne LeBaron

Judith Lang Zaimont
Elizabeth Moak, pianist
Hattiesburg MS
   Sonata for Piano: Nocturne—La fin de siecle—Zaimont



FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY division, 2017-18

"Exceptional auditions often featuring serious, important and under-performed repertoire..."—DK

Micheal Barnes
mallet percussion
Norman OK
   music by G.H. Green, Robert Paterson, Ricardo Coelho de Souza  


Jennifer Bellor
UNLV Wind Orchestra
Las Vegas NV
   Bordello Nights—Jennifer Bellor  


Thomas Dickey
Oklahoma State University. Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK

   music by Bacon (Nantucket Fling), Copland (Our Town), Hanson (Symphony No. 2)  

Natalie Dietterich
Yale Camerata
New Haven CT
   conversations with strangers—Natalie Dietterich
  

David Hahn
Eastman Repertory Singers
Rochester NY

   Fern Hill—John Corigliano  

Lynda Hasseler
Capital University Chapel Choir and Choral Union
Columbus OH

   music of Jake Runestad

Jesse Henkensiefken
Kansas Wesleyan University String Orchestra
Salina KS
   Strings and Threads Suite—Mark O'Connor


Stephen Heyde
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
Waco TX 

   Toccata Festiva, op. 36—Barber
   Son et Lumiere—Stucky

Christopher Kelts
Missouri State University Symphony
Springfield MO
   Tracing a Dream—Rain Worthington  


Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Orchestra
Ithaca NY
   Clarinet Concerto—Joan Tower  


William L. Lake, Jr.
University of NC at Greensboro Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble
Greensboro NC

   The Tell-tale Heart—Roger Zare
  

Vaibhav Mohanty
pianist and composer
Cambridge MA
   Rhapsody No. 1—Vaibhav Mohanty  


Corinne Rydman
soprano
San Francisco CA  
   Art Songs by Florence Price

Catherine Sailer
University of Denver Lamont Chorale
Denver CO

   music by Averitt, Takach, Lampi, more

Jennifer Trost
The PSU Piano Quartet
State College PA
   Beethoven's Slippers: A Monodrama—Judith Cloud  


Chris David Westover
Denison University New Music Ensemble
Granville OH

   Bassoon Concertino—Augusta Read Thomas  

Chee Weng Yim
Frost Chamber Winds/Frost Wind Ensemble
Coral Gables FL

   Scherzo: Over the Pavements—Ives
   Divertimento for Brass—Husa

 

FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COMMUNITY division, 2017-18

"In the community division, finalists were advanced for a variety of reasons. What unites all these artists is their obvious commitment to American music—worthy of honor."—DK

Donald L. Appert
Oregon Sinfonietta
Vancouver WA
   Concerto for Viola and Orchestra—Appert


Patricia Brown
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Houston TX
   Appalachian Spring—Copland 


John B. Gordon / Thomas Rainey
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX
   Gershwin & All That Jazz   


William P. Gorton
Members of Philadelphia Orchestra & friends
NJ Master Chorale, Philadelphia Boys Choir
Haddonfield NJ   

   Te Deum—William P. Gorton

Darrell J. Jordan
Vox Nova
Columbia MO 

   music by Lowell Liebermann, Billings, Moira Smiley
 

Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA   

   Porgy & Bess Symphonic Picture—Gershwin/Bennett
   Adagio for Strings—Barber   
   Lincoln Portrait—Copland
 
Nicholas Simonelli
The Putnam Chorale, Ltd.
Carmel NY
   Casey at the Bat—William Schuman 



FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, YOUTH & HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA division, 2017-18

Michael Isadore
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra  
Sugar Land TX

   Visions and Miracles—Theofanidis
   Autumn Rhapsody—Jalbert
 

Robert Truan
Decatur HS Wind Ensemble
Decatur GA

   American Salute—Gould
   Requiem—Maslanka


Carolyn Watson
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Interlochen MI
   The Improvised Violin Concerto—Mark O'Connor



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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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2017-18. 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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