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QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
REMINDER: The final postmark deadline for composers to apply for The American Prize, 2018-19, is APRIL 30, 2018. There is no need to email in advance to take advantage of the April date. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms will not be changed, your application will be accepted through the final deadline.
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The American Prize in Composition—MUSIC for CHORUS, professional division, 2017-18
The American Prize winner:
Joel Bentley Thompson Snellville GA
Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
|Joel Bentley Thompson|
David Lipten Tallahassee FL
2nd Place (there was a tie):
Scott Perkins New Haven CT
The Stolen Child; A Word Out Of The Sea; The World of Dream
Mari Esabel Valverde Fort Worth TX
"When Thunder Comes"
|Mari Esabel Valverde|
Jesse Ayers & Charles Myricks, Jr. Canton OH
There's a Stirrin' in the Water
|Charles Myricks, Jr.|
Finalist—Special Judges' Citation: "Relevant, Heartfelt and Deeply Moving"
Gerald Gurss Columbia SC
Be at My Side (Policeman's Prayer)
Michael Cox Fort Worth TX
Shawn Crouch Miami Beach FL
Visions and Ecstacies
Joy DeCoursey-Porter Bellevue WA
"There Was The One"
Carlo Vincetti Frizzo Bloomington IN
Fugue with Robin and Dogwood; Nightscape; A la Noche
|Carlo Vincetti Frizzo|
Elaine Hagenberg Windsor Heights IA
selected choral works
throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the Melbourne International
Choral Festival in Australia, North Central and Central American Choral Directors Association Conferences, and several All State Choirs. Elaine graduated from Drake University and her compositions are published through Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music, Hal Leonard,
G. Schirmer, and Beckenhorst Press. For more information, please visit: www.elainehagenberg.com.
Jakub Polaczyk Astoria NY
Walter Saul Fresno CA
The Word Was Made Flesh
The American Prize in Composition—MUSIC for CHORUS, student division, 2017-18
The American Prize winner:
Xingzimin Pan Salt Lake City UT
What Flowers Tell You
Jihyun Kim Houston TX
A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky
Marlene Miller West Grove PA
Nicolas Chuaqui Bloomington IN
Qui Confidunt in Domino