Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WELCOMING two new JUDGES

The American Prize is honored to welcome two new judges to its distinguished panel of adjudicators.

CHRISTOPH PTACK (Chicago, IL) joins in the areas of voice, opera, and music theater.

JEREMIAH SELVEY (Santa Monica, CA) joins in the areas of chorus, choral composition, and choral conducting. 
 
Christoph Ptack   
Chicago IL
Christoph Ptack   
Chicago IL
Artistic Administrator Christoph Ptack (Voice/Opera/Musical Theater), was appointed to the Administration at Chicago’s 3,600 seat Civic Opera House eleven years ago where he provided casting, contracting and production planning leadership in support of the theater’s mission and artistic initiatives. This included preparing principal casting and negotiating artist/conductor/choreographer contracts for the main stage season, Lyric Unlimited “Presents”, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, annual concerts at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion and the internationally acclaimed musical theater productions of Show Boat, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and Carousel which featured stars from Broadway/Opera/Television and Film including Billy Zane, Ashley Brown, Steven Pasquale, Laura Osnes, Jenn Gambatese, Denyce Graves, Nathan Gunn, Christine Brewer, Jarrod Emick, John Cudia, Charlotte D’Amboise and Tony Roberts.
 
Prior to this, he worked in Artistic Administration at Chicago Opera Theatre, and as the Artistic Administrator for the Lake Forest Symphony Association, Inc. Mr. Ptack has adjudicated the final rounds of Classical Singer Magazine’s 2017/2018 National Vocal Competition, and continues to sit on multiple panels at the Miss America and Miss Universe Organizations. He currently works as an artistic and management consultant, and is honored to be joining The American Prize in this capacity to celebrate great achievement in the arts.

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Jeremiah Selvey   
Santa Monica, CA
Jeremiah Selvey   
Santa Monica, CA
Dr. Jeremiah Selvey is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Vocal Music at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, where he conducts the SMC Concert Chorale and the SMC Chamber Choir. He also co-directs and sings professionally with Chorosynthesis Singers, a 12-voice, professional, project-based chamber ensemble in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Selvey has performed throughout North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in world class venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, Symphony Hall in Chicago, The Vatican, Benaroya Hall and McCaw Hall in Seattle, and Peachtree United Methodist in Atlanta. Additionally, Dr. Selvey regularly guest conducts and teaches voice master classes and choir clinics at all levels. He was recently interviewed for feature articles in both The Choral Journal and The Voice for his entrepreneurship in and vision for professional choral music. He has also published in The Choral Scholar and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Dr. Selvey was nationally recognized for his conducting and named The Winner of The American Prize in Conducting 2017, Professional Choir Division. He conducts music from all musical periods and specializes in modern choral music, especially championing the music of established and emerging living composers. Dr. Selvey is active in curating and performing music that is socially conscious with content that is relevant to today’s environment and socio-cultural climate. Since January of 2016, he has performed at least 16 choral premieres, some of which will be released in the double-CD Empowering Silenced Voices. Dr. Selvey is a co-artistic director, baritone, and post-production producer on this 2-CD album, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2018.
 
Dr. Selvey is a beloved vocal coach and private instructor for more than 15 years, including voice positions at Blackburn College, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Thames Valley Music School, and Santa Monica College.
 
 
 

Friday, May 25, 2018

The American Prize STAGE DIRECTING AWARD renamed in honor of CHARLES NELSON REILLY.

Charles Nelson Reilly, as he appeared in "The Life of Reilly"
The American Prize is pleased to announce the renaming of its award for stage direction in memory of Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, acclaimed opera director and acting teacher.


Charles Nelson Reilly won a Tony Award in 1962 for his portrayal of the character of Bud Frump in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” A Tony nomination for creating the role of Cornelius Hackl in “Hello Dolly” followed in 1964.

Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified (Reilly was a regular on the “Match Game”,  among scores of other television credits, and appeared as a guest more than one hundred times on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”), Reilly nurtured the creation of a whole series of unique one-person stage plays. Most famously, he directed Julie Harris in her Tony Award-winning star turn in “The Belle of Amherst”, on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Among his many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levin’s “Break a Leg”, Larry Shue’s “The Nerd”, and the revival of “The Gin Game”, starring Miss Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Late in his career, Reilly toured the U.S. in “Save it for the Stage: The Life of Reilly”, chronicling his life in his own one-man play.

Mr. Reilly’s career as an opera director included productions for Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera, Milwaukee Opera and Opera Pacific. Among Reilly's many acting students were Lily Tomlin, Bette Midler and Larry Burghoff.

Reilly and The American Prize chief judge David Katz were friends for three decades, first meeting through their mutual Hartford voice teacher, Mrs. Friedrich Schorr. Charles Nelson Reilly was honorary chairman of The Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice, which Katz founded in 1990. The Schorr Prize became part of the The American Prize family of competitions in 2010. Reilly was also the original director of MUSE of FIRE, Katz’s acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting.

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the death of Charles Nelson Reilly, on May 25, 2007.
Judging The Friedrich Schorr competition in the Croswell Opera House, Adrian, Michigan, mid-1990s. From left: English soprano, Lorna Haywood, David Katz, Charles Nelson Reilly, Adrian College faculty, Betty Smith.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FINALISTS: orchestra conductors, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 FINALIST conductors in orchestra divisions. Congratulations!

"There is certainly variety here, in terms of repertoire, and quality of program (and conducting), but each candidate below was considered deserving of a written evaluation, to encourage, confirm good points, identity any bad habits, give advice."—DK

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 in Conducting—professional orchestra division, 2017-18

Roberta Carpenter
Janacek Philharmonic
Ostrava Czech Republic

Orlando Cela
London Classical Soloists
London UK

Cheung Chau
Lublin Philharmonic / Hunan Symphony / Kielce Philharmonic
Lublin/Kielce Poland / Hunan China

Nse Ekpo
Pazardjik Symphony
Pazardjik Bulgaria

Charles Gambetta
Vidin Sinfonietta
Vidin Bulgaria

Chris Younghoon Kim
Ensemble X
Ithaca NY

Yutaka Kono
Burlington Chamber Orchestra
Burlington VT

Chia-Hsuan Lin
Richmond Symphony
Richmond VA

Enrico Lopez-Yanez
Nashville Symphony
Nashville TN

Mark Mandarano
Sinfonietta of Riverdale
New York NY

Paul Mauffray
Hradec Kralove Philharmonic
Hradec Kralove Czech Rep.

Chris David Westover
Longview Symphony Orchestra
Longview TX

Dean Whiteside
New World Symphony
Miami Beach FL

Julius P. Williams
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jamaica Plain MA


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university orchestra division, 2017-18

Mathias Elmer
University of Memphis Symphony
Memphis TN

Kevin M. Geraldi
UNCG Symphony Orchestrta and Choirs
Greensboro NC

James A. Holleman
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Hillsdale MI

Chad Hutchinson
University Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN

Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC

Danh T. Pham
Washington State University Symphony Orchestra
Pullman WA

Marguerite Richardson
Jacksonville University Orchestra
Jacksonville FL


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community orchestra division, 2017-18

Michael Avagliano
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Branchburg NJ

Reuben Blundell
Chelsea Symphony / Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
New York NY / Lansdowne PA

Orlando Cela
Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra
Arlington MA

Anna Edwards
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle WA

Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA

Ty Turley-Trejo
Utah Philharmonic Orchestra
Riverton UT

Chris David
Westover Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra
North Newton KS



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth  orchestra division, 2017-18

Ryan Murray
Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra
Modesto CA

Brad Smith
The HS for the Performing and Visual Arts
Houston TX

Michael Webster
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—high school orchestra division, 2017-18

Katharine Hafner
Iolani Orchestra
Honolulu HI

Michael Isadore
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Sugar Land TX


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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 results 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.


FINALIST orchestras, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2017-18 in all categories. Congratulations!

"Many orchestras have been advanced, which is not to say they are all of the same quality. Each program is unique: some are large, performing major repertoire, others much smaller; each furthers the cause of great music (and music education) in its own way, for its particular constituency; all those listed below were deemed worthy of further evaluation beyond semi-finalist status."—DK

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

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 in Orchestral Performance—professional division,
2017-18

Diane Wittry, music director
Allentown Symphony
Allentown PA

Jonathan Griffith
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
New York NY

Mark Mandarano
Sinfonietta of Riverdale
Bronx NY

 
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division,  2017-18

Reuben Blundell
The Hunter Symphony
New York NY

Thomas Dickey
OK State University Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK

Kevin M. Geraldi
UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
Greensboro NC

David Grandis
College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra.
Williamsburg VA

Stephen Heyde
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
Waco TX

James A. Holleman
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Hillsdale MI

Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC

Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Ithaca NY

Mark Mandarano
Macalester Symphony Orchestra
Saint Paul MN

Daniel O'Bryant
NAU Symphony
Flagstaff AZ

David A. Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA

Marguerite Richardson
Jacksonville University Orchestra
Jacksonville FL



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division, 2017-18

Donald L. Appert
Oregon Sinfonietta
Portland OR

Michael Avagliano
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Branchburg NJ

Reuben Blundell
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Lansdowne PA

Patricia Brown
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Houston TX
Libi Lebel, conductor

Orlando Cela
Arlington Philarmonic Orchestra
Arlington MA

Anna Edwards
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle WA

John B. Gordon
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX
Dr. Thomas E. Rainey, conductor

Steve N. Lewis, Jr.
Midwest Chamber Ensemble
Prairie Village KS

Charles Salembier
Waynesboro Symphony
Waynesboro VA
Peter Wilson, conductor

David P. Sartor
Parthenon Chamber Orchesttra
Nashville TN


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division, 2017-18

Jennifer Harrell
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Knoxville TN
James Fellenbaum, conductor

Sarah Loudermilk
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX
Michael Webster, conductor

Joanne Walle
Oakland Youth Orchestras
Rochester MI
Zeljko Milicevic, conductor

Kelly Waltrip
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Denver CO
Wes Kenney, conductor

Enrique Lasansky
Denver School of the Arts Symphony
Denver CO



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division, 2017-18

David DeVoto
Allen HS Symphony Orchestra
Allen TX

Nse Ekpo
Lakeside School Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA

Katharine Hafner
Iolani Orchestra
Honolulu HI

Michael Isadore
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Sugar Land TX

Ralph T. Jackson
Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble
Lansdale PA

Tanner Ledford
Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra
Spring TX

Matthew Moreno
Jasper Legacy Orchestra
Plano TX

Desiree Overree & John Mays
Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra
Katy TX

Desiree Overree
Sinfonia Orchestra
Katy TX

Ulli Reiner
Poway Unified School District-Bernardo Heights
and Twin Peaks Middle School Orch.
Poway/San Diego CA




***

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! 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 results in the 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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FINALISTS: music theater divisions, 2017-18

Marilyn Miller, Ziegfeld star of the 1920s
The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALISTS in music theater divisions for 2017-18 in all categories, including conducting. Congratulations!

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 in Musical Theater Performance, 2017-18

Nancy Allen
Belmont University
Nashville TN
David Schamburger, stage director
Parade (Uhry/Brown)

Hugh Conor Angell
Taylor University
Upland IN
Tracy Manning, artistic director
Oklahoma!

Brian DeMaris
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ
Shrek the Musical

Kristina Keener Ivy
Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA
Little Mermaid 

Kelly Stevens
Saint Patrick School
Rodeo CA
Benjamin Stevens, conductor
The Lion King Jr.


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting, (musical theater) 2017-18

Jo Lynn Burks
Belmont University
Nashville TN
Parade (Uhry/Brown)

Hosun Moon
Five Towns College
Dix Hills NY
In the Heights (Miranda)

***

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! 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 results in the 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.


  

Monday, May 14, 2018

FINALISTS: stage directors, 2017-18

Marilyn Miller, 1920s Ziegfeld star
The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 FINALIST stage directors. (The official announcement changing the name of this competition to The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize will be made on May 25, 2018, recognizing the eleventh anniversary of the Tony Award winner's death.)

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 in Stage Direction

Joshua Borths
Crane School of Music—SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam NY
The Magic Flute 

Herschel Garfein
Eklund Opera Company, University of Colorado
Boulder CO
The Magic Flute
 

Tracelyn Gesteland
University of South Dakota
Vermillion SD
The Marriage of Figaro

David Holley
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro NC
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Kristina Keener Ivy
Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA
The Little Mermaid

Darren P. Lawson
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC
Il Trovatore 

Justin John Moniz
Florida State University—Student Opera Society
Tallahassee FL
Amahl and the Night Visitors
 

Erin Naler
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC
The Trip to Bountiful (Horton Foote)

David Ronis
University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Music
Madison WI
Transformations (Conrad Susa)

Damian Savarino
Messiah College
Mechanicsburg PA
The Night Bell (Donizetti)

Copeland Woodruff
Lawrence University
Appleton WI
The Beggar's Opera (Gay/Britten)
and
Hydrogen Jukebox (Philip Glass)



***

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 have 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 results in the 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, May 11, 2018

FINALISTS: opera companies, 2017-18

Caruso as Canio (I Pagliacci)
The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST opera companies for 2017-18 in all categories. Congratulations!

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 in Opera Performance—professional division,
2017-18

Maria Sensi Sellner
Resonance Works/ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA
Falstaff

Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH
Siegfried

 
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—college/university division,  2017-18

Emma Clarkson
OperaTheatre of Yale College
New Haven CT
The Cunning Little Vixen

Brian DeMaris
Arizona State University Lyric Opera Theatre
Tempe AZ
H.M.S. Pinafore

David Holley
University of NC at Greensboro
Greensboro NC
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Darren P. Lawson
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC
C. Stanley Eby, conductor
Il Trovatore

Justin John Moniz
Florida State University Student Opera Society
Tallahassee FL
Alex Favazza, conductor
Amahl and the Night Visitors

David Ronis
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Madison WI
Falstaff

Kirk A. Severtson
The Crane School of Music, SUNY—Potsdam
Potsdam NY
The Tender Land


Copeland Woodruff
Lawrence University
Appleton WI
The Beggar's Opera (Gay/Britten)
and 
Hydrogen Jukebox (Glass)

***

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! 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 results in the 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.

JONATHAN STERNBERG, founding TAP judge (1919-2018)

Jonathan Sternberg
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts and chief judge David Katz mark with sadness and a true sense of loss the death of famed American conductor and important international conducting pedagogue, Jonathan Sternberg, who died May 8, 2018 at the age of 98.

When David Katz conceived of The American Prize nearly ten years ago, Maestro Sternberg was one of the very first to heed the call for judges, serving as advisor and adjudicator to the contests for a number of seasons well into his tenth decade.

“When The American Prize was in its infancy, Jonathan Sternberg was there, offering his advice, his expertise, and his time,” said Katz. “Now, literally thousands of contestants and more than $50,000 in prizes later, The American Prize thanks Maestro Sternberg for his service and understanding, and for his belief in the TAP ideal before practically anyone else did.

"God’s speed, Maestro, and with so many thanks. You will be sincerely missed, not only by us, but by artists around the world.”


You can read Jonathan Sternberg's biography here (simply scroll down):
http://www.theamericanprize.org/judges2014.html

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

FINALISTS: opera conductors, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 FINALIST conductors in opera divisions. Congratulations!

"Fine conductors and productions, each worthy of additional consideration and evaluation."—DK

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 in Conducting—professional opera division, 2017-18

Walter Morales
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Pittsburgh PA
Julius Caesar—Handel

Maria Sensi Sellner
Resonance Works/Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA
Falstaff

Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH
Siegfried


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university opera division, 2017-18

David Holley
University of NC at Greensboro
Greensboro NC
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Chad Hutchinson
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN
Suor Angelica

Matthew Mailman
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City OK
Dark Sisters—Muhly; Our Town—Rorem

Walter Morales
Carnegie Mellon University Opera
Pittsburgh PA
Die Fledermaus

Kirk A. Severtson
The Crane School of Music, SUNY—Potsdam
Potsdam NY
The Tender Land


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community opera division, 2017-18

Tiffany Chang
North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera Project
Boston MA
La Cenerentola

Ezra Donner
University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Ann Arbor MI
The Pirates of Penzance

Ace Edewards
Opera in the Ozarks
Eureka Springs AR
Il Tabarro

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Friday, May 4, 2018

FINALISTS: choral ensembles, 2017-18


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2017-18 in all categories. Congratulations! 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.

"The American Prize continues to attract some of the finest choirs in the country, in all their varieties of size, repertoire and style. The competition in the College/University choral division is especially keen—simply very fine choirs, every one, led by conductors not only of skill but sometimes of remarkable creativity. Regardless of the final outcome, here are performers (and performances) to remind everyone why choral singing at the highest level is artistry to be cherished. What a privilege to experience such beauty of tone, expression and idea."—David Katz, chief judge, The American Prize

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 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 years 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 in Choral Performance—professional division,
2017-18

Jason Harris
Schola Cincinnati
Cincinnati OH

Wendy K. Moy & Jeremiah Selvey
Chorosynthesis Singers
Seattle WA



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university division,  2017-18

Nicholle Andrews
University of Redlands Chapel Singers
Redlands CA

Donna M. Di Grazia
Pomona College Glee Club
Claremont CA

Lynda R. Hasseler
Capital University Chapel Choir
Columbus OH

Brandon Johnson
Eastern Michigan University Choir
Ypsilanti MI

Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Symphony and Cornell Chorus and Glee Club
Ithaca NY

Darren P. Lawson
BJU Choirs & Symphony with Rivertree Singers
Greenville SC
Warren Cook & Michael W. Moore, conductors

David Mann
Michigan State University Chamber Choir
East Lansing MI

Catherine Sailer
University of Denver Lamont Chorale
Denver CO

David Schildkret
Arizona State University Chamber Singers
Tempe AZ

Ethan Sperry
Portland State Chamber Choir
Portland OR

Alan Stevens
BucsWorth Men's Choir
Johnson City TN



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2017-18

Scott Hanoian
University Musical Society Choral Union
Ann Arbor MI

Karen Hart
Vox Femina Los Angeles
Los Angeles CA


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and high school division, 2017-18

Debbie Aurelius-Muir
Olympia HS Concert Choir
Stanford IL

Shannon K. Carter
The HS for the Performing and Visual Arts Madrigal Singers
Houston TX

Jacob Cook
Youth Performing Arts School Chamber Choir
Louisville KY

Andrew Dibble
Indian Springs School Concert Choir
Pelham AL

Karyn Joaquino
Brearley B-Naturals
New York NY

Chris Maunu
Arvada West HS Vocal Showcase
Arvada CO

Shawn M. Small
Fifth Avenue Falcons
Lebanon PA


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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! 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 results in the 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.