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.
 
 
 

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