Tuesday, July 24, 2018

WINNING CONDUCTORS: orchestra divisions, 2017-18


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipients of The American Prize in Conducting, Orchestra Divisions, 2017-18. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalists 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.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Conducting,  Professional Orchestra Division, 2017-18

The American Prize winner:
Dean Whiteside
New World Symphony
Miami Beach FL

Dean Whiteside
Dean Whiteside, a native of New York City, trained at the famed University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he graduated with distinction. He is currently the Conducting Fellow and assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas at the New World Symphony.

Mr. Whiteside is founder and director of the Nashville Sinfonietta, hailed by John Pitcher of NPR as “a virtuoso band.” His performances have been hailed as “innovative” by The Tennessean and “deeply meditative and satisfyingly original” by ArtsNash.

Mr. Whiteside was mentored by Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival. He received 2nd Prize in the 2015 International Matačić Conducting Competition as well as the 2017 Mahler Conducting Fellowship (Colorado MahlerFest) and the 2015 David Effron Conducting Fellowship (Chautauqua Institution Music Festival). He has led orchestras including the Danish National Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Zagreb Philharmonic. He led the Vanderbilt Orchestra on a five-city tour of China.

2nd Place:
Paul Mauffray
Hradec Kralove Philharmonic
Hradec Kralove Czech Republic

Paul Mauffray
Paul Mauffray is currently reconstructing and conducting the 1894 opera "Tabasco" by George W. Chadwick. He has conducted performances of “Rusalka” at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia and recorded excerpts from the opera “The Scarlet Letter” with the Brno Philharmonic.  He has conducted at the Bucharest National Opera, Slovak National Opera, Schleswig-Holstein Landestheater, Opéra Louisiane, and Mobile Opera.  He won 2nd Prize in the Bartok Opera Conducting Competition and has 20 years professional conducting experience with European orchestras and operas in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Lyon, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, and Vienna. After studies in Germany and the Czech Republic, he earned his master's degree in conducting at Indiana University where he was engaged as Associate Instructor. He has been a frequent guest conductor with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra in Vienna, and has often performed as conductor with soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic.
www.paulmauffray.com


3rd Place:
Chris Younghoon Kim
Ensemble X
Ithaca NY

Chris Younghoon Kim
Chris Younghoon Kim has been at Cornell University as the director of orchestras and associate professor of music, since 2004. The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP have awarded the first place award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music to the Cornell Orchestras among all collegiate orchestras in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He has premiered over 200 works by contemporary composers worldwide. Cornell Symphony Orchestra has hosted two Meet the Composer New Partnership residencies. At Cornell University he directs the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, teaches conducting and works closely with the DMA composers in presenting their work in concert. With the Cornell Orchestras he has led international tours and joint collaborations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and most recently to Neuquén, Argentina for a collaborative project to perform Gustav Mahler’s 6th Symphony with the combined forces of the Sinfónica del Neuquén and the Cornell Symphony. He has appeared with orchestras in the United States and abroad, including ensembles such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Delta Festival Ballet, Symphoria based in Syracuse, NY, Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Italy. He has also appeared in music festivals such as, Kinhaven Music Center, Skaneateles Music Festival, and International Bartók Festival in Szombathely, Hungary among others.



The American Prize in Conducting,  College/University Orchestra Division, 2017-18

The American Prize winner:
Mathias Elmer
University of Memphis Symphony
Memphis TN

Mathias Elmer
Dr. Mathias Elmer (Switzerland) served as Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Memphis—Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music for the academic year 2017-18. In Zurich, he undertook his undergraduate studies in trumpet performance with Prof. Claude Rippas between 2000 and 2004. He continued his studies in orchestral conducting and graduated in 2007 from Zurich University of the Arts with two certificates in advanced studies. In 2011, he received his master’s degree in orchestra and opera conducting at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts—School of Music under Maestro Ralf Weikert. Elmer was Music Director of the orchestra con brio, a post he held for eight years. Elmer is sought after throughout Switzerland as a wind band festival adjudicator. Since 2009 he has been teaching for the Zurich Music Association as part of the conducting faculty. In 2017, he completed his DMA degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Memphis under Maestro Pu-Qi Jiang. Further studies in Conducting have led him to Michael Stern (USA), Karl-Anton Rickenbacher (CH), and Mark Ensley (USA), amongst others. In May 2015, Elmer followed invitations to teach masterclasses based on Max Rudolf’s “The Grammar of Conducting” at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China together with Dr. Pu-Qi Jiang and Dr. Kevin Sütterlin. In the fall season 2016 Elmer was appointed Acting Music Director of the opera orchestra and gave his debut with the production of Johan Strauss’s operetta, Die Fledermaus. Besides his duties as Assistant Conductor for the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and has also been Associate Conductor of the GPAC Youth Symphony in Germantown, Tennessee from 2014-16. Together with his colleague Kevin Sütterlin, Mathias Elmer is Co-Music Director and founder of Sinfonietta Memphis, a Tennessee-based chamber orchestra mainly focusing on the historically informed performance of Viennese Classical composers in innovative and non-traditional settings. He was just recently invited as Guest Artist-in-Residence at the Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota to work with the Concordia Orchestra on Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 “London,” held a conducting masterclass and a lecture on “The History of Conducting and Ensemble Direction before 1800: Informed Performance Practice."

2nd Place:
Chad Hutchinson
University Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN

Chad Hutchinson
Chad Hutchinson is the Interim Director of Orchestras, Assistant Professor of Conducting and Conductor of University Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He conducts the Symphony Orchestra in 5 concerts annually, leads University Opera productions and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses. 

Prior to his time in Madison, Dr. Hutchinson was the Assistant Conductor for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras.  As comfortable in the pit as on the stage, he has recently led productions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Morningside College.

Committed to education, Dr. Hutchinson taught orchestra in the public schools for nine years in Sioux Falls, SD and Williamsville, NY.  He later taught collegiately at Northwestern College(IA) and was the Coordinator/Music Director of the Siouxland Youth Orchestras in Sioux City, Iowa.  He holds conducting degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Morningside College (IA).



3rd Place & Special Judges' Citation: Exceptional Improvement in Ensemble Performance
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC

Tara Villa Keith
Tara Villa Keith is in her fifteenth season as music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (DCSO) in Davidson, North Carolina and in her ninth season as music director of the Lee County Community Orchestra (LCCO) in Sanford, North Carolina.  Tara has won local and national awards for her work with both orchestras, and has enjoyed conducting orchestras, running clinics, and serving as a guest speaker throughout the south, northeast, and abroad.  For the past four seasons, Tara has served as a cover conductor and pre-concert speaker for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys introducing audiences to orchestral music through their new Symphony 101 adult education program. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Tara studied percussion and piano at the Preparatory of the Peabody Conservatory. Tara holds degrees from Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of South Carolina.  Please feel free to visit her website at taravillakeith.com.


Finalist: Special Judges' Citation: Artistic Success in Exceptional Repertoire
James A. Holleman
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Hillsdale MI

James A. Holleman
James A. Holleman is Music Department Chairman and Music Director of Orchestras and Choirs for the John E.N. & Dede Howard Department of Music at Hillsdale College. Professor Holleman is a graduate of Michigan State University: B.M., French Horn Performance (1986); M.M., Orchestral Conducting (1989). After graduate school he studied at the Conductors’ Institute, Columbia, SC (1989), the Oregon Bach Festival Eugene, OR (1993, 1994), and at numerous workshops with the American Symphony Orchestra League and The Conductors Guild. Prior to his appointment at Hillsdale College, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Jackson Chorale (MI). He is an active member of both ACDA and CODA. He currently serves on the CODA executive committee of the National Board of Directors as the National Chair of Membership.



The American Prize in Conducting,  Community Orchestra Division, 2017-18

The American Prize winner:
Anna Edwards
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle WA

Anna Edwards
Anna Edwards, conductor, founder and music director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, holds many positions as an artist/teacher in the Seattle area. After performing as a professional violinist and music educator for over 25 years, Anna shifted her focus from instrumentalist to conductor, training with Michael Jinbo at the renowned Pierre Monteux School for three seasons, and receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington. She currently balances her time between conducting in the Pacific Northwest, serving as a guest conductor/clinician across the country, and developing young musicians through instruction and collaboration with professionals in concert settings. 

As music director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra (SCO), Anna's enthusiasm for promoting talented youth, creating community engagement, and nurturing musicality have been described as “… a win, win, win venture on so many levels…(Dave Beck, KING FM). As an enthusiastic advocate of women composers and composers from the Pacific Northwest, Edwards has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including major compositions by Victoria Bond, Tim Huling, Angelique Poteat, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Brendan McMullen, and Andy Clausen.

 

2nd Place:
Reuben Blundell
Chelsea Symphony / Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
New York NY / Lansdowne PA

Reuben Blundell
Reuben Blundell is Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra near Philadelphia, and New York’s Riverside Orchestra. From Fall 2009 he transformed Hunter Symphony from a small group into a symphony orchestra: recent performances included major symphonies and the Ewazen Flute Concerto with Mindy Kaufman of the NY Philharmonic. He recently completed his fifth season as a Chelsea Symphony conductor. His Gowanus Arts Ensemble CD, American Romantics, garnered outstanding reviews, including Gramophone Magazine.

Blundell has performed in his native Australia, in Austria, Chile, Holland, Iraq, Japan, and Lebanon. He conducted the New World Symphony in their 2013 John Cage festival. After studies in Melbourne and Sydney, he was a Tanglewood Fellow (’02 & ’03) and a principal New World Symphony violinist (2003-05). He attended the Monteux School (’05 & ’06) and Eastman, earning a DMA in conducting with Neil Varon and studying violin with Zvi Zeitlin. Website: www.reubenblundell.com


3rd Place & Special Judges' Citation: 
Career Encouragement Citation
Chris David Westover 
Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra
North Newton KS

Chris David Westover
Chris David Westover, D.M.A., is Assistant Professor of Music and conducts the Wind Ensemble at Denison University. Previously, he led wind ensembles, orchestras, and operatic performances at Bethel College, University of Oklahoma, and SMU. He is in demand as a conductor, having led ensembles in the US and China. His research focuses on the sources of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Recently, he presented his research at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Dr. Westover commands a diverse repertoire including the core and contemporary repertoire of the orchestra and wind ensemble. An advocate for new music, he was a staff conductor for the TUTTI Festival and 4x4 Prizes and has commissioned and premiered many works. In 2010, Westover led the critically acclaimed Dallas premiere of Daniel Roumain’s “Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln” during the inaugural season of the Winspear Opera House. The Dallas Morning News said the performance “often shift[ed] between majesty and melancholy.”   



The American Prize in Conducting,  Youth Orchestra Division, 2017-18

The American Prize winner:
Michael Webster
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX

Michael Webster
A multifaceted musician, Dr. Michael Webster is known as clarinetist, conductor, composer, arranger and educator. Professor of music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, he has been artistic director of Houston Youth Symphony since 1997. He led the Symphony at the inauguration of Houston Mayor Lee Brown, at Carnegie Hall, and at the 2002 National Youth Orchestra Festival in Sarasota, Florida, as one of six orchestras selected from applicants nationwide. Rarely featuring an orchestra, NPR’s national radio show “From the Top” invited HYS to perform in September 2012.

Dr. Webster served as assistant conductor of the Asian Youth Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin, music director of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and director of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has held faculty positions in clarinet and conducting at the University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Boston University, and Eastman School of Music, where he had earned his three degrees. (www.MichaelWebsterClarinet.com)


2nd Place:
Brad Smith
The HS for the Performing and Visual Arts
Houston TX

Brad Smith
Brad Smith teaches at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, where he coordinates all aspects of the string program, coaches chamber ensembles and teaches conducting. Dr. Smith also serves as a conductor on the Artistic Staff of the Houston Youth Symphony. Before coming to Houston, he and his family lived in Philadelphia where he taught at the University of Pennsylvania. For nine of the eleven years that he lived in Philadelphia, Dr. Smith was the Music Director of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra (dcyo.org) in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Brad Smith holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Smith’s formal music study began at Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Music. When not immersed in music, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Becki and two girls.


3rd Place:
Ryan Murray
Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra
Modesto CA

Ryan Murray
The newly appointed Artistic Director of Townsend Opera, Ryan Murray’s dynamic conducting, engaging persona and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career since his professional debut at the age of just 22. Ryan is the 2016/17 winner of the American Prize in Opera/Theater Conducting (Professional Division), a past winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors and previously studied at the Eastman School of Music's Summer Conducting Institute featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; he has attended the Aurora Conducting Seminar with Kurt Masur, as well as the Lucerne Festival Academy Conducting Masterclass. Ryan is currently the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival. As part of a unique artistic partnership, Ryan has served as the Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera's main stage productions of contemporary American operatic works for the past two seasons. Ryan also previously served as a conductor for BASOTI, and the Opera Academy of California. Visit www.ryanjmurray.com for news and upcoming engagements.


Finalist Special Judges' Citation: 
Exceptional String Educator 
Ulli Reiner
California Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra
San Diego CA

Ulli Reiner
ULLI REINER, a Grammy Education Finalist for 2017 and a four time Grammy nominee is the epitome of music.  Music is her life as an educator, conductor and violinist. She is the Orchestra Director for the Poway Unified School District since 1983 located in San Diego, California. Ms. Reiner is an adjunct faculty member of Palomar College, Concertmaster of the Palomar College Symphony Orchestra, founder, Orchestra Manager and Concertmaster of the PUSD Adult School Poway Community Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the PUSD Adult School Poway Community Symphonette.  Ms. Reiner is also Artistic Director and co-founder of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of San Diego-Intermediate Symphony, Suzuki School and formerly conductor and co-founder of the Civic Youth Orchestra-Intermediate String Orchestra and Chamber String ensembles.  She was the founder and Orchestra Director of the Poway High School Symphony and has taught orchestra at Mt. Carmel High School, Black Mountain Middle School, Mesa Verde Middle School, and Meadowbrook Middle School.  She is currently the Orchestra Director at Bernardo Heights Middle School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and also is the instructor for the Music Appreciation classes offered to non-music students.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, as a full scholarship recipient, she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in violin and viola performance and went on to graduate study at San Diego State University as first violinist with the Graduate String Quartet in residence, the University of Southern California, and the University of San Diego, having worked towards three masters degrees in music education, Suzuki violin and violin performance. She is a direct descendant of the great conductor, Fritz Reiner.


The American Prize in Conducting,  High School Orchestra Division, 2017-18

The American Prize winner:
Michael Isadore
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Sugar Land TX

Michael Isadore
Michael Isadore has been the Director of Orchestras at Dulles High School since 1999.  He also serves as Associate Conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony and the Philharmonia Conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony. Under his direction, the Dulles High School orchestra symphony and string orchestras have been consistent “commended winners” in the Mark of Excellence competition and recognized as the 2012 National Winner. Other honors include performances at the Midwest Clinic in 2016 and 2004 and runner up for TMEA Honor Orchestra in 2005. In 2010 Mr. Isadore was recognized with the Spec’s Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education presented by the Houston Symphony. Mr. Isadore received his BME degree from Baylor University and Master’s degrees in clarinet performance and conducting from the University of Missouri—Kansas City, Conservatory of Music.


2nd Place:
Katharine Hafner
'Iolani Orchestra
Honolulu HI

Katharine Hafner
Katharine Hafner is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.  Before moving to Hawai‘i in 1980 to join the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, she taught in the Eastman Preparatory Department and Music Center of the North Shore (Chicago) and built an award-winning high school orchestra in Williamsville, New York.
 Now in her twelfth year as orchestra director at ‘Iolani School, she is committed to the growth of the entire orchestra program.  Her student orchestras have won six national awards and competitions in the past seven years. 
 
While continuing to play professionally in the first violin section of the Hawaii Symphony, she maintains a full studio of private students.  She has been the Director of the Hawai‘i Suzuki Institute since 1986, President of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and a Board Member of the Hawai‘i Music Teachers Association.




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Congratulations!

Friday, July 20, 2018

THE AMERICAN PRIZE honors twenty-two American Orchestras

The American Prize, the national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts, has honored twenty-two American orchestras nationwide for musical excellence within their divisions, for community outreach, and educational enrichment. The honorees include ensembles in professional, community, college, university, youth, and high school divisions, representing ten U.S. states.

The First Place orchestras in each division for the 2017-18 contest year are:

Professional Orchestra:
Allentown Symphony, Allentown PA, Diane Wittry, music director 

University Orchestra: Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Waco TX, Stephen Heyde, music director 

College Orchestra: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Davidson NC, Tara Villa Keith, music director

Community Orchestra:
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Seattle WA, Anna Edwards, music director

Youth Orchestra: Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver CO, Wes Kenney, conductor

Public Magnet School Orchestra:
Denver School of the Arts Symphony, Denver CO, Enrique Lasansky, music director

High School Orchestra:
Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra, Katy TX, Desiree Overree & John Mays, conductors

Photos and short biographies of each of these orchestras, as well as those of the runners-up in each division may be found here: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2018/07/winning-ensembles-orchestras-2017-18.html

A larger list of orchestras, advanced to the finals earlier this season, may be found here: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2018/05/finalist-orchestras-2017-18.html

Additional information about the competitions may be found on the website: www.theamericanprize.org

The first place (winning) orchestra in each division receives a cash award up to $500, depending on the year, the division and the number of applicants. All orchestras receive certificates, written professional adjudication, and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances. There is no live competition. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of artist performances. The American Prize has awarded more than $50,000 in prizes in all divisions since 2009 and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.


THE AMERICAN PRIZE—History & Judges

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.

With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.

David Katz
David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, he is author of MUSE of FIRE, the acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting. Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience as we hope the winners of The American Prize will be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country, the group includes professional vocalists, conductors, composers and pianists, tenured professors, and professional orchestra, band and choral musicians.

“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps ever even be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of a few schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive world-class bragging rights to use in promotion right at home. “If The American Prize helps build careers, or contributes to local pride, or assists with increasing the audience for an artist or ensemble, builds the donor base, or stimulates opportunities or recruitment for winning artists and ensembles, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz said.

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

WINNING ENSEMBLES: orchestras, 2017-18


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2017-18. Congratulations!

NEW PRIZES: Because of the quality and depth of the orchestral field in the college/university division this year, we are presenting University Division and College Division awards separately. (See below.) Also, a special award, for Public Magnet School Orchestra, is being awarded in the 2017-18 contest year.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalists 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.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2017-18—professional division

The American Prize winner:
Allentown Symphony
Allentown PA
Diane Wittry, music director

Allentown Symphony
Now in its 67th season of bringing great orchestra music to the Lehigh Valley, the Allentown Symphony with Music Director & Conductor, Diane Wittry, plays time-honored masterworks, newly commissioned world premieres, and other intriguing repertoire, including new works by prominent composers.  Each year, the ASO (www.allentownsymphony.org) performs more than 20 classical, pops, and family concerts.

World-class artists that have performed with ASO include Midori, Emanuel Ax, Richard Stoltzman, Garrick Ohlsson, Angela Meade, and Peter Serkin, as well as jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and Broadway vocalist Christiane Noll.  Its musicians include players from the urban centers of New York, Baltimore-D.C., and Philadelphia.

The ASO has received grants from National Endowment of the Arts, and the League of American Orchestras in support of its El Sistema-inspired program for at-risk youth.  The Symphony also annually hosts the National Schadt String Competition, which attracts top young performers from over the world.


2nd Place:
Sinfonietta of Riverdale
Bronx NY

Mark Mandarano, music director
Sinfonietta of Riverdale
Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director and conductor Mark Mandarano, the Sinfonietta of Riverdale is a distinctive ensemble—large enough to perform chamber symphonies and small enough that each of its world class musicians is a featured soloist. It has been deemed “Off-the-hook fabulous” by Time Out New York, while The New Yorker declared that “High culture has flowed northward into the Bronx.” The ensemble has performed the music of world-renowned composers, notably Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Corigliano and Ellen Zwillich, who have attended its concerts. It has commissioned works from leading young composers, including Roger Zare, David Bruce, Alan Fletcher, Byron Adams and Oliver Caplan. The Sinfonietta has two recordings on the Arabesque label. Its first CD on Albany Records, New World Serenade, features music by several generations of American composers and has received critical praise: “The Sinfonietta of Riverdale under the direction of Mandarano brings all of [the music] off exceedingly well, with stellar playing—Exquisitely beautiful—highly recommended all around.” Fanfare. The Sinfonietta is now in its 9th season.


3rd Place:
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
New York NY 

Jonathan Griffith, music director
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
Founded in 2008 by esteemed choral and orchestral conductor, Jonathan Griffith, Distinguished Concerts Orchestra (DCO) is the resident orchestra for Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), the city’s preeminent producer of choral and orchestral concerts in New York’s most prestigious concert venues. The DCO is comprised of some of the top orchestral musicians in the area, including numerous graduates of Juilliard, The Manhattan School of Music, The New England Conservatory, and Boston Conservatory. While the vast majority of these players have performed in every DCINY production since its inception, those players who have left the New York area have gone on to permanent posts in orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic. Under the direction of Jonathan Griffith and DCINY’s roster of notable guest conductors, the DCO performs at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center



The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2017-18—university division (the college division is separate this contest season (please see below)

The American Prize winner:
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
Waco TX 

Stephen Heyde, music director
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
The Baylor Symphony annually presents six concerts of standard repertoire, a full opera production, concerto accompaniments, new music readings, choral collaborations and children's concerts reaching an audience of 6000 area schoolchildren.

The Symphony has appeared at the T.M.E.A. Convention eight times, at Piccolo Spoleto and at a national convention of A.S.T.A and recorded a PBS Special seen by six million viewers. The Baylor Symphony has collaborated with many distinguished American performers including Van Cliburn, Joseph Gingold, Robert Shaw, Corey Cerovsek, Jacob Druckman, Lorin Hollander, Roberto Diaz, Andrew Balio and Peter Schickele among others. The BSO has taken international tours of Costa Rica (2004) and Belgium (2010) and has won the prestigious American Prize for three consecutive times (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Former members of the BSO have won positions in many professional orchestras including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Cincinnati and Fort Worth among others.


2nd Place:
Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Ithaca NY 

Chris Younghoon Kim, music director
Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Cornell Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chris Younghoon Kim, present multiple concerts during each academic school year.  The membership of the orchestra is formed from students of all colleges and departments across the university-wide community.  It is the only non-music major orchestra to win first place among collegiate orchestras the ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary music during the 2008-2009 season. It has won the Adventurous awards for 6 years in a row from 2008-2014. For the last seven seasons Cornell Orchestras have been jointly producing the Ithaca International conducting masterclasses with Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra.


3rd Place:
UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
Greensboro NC 

Kevin M. Geraldi, music director
UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
The UNCG Orchestra program is recognized for performance excellence, adventurous programming, and high artistic standards.  The mission of the UNCG Orchestras is dedicated to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of orchestral music of the highest quality. The UNCG Symphony Orchestra is a highly select ensemble of approximately ninety performers majoring in music. Performers include undergraduates through masters and doctoral candidates in music. Many members perform regularly with professional orchestras around the region, including the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and others. Recent reviews described performances by the UNCG Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Kevin M. Geraldi as, "dramatic and incisive," "beautifully done," “with a wide palette of color and dynamics and vigorous rhythms,” and “at a professional level.”



The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2017-18—college division
(the university division is separate this contest season (please see above)

The American Prize winner:
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC 

Tara Villa Keith, music director
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (DCSO), directed by Tara Villa Keith, is an active undergraduate ensemble in a top ten liberal arts setting.  The DCSO is composed of approximately fifty musicians, including students, faculty, and community members. Every January, the orchestra goes on a regional tour, performing concerts and giving clinics at various schools and churches. In addition to its regular four-concert season, the DCSO gives two outdoor concerts and performs during Family Weekend and in an annual Holiday Gala.  In addition, the DCSO features winners of the concerto competition and serves as a workshop orchestra for student conductors.  The DCSO is also in its ninth season of Concerts for a Cause, in which donations are accepted at the door at each of its main concerts.  One-hundred percent of the donations are given to various charitable organizations chosen by the Davidson students and community.  Please visit us at www.davidson.edu/academics/music/ensembles/symphony-orchestra.


2nd Place:
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Hillsdale MI

James A. Holleman, music director
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Professor Edwyn Hames founded the Hillsdale College/Community Orchestra in 1951 and served as Music Director through 1966. Professor James A. Holleman was named Music Director in the fall of 1997. The name of the ensemble was changed to The Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2010 to reflect the growth in personnel and rehearsal schedule of an ensemble primarily consisting of full-time Hillsdale College students, mostly non-music majors. Music department faculty members serve as coaches for each section of the orchestra. The orchestra typically performs four concert cycles per academic year, each with two performances. Annually students compete in the Concerto/Aria Competition with winners selected to perform as soloists with the orchestra during the March and May concerts. The orchestra was selected and performed at the 2017 CODA National Conference on the campus of George Mason University.


3rd Place:
College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
Williamsburg VA 

David Grandis, music director
College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
Now entering its 84th season, the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra is comprised of Non-Music Major students of the College of William & Mary; mostly undergraduates but also a few graduate students and community members. Its mission is to grow through performances of great orchestral literature and to contribute to the artistic community of the College and beyond. WMSO has performed major works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler, Bartok, Ravel, Strauss and Tchaikovsky and offers additional opportunities such as guest artist collaborations, premieres, and tours. In 2002, WMSO took its first international tour to Italy and Sicily. The orchestra's domestic tours include performances at the Lang Recital Hall at Swarthmore College, PA (2012), the Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall at Towson University, MD (2013), and most recently at Bellefield Hall at University of Pittsburgh, PA (2014) and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (2015).



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

The American Prize winner:
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle WA 

Anna Edwards, music director
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
The Seattle Collaborative Orchestra (SCO) is a diverse, multigenerational performing arts organization representative of the greater Seattle community. SCO is devoted to bringing classical and new symphonic works into local schools and communities. SCO musicians include students, community members, and professionals who work together to create a unique and collaborative musical experience dedicated to expanding beyond traditional organizational and musical boundaries to promote a more diverse performing and listening audience. SCO programs innovative and eclectic music, features music by female composers, and provides opportunities to emerging Pacific Northwest performing artists.

Our musical goals create engaging, educational, and collaborative experience by coupling committed student and community members with experienced professionals representing premier Seattle-area ensembles. Our organization provides an avenue for professional musicians wishing to contribute to the sustainability of orchestral music through nurturing and mentoring students within a challenging performance experience. Working alongside professional musicians, students learn to reach higher levels of musicianship and develop traits of professional responsibility.


2nd Place:
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Houston TX 

Libi Lebel, music director
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Established in November 2000, Texas Medical Center Orchestra (TMCO) is one of very few community orchestras in the United States and the world with its origin in the health professions. It includes physicians, dentists, nurses, medical students, biomedical scientists, social workers and other allied health professionals who are dedicated to making music. Part of the orchestra’s mission is to provide health care professionals a creative outlet; offer affordable concerts to a diverse public audience; and bring public attention and support for, medically related and/or educational charities. Performances have been mainly in Houston, and within Texas.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra
Arlington MA 

Orlando Cela, music director
Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra
Practically every Wednesday evening from September to June, members of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra gather to rehearse for one of the five concerts they perform in each season. The players range widely in age and experience, but all have in common the love of making music. Depending on the Orchestra’s needs, new members are welcome and no audition is necessary to join. Each new season features a sprinkling of new faces ranging from young students to seniors. Many members are loyal veterans – one violinist played with the Orchestra for 70 years, starting shortly after it was established in 1933! Under the baton of Music Director Orlando Cela, the Orchestra presents its first concert in November.  A joint concert follows in December in which the Orchestra and the Arlington-Belmont Chorale combine forces led by Chorale Music Director Barry Singer and Maestro Cela.  In February, the Orchestra performs a Family Concert designed to inspire youngsters of all ages. In May, the Orchestra and the Chorale are together again to present the Philharmonic Society’s Sponsors’ Concert. The season concludes with the POPS! Concert in June, which features both the Orchestra and the Chorale and is coupled with a delightful pre-concert Strawberry Festival. The Orchestra takes pride in presenting a broad spectrum of the traditional classical repertoire as well as modern works, including local composers. POPS, of course, predominately showcases lighter works taken from the worlds of jazz, show tunes and movie scores. In addition, the instrumental winner of the Philharmonic’s Young Artist Competition (as well as the occasional vocal winner) gets a performance as a soloist with the Orchestra.  These young instrumental soloists span the full range of instruments from piano to violin and never fail to deliver amazing performances.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Branchburg NJ 

Michael Avagliano, music director
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
The Central Jersey Symphony has been providing musical experiences for the communities of Somerset County and beyond for nearly 50 years. The orchestra's performance homes reflect its regional impact, from its ancestral home at Raritan Valley Community College to recent performances at Drew University. Under the leadership of music director Michael Avagliano, the CJSO brings together musicians from six counties in New Jersey to create a vibrant musical life for our community. Recent seasons have seen collaborations with Light Opera of New Jersey to present fully staged operas, world premieres of works by New Jersey composers, and the next generation of performers being showcased through the Young Pianists Competition of New Jersey. Visit our website, www.cjso.org, to find out more about our upcoming season.


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

The American Prize winner:
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Denver CO
Wes Kenney, conductor

Denver Young Artists Orchestra
The Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) was formed in 1977 under the auspices of the Denver Symphony Orchestra, now the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO).  It was started as a means for Colorado’s most talented young musicians to rehearse and perform together under demanding professional standards. 

The mission of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association (DYAO) is to provide the finest possible youth orchestra programs, inspiring and educating young musicians through the performance of great works of music, and offering valuable cultural opportunities to the community. For thirty-nine years, DYAO has nurtured the talents of the Rocky Mountain region’s finest young musicians. Today, the organization’s five orchestras and group strings classes train nearly 300 students ages seven to twenty-three annually. Wes Kenney has been the Music Director and Conductor for the Young Artists Orchestra since 2013.


2nd Place:
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX
Michael Webster, conductor

Houston Youth Symphony
Founded in 1946, Houston Youth Symphony (HYS) is the recipient of national acclaim including the 2016 first prize winner of the Mark of Excellence Award from The Foundation for Music Education and the 2016 American Prize in Orchestral Performance – Youth Orchestra Division Each season approximately 400 musicians between the ages of seven and 19 come from across the greater Houston area to perform in one of five HYS orchestras. In addition to the core orchestra program, HYS offers advanced musicians a chamber music training program and an annual concerto competition.

In the community, HYS provides free private music lessons for talented youth in select economically disadvantaged communities through the Melody Program. In January 2015, HYS launched the Coda Music Program, an after-school effort modeled after El Sistema that brings graduated, intensive string instruction to three elementary schools using classical music and group instruction to build community and social transformation. (www.HoustonYouthSymphony.com)


3rd Place:
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Knoxville TN
James Fellenbaum, conductor

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra (KSYO) is to educate students through high-level orchestral training in a professional environment while developing new audiences for symphonic music. The KSYO strives to create connections for students and their families that inspire a life-long love of music and instill a sense of responsibility for the quality of the arts in their community. Sponsored by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the KSYO is an auditioned full symphonic orchestra and five string ensembles totaling over 325 student musicians. Students ages six through 18 are placed by audition in ensembles from a training string orchestra (Overture) through three beginning and intermediate string orchestras (Preludium, Philharmonia, Sinfonia), to a Youth Chamber Orchestra which performs professional level string repertoire, and a full orchestral ensemble (Youth Orchestra) which performs professional level orchestral works. Entering its 44th season, the KSYO performs four concerts annually at the Tennessee Theatre. Please visit http://www.knoxvillesymphony.com/youth-orchestra/.



The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2017-18—public magnet school (special award)

The American Prize winner:
Denver School of the Arts Symphony
Denver CO 

Enrique Lasansky, conductor
Denver School of the Arts Symphony
DSAO is an intensive program for string musicians seeking to develop their talent, understanding, and passion for music. As the Rocky Mountain Region’s only public 6-12 school for the arts, and a member of the Denver Public Schools, DSA welcomes promising young students who seek a challenging and inspiring environment in which to pursue their musical passion. http://dsapresents.org/dsao/

The DSAO serves talented and dedicated string musicians who play the violin, viola, cello or double bass. Our program explores a diverse spectrum of musical styles and genres with an emphasis on classical technique and repertoire. Admittance into the program is by successful audition. Auditions are open to any student living in the United States. Although most of our students come from Colorado, students from as far away as Texas, Wisconsin and Florida have recently joined our orchestras. DSAO was selected to participate  in the Midwest Clinic during 2015-2016 as well as the ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival during 2015 and 2018.


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

The American Prize winner:
Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra
Katy TX

Desiree Overree & John Mays, conductors
Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra
The Seven Lakes Orchestras have striven to be a leader in musical performance through innovative programming and presentation. We have sought to inspire our audiences and each other through diligent study and performance of the greatest string and symphonic music composed.

With a commitment to musical excellence, the ensembles have set out to reach the goal of being among the leading ensembles in Texas. The Symphony Orchestra has regularly placed in the top ten orchestras in TMEA’s Honor Orchestra competition. In July 2015, the ensemble was named the TMEA Honor Full Orchestra, winning our equivalency of the state championship. The Foundation of Music Education named the ensemble a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence for the National Honors Project in 2015. The Symphony earned the national title again in 2016. The Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Desiree Overree and John Mays.


2nd Place:
Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia
Katy TX 

Desiree Overree, conductor
Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia
The Seven Lakes Orchestras have striven to be a leader in musical performance through innovative programming and presentation. We have sought to inspire our audiences and each other through diligent study and performance of the greatest string and symphonic music composed.

With a commitment to excellence, we have set out to reach the goal of being among the leading ensembles in Texas. Since the school’s opening in 2005, this ensemble has consistently placed as one of the top 10 string ensembles in Texas. Individuals have earned top honors including membership at the Region, Area, and State level, and medaled at various competitions. The Foundation of Music Education named the Sinfonia Orchestra a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Honors Project in 2015, and a Commended Winner in 2016. This ensemble is conducted by Desiree Overree.


3rd Place:
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Sugar Land TX 

Michael Isadore, conductor
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Located in Sugar Land, TX, The John Foster Dulles Orchestra program is one of the largest orchestra programs in Fort Bend ISD and one of the premiere orchestra programs in the state of Texas.  Located in Sugar Land, a southwest suburb of Houston, Fort Bend County and Dulles High School are among the most diverse schools in America.

The orchestra program in Fort Bend ISD began in 1990 and Dulles High School has only had two orchestra directors.  Michael Isadore became the director of orchestras in 1999 and today the program boasts over 170 members.  The Dulles Orchestra has been consistently awarded the Mark of Excellence National Honor Orchestra Award and Commended Award in the string and full orchestra categories, been runner up for TMEA Honor Orchestra and has performed at the Midwest Clinic in 2004 and 2016.


FINALIST Honorable Mention:
Jasper Legacy Orchestra
Plano TX 

Matthew Moreno, conductor
Jasper Legacy Orchestra
The Jasper High School Orchestra is proud to be recognized as one of the most accomplished orchestra programs in America. Jasper is a grade 9 and 10 campus in Plano, TX, a Dallas suburb. Their orchestra currently serves over 240 students in five orchestras. Since its inception in 1996, Jasper’s Legacy Orchestra has repeatedly ranked as one of the top three string orchestras in Texas, despite competing alongside high schools that fill their orchestras with 9th through 12th graders, and in 2014, the Jasper Symphony Orchestra was named TMEA Honor Full Orchestra, or first place in Texas. Jasper’s orchestras have also repeatedly earned top commendation at UIL competition and festival competitions across the nation. The program is led by Director of Orchestras, Matt Moreno.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

WINNING ENSEMBLES: band/wind ensembles, 2017-18


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18—college/university division

The American Prize winner:
Richard Tad Greig
Westminster College Wind Ensemble
New Wilmington PA

Westminster College Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble is selected through audition and rehearses three times per week for one hour.  The Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of the most challenging established and new works. This ensemble has received numerous commendations, most notably three guest appearances at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Conference over the past decade.  The conclusion of these performances was met with immediate standing ovations.  They have also received favorable mention in both recent NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) reviews. The Wind Ensemble also shared international performance tours with the Concert Choir to Spain and Scotland.  Along with their concert performances, the ensemble has accompanied numerous student and faculty soloists and guest artists. The ensemble has also had the privilege of working with notable composer/conductors including: Mark Camphouse, Dennis Fisher, Brian Balmages and Andrew Boysen Jr., to name only a few.  The Wind Ensemble has premiered numerous works and regularly records for area composers, providing recordings to submit to various publishing houses.



The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18—youth division

The American Prize winner:
Matthew D. Schlomer
Interlochen Arts Academy Band
Interlochen MI

Interlochen Arts Academy Band
The Interlochen Arts Academy Band presents frequent concerts of unparalleled quality and diversity. Performances feature collaborations with renowned soloists, composers, and artists from all genres. The band appears regularly in live online performances and on public radio.The Academy Band is at the forefront of exploring new collaborative performance formats with artists from dance, visual arts, creative writing, theater, film, scientists and the culinary arts. The Interlochen Center for the Arts is dedicated to creating lifelong passion for the arts.



2nd Place:
Bradley Morrison
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
Ossining NY

Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
The Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester (YWEW) is excited to be celebrating its Seventh season! YWEW is an ensemble for highly motivated high school students interested in playing music from the Wind Ensemble/Concert Band literature, based in Ossining, New York. Founded by Bradley Morrison, YWEW is the only ensemble of it's kind in Westchester County. The ensemble is comprised of Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Students from around Westchester County and represents students from over a dozen different area high schools, both public and private. Students rehearse and perform throughout the school year in public performances, as well as various competitions. YWEW has consistently received Superior Ratings as well as numerous 1st place awards. In 2017 the Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester was named a finalist in the High School Concert Band Division of the prestigious American Prize competition.

 

The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2017-18—high school division

The American Prize winner:
Robert Truan
Decatur HS Wind Ensemble
Decatur GA

Decatur HS Wind Ensemble
This is Robert Truan’s third year as Director of Bands for Decatur High School where he teaches Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, IB Music, and other chamber ensembles.  While at Decatur, his ensembles have won a Grand Championship at the Southern Invitational Music Festival, have performed at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association Convention twice, and have performed at the Cork School of Music in Ireland.  His ensembles have also received straight superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation.  This is the second year Decatur has differentiated its band classes in two groups: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.  After Wind Ensemble’s inaugural year, our recorded submission was selected to headline Music for All’s Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival. Robert Truan is heavily influenced by his wonderful mentors throughout the years: Reid Hall, Richard Brasco, Dr. Tony McCutchen, John Culvahouse, Dr. John P. Lynch, Dr. Laura Moates Stanley, and Jack Jean.  Mr. Truan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia and has a Master’s degree in Music Education.


2nd Place:
Curtis Melton
Legacy HS Wind Ensemble
North Las Vegas NV 


Legacy HS Wind Ensemble
The Legacy High School Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Curtis Melton, and is the most advanced concert band at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, NV.  The Legacy Band Program was "re-born" in the fall of 2013 after not having a band program at the school for many years.  Since then, the band program has nearly tripled in membership for the upcoming fall of 2017.  The Legacy HS Wind Ensemble has received consistent "Superior" Ratings at festivals/contests since 2013-14.  The band has performed at special engagements throughout Las Vegas, performing for the Mayor, and the grand opening of the Las Vegas IKEA. The marching band also has performed in Los Angeles in the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade in 2016 and 2017.  The Legacy HS Band Program offers marching band, three concert bands, a jazz ensemble, a colorguard/winterguard program, and an AP Music Theory class.



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