Monday, November 5, 2018

SEMI-FINALISTS: Chamber Ensembles, 2018-19

The American Prize is delighted to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber ensembles for 2018-19. Congratulations! (Be sure to check all divisions. In certain cases, The American Prize may have moved an auditioning ensemble to a more appropriate category.)

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2018-19, professional division:

Amosa Duo
Urbana IL

Blanka Bednarz and Matthew Bengtson
Carlisle PA    
Estrella Piano Duo
Northbrook IL        

The Sierra Duo
Saline MI    
Seraph Brass
Naples FL    
Takoma Park MD    
In Motus Tuba Quartet
Pullman WA    
Duo Francois
Fort Collins CO    
Duo Seraphim
Brooklyn NY 

Rosco String Quartet
Salt Lake City UT        

Duo Aldebaran
McAllen TX    
Noree Chamber Soloists
New York NY    
Ensemble 365  
Bayside NY
Ensemble for These Times
San Francisco CA    
Sheridan Solisti
Highland Park IL   

Sylvestris Quartet with Harry Baechtel and Michael Seregow
San Francisco CA
Duo Guitiano
Fayetteville NC    
Mackenzie-Williams Duo
Tallahassee FL    
Duo Flautas Frescas
Opelika AL    

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2018-19, college/university division:

Koinonia Trio
Ann Arbor MI    
International Counterpoint
Atlanta GA    
The Prima Piano Quartet
Columbia SC    
Aruna Quartet
Lubbock TX    
Zelos Quartet
San Jose CA    
Estampe Trio
Savoy IL    
Bierstadt Brass Quintet
Greeley CO    

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2018-19, high school division:

The Brahms Piano Quintet
New York NY    
Huntley High School Saxophone Quartet
Huntley IL    
The Ariose String Quartet
Jacksonville FL        

Trio Cantare
Santa Clara CA    
The Orenda Quartet
Edwardsville IL    
Firefly Quartet
Ridgewood NJ    
Quantum Quartet
Carrollton TX    


Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble just been selected as a SEMI-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 FINALISTS in my division later this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!

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