Thursday, February 28, 2019

Semi-finalists: ORCHESTRAS, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST orchestras for 2018-19 in all categories. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional division, 2018-19

Gowanus Arts Ensemble
Reuben Blundell
Brooklyn NY  
  
Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra
Roberta Carpenter
Oconomowoc WI  
  
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra 
Jonathan Griffith
New York NY  
  
Western Piedmont Symphony
John Gordon Ross
Hickory NC  
  
Symphony Number One
Jordan Smith
Baltimore MD     

Michigan Philharmonic
Nan Harrison Washburn
Plymouth MI  

 
NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

St. Olaf Orchestra
Steven Amundson
Northfield MN  
  
West Texas A&M University Orchestra 
Mark Bartley
Canyon TX  
  
OSU Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dickey
Stillwater OK  
  
William & Mary Symphony Orchestra 
David Grandis
Williamsburg VA  
  
Baylor Symphony Orchestra 
Stephen Heyde
Waco TX  
  
FSU Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Jimenez
Tallahassee FL  
  
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson NC  
  
Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim
Ithaca NY  
  
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer
Tempe AZ  
  
NAU Symphony
Daniel O'Bryant  
Flagstaff AZ
 
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
David Rahbee
Seattle WA  
  
The Concordia Orchestra
Kevin Sutterlin
Moorhead MN  


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division, 2018-19

Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra 
David Anderson
Lake Geneva WI  
  
Oregon Sinfonietta
Donald L. Appert
Portland OR     

Clark College Orchestra
Donald L. Appert
Vancouver WA  
 
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Reuben Blundell
LandsdownePA  
  
The Riverside Orchestra
Reuben Blundell
New York NY  
  
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Patricia Brown
Houston TX  
Libi Lebel, conductor
  
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
Pierre-Alain Chevalier
Baytown TX  
  
Carlisle Chamber Orchestra 
Kathleen Chick
Carlisle MA 
Alan Yost, conductor
  
Austin Civic Orchestra
Lois Ferrari
Austin TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra 
John B. Gordon
Round Rock TX  
Thomas Rainey, conductor
  
Lee County Community Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith
Sanford NC  
  
Springfield Drury Civic Orchestra 
Christopher Koch
Springfield MO  
  
Poway Symphonette
Ulli Reiner
Poway CA     

Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra 
Charles Salembier
Waynesboro VA 
Peter Wilson, conductor
  
Parthenon Chamber Orchestra
David P. Sartor
Nashville TN  


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division, 2018-19

Houston Youth Symphony
Sarah D. Loudermilk
Houston TX 
Michael Webster, conductor
  
Portland Youth Philharmonic
Noreen Murdock
Portland OR 
David Hattner, conductor
  
Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
Patrick Reynolds
Dayton OH 

Greenville County Youth Orchestra / Young Artist Orchestra 
Emily Schaad
Greenville SC  
  
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Kelly Waltrip
Denver CO  
Wes Kenney, conductor


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division, 2018-19

Herricks HS Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Fish
New Hyde Park NY  
  
Klein Chamber Orchestra
Creston Herron
Klein TX  
  
Sartartia Middle School Symphony Orchestra 
Sophia Hsieh
Sugar Land TX  
   
Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra
Shira Katsman
Bellevue WA  
  
Denver School of the Arts Full Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Denver CO  
  
Denver School of the Arts String Orchestra 
Enrique Lasansky
Denver CO  
  
Klein Oak HS Symphony Orchestra 
Tanner Ledford
Houston TX  
  
Klein Oak HS Chamber Orchestra 
Tanner Ledford
Houston TX  
  
Westwood Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Thompson
Austin TX  



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Here is a sample announcement:

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


  

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Semi-finalists: CONDUCTORS (orchestra), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in orchestra divisions. ongratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional orchestra division, 2018-19

David Bernard
Massapequa Philharmonic / Park Ave. Chamber Symphony
New York NY  
  
Cheung Chau
Hunan Symphony
Changsha Hunan Province China  
  
Chad Goodman
Elevate Ensemble
San Francisco CA     

Travis Jurgens
Macon Symphony Orchestra
Macon GA     

Paul Mauffray
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
Zlin Czech Republic
  
Elaine Rinaldi
Orchestra Miami
Miami FL  
   
Jordan Randall Smith
Symphony Number One
Baltimore MD  
   
Vlad Vizireanu
Royal Camerata
Bucharest Romania


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university orchestra division, 2018-19

Mark Bartley
West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra
Canyon TX
   
Kaleb Benda
Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra
Oklahoma City OK  

Sergey Bogza
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Decatur IL  
  
Cheung Chau
Utah Valley University Symphony
Orem UT     

Thomas Dickey
OSU Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK  
  
Gregory Grabowski
Susquehanna University Orchestra
Selinsgrove PA  
  
Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra
Madison WI  
  
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC  
  
Yutaka Kono
The University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Burlington VT  
   
John Masko
San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra
San Francisco CA  
  
Edward Messerschmidt
Marist College Orchestra
PoughkeepsieNY  
  
Daniel O'Bryant
NAU Symphony
Flagstaff AZ  
  
David Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA  
  
Rebecca Tong
Music School Festival Orchestra
Chautauqua NY  
   
Alex Wise
University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Columbia SC  


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community orchestra division, 2018-19

David Anderson
Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra
Lake Geneva WI  
  
Reuben Blundell
The Chelsea Symphony
New York NY     

Matthew J. Brooks
Shasta Symphony Orchestra
Redding CA  
  
Pierre-Alain Chevalier
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
Baytown TX  
  
Lois Ferrari
Austin Civic Orchestra
Austin TX     

Michael Isadore
Houston Civic Symphony
Houston TX     

Matthew Makeever
Milwaukee Philharmonic
Milwaukee WI  
  
Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA  
   
John Morrow
JM Recital Orchestra
Norman OK     

Dahn T. Pham
Coeur D'Alene Symphony Orchestra
Coeur D'Alene ID  

Thomas E. Rainey
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX  
  
David P. Sartor
Parthenon Chamber Orchestra / Nashville Concerto Orchestra
Nashville TN  
  
Martha Stoddard
Oakland Civic Orchestra
Oakland CA     

Russell Vinick
Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra
Chicago IL      


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth & school  orchestra division, 2018-19

Hector Aguero
Junior Salem Youth Symphony
Salem OR 

Beau Benson
Midway Symphony
Waco TX 
  
Alyze Dreiling
YPO Festival Orchestra
San Diego CA     

Michael Isadore
Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia
Houston TX  
  
Michael Webster
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX 

Dorian Neuendorf
Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Hendersonville NC  
   
Ulli Reiner
California Music Educators Honor Middle School Orchestra
Poway CA

Emily Schaad
Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra/Greenville County Youth Orchestra Asheville NC  
  
Sayra Siverson
Albuquerque Youth Symphony
Albuquerque NM  
   
Alex Wise
MISA Summer Festival Youth Orchestra
Shanghai China



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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Semi-finallists: CONDUCTORS (orchestral programming)—Marijosius Award, 2018-19

Vytautas Marijosius
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in orchestral programming, The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.
 

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award—college/university division, 2018-19

Thomas Dickey
Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK  
  
Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Orchestra
Ithaca NY  
   
Jeffery Meyer
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Tempe AZ    

David Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA  
  
Rachel L. Waddell
University of Rochester Orchestras
Rochester NY


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award—community & youth division, 2018-19

Donald L. Appert
The Jewish Community Orchestra of Portland
Portland OR  
  
Robert Boardman
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras
South Bend IN
 
Reuben Blundell
Landsdowne Symphony Orchestra
Landsdowne PA  

Warren Friesen
Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra
Duluth MN    

John Gordon
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX 
Thomas Rainey conductor
  
Travis Jurgens
Ohio Northern Symphony
Ada OH     

Tara Villa Keith
Lee County Community Orchestra
Sanford NC  
  
Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA  

Felipe Morales-Torres
Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras
Cincinnati OH
  
David William Oertel
Starlight Symphony Orchestra
Wimberley TX     


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Friday, February 22, 2019

Semi-finalists: STAGE DIRECTORS, 2018-19: The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize

CNR in "The Life of Reilly"
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2018-19—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize. Congratulations!

There are two divisions this year—one for opera directors, a second for theater and music theater directors. 

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.

Charles Nelson Reilly was a Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, and an acclaimed opera director and teacher. Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified, 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 Reilly's many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levinʼs "Break a Leg", Larry Shueʼs "The Nerd", and the revival of "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Mr. Reillyʼs 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. Charles Nelson 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. Mr. Reilly served as honorary chairperson of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice from the competition's founding in 1990, until his death. To read more about the career of Charles Nelson Reilly, .

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.
 

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2018-19, opera division

Marc Callahan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC  
Massenet: Cinderella

Tracelyn Gesteland
University of South Dakota Opera
Vermillion SD 
Die Fledermaus
  
Lisa Grevlos Augustana University
Sioux Falls SD 
Callie D. Stadem: The Ransom of Sophia
  
Andreas Hager
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati OH  
Gianni Schicchi
  
Rachel M. Harris
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond LA 
Dan Shore: Works of Mercy
  
Melanie Helton
Michigan State University Opera Theatre
East Lansing MI 
Hansel & Gretel
  
Melanie Helton
Michigan State University Opera Theatre
East Lansing MI 
Street Scene
  
Melanie Helton
Michigan State University Opera Theatre
East Lansing MI 
Nelson: A Room With a View
  
David Holley
University of NC - Greensboro
Greensboro NC  
Die Zauberflote   

Paul Houghtaling
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL 
Semele
  
Paul Houghtaling
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL  
Jeremy Gill: Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain
  
David Lefkowich
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington IN 
Don Giovanni
  
Dugg McDonough
LSU Opera/Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge LA  
David T. Little: Dog Days
  
Dugg McDonough
LSU Opera/Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge LA  
The Cunning Little Vixen
   
Justin John Moniz
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Waimea HI
The Mikado
  
Nicholas Muni
UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Winston-Salem NC 
Debussy/Constant: Impressions de Pelleas
   
Isai Jess Munoz
University of Delaware Opera Workshop Ensemble
Newark DE  
various: Waulking in the Glen
  
David Ronis
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI 
La Boheme    

Jeffrey Stegall
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC  
Lucia di Lammermoor   

Copeland Woodruff
Lawrence University
Appleton WI 
Le Comte Ory
  
Copeland Woodruff
Red River Lyric Opera
Wichita Falls TX
The Turn of the Screw


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2018-19, theater and musical theater division 

Kristina Keener
Ivy Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA
Peter Pan
  
Belinda Andrews-Smith
Denison University
Granville OH
Spring Awakening
  
Geoffrey Arndt
Saint Patrick High School
Chicago IL
Dracula
  
Geoffrey Arndt
Saint Patrick Summer Theatre
Chicago IL
Into the Woods
   
Julie Lyn Barber
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green KY
Guys & Dolls
  
Paul Rugg
The Pope St. John Paul II Theater Troupe of Saint Augustine Academy
Ventura CA
My Fair Lady


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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Semi-finalists: OPERA CONDUCTORS, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST conductors in opera divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional opera division, 2018-19

Joshua Horsch
Pensacola Opera/Penascola Symphony
Pensacola FL
Cipullo: Glory Denied     
  
Walter Morales
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Pittsburgh PA 
Xerxes
   
Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni



NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university opera division, 2018-19

Kevin Geraldi
University of NC - Greensboro
GreensboroNC  
Die Zauberflote
  
Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI 
La Boheme
  
Michael W. Moore
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC 
Lucia Di Lammermoor
  
Oleksandr Poliykov
Moores Opera Center
University of Houston
Houston TX 
L’amico Fritz  


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Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Semi-finalists: OPERA COMPANIES, 2018-19


Enrico Caruso at Canio in I Pagliacci
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST opera ensembles for 2018-19 in all categories. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—professional division,
2018-19

Chicago Fringe Opera
George Cederquist
Chicago IL  
Ross Crean: The Great God Pan
   
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Justin John Moniz
Waimea HI  
The Mikado
  
Chatham Concert Opera
Walter Morales
Pittsburgh PA  
Elektra, more
  
Queen City Opera
Isaac Selya
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni


 
NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

Taylor University Lyric Theatre
Hugh Conor Angell
Upland IN  
Pirates of Penzance
  
Morningside College
Taylor Clemens
Sean Burton conductor
Sioux City IA  
Dido and Aeneas
  
Arizona State University
Brian DeMaris
Mark Alpizar and Kamna Gupta conductors
Tempe AZ 
Les mamelles de Tiresias
  
University of South Dakota Opera
Tracelyn Gesteland
Vermillion SD 
Die Fledermaus
  
Augustana University
Lisa Grevlos
Sioux Falls SD  
Callie Stadem: The Ransom of Sophia
  
Michigan State University
Melanie Helton
Lansing MI  
Hansel & Gretel
  
Michigan State University
Melanie Helton
Lansing MI  
Robert Nelson: A Room With a View
  
Michigan State University
Melanie Helton
Lansing MI  
Street Scene

  
University of NC Greensboro
David Holley
Greensboro NC  
Die Zauberflote
  
University of Alabama
Paul Houghtaling
Tuscaloosa AL
Jeremy Gill: Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain; Handel: Semele 

Bob Jones University
Darren P. Lawson
Michael Moore/Jeffery Stegall
Greenville SC 
Lucia di Lammermoor
  
Louisiana State University
Dugg McDonough
Baton Rouge
David T. Little: Dog Days
  
Louisiana State University
Dugg McDonough
Baton Rouge LA  
The Cunning Little Vixen

  
UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Nicholas Muni
Winston-Salem NC  
Constant: Impressions de Pelleas
  
University of Delaware Opera Workshop Ensemble
Isai Jess Munoz
Newark DE  
various composers: Waulking in the Glen
  
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng
South Hadley MA  
Bode Omojola: Irin Ajo
  
University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Ronis
Madison WI 
La Boheme
  
Lawrence University
Copeland Woodruff
Appleton WI 
Le Comte Ory



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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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has 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 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 semi-finalists.


  

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Finalists: WOMEN in OPERA, 2018-19

This listing was revised on 3/2/19 and 5/14/19 to add names that had been originally listed in the incorrect category.—DK

The American Prize is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2018-19 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, professional division (women),  2018-19

Karen Archbold
Glen Ellyn IL  
   
Lauren Auge
Kansas City MO  
   
Elizabeth Bivens-Logan
Lindenhurst IL  
   
Emily Yocum Black
Paducah KY  
   
Rachel Blaustein
Olney MD  
   
Taylor Hillary Boykins
Pontiac MI  
   
Youna Hartgraves
Carrollton TX  
  
Abigail Levis
Claremont CA  
   
Meredith Mecum
Bronx NY

Lisa Newill-Smith
Berlin GERMANY
   
Jacqueline Piccolino
Chicago IL  

Max Potter
Weehawken NJ
   
Leandra Ramm
Pittsburg CA  
  
Dana Lynne Varga
Brighton MA  
   
Congcong Wang
Sunnyvale CA  

 
NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, college/university division (women),  2018-19

Zarah Brock
Fredericksburg VA  
   
Alyce Daubenspeck
Nazareth PA  
   
Clare Demer
Tucson AZ  
       
Keely Futterer
Dover AR  
   
Victoria Lawal
Los Angeles CA  
   
Shaina Martinez
Germantown MD  
       
Sarah Clementine Mire
Lubbock TX  
   
Michelle Ravitsky
San Antonio TX

Rebecca Sacks
Athens GA  
   
Lani Stait
Chicago IL  
       
Julia Claire Taylor
Coronado CA


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, high school division (women),  2018-19

Rebecca Clark
West Hartford  CT

Alina Dong
Houston TX

Alea Vernon
Cheshire CT

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We encourage 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 national 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 winners 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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Finalists: COMPOSERS (band/wind ensemble), 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2018-19 NATIONAL FINALIST composers of works for band / wind ensemble in professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (professional division), 2018-19

Greg Danner
Cookeville TN
Euphonium Concerto 
 
Gregory Fritze
Daytona Beach Shores FL
Continental Concerto 
 
Ted King-Smith
Mission KS
Between Glimpses of Blue 
  
Christopher Lowry
Antioch TN
Bicentennial Variations 
 
Andrew David Perkins
Fenton MI
ASYLUM 
  
David P. Sartor
Hermitage TN
THE SAINTS OF SEWANEE 
    
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
Across the Divide 



NATIONAL FINALISTS:The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (student division), 2018-19

(All composers in the student division were advanced in this category, each considered worthy of receiving feedback concerning at least one of their submitted works.—DK)

Keith Allegretti
Austin TX
Petrichor 
 
Brent A. Morden
Bayside NY
Danzon 
 
Daniel Morel
Kansas City MO
Flares/Flutters Fanfares 
 
Celka Ojakangas
Los Angeles CA
Bonehead Fizzix 
  
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Through my eyes: One immigrant's story 

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We encourage 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 National 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 winners 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Semi-finallists: CONDUCTORS (choral division), 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2018-19 NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST conductors in choral divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university chorus division, 2018-19

Philip Brunelle
Vocal Essence
Minneapolis MN  
  
Alexa Doebele
Concordia University Wisconsin Kammerchor
Mequon WI  
  
Zachery Durlam
UW Milwaukee Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee WI  
   
Ianthe Onelia Marini
The Unversity Singers
Columbus GA  
  
Daniel P. Ryan
Clark University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Worcester MA  
 
Chris David Westover
Denison University Chamber Singers & Wind Ensemble
Granville OH  



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community & school chorus division, 2018-19

Tom Jaber
The Houston Masterworks Chorus
Houston TX  
  
Michael R. McKenzie
Gustavus Social Justice Choir
Saint Peter MN  
   
John Morrow
McFarlin Chancel Choir
Norman OK

Adalberto Yanes
Firebird Singers
Miami FL  


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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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've 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 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 semi-finalists.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Semi-finalists: CHORUSES. 2018-19


The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST choruses for 2018-19 in all categories. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division,
2018-19

Constellation Men's Ensemble
Ryan Townsend Strand
Chicago IL 
 
San Diego Pro Art Voices
Katie Walders
San Diego CA 
 
Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers
Elissa Weller
Minneapolis MN  



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

University of Redlands Chapel Singers
Nicholle Andrews
Redlands CA           
  
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals
Michael B  Boswell
Saint Mary of the Woods IN           
  
Mansfield University Concert Choir
Peggy Dettwiler
Mansfield PA  
  
NOTUS
Dominick DiOrio
Bloomington IN  
  
UW Milwaukee Concert Chorale
Zachary Durlam
Milwaukee WI           
 
UNebraska-Lincoln University Singers
Peter A  Eklund
Lincoln NE           
  
Buena Vista Concert Choir
Merrin Guice
Storm Lake IA              

Wichita State University Concert Chorale
Michael Hanawalt
Wichita KS           
  
Muskingum University Concert Choir
Zebulon M  Highben
New Concord OH           
  
Miami University Men's Glee Club
Jeremy D  Jones
Oxford OH           
  
William Jewell College Concert Choir
Anthony J  Maglione
Liberty MO           
  
Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
Nancy Menk
Notre Dame IN         
  
Winthrop University Chamber Singers
Dr  Jeremy Mims
Rock Hill SC           
  
Winthrop University Chorale
Dr  Jeremy Mims
Rock Hill SC              

Westminster Kantorei
Westminster Choir College
Amanda Quist
Princeton NJ           
  
Clark University  Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Daniel P  Ryan
Worcester MA           
  
Wheaton College Concert Choir
John William Trotter
Wheaton IL           
  
The College of Wooster Chorus
Lisa Wong
Wooster OH                    ,       



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2018-19

Choral Chameleon
Vince Peterson
Brooklyn NY  
  
SONUS
Tyler Evick
Nashville TN 
Timbre Cierpke conductor
  
The Helios Ensemble
Benjamin J  Hansen
Tucson AZ     

Highland Park Chorale
Greg Hobbs
Dallas TX     

Ensemble Companio
Erik Peregrine
Niskayuna NY     

Oregon Repertory Singers
Ethan Sperry
Portland OR     

First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Joshua Taylor
Dallas TX  
  
Plymouth Choir
Tom Trenney
Lincoln NE



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and school  division, 2018-19

North Shore HS Madrigal Singers
Jared Berry
Glen Head NY     

Brockton HS Concert Choir
Matthew Cunningham
Brockton MA  
  
LHS Chamber Choir
Rika R  Heruth
Liberty MO     

Roosevelt HS Concert Choir
Robyn Starks Holcomb
Sioux Falls SD  
  
Arvada West HS Vocal Showcase
Chris Maunu
Arvada CO  
  
Graham-Kapowsin HS Concert Chorale
Jason Saunders
Graham WA  
  
Firebird Singers
Adalberto Yanes
Miami FL  
            
Fifth Avenue Falcons
Shawn M  Small
Lebanon PA     

South Lebanon Elementary Chorus
Shawn M  Small
Lebanon PA  
  
New World Singers
Jeanne M  Wohlgamuth
Columbus OH   



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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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has 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 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 semi-finalists.