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:

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
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


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: 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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