Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Finalists: CHAMBER ENSEMBLES, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2018-19. 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.

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:

We invite 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.

Finalists are listed by ensemble name, city and state.

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

"Serious, compelling, thought provoking—music performed at exceptionally high levels of artistry by these finalists."—DK

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    
Brooklyn NY 

Rosco String Quartet
Salt Lake City UT      
Ensemble 365  
Bayside NY
Ensemble for These Times
Berkley CA    
Sheridan Solisti
Highland Park IL   

Sylvestris Quartet with Harry Baechtel and Michael Seregow
San Francisco CA    
Mackenzie-Williams Duo
Tallahassee FL

NATIONAL FINALISTS: 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    

NATIONAL FINALISTS: 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    


Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a 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: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

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

Congratulations to all finalists!

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