Saturday, March 23, 2019

Finalists: COMPOSERS (music for orchestra), 2018-19

This listing was revised on 4/16/19 to add a composer finalist listed in the wrong category.—DK

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

"The strongest field since the competition began."—DK

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:

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—ORCHESTRA, professional division, 2018-19

Lee Actor
Monte Sereno CA
Prelude to a Tragedy   
Sergio Bernal
Logan UT
Andares  (Trumpet Concerto)
Luke Carlson
Hollister MO

Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand   
Saad Haddad
New York NY
John Hennecken
De Pere WI
Symphony for the Garden City   
Dorothy Hindman
Miami FL
Setting Century Symphony   
Wayne B. Horvitz
Seattle WA
Those Who Remain—Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist
Douglas Knehans
Cincinnati OH
Unfinished Earth   
Nan Schwartz
Tarzana CA
Aspirations; Angels Among Us   
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
By Steam or by Dream   
Meira Warshauer
Columbia SC
Symphony No. 1—Living Breathing Earth

Steven Winteregg
Dayton OH
Diane Wittry
Allentown PA
Ode to Joy Fanfare

Stephen Yarbrough
Vermillion SD
Kenyon Songs: Seven Poems of Jane Kenyon   


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—ORCHESTRA, student division, 2018-19

Keith Allegretti
Austin TX
Ching-Shan Chang
Brooklyn NY
When the Sun Rises   
Jack Frerer
New York NY
On-Again, Off-Again   
Clare Glackin
Santa Fe NM
Martin Hebel
Hamden CT
Symphony No. 3  in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts   
Patrick O'Malley
Los Angeles CA
Between Two Chasms   
Tianyi Wang
Boston MA
Under the Dome   
Xuesi Xu
Urbana IL
The Song of Roland   


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 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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