Thursday, March 14, 2019

Semi-finalist ensembles: ERNST BACON AWARD (American Music Performance), 2018-19

Ernst Bacon
(This listing was revised before publication to move several applicants properly to the soloist category. See previous post.—DK)

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS in the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC contest, 2017-18 in ensemble divisions. Congratulations!

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

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.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL ensemble division, 2018-19

Edward Benyas
Southern IL Music Festival Orchestra
Southern IL
American Symphony—Lionel Semiatin

Reuben Blundell
Gowanus Arts Ensemble
Brooklyn IL
Foster / Foote / Cadman / Van Gelder 

Oliver Caplan
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Boston MA
You Are Not Alone—Oliver Caplan  

Justin Croushore
Some Assembly Required
Boston MA
Higdon / Kline / Stark

Darrell J. Jordan
Vox Nova
Columbia MO
Billings / Ives / Heruth, more

Yoon Lee
Noree Chamber Soloists
New York NY
Soul Garden—Derek Bermel

Nanette McGuinness
Ensemble for These Times
San Francisco CA
music by David Garner 

Kevin Purcell
The Synchron Stage Orchestra / Bratislava Studio Orchestra
Vienna / Bratislava
Nan Schwartz / Brenton Broadstock

Elaine Rinaldi
Orchestra Miami
Miami FL
Inquisition & Masada—Marvin David Levy  

Tom Trenney
Sounding Light
Plymouth MI
Diorio / Clausen / Elder  

Dean Whiteside
New World Symphony
Miami Beach FL
Symphony in One Movement—Barber  


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ensemble division, 2018-19

Nicholle Andrews
University of Redlands
Redlands CA
Messages from Myself—Christopher Theofanidis  

Heather C. Barclay
Palomar/YPO Percussion Ensemble
San Marcos CA
Daughtrey / Peel

Heather C. Barclay
Palomar/YPO Percussion Ensemble
Casella / Schulze

Mark Bartley
West Texas A&M University Choirs and Orchestra with Canyon HS Chamber Singers
Canyon TX
Psalm 150—Rene Clausen  

Brian Coffill
University of Maryland Wind Ensemble
College Park MD
Decoration Day—Charles Ives  

Daniel Cook
Northwestern University Chamber Ensemble
Evanston IL
Sparrows—Joseph Schwantner  

Austin Davis
University of Redlands Symphonic Band
Redlands CA
Ticheli / Whitacre / Clarke

Zachary Durlam
UW Milwaukee Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee WI
Chichester Psalms—Leonard Bernstein  

Jeffrey D. Gershman
Capital University Symphonic Winds
Columbus OH
George / Runestad / Ives / Maslanka

Joseph Higgins
Rowan University Wind Ensemble
Glassboro NJ
Mr. Tambourine Man—John Corigliano  

Zebulon M. Highben
Muskingum Concert Choir
New Concord OH
Simikic / Luboff / Jarjisian, more

Jeremy D. Jones
Miami University Men's Glee Club
Oxford OH
Night, Veiled Night—Anthony J. Maglione  

Travis Jurgens
Ohio Northern Symphony
Ada OH
Mandolin Concerto: From the Blue Ridge—Jeff Midkiff  

Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC
Silvestri / Gershwin

Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Ithaca NY
Blues Symphony—Wynton Marsalis  

Tremon Kizer
UCF Symphonic Band / University of Miami Symphonic Band and UCF Wind Ensemble
Oviedo FL
Grainger / Holst / Thomas / Reed

Chris Knighten
University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble
Fayetteville AR
Concerto for  Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble—Mackey  

Pamornpan Komolpamorn
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Austin TX
Dooley / Brant / Gershwin

Ianthe Marini
Columbus State University Schwob Singers
Columbus GA
Whitacre / Bernstein / Hogan  

Matthew C. Morse
Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Sacramento CA
Bernstein / Bennett / Mackey  

Joseph P. Scott
University of Maryland Wind Ensemble
College Park MD
Amerian Guernica—Adolphus Hailstork  

Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Recital Ensemble
Seattle WA
Albert / Schwantner  

Kevin Sutterlin
The Concordia Orchestra
Moorhead MN
Hanson / Hochstatter / Glass, more

John William Trotter
Wheaton College Concert Choir
Wheaton IL
Psalm 121—Stephen Paulus  

Chris David Westover
Denison University Wind Ensemble
Granville OH
Persichetti / Barber

Jeremy Wiggins
The Florida State University Choral Union
Tallahassee FL
O Magnum Mysterium—Libby Larsen  

Lisa Wong
The College of Wooster Chorus
Wooster OH
Runestad / Whitacre / Lauridsen, more

Boyang Yu
NEC Wind Ensemble
Boston MA
Schuller / Minakakis  


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COMMUNITY ensemble division, 2018-19

David Anderson
Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra
Lake Geneva WI
…this noble company—Kevin Puts

Donald L. Appert
Clark College Orchestra
Vancouver WA
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra—Donald L. Appert  

Reuben Blundell
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Lansdowne PA
David Stanley Smith / Carl Busch  

Patricia Brown
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Houston TX
Merry Mount Suite—Howard Hanson  

Philip Brunelle
Vocal Essence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
Minneapolis MN
Larsen / Heggie / Paulus  

Elizabeth Patterson, conductor
Gloriae Dei Cantores Choir
Orleans MA
Neswick / Ned Rorem / Samuel Adler  

Ronald Demkee
The Allentown Band
Allentown PA
music by Morton Gould  

Curt Ebersole
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Tarrytown NY
Brooklyn Bridge—Michael Daugherty  

Lois Ferrari
Austin Civic Orchestra
Austin TX  
Copland / Bernstein / Ives / Barber, much more

Trent A. Hollinger
Quincy Concert Band
Quincy IL
Give Us This Day—David Maslanka  

Brian Hughes
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Davenport IA
Willson / Giroux / Moross / Curnow

Christopher Koch
Springfield Drury Civic Orchestra
Springfield MO
Symphony No. 3—Zwilich  

Ryan James Brandau
Monmouth Civic Chorus
Red Bank NJ
Fern Hill—Corigliano, more

Erik Peregrine
Ensemble Companio
Niskayuna NY
Betinis / Trumbore  

Martha Stoddard
Oakland Civic Orchestra
Oakland CA
Alrich / Stoddard  


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, OUTH & HIGH SCHOOL division, 2018-19

Catherine Fish
Herricks HS Chamber Orchestra
New Hyde Park NY
Michael Daugherty / David Diamond  

Michael Isadore
Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia
Houston TX
Red Line Tango—John Mackey  

Chris Maunu
Arvada West HS Vocal Showcase
Arvada CO
Mulholland / Muehleisen 

Noreen Murdock
David Hattner, conductor
Camerata PYP
Portland OR
Muse—Christopher Theofanidis 


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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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2018-19. 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.

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