Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Ernst Bacon
(This listing was revised on 3/14/19 to include three soloist listings that had been placed 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 SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2018-19, in the solo division. Congratulations! (A separate announcement will be made in the ensemble division tomorrow afternoon, March 14, 2019.)

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, semi-finalists, PROFESSIONAL soloists or composers, 2018-19

Chris Holly Aa, composer
Aa—The Democratic Revolution of the Tiananmen Massacre

Lee Actor, composer
Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara Turkey
Actor—Symphony No. 3  

Elizabeth Avery, piano
Joel Burcham, tenor
Juliana Hall—The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Jerry Casey, composer
Casey—Autumn  

Brian Ciach, composer & piano
Ciach—Fourth Sonata for Piano

Chris Gekker, trumpet
Ghost Dialogues

Ching-chu Hu, composer
Hu—Spheres of Influence

Gloria Justen, composer & violist
Justin—Sonaquifer: Music for Solo Viola

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Heidi Louise Williams, piano
Holy the Firm—James Primosch  

Lansing McLoskey, composer
The Crossing / Philadelphia PA
McLoskey—Zealot Canticles

Patrice Michaels, composer & soprano
Michaels—The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg  

Ian Mitchell, clarinet
Bass Clarinet and Friends - a miscellany

Justin John Moniz, tenor
Musto—Shadow of the Blues  

Hannah Porter Occena, flute
Joseph Kern—Shenandoah Variations

Michael Rickelton, composer
Rickelton—Time and Memory

Thomas Schwan, composer & pianist
Thomas Schwan, Liudmilla Georgievskaya, Victor Diaz, pianists
Canone Infinito—Thomas Schwan  

Benjamin Shorstein, composer
Shorstein—Partita for Solo Violin

Valerie Stern & Karen Spurney, pianists
Los Angeles CA
Gershwin / Copland / Bolcom

Reed Tetzloff, pianist
Ives—Piano Sonata #2 (Concord)

Kenneth Thompkins, trombone
Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals

Ludwig Tuman, composer
Chamber Choir of CA State University—Long Beach CA
Tuman—Lord of the Cranes; Cat's Protector; The Happy Man's Shirt

Nathan Williamson, piano
Copland—Piano Sonata

Jaco Wong, composer
Wong—Psithaura

Rain Worthington, composer
MSU Symphony / Croatian Chamber Orchestra
Worthington—In Passages—for violin solo and string orchestra


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY soloists or composers, 2018-19

Ching-Shan Chang, composer
Chang—It was not Death  

Scott Greene, composer & clarinet
Greene—Untitled Work for Clarinet and Electronics  

Martin Hebel, composer
Brno Philharmonic Orcherstra
Hebel—Symphony No.3 in E Minor

Darrell J. Jordan, baritone
music by Barber, Ives, Luksan, more

Solene Le Van
Princeton University Orchestra
Barber—Knoxville: Summer of 1915

John Wilson, pianist
Bernstein—Symphony No. 2: Age of Anxiety 



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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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