Friday, May 3, 2019

FINALISTS: bands/wind ensembles, 2018-19


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST bands/wind ensembles for 2018-19 in all divisions. Congratulations!

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

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.
 
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.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

"Wonderful bands! The college/university division is especially competitive—and the repertoire! Impressive on so many levels. Very eager to discover the outcome."—DK

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division,  2018-19


CSUSB Symphonic Band
Nicholas Bratcher
San Bernardino CA 
 
University of Houston Wind Ensemble
David Clemmer
Houston TX 
 
NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury
Boston MA 
 
Capital University Symphonic Winds
Jeffrey D. Gershman
Columbus OH 
 
Slippery Rock University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Jonathan Helmick
Slippery Rock PA 
 
University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble
Chris Knighten
Fayetteville AR 
 
Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Matthew C. Morse
Sacramento CA 
 
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble.
Devin Otto
Oshkosh WI 
 
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Timothy Shade
Wichita KS 
 
UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble
Shawn Smith
Charlotte NC 
 
Missouri State University Wind Ensemble
John Zastoupil
Springfield MO 



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division, 2018-19


The Allentown Band
Ronald Demkee
Allentown PA  
  
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole
Tarrytown NY  
  
Quincy Concert Band
Dr. Trent A. Hollinger
Quincy IL  
  
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Brian Hughes
Davenport IA  
  
Camellia City Flute Choir
Martin Melicharek III
Sacramento CA  
  
Los Alamos Community Winds
Ted Vives
Los Alamos NM



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—high school division, 2018-19

Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Philip Carter
Huntley IL 
 
Charlotte Catholic Symphonic Winds
Timothy Cook
Charlotte NC 
 
North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
Len Lavelle
Pittsburgh PA 



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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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has 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 results in the 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 finalists.


  

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