Monday, September 9, 2019

WINNERS: conductors (band/wind ensemble), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting, 2018-19, in band/wind ensemble divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Conducting—band/wind ensemble (college/university division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Jacob Wallace
SDSU Wind Symphony
Brookings SD      
Jacob Wallace
An accomplished conductor, educator, and writer, Jacob Wallace is an emergent personality in the performance of contemporary instrumental music. Ensembles under his direction have presented world premieres by such composers as Rusty Banks, John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, and James Syler, among others. Dr. Wallace is currently on the faculty of South Dakota State University, where he serves as Director of Concert Bands. In this capacity, he conducts and administrates the wind ensemble activities of the Department of Music as a whole. Prior to this, he served as Director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. During summers, he has served on the conducting faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Tuscany, Italy. Dr. Wallace holds a DMA from The University of Georgia. He also has degrees from Baylor University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He remains active as an adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States.


2nd Place & Career Encouragement Citation:
Pamornpan Komolpamorn
The University of Texas Wind Ensembles
Austin TX   
Pamornpan Komolpamorn
Pamornpan Komolpamorn, a native Thai, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at The University of Texas at Austin, where she serves as a graduate assistant with the University Bands. She is also currently an instructor of conducting at the College of Music, Mahidol University (MU), Thailand, where she works as a director and conductor of the MU Symphony Orchestra, the MU Symphonic Band, the MU Concert Band, and the MU Brass Band. She serves as
founding director and conductor of the Amass Chamber Ensemble (ACE) since 2010, performing various composers and periods from early to contemporary music. Her repertoire ranges from music of the seventeenth century to contemporary work and encompasses all genres: symphonic orchestral and wind, operatic, chamber and contemporary music. She has conducted ensembles in a number of different countries such as Italy, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the United
States.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Timothy Shade
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Wichita KS
Timothy Shade
Dr. Timothy Shade is currently the Director of Bands at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Previous appointments include Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra (FL), Visiting Director of Orchestras at Florida Atlantic University, and Director of Instrumental Music at Bethel College (KS). He has garnered praise for his exciting programming, engaging personality and “marvelous conducting.” Equally comfortable in the orchestral and wind realms, Shade has worked with Greater Miami Symphonic Band, The New River Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, The Frost Wind Ensemble, The Florida Youth Symphony, The Wichita Wind Ensemble, The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Delano Chamber Orchestra.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Chris David Westover
Denison University Wind Ensemble
Granville OH  
Chris David Westover
Prior to his current appointment as assistant professor of music at Denison, Westover led wind ensembles, orchestras and operatic performances at Bethel College (KS), the University of Oklahoma, and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is in constant demand as a conductor and has received acclaim for his performances with educational and professional ensembles. Westover’s conducting has been described as “elegant, bold, vibrant, inspiring and centered,” by Augusta Read Thomas.

He is currently completing a critical wind-band transcription of Persichetti's Seventh Symphony to be premiered in the 2018-2019 season. He has lectured at Hong Kong Baptist University and CBDNA and will give a paper at the Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik in July

2019. He has conducted across the United States and in the People's Republic of China and is currently developing artistic projects in Sri Lanka.

His career spans operatic performances and educational work with young singers and community orchestras. Westover commands a broad and diverse repertoire including the core symphonic repertoire and the contemporary repertoire of the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble. He served as a staff conductor for the 4x4 Prizes at OU, and has commissioned and premiered works by Ching-chu Hu, HyeKyung Lee, Kathryn Salfelder, Ken Amis, Michael Weinstein, Brad Baumgardner, Andrew McManus, and Dan Lazerescou. In 2010, Westover led the critically acclaimed Dallas premiere of Daniel Roumain’s “Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln” during the inaugural season of the Winspear Opera House. Westover’s conducting teachers include Jonathan Shames, John Carmichael, Jack Delaney, Kenneth Kiesler, and Eric Smedley. Dr. Westover is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Southern Methodist University, and Western Kentucky University.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Joseph Higgins
Rowan University Wind Ensemble
Glassboro NJ     
Joseph Higgins
Joseph Higgins is a musician who strives to inspire curiosity, creativity, and understanding through art. He believes in the expressive power of new music to communicate with modern audiences and is a passionate advocate of socially conscious programming. In 2015, Joseph joined the faculty of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he conducts the wind ensembles and teaches courses in conducting. He was awarded the University’s 2018 Values Award for Inclusivity in recognition of his curating a “Music of Social Justice” performance series. Joseph regularly serves as a guest conductor-clinician with outstanding professional, community, and student ensembles throughout the country. He earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where his primary teacher was Mallory Thompson, and a bachelor of music degree in music education from the University of Georgia. Prior to graduate study, he taught at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Devin Otto
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble
Oshkosh WI   
Devin Otto
Dr. Devin Otto is the Director of Bands and Instructor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with previous faculty positions at Minot State University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Idaho. Committed to music education at all levels, Dr. Otto is in demand as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter.  His ongoing research in the use of improvisational theater games for conducting study resulted in well-received presentations at the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association and the 2016 International Society for Music Education Conference.

Dr. Otto holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Literature degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was a student of Allan McMurray. He has attended conducting symposiums under many of today’s outstanding wind conductors including H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Thomas Lee, Dick Floyd, Gary Hill, Mallory Thompson, and Rodney Winther.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Wind Ensemble
Seattle WA
Shayna Stahl
Dr. Shayna Stahl is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In this role, Dr. Stahl serves as the Director of the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band and the 49ers Basketball Band. She also serves as the conductor of the Symphonic Band and teaches a course in marching band techniques. Additionally, Dr. Stahl serves as the conductor for the Charlotte Youth Symphonic Band of the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensembles (CYWE).

Dr. Stahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music Education/Wind Band Conducting from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Washington.


The American Prize in Conducting—band/wind ensemble (community division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Concert Band
Seattle WA   
Shayna Stahl
Dr. Shayna Stahl is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In this role, Dr. Stahl serves as the Director of the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band and the 49ers Basketball Band. She also serves as the conductor of the Symphonic Band and teaches a course in marching band techniques. Additionally, Dr. Stahl serves as the conductor for the Charlotte Youth Symphonic Band of the Charlotte Youth Wind Ensembles (CYWE).

Dr. Stahl holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Temple University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music Education/Wind Band Conducting from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Washington.


2nd Place:
Curt Ebersole
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Tarrytown NY 
Curt Ebersole
Curt Ebersole has served as the Conductor/Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the Westchester Symphonic Winds since 2008. He led the ensemble in their Lincoln Center debut in March 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, convention and exchange performances in Chicago, Poughkeepsie, Stamford, and Syracuse, and five sold-out summer festival performances at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (Katonah, NY). He retired from high school teaching in 2013 and now teaches at The Masters School, in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Ebersole earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium. Ebersole is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and speaker; his TED Talk, Framing Failure, premiered in September 2017.  


3rd Place:
Andrew Pease
Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble
Oneonta NY  
Andrew Pease
Andrew Pease serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music at Hartwick College and co-conductor of the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, both in Oneonta, NY. His guest conducting work has taken him to several states, including two appearances at Carnegie Hall with bands from Hartwick College and Columbia University. After earning degrees from Dartmouth, Columbia, and Hofstra, he completed a DMA degree in wind conducting at Arizona State University, studying with Gary Hill. His work there earned him the 2017 American Prize in Collegiate Wind Band Conducting. He started his career in New York City, where he directed the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and the community band Columbia Summer Winds. Other past teaching positions have ranged from elementary to adult levels in New York and Arizona. He runs two websites dedicated to wind band repertoire: Wind Band Literature (http://windliterature.org) and The Wind Band Symphony Archive (http://windsymphonies.org).



The American Prize in Conducting—band/wind ensemble (high school division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Philip Carter
Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Huntley IL  
Philip Carter
Philip Carter is originally from Collinsville, IL. Philip attended Illinois State University, earning a Bachelor’s in Music Education with a Minor in Jazz Performance. From 2015-2018, Philip served as Director of Bands at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL. He taught three Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and AP Music Theory as well as the extracurricular Marching Band and Pep Band. Under his direction, the Saxophone Quartet performed at the 2018 Music for All National Chamber Music Festival and the Wind Ensemble performed at the 2018 Illinois Music Education Conference and the 2018 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival. Philip currently is serving in his first year as Assistant Director of Bands of the nationally recognized O’Fallon Township High School Band Program. Philip has participated in conducting symposia at the University of Minnesota, Ball State University, the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern University.


2nd Place:
Justin Swaim
Wharton High School Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
Tampa FL   
Justin Swaim
Mr. Justin O. Swaim has experiences in orchestral, wind, and chamber music settings. He currently serves as Director of Bands at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida where he oversees all aspects of the music program and serves as department chair. His career began in North Carolina where his students earned honors at the NCMEA Orchestra MPA as well as positions in county and state honors events. He holds a BM in Music Education and a MM in Instrumental Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At UNCG, he studied instrumental conducting with Dr. John Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi. At UNCG he made appearances with the Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, Wind Ensemble, Casella Sinfonietta, and Symphonic Band. He served as Assistant Conductor of the University Band, was a graduate assistant for the Music Education department, and was a founding member of the Foothills Chamber Ensemble of Winston-Salem, NC. Website: www.justinswaim.us


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