Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2019-20

COMPOSERS: 
We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org

 The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2019-20 in three divisions: major choral works (professional), shorter choral works (professional), and student choral works. Congratulations!

To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

"The American Prize never designates a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly influences that outcome. We also try hard not to be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason 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.

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 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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Major Choral Works (professional division), 2020
 
Aaron Alter      
Carlsbad  CA       
Lo Lanu Ha-Shem (a setting of Psalm 115)        
 
Julian David Bryson     
Jacksonville    FL       
The Field       

Allan Laino      
Mt. Rainier  MD       
Gloria  
 
John Muehleisen 
Mukilteo  WA       
But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion     
 
Robert G. Patterson  
Memphis   TN       
Requiem        
 
Timothy C. Takach     
Big Lake  MN       
Helios
 


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Shorter Choral Works (professional division), 2020

Nathaniel  Adams      
Brooklyn  NY       
Lux Brumalis   
 
Bruce Babcock     Pasadena  CA       
Be Still       
 
Andrew Bruhn      
Belvidere  IL       
I Sing the Birth
 
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Sound Beach  NY
Only Time to Love: Gaaggee Zaag'aa

Oliver Caplan     
Medford   MA       
We Exist       
 
Mark Dal Porto  
Portales  NM       
From Spring Days to Winter 
 
Jessica French     
Kent    WA       
Love Came Down at Christmas    

Gerald Gurss      
St. Paul  MN       
Chris & Gabe   
 
Kevin Hartnett   
Glendale  CA       
De profundis   
 
Brian Holmes     
San Jose  CA  
selected works
 
Andrew Jacobson   
Seattle   WA       
La Mort Des Amants; What Melodious Sounds
 
Allan Laino      
Mt. Rainier  MD       
The New Colossus
 
Christopher Lowry      
Antioch   TN       
Arrows and Songs—Suite on Poems of H.W. Longfellow       

Stacey Philipps   
Portland  OR       
Sudden Light   
 
Kyle Randall    
San Francisco   CA       
To Autumn      
 
Clement Reid       
Lakewood  WA       
Sonnet       
 
Denice Rippentrop 
Scottsdale AZ       
Take Wings And Soar       
 
Donald Skirvin    
Seattle   WA       
Stars forever, while we sleep: Fontainebleau, Arcturus in autumn; Dusky Gold      
 
Mari Esabel Valverde    Fort Worth TX       
Border Lines   
 
William Vollinger  
Woodcliff Lake     NJ       
We Are Not Robins
 
Nicholas Weininger  
San Francisco      CA       
As Kingfishers catch fire



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division), 2020

Chung Hon Michael Cheng      
Sugar Land TX       
Veritas: Through the Centuries 

Nicolas Chuaqui    
Rochester  NY       
Pater, si non potest

Hans Bridger Heruth     
Liberty   MO       
Pie Jesu

Christian Jesse      
Dallas    TX       
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis     

Elisa K. Johnson    
Seattle   WA       
As I Journey Through My Life



*** 

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: 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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Finalists: COMPOSERS (music for orchestra: all divisions), 2019-20


COMPOSERS:  
We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2019-20 FINALIST composers in the professional ORCHESTRA division. Congratulations!

"What a privilege to encounter the orchestral music of so many composers whose combination of talent, technical skill and inspiration has brought such joy in the listening. Many semi-finalists have been advanced, working in many different aesthetics. As I have often stated about The American Prize composer contests, style does not matter—the working out of ideas does. From the most conservative idiom to the most advanced, our world has room for all sorts of music of quality. The finest from the 2019-20 contest for works for orchestra are highlighted below."—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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division), 2020

Lee Actor
Monte Sereno  CA  
Symphony No. 2
   
Jean Ahn  
Orinda  CA  
Woven Silk
  
Bruce Babcock 
Pasadena  CA  
Event Horizon 
   
John Baboukis
New Cairo Egypt  
A Symphony for Cairo 
  
Robert J. Bradshaw
Gloucester   MA  
Echoes in the Deep: meditation on the depth of our impact on the Earth's oceans 
   
Sabrina Clarke  
Philadelphia    PA  
Still ist's im Wald
  
Tina Claussen
Springfield  MO  
Shimmer
  
Mark Dal Porto 
Portales NM  
Mystic Mountain  
   
Ken Davies  
Gautier  MS  
Strings Ablaze
  
Brent  Edstrom 
Spokane  WA  
Prairie Songs: Remembering Antonia  
  
Penka Kouneva 
Tujunga  CA  
BETRAYAL OF TECHNOLOGY  
  
Hye Kyung Lee  
Granville    OH  
Climbing Tomorrow
  
Lawrence R. Mumford 
Laguna Niguel   CA  
The Sunset Wind  
  
Alla Pavlova 
Huntington   NY  
Symphony No. 2, For the New Millennium
  
Leanna Primiani
Santa Monica    CA 
1001
 
Lucas  Richman 
Bangor ME  
Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply 
  
Miguel A. Roig-Francoli 
Cincinnati   OH  
Sinfonia, "De Profundis"
  
Maxim Samarov 
Harvey LA  
Ars moriendi  

Joseph Sowa 
Watertown    MA  
Glimmer, Glisten, Glow  
  
Lauren Spavelko
Pickerington    OH  
Kéyah
   
Aaron Spotts  
Tallahassee  FL  
Life for Life 
   
Larry Tuttle  
Van Nuys CA  
Thousand Mile Suite
 
Kellach Waddle  
Austin TX  
The Chemical Composition of Tears
  
Tyler Goodrich White
Lincoln  NE  
A Brand-New Summer
  
Kevin Wilt 
Boynton Beach   FL  
Song of the Phoenix

Tianguang (Stephen) Yang
Mighty Han

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division), 2020

Nicholas Bentz  
Los Angeles  CA  
A Cosmos in Stone, Respawning  

Dinah Bianchi 
Belleville   MI  
Anaphora 

Cory Brodack 
Saint Peters    MO  
Nodus Tollens  

Nicolas Chuaqui 
Rochester    NY  
Aurora

Zachary Gulaboff Davis
Salem  OR  
Tailwind 

Moni Guo  
Los Angeles  CA  
Night Ghost

Jeffry Langford
Katy   TX  
Ricercar Ner   

Luis Enrique McDougal
McAllen  TX  
Puisque je suis fumeux

Wai Leung William So   
Kennedy Town    Hong Kong
Blue Fire

Patrick Andrew Thompson
Jersey City  NJ  
Through a Glass, Darkly

Evan Jay Williams
Baltimore    MD  
"That Which We Cannot Live Without"  
  
Miranda Yu   
Palo Alto    CA  
Reflections of A Sixteen Year Old Girl  


***

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: 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.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Finalists: COMPOSERS (vocal chamber music), 2019-20

COMPOSERS: 
We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music for 2019-20 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.

Applications for the 2020-21 season of The American Prize contests (our tenth year) are now available on our website: www.theamericanprize.org


NATIONAL FINALISTS The American Prize in Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division), 2019-20

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick  
Newton  MA       
Herzliche Grüsse Bruno~Briefe aus Stalingrad    

Ehood Gershuni 
Boston  MA       
The Spring and The Fall     
 
Brian Mark     
Brooklyn  NY       
First they Came     

Timothy Lee Miller   
Mahwah  NJ       
The House With Nobody In It 
         
William Vollinger  
Woodcliff Lake     NJ       
The Child in the Hole  


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (student division), 2019-20

Theophilus Chandler 
Hillsborough  NC       
Two Taylor Songs   
     
Nicolas Chuaqui  
Rochester   NY       
Apocalyptic Visions  
       
Patrick Connor Dittamo  
Manhattan   KS       
Dysentery; Suicide in the Trenches; Cometh the Night    
 
Ian Evans Guthrie  
Tallahassee       FL       
Where Dreams Come True; Spring; Call to Come; Storm: Nightfall        
     
Martin Hebel    
Hamden  CT       
Dulce et Decorum Est 
     
Hans Bridger Heruth   
Liberty   MO       
How do I love thee?  

Patrick Holcomb  
Ocean View  DE       
Superbloom   

Mark Bolan Konigsmark 
Newton  MA       
In to the Light, The Betrayal      

Patrick Andrew Thompson 
Jersey City      NJ       
Night, Sleep, and the Stars     

Daniel Whitworth  
Highland Park      IL       
Not Our Kids: A Fox News Operetta 
  

*** 

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: 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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Finalists: COMPOSERS (band/wind ensemble), 2019-20

COMPOSERS: 
We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org

("Many semi-finalists have been advanced. Terrific variety: concerti, marches, responses to national events, evocations of other times, and places, pieces for educational concerts. A really fine contest. Bravo to all the finalists!"—DK)

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2019-20 FINALIST composers of works for band / wind ensemble in professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (professional division), 2019-20

Adrienne Albert     
Los Angeles  CA      
COURAGE for Winds
      
David Avshalomov 
Santa Monica  CA      
"Nigun Prophecy," Lifeboat Variations 
     
Howard J. Buss
Lakeland  FL      
Vibrant Horizons 
       
Ashley Floyd
Athens  GA      
Glitch         
 
Gregory Fritze     
Daytona Beach  FL      
The Four Seasons
      
Cooper Minnis     
St. Louis  MO      
The Darkest Hour
 
Shawn E. Okpebholo  
Wheaton  IL      
This is Africa  
 
Andrew David Perkins    
Fenton  MI      
Until the Night Collapses       
 
Walter Saul
Fresno  CA      
Concerto for Flute and Symphonic Band 
 
Larry Tuttle     
Van Nuys  CA      
Big World, Utopia Rising  
 
Tyler Goodrich White
Lincoln  NE      
Caldera          

Michael Glenn Williams   
Marina Del Rey      CA      
Let Freedom Ring    



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (student division), 2019-20

Zach Gulaboff Davis
Salem  OR      
Reverie     
    
Martin Hebel
Hamden  CT      
Tides Within
    
Jorge Machain    
Henderson  NV      
Bite the Bullet       
 
Teddy Mason
East Providence  RI      
Sea of Clouds

Zachary  Ploeger    
Pipestone  MN      
Symphony No.1         

Matt Ridge
Bloomington  IN      
Flirting with Disaster     

Chee Weng Yim 
Lamoni  IA      
Meditation No.1   

***


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 National 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: 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.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Finalists: COMPOSERS (opera/theater/film/dance division), 2019-20


COMPOSERS: 
We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2019-20 FINALIST composers in the OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE division. Congratulations!

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, professional division, 2019-20

Richard Chiarappa     
West Hartford    CT   
Lincoln and Booth: The Concert Musical         

Roger Cichy     
Scituate     RI   
Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944       

Wallace De Pue, Sr.    
Bowling Green    OH   
Something Special         

Paul Elwood            
Marseille  France 
Lulu of the Plains        

Eva Conley Kendrick    
Millis     MA   
Misfortune            

Zach Redler      
Greenwich    CT   
The Falling and The Rising      

Judith Lynn Stillman    
Providence     RI   
Small Step, Giant Leap: A Lunar Fantasy 
 

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, student division, 2019-20

Nicolas Chuaqui     
Rochester    NY   
The Forest of Dreams        

Hans Bridger Heruth      
Liberty      MO   
A Certain Madness   

Calvin Hitchcock     
Chesapeake     VA      
819: based on the Stanford Prison Experiment       

Evan L. Snyder      
Okemos     MI   
A Capacity for Evil         

Raphael Lucas   
Dix Hills    NY   
Confessions

***

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: 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.

Friday, March 6, 2020

FINALISTS: composers (pops/light music), 2019-20


COMPOSERS: 
We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2019-20 FINALIST composers in the pops / light music division. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Pops / Light Music, 2019-20
 
Jennifer Bellor               
Las Vegas  NV      
High Resolution        
 
M.L. Daniels               
Round Rock  TX      
Mysterious Journey    
 
Jonathan Graybill             
Baltimore  MD      
Winter Celebration    

Penka Kouneva              
Tujunga  CA      
EART, from The Woman Astronaut
 
Heather Niemi Savage               
Wood River Jct  RI      
Daughter of the Stars                
     
*** 

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: 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.





Tuesday, March 3, 2020

FINALISTS: women in art song & oratorio, 2019-20: The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2019-20 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (women),  2019-20

Ann  Cravero
West Des Moines IA

Carley De Franco
Somerville MA
   
Michele Elizabeth Kennedy
Oakland  CA
   
Evangelia Leontis
Jamaica  VT
   
Thea Lobo
Sarasota FL
   
Jacquelyn Matava
San Antonio  TX
   
Courtney Miller
Miami Beach FL
   
Amy Pfrimmer
Destrehan  LA
   
Stella Dayrit Roden 
Warrensburg  MO

Penelope Shumate
Macomb  IL
   
Christine Steyer
Oak Park   IL
   
Susan Wheeler
Burke  VA
   
Anne Wright
Greenville TX
   
Lauren Yokabaskas  
Cape Elizabeth ME
   
Melissa Zgouridi
Salzburg   Austria
     


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (women),  2019-20

Chantal Braziel
Pittsburgh PA  
   
Leah Brzyski
Branford  CT  

Alexandra Colaizzi
Hollywood  FL  
   
Clare Demer 
Tucson AZ  
   
Kathleen Kane  
Tonawanda  NY  
   
Jillian Krempasky   
Schnecksville  PA

Olivia Prendergast
Penn Valley   PA
   
Monica Ramich
Rochester  NY  
   
Loucine Topouzian   
Evanston   IL  
   
Samantha Williams
Manhattan  KS  


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, high school division (women),  2019-20

Malaina Kapoor
Redwood City   CA

Krystal Y. Mao   
Fremont  CA

Pauline Rogers
Fremont  CA

Michelle Skylar
Sunny Isles  FL    

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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 national 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: 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.

Monday, March 2, 2020

FINALISTS: women in opera, 2019-20, The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2019-20 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARDS in VOICE. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, professional division (women),  2019-20

Laura Basse
Helenville WI

Zarah Brock
Frederiksburg VA

Diana Cantrelle
Columbia MD

Silvana Chu 
New York NY

Taylor-Alexis Dupont
New York NY

Hillary Esqueda
Chicago IL

Francesca Federico
New York NY

Alba Franco-Cancel
Atascadero CA

Chelsea Friedlander
Port Murray NJ

Abigail Halon
Atlanta GA

Helen Hassinger
Brookline MA

Lauren Hunt
Fair Lawn NJ

Elizabeth Lewis
Chicago IL

Jacquelyn Matava
San Antonio TX

Laura McHugh
Quincy MA

Madison Marie McIntosh
West Palm Beach  FL

Stephanie R. Sanchez
Las Cruces NM

Gyu Yeon Shim
New York NY

Ariana Strahl
Chicago IL

Lauren Yokabaskas
Cape Elizabeth  ME


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, college/university division (women),  2019-20

Anneliese Ayers               
Forest Park IL 

Chantal Braziel
Pittsburgh PA    

Leah Brzyski
Branford CT    

Amalia Crevani
Milford NJ    

Kathleen Kane
Tonawanda NY    

Myka Murphy
Roswell GA    

Maria Nacouzi
Philadelphia   PA   

Elisabeta Racolta
Belmont MA    

***

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 national 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: 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.