Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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

("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   

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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.

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