Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2019-20
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"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: email@example.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
Lo Lanu Ha-Shem (a setting of Psalm 115)
Julian David Bryson
Mt. Rainier MD
But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion
Robert G. Patterson
Timothy C. Takach
Big Lake MN
NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Shorter Choral Works (professional division), 2020
Bruce Babcock Pasadena CA
I Sing the Birth
Sound Beach NY
Only Time to Love: Gaaggee Zaag'aa
Mark Dal Porto
From Spring Days to Winter
Love Came Down at Christmas
St. Paul MN
Chris & Gabe
San Jose CA
La Mort Des Amants; What Melodious Sounds
Mt. Rainier MD
The New Colossus
Arrows and Songs—Suite on Poems of H.W. Longfellow
San Francisco CA
Take Wings And Soar
Stars forever, while we sleep: Fontainebleau, Arcturus in autumn; Dusky Gold
Mari Esabel Valverde Fort Worth TX
Woodcliff Lake NJ
We Are Not Robins
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
Pater, si non potest
Hans Bridger Heruth
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis
Elisa K. Johnson
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.