Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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

This listing now includes finalists in both the PROFESSIONAL and STUDENT divisions.

From David Katz, founder and chief judge, 
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts:

We at The American Prize wish all our contestants, laureates, friends and families good health and whatever happiness can by yours during this extraordinarily difficult  time.

At TAP we are working hard to try to stay on schedule: 2019-20 finalist announcements continue on our blog, and website updates are being completed. Final deadlines for the 2020-21 season of contests are still several months away, but we pledge to work to accommodate the scheduling needs of all competitors. Please email us with questions at

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  
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  
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 
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  
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  

Cory Brodack 
Saint Peters    MO  
Nodus Tollens  

Nicolas Chuaqui 
Rochester    NY  

Zachary Gulaboff Davis
Salem  OR  

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.

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