Monday, March 9, 2020

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

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         

Margaret Vignola  & Raphael Lucas   
Dix Hills    NY   
Confessions

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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 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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