Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FINALISTS: piano performance (solo), 2017-18



The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2017-18 in the SOLO division. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

It is a particularly exciting competition this year: very strong performances of some standard (and not so standard) repertoire. Bravi, tutti.

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 complete results in the contest are announced officially. 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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division, 2017-18

Kris Carlisle   Rome GA

Jiwon Choi   Maryville MO

Mirna Lekic   Bayside NY

Qyunh Nguyen   New York NY

Roberto Plano   Holliston MA

Gabriel Quenneville-Belair   Minneapolis MN

Tomasz Robak   Baltimore MD

Michael Seregow   Pullman WA


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college/university division, 2017-18

Chia-Ying Chan   Urbana IL

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL  

Mimi Chun   East Lansing MI  

Ge Gao   Los Angeles CA  

William Hume   Rochester NY  

Yuan Jiang   Tempe AZ  

Mikhail Maurice Johnson   Bowling Green OH 

Ekaterina Paniukova   Lubbock TX  

Hyuna Park   Cincinnati OH  

Natasha Stojanovska   Chicago IL  

Nicholas Susi   Saint Louis MO   

John Wilson   Miami Beach FL  


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2017-18

 
All semi-finalists in the high school division were advanced. The level of artistry was high and The American Prize feels that each contestant listed below is worthy of the encouragement (and evaluation) finalist selection provides. Congratulations!

Megan Auyeung   Los Gatos CA  

Yuqing Liu   Sugar Land TX  

Avik Sarkar   Chestnut Hill MA  

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA

Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki   Willmette IL  

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL  

Barbara Xiong   Brentwood TN 

***

Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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!




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—instrumental chamber music, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce a grand list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music, in both 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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2017-18

Mark Ackerley   Oakland CA
    "For Viola" for solo viola

Aaron Alter   Carlsbad CA
    Introspective Blues #1, Homage to Josquin

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    Trotzky's Train

Bruce Babcock   Pasadena CA
    Imagined/Remembered

Jay C. Batzner   Mt. Pleasant MI
    Two Slow Movements

Bjorn Berkhout   Forest Hills NY
    Séance

Steven R. Bernstein   West Hills CA
    "Suite 16" for 2 violins

Michael Boyd  Wilkins Township PA
    I Wouldn't Eat the Strawberries

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    Sonata for Horn and Piano

Harry Bulow   West Lafayette IN
    Sonata for Piano

Gustavo Casenave   Astoria NY
    Sol Negro

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Chicago IL
    Vermilion; Khaos

Timothy P. Chatwood   Carson City NV
    Midnight- The Second Noon

Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    Fourth Sonata for piano

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Lew Beach

Ethan Cypress   Oneonta NY
    Fickle Tone Zones

Joel Scott Davis   Hoover AL
    String Quartet No.1: Vespers

Dante De Silva   Tarzana CA
    WAKE THE DEAD

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Joys of Lights and Reflection

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, The Pegasus Suite

Paul Elwood   Greeley CO
    Emissions Transparent

David Faleris   Annapolis MD
    A Martyred Village

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Uluru; Prelude and Dance

Robert Gans   Falmouth ME
    A DISTANT SHORE: A Musical Narrative for Piano in 5 Episodes

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Imagined Memories

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Sextet for piano and windquintet

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Trio for piano, violin, cello in 3 movements, 1. Aubade. 2.Gigue. 3. Chanson

Jocelyn Hagen   Plymouth MN
    Test Pilot Suite

Douglas Hedwig   Chattanooga TN
    "A Certain Slant of Light"

Harlan Hodges   Glendale CA
    Six Poems ; Three American Etudes

Ching-chu Hu   Newark OH
    The Swash of Water and Red

Andrea La Rose   Praha 6 Czech Republic
    what presents itself (2017)

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    Towers of Power: Chamber Symphony No. 4

Mel Mobley   Monroe LA
    Tributaries

Rebecca Oswald   Beaverton OR
    "My Blue Ocean, Your Eyes","To Solace My Heart","The Gentle Rain of Your Pure Love","The
Whisper of the Meaning","A Complete Life in Our Hands"

David R. Peoples   Buford GA
    Sonata "Riding Crepuscular Rays"

Bryan Anthony Percoco   Newark OH
    Summation-Vectors

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY
    Tamburion

Clement Reid   Lakewood WA
    Robeson Overture, Theater Piece #1

Phil Salathe   Potsdam NY
    Three Street Pieces

Yitzhak Santis   1996000 Israel
    Elation

David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN
    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

Peter Scartabello   Wickford RI
    Threshold for 5 Bb clarinets

Richard Silverman   Brooklyn NY
    String Quartet #7 "Elegy"

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    Shadow Confrontations

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    From Songs of the Fire Circles

Ann Stimson   Weston MA
    Caracas for solo piano

Jorge Variego   Knoxville TN
    Crippled tango

William F. Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Dreams Before You Awake

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Goethe's Revenge; Lenten Hope; Resurrection Dances; Fugeata

Charles Zoll Tempe AZ
    I REMEMBER SUMMER



The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2017-18

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Ascension Tube

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Submerged Worlds

Tom Bar   Boston MA
    Thus the Past Buries its Dreams, The Prophetic Bird's Prophecy, The Pied Pier of Hamelin's Song, And I Will Be the Last One Laughing

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Sonata for Violin and Piano

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Agitato, Precarious, Fuse

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Persian Dance, On the Blue Line, Samba de las Olimpadus

James Budinich   Northport NY
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

Zachary Gulaboff Davis   Salem OR
    Sonata for two pianos

Jonathan Embry   Fulton NY
    Passacaglia in F Minor, Op. 4, Solo Organ

Neal Endicott   Laingsburg MI
    "Against the Dying of the Light"

Kyle Franklin   Boston MA
    V Tableau

Joseph R. Gessler   Hendersonville NC
    Angels After Midnight

Paul Hwang   Palisades Park NJ
    In Nomine a 4; Music for Percussion; Short and Bittersweet

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Peaporutus (Concussion)

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus 5"

John Nydam   Wellesley MA
    Expanse

Zachary Ploeger   Pipestone MN
    Concert Piece

Heather Pryse   Charlottesville VA
    Opaque Figures

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA
    Animated Ominosity

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    Beijing Impressions

Brandon Thibodeau   Holt MO
    Kaleidoscope

Chelsea Williamson   Norman OK
    Silhouettes

***

We invite semi-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 semi-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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.




Friday, December 1, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—vocal chamber music, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music, in professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

"Stunning displays of talent and creativity in a large field."

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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division)

William Ashworth   Medford OR
    The Silver Apples of the Moon

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    TWO APOCALYPTIC SONGS (Ozymandias, The Ceremony of Innocence

Bruce Babcock   Pasadena CA
    THIS IS WHAT I KNOW- 4 songs on poems of Dorothy Parker

Jay C. Batzner   Mt. Pleasant MI
    Sufi Songs

John Beall   Morgantown WV
    New Testament Songs, 1. TheWord, 2.If Then We Have BeenRaised, 3. Let Us Love One Another, 4.The Holy City 5.If God Is On Our Side

Samuel Beebe   Brooklyn NY
    The Woods

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    Songs in the Dark

Curtis Bryant   Union City GA
    THE LAUGHING MONKEYS OF GRAVITY

Oliver Caplan   Medford MA
    Connect All. We All Connect.

Jerry Casey   Naples FL
    O, Death, Rock Me Asleep

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    The World is a Butterfly's Wing

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Kollwitz-Konnex (… im Frieden seiner Hande)

Ellen Ruth Harrison   Cincinnati OH
    All One Can Imagine

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ
    Three Poems of Henry W. Longfellow

Michael Murray   Springfield MO
    Three Donne Songs

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    our voices, for now, sustained

Eugene O'Brien   Bloomington IN
    ALGEBRA OF NIGHT

Denice Rippentrop   Scottsdale AZ
    If at the Moment, If I Wonder, If I Feel Injured, If There Be Any Reserve

Scott Robbins   Spartanburg SC
    Blue Ridge A Cappella

Adam Schumaker   Portage MI
    The Best Thing Ever

Moshe Shulman   Buffalo NY
    Song of Songs

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    More Beautiful Than Night

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Ingrid Stolzel   Lawrence KS
    Soul Journey - Three Whitman Songs

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    Here, Bullet, a cycle of songs

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Acts of Kindness

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE
    UNDER THE SILVER AND HOME AGAIN

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Songs of Ascents, Final Praise


The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Transistor

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Emily's Garden

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    To Decipher the Art

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX
    Gorilla

Michael Lanci   Saratoga Springs NY
    Songs For Joe Hill

***

We invite semi-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 semi-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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

FINALISTS: men in art song & oratorio, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST men in art song and oratorio for 2017-18. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced next month, 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 complete results in the contest are announced officially. 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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (men),  2017-18

Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem   Brooklyn NY 

Vahagn Hovents   Glendale CA 

Justin John Moniz   Tallahassee FL  

Bryan Pinkall   Manhattan KS 



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (men),  2017-18

David John Davani   Sea Cliff NY 

Jake Hemminger   Greensboro NC  

James Ley   Elkton MD  

Ben M. Reisinger   Rochester NY

***

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, November 27, 2017

FINALISTS: men in opera & operetta, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST men in opera and operetta for 2017-18 in all 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 complete results in the contest are announced officially. 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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (men), 2017-18

Stefan Barner   Jamaica Plain MA 

Evan Bravos   Chicago IL 

Scott J. Brunscheen   Chicago IL 

Ryan Francis Burns   Vernon CT 

Kyle van Schoonhoven   Chicago IL 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (men), 2017-18

David John Davani   Sea Cliff NY 

Jake Hemminger   Greensboro NC 

Ben M. Reisinger   Rochester NY 


***

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, November 21, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—music for orchestra, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive listing of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers for orchestra in both professional and student divisions, representing many styles and aesthetics. 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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Composition—Orchestra (professional division)

Lee Actor   Monte CA
    Premonition


Jack D. Ballard, Jr.   Alliance OH
    El Corazon (Mvt III from Symphony No.5)


Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    The Einstein Slide from Collective Uncommon: Seven Orchestral Studies on Medical Oddities


Dr. Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX
    Concertante for Piano and Orchestra


Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    Reflections on the Hudson, Ascent to Victory


Rocco Di Pietro   Columbus OH
    Cyborg


Stephen Ferre   Cincinnati OH
    Labyrinth


Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Concertino ; Slava


Eric Funk   Bozeman MT
    Variation on a Theme on Jan Hanus, Op 127


William P. Gorton   Haddon Township NJ
    Fantasy on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Danny Gray   Briarcliff Manor NY
    Summer Mountains


Ryan M. Hare   Pullman WA
    "Stanzas" After Poe


Laurie Betts Hughes   Bellevue WA
    Fragile


Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    The Tao of Infinity


David McKee   Arden NC
    Vigil


Mel Mobley   Monroe LA
    Labored Breathing


Anthony Mosakowski   Springfield PA
    Concert Overture


Lawrence Mumford   Laguna Niguel CA
    SANTA CRUZ ISLAND


Elena Roussanova   Jamaica Plain MA
    Moments of Arrival for Orchestra


Dr. Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra (Kiev 2014)


Mark Edwards Wilson   Bowie MD
    The Phoenix


Rain Worthington   Nassau NY
    Fast Through Dark Winds


Gregory Yasinitsky   Pullman WA
    Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra


Judith Lang Zaimont   Maricopa AZ
    CHROMA—Northern Lights



The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division)

Nicolas Bizub   Cincinnati OH
    Reflective Distortion

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Out of Ashes

Weijun Chen   Amherst NY
    Dancer (2016)

Daniel Despins   Wilminston DE
    Yetzer Hara

William Carson Graham   Marina Del Rey CA
    Start Here

Alison Yun-Fei Jiang   Elmhurst NY
    Waves, Exile

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX
    At Dawn

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
     Golden Rhapsody, Opus 17

Antonio Juan Marcos   Berkeley CA
    Amanece

Justin Ralls   Portland OR
    Tree Ride

Avik Sarkar   Chestnut Hill MA
    PURVI

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    On The Road Suite

***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

FINALISTS: Piano Concerto, 2017-18, The Lorin Hollander Award


Lorin Hollander


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2017-18 in the CONCERTO division, The LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

It is a particularly exciting competition this year, especially in the professional division, which heralds very strong performances of some standard (and not so standard) repertoire. Bravi, tutti.

The American Prize LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Lorin Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor.
For more about the extraordinary life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit http://lorinhollander.com/

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 complete results in the contest are announced officially. 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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—professional division


Richard Bosworth   Naples FL   
    Tchaikovsky Concerto in B-flat minor


Jacob Clark   Beaumont TX
    Hartley Concerto #2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble


Paul Dykstra   Sanbornton NH  
    Beethoven Emperor Concerto


Qyunh Nguyen   New York NY
    Mozart K. 453 (G major)


Roberto Plano   Holliston MA
    Busoni Concerto in D minor


Tomasz Robak   Baltimore MD 
    Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor



The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—college/university division


Xiao Chen   Los Angeles CA
    Rachmaninoff Concerto #2
   

Pei-Sin Chen   Columbus OH
    Prokofiev Concerto #1


Lishan Xue   Urbana IL
    Bartok Concerto #2




The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—high school division


Annika Huprikar   Highland Park IL
    Mozart K 414 (A major)
  
Leyla Kabuli   Davis CA
    Rachamninoff Concerto #2

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA 
    Beethoven Choral Fantasy

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL
    Saint-Saens Concerto #2 (G minor)

***

Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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, November 14, 2017

FINALISTS: Chamber Ensembles, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2017-18. 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 complete results in the contest are announced officially. 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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Finalists are listed by ensemble name, contact person, city and state.


The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2017-18: professional division  

Duo Concertato
Richard Bosworth
Naples FL
 
Ulysses Quartet
Colin Brookes
New York NY
 
The City Of Tomorrow

Rane Moore
Medford MA
 
MATIMA
Maiko Sasaki
Houston TX
 
Amarillo Virtuosi
Catie White Shanks
Amarillo TX
 
icarus Quartet
Jeff Stern
Baltimore MD
 
Bell'Art Ensemble
Lenny Young
Pittsburgh PA



The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2017-18: college/university division

Bear Lake Wind Quintet
Justin Cook
Greeley CO
 
Sound Out Loud

Kyle Johnson
Madison WI



The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2017-18: high school division

The Bright Boys
Ryan Bright
Knoxville TN
 
Orpheus Duo
Samuel Perlman
Highland Park IL
 
George Magub String Quartet
Leo Santi
Santa Monica CA
 
The Bach Trio

Evan Wang
Fremont CA



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Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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, November 6, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—music for chorus, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive listing of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of choral music, representing a grand range of styles and techniques. 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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

NOTE: This listing was revised on November 19, 2017 with the addition of another composer whose work was submitted in the incorrect category.

The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division)

 Aaron Alter   Carlsbad CA
    Together We Create and Sing!

Jesse Ayers   Canton OH
    There's a Stirrin' in the Water

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    898 Hildegard

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    "Blow, Winds, Rage, Blow!"

Douglas Buchanan   Cockeysville MD
    Rorate Coeli, Benedicite omni opera

Delvyn Case   Quincy MA
    Tenebrae Factae Sunt

Jerry Casey   Naples FL
    What Shall We Bring?

Bryan Christian   McLean VA
    Of a rose synge we

Dr. Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX
    Sacraments

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Visions and Ecstacies

David Horace Davies   Rowlett TX
    Hodie, Ubi Carita

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Kontakion for Pascha (Easter)

Joy DeCoursey-Porter   Bellevue WA
    "There Was The One"

Brian T. Field   Fairfield CT
    "Sweet Forgiveness"

Carlo Vincetti Frizzo   Bloomington IN 
  
    Fugue with Robin and Dogwood; Nightscape; Through the Caumberland; A la Noche

William P. Gorton   Haddon Township NJ
    Te Deum

Gerald Gurss   Columbia SC
    Be at My Side

Elaine Hagenberg   Windsor Heights IA
    "Music of Stillness","Refuge"," As the Rain Hides the Stars","Good Night,Love", "O Come, Emmanuel"

Marjorie Halloran   Austin TX
     Write it On Your Heart, Stillness, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, 8 Ways to Look at a Window

Julianna Horton   Louisville KY
    God Is In His Holy Dwelling Place

Laurie Betts Hughes   Bellevue WA
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Elise Letourneau   Orleans ON
    The Virgin Mary to the Child Jesus (cantata)

David Lipten   Tallahassee FL A
    Widows Song; How to

Michael D. McClish   Los Angeles CA
    Requiem of Remembrance

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ
    Tears

Lawrence Mumford   Laguna Niguel CA
    QUIETEM

Michael Murray   Springfield MO
    After The Fall

Karen E. Peace   Colorado Springs CO
    Requiem

Scott Perkins   New Haven CT
    The Stolen Child, A Word Out Of The Sea. The World of Dream

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY
    MISSA APUNCTA

Kurt Sander   Cincinnati OH
    Evlogitaria

Dr. Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    The Word Was Made Flesh

Joel Bentley Thompson   Snellville GA
    Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Ludwig Tuman   Oxnard CA
    "The Happy Man's Shirt"

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    If You Can Read This

Mari Esabel Valverde   Fort Worth TX
    "When Thunder Comes"

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE
    FLOOD THE GOLD EARTH, DAVID'S LAMENTATION

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    O My Dove, Come Up from the Fields, Set Me As A Seal

Michael Wolniakowski   Orland Park IL
    SONNET 73


The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division)

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Hodie Christus natus est!

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Prayer for Light

Nicolas Chuaqui   Bloomington IN
    Qui Confidunt in Domino

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    Joy

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Be Still My Heart

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX 
    A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

Marlene Miller   West Grove PA
    Repeating Random

Xingzimin Pan   Salt Lake City UT
    What Flowers Tell You

Nathaniel Parks   Greensboro NC
    Messe de la Perdu

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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

FINALISTS: Instrumental Soloists, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST instrumental soloists for 2017-18. 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 often honored semi-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 complete results in the contest are announced officially. 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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, professional division:

Orlando Cela   Arlington MA
flute

Elena Korableva   Brighton MA
cello

Brittany Lasch   Brighton MA
trombone

Christopher Nichols   Newark DE
clarinet

Sean Osborn   Shoreline WA
clarinet

Alina Windell   Auburn AL
flute



The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, college/university division:

Micheal Barnes   Cincinnati OH
percussion

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
violin

David John Davani   Sea Cliff NY
clarinet

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
viola

Ava Oaxaca   Arlington VA
saxophone

Noemie Raymond-Friset   Brighton NY
cello

Angela Reynolds   Clarksville TN
flute



The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, high school division:

Ryan Har   Palo Alto CA
cello

Samuel Perlman   Highland Park IL
clarinet


***

Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—pops/light music division

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the pops / light music division. Congratulations!

The American Prize in Composition—Pops / Light Music, is a new contest this year; there were only a few applicants. The three advanced to the semi-final round are listed below. The contest will be held again in 2018-19, open to composers of works for band, chorus, or orchestra written in a pops / light music style.

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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Composition—Pops / Light Music

Delvyn Case   Quincy MA
    Rocket Sleigh

Huei Li Lam   Brooklyn NY
    The Unknown Bell

Gregory Yasinitsky   Pullman WA
    Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra


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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists in my division later this year. 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 semi-finalists.

Monday, October 23, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers for band / wind ensemble, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive listing of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers for band / wind ensemble in both 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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (professional division)

 Robert Denham   La Mirada CA
    Gregory Blues (concert band)

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Concertino for Euphonium and Band; Con-Tse-To; An American in Valencia

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Trombonico; Magallon Instrumento de Civilizaciones

Gregory Fritze  Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Vadit Super Pozolum; Excursions; Cancion

Warren Gooch   Kirksville MO
    Cellgames 2.0

Jonathan Graybill   Willow Street PA
    Route Potomac - concert band

B.P. Herrington   Conroe TX
    Verses from the Thicket

Michael S. Horwood   Tucson AZ
    Andromeda, for wind ensemble

Jennifer Jolley   Delaware OH
    The Eyes of the World Are Upon You

Huei Li Lam   Brooklyn NY
    The Unknown Bell

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    KraftHammer, Symphonic Winds (Band)

Curtis Melton   Las Vegas NV
    The Genesis Effect, Forever Through The Fire

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    Kiai!  

Mark W. Phillips   Athens OH
    Breaking News

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    "It Takes a Long Time to Grow Up in New Jersey"

Judith Lang Zaimont   Maricopa AZ
    GROWLER


The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (student division)

 Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Love Speaks

Ian Evans Guthrie   Washougal WA
    Olympus Mons

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "A Cypress Prelude Opus 16a" "Celebration Overture, Opus No.1"

Siby Suriyan   Memphis TN
    Dead, but Still Breathing

Seth M. Wright   Oklahoma City OK
    Divergent Winds



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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists in my division later this year. 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 semi-finalists.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—opera/theater/film/dance, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017 SEMI-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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, professional division, 2017

Jesse Ayers   Canton OH
    Beneath Suspicion 

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    From My Doleful Prison 

Basil Considine   Minneapolis MN
    The Frat Party (comic opera) 

William David Cooper   Cambridge MA
    Hagar and Ishmael

Karim Elmahmoudi   Los Angeles CA
    Nightfall Suite 

Paul Geraci   West Lafayette IN
    The Cask of Amontillado 

Amos Gillespie   Chicago IL
    The Squeeze 

Jocelyn Hagen   Plymouth MN
    Test Pilot 

Eva Conley Kendrick   Millis MA
    American Flag 

Frank LaRocca   Oakland CA A
    Rose in Winter—the Life of St. Rita of Cascia

Sean Pflueger   Springfield VA
    Do Not Disturb, a comic opera 

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Duck Girl (an imaginary interview) 


The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, student division, 2017

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    All That Glitters 

Michele Cheng   San Jose CA
    To Be Heard X Unheard—An Interdisciplinary Experimental Music Theatre

Lucas Marshall Smith   New London OH
    A Psalm of Silence: An Opera in One Act


***

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists in my division later this year. 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 semi-finalists.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tenor CAMEO HUMES is winner of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, 2017

Chicago tenor CAMEO HUMES will solo with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's once world-famous cantata, "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast," under the baton of music director (and TAP chief judge) David Katz, as the winner of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, 2017. The performance at St James' Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, is Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Humes was chosen from a field of more than a dozen vocalists from all over the country who applied for the opportunity. A bio of the artist is below.

Cameo Humes

CAMEO HUMES is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after tenors in the operatic and concert repertoire. He has performed with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Choral Society, Gainesville Civic Chorus, and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’International Chamber Ensemble in Italy. His most recent engagement included a debut with Teatro alla Scala in the roles of Peter, Crab man, Mingo and Robbins in their production of Porgy and Bess. Other operatic credits include the title role in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Operafestival di Roma, Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Gastone (La Traviata), Prunier (La Rondine), Peter (Porgy and Bess) with Lyric Opera of Chicago (cover), Dayton Opera and Skylight Music Theatre of Milwaukee, Crab man (Porgy and Bess) with The Princeton Festival, Nelson (Porgy and Bess) with Cincinnati Opera, Ballad Singer (Of Mice and Men), and Ensemble (Show Boat) with Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Humes has also performed regularly in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since the 2014-15 season. He has performed as tenor soloist for the world premiere of Mozart’s Requiem staged with the Cincinnati Ballet, a performance that he repeated in the spring of 2015. Other recent concert engagements include Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Bach Society of Dayton, Bach St. John Passion and Mass in B minor, and The Seven Last Words of Christ by Théodore Dubois. He has recorded the lead role in Richard Thompson’s The Mask in the Mirror, a modern opera based on the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar; a role that Mr. Humes successfully portrayed on the stage with Trilogy Opera of New Jersey in 2014. A lover and avid performer of the Negro spiritual, he has toured Spain, France and Ireland with the world renown American Spiritual Ensemble, and has served as Adjunct Professor of Voice and Opera workshop at Central State University. Mr. Humes completed his undergraduate studies at Stetson University and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida.

TICKETS are available here, or at the door.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: women in art song & oratorio, 2017-18—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2017 in all divisions. Congratulations! (Please note that semi-finalists in the Community Division include artists in both art song and opera.)

In the professional category, we list an extensive grouping of semi-finalists, an extraordinary showing of talent, musicality, excellent repertoire and poise. 

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. 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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional art song and oratorio division (women), 2017

Tamara Acosta   Ithaca NY 

Michelle Areyzaga   Rolling Meadows IL 

Melanie Ashkar   Arlington VA 

Kristina Bachrach   La Grange IL 

Veronica Bell   Studio City CA 

Elizabeth Ann Benson   Auburn AL 

Ashlee Bickley   Fort Wayne IN 

Diana Cantrelle   Columbia MD 

Anna Christofaro   Excelsior MN 

Joan Marie Dauber   Chicago IL 

Sarah Eastman   Allston MA 

Savannah Etter   Lexington MO 

Jessica Fishenfeld   Great Neck NY 

Annie Gill   Baltimore MD 

Anna Christine Hersey   Minnetonka MN 

Michele Elizabeth Kennedy   Astoria NY 

Thea Lobo   Medford MA 

Sarah Lonsert   Mission Viejo CA 

Elisabeth Marshall   Portland ME  

Stacey Mastrian   Seattle WA 

Ann Moss   Richmond CA 

Elizabeth Ducey Moss   Abiline TX 

Alissa Rose   Wellsboro PA 

Penelope Shumate   Macomb IL 

Loralee Songer   Cedar Rapids IA 

Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL 

Emilie Storrs   New York NY 

Katie Walders    La Mesa CA 

Raquel Winnica Young   Pittsburgh PA 



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song and oratorio division (women), 2017

Jamie Balter   Baltimore MD 

Lieve Buzard   Chicago IL 

Sarah Cooper   Lincoln MA

Clare Demer   Tucson AZ 

Stephanie Greene   Highland Park IL 

Rachel Eve Holmes   Athens GA 

Hailey McAvoy   Natick MA 

Zoe-Elizabeth McCray   Alexandria VA 

Myka Murphy   Roswell GA 

Nicolette Nazarowski   Chicago IL 

Veronica Richer   Bryan OH 

Lauren Elizabeth Walker   Bloomington IN 

Julia Katherine Walsh   Munich Germany 

Ciera V. Williams   Detroit MI 

Mengyuan Yuan   Athens OH



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song and oratorio division (women), 2017

Sarah Aaldering   Los Gatos CA 

Mary Elizabeth Adler   Bellevue WA 

Monika Cachro   Lake Zurich IL 

Katelynn Cherry   Trappe MD 

Amalia Crevani   Milford NJ 

Alexandra Taylor   Naples FL 

Caroline Wolfe   Dallastown PA  



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—community division (women in art song, oratorio and opera), 2017

Shana Evans Bassett   Atlanta GA 

Deborah M. Connelly   Stratford CT 

Samantha Isabell Gay   Oak Park IL 

Nancie Grossman   Mission Viejo CA 

Montana Monet Jaeger   Farmington MN

Luisa Kay Reyes   Tuscaloosa AL 
 



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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists in my division later in this year. 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 semi-finalists.




Saturday, September 30, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: women in opera, 2017-18—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2017 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations!

Please note: semi-finalists in the Community Division (including opera semi-finalists) will be announced with art song semi-finalists.

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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional division (women), 2017

Melanie Ashkar   Arlington VA 

Chelsea Basler   Waltham MA 

Diana Cantrelle   Columbia MD 

Natalie Conte   Winchester VA 

Becca Conviser   Glencoe IL 

Carolyne DalMonte   Eastchester NY 

Maggie Finnegan   Winchester MA 

Jessica Fishenfeld   Great Neck NY 

Annie Gill   Baltimore MD 

Alexandra Jerinic   San Francisco CA 

Sarah Lonsert   Mission Viejo CA 

Christine Lyons   Baltimore MD 

Meredith Mecum   Bronx NY 

Elizabeth Moran   New York NY 

Rebecca Peterson   Seattle WA 

Ariana Strahl   Ann Arbor MI 

Susan Wheeler   Burke VA 

Natalie Young   Lawrence KS 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2017

Lianne Aharony   Johnson City NY 

Jamie Balter   Baltimore MD 

Clare Demer   Tucson AZ 

Lauren Frey   Croton on Hudson NY 

Kali Hardwick   Nevada City CA 

Anzhela Kushnirenko   San Pedro CA 

Sarah-Clementine Mire   Lubbock TX 

Kellie Motter   Bloomington IN 

Myka Murphy   Roswell GA 

Theodora Ivanova Nestorova   Acton MA 

Veronica Richer   Bryan OH 

Lauren Elizabeth Walker   Bloomington IN 

Ciera V. Williams   Detroit MI 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2017

Sarah Aaldering   Los Gatos CA 

Alina Dong   Houston TX 

Abigail Marie Fletcher   Cape Coral FL 

Elisabeta Racolta   Cambridge MA 

Caroline Wolfe   Dallastown PA 



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Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-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 finalists in my division later this year. 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 semi-finalists.