Monday, December 14, 2009


I am very pleased to announce the judges for the 2010 competitions of The American Prize, celebrating American excellence in the performing arts.

The individuals listed below, representing eleven states, and from virtually every region of the country, are as varied in skills and experience, and as geographically diverse, as we hope the winners of The American Prize will be. Bios and photos on the website: The American Prize.
  • David Katz, conductor, composer, playwright, actor, chief judge, The American Prize, Danbury, CT
  • Leonard Atherton, music director emeritus, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Muncie, IN
  • Gregory J. Aune, associate professor of music, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
  • Dr. Timothy J. Brown, vocal music teacher, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
  • Allen Cohen, associate professor of music, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • Mimi S. Daitz, teacher, conductor, historian, author, The City College/CUNY, New York, NY
  • David B. Gardner, Director of Choirs, Southwestern College, Winfield, KS
  • David Griggs-Janower, Artistic Director, Albany Pro Musica, Albany, NY
  • Peter Stanley Martin, Assistant Editor, G. Schirmer, Inc., New York, NY
  • William McConnell, Music Program Coordinator, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC
  • Nancy Menk, Professor of Music, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
  • Michael Ogdon, instrumental and choral music teacher, Fresno Christian Schools, Fresno, CA
  • Greg A. Steinke, composer/conductor, retired chair of Music/Art, Marylhurst University, Depoe Bay, OR
  • Jonathan Sternberg, distinguished international conductor, winner, The Conductors Guild Award for Lifetime Service, Philadelphia, PA
  • Julia Vasquez, recitalist, orchestral and solo flutist, Missoula Symphony, Missoula, MT
    The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of classical music each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.

    Orchestras and choruses, as well as their conductors, are eligible to apply. The postmark deadline for the first round of The American Prize competition is March 1, 2010. Winners will be announced in May. Complete information is available at the website.

    The American Prize was founded from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the U.S.—in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians. By shining a light on their notable achievement, the American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves many fine artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability.

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