Monday, June 20, 2011

CONDUCTOR FINALISTS for The American Prize, 2011

The American Prize is pleased to announce conductors advanced to the final round of The American Prize in Conducting in all performance categories for 2011. Congratulations! To know the exact date and time when winners will be announced, please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Finalists for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award will be announced on Wednesday at 4 pm.

The American Prize in Conducting, Orchestra Division, 2011
FINALISTS (in no order)

Professional Orchestra
Benjamin Rous, Associate Conductor, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth, VA

Judith Morse, Music Director & Conductor, Edison Symphony Orchestra, Edison, NJ

Travis J├╝rgens, Music Director & Conductor, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Falls Church, VA

Community Orchestra
Christopher Ramaekers, Principal Conductor, Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Chicago, Il

Eric Peterson, Conductor, Queer Urban Orchestra (QUD), Jackson Heights, NY

Mark Perlman, Music Director, Willamette Falls Symphony, Salem, OR

David Bernard, Music Director, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, New York, NY

David Leibowitz, Music Director, New York Repertory Orchestra, New York, NY

College/University Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler, Music Director, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor, MI

Robert William Boardman, DMA Orchestral Conducting 2010, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Vera Volchansky, Director/Conductor, Millersville University Orchestra, Lancaster, PA

Jeffery Meyer, Directors of Orchestras, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca, NY

Pu-Qi Jiang, conductor, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis, TN

Taeyoung Lee, Orchestral Conducting Student, The Mannes Orchestra, New York, NY

Jacob Sustaita, Graduate Assistant, Penn State University Philharmonic, State College, PA

Roger Kalia, Doctoral Conducting Fellow, Indiana University Sinfonietta/Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Bloomington, IN

Youth Orchestra
Nathaniel Meyer, Founder & Conductor, Belmont Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Belmont, MA

Michael Webster, Artistic Director, Houston Youth Symphony, Houston, TX

Alyze Dreiling, Conductor, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego, CA

The American Prize in Conducting, Choral Division, 2011
FINALISTS (in no order)

College/University Chorus
David P. DeVenney, Conductor, West Chester University Concert Choir, West Chester, PA

Richard Nance, Conductor, Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Tacoma, WA

Carole J. Ott, Assistant Professor of Choral Music, University Chorale and Chamber Singers, Greensboro, NC

Peggy Dettwiler, Conductor, Mansfield University Concert Choir, Mansfield, PA

Community Chorus

Daniel Hughes, Conductor, The Choral Project, San Jose, CA

Richard Nance, Conductor, Pacific University (Community) Choral Union, Tacoma, WA

J. Reilly Lewis, Music Director, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington, D.C.


The American Prize in Conducting, Opera Division, 2011
FINALISTS (in no order)

Channing Yu, Conductor, Lowell House Opera, Cambridge, MA

Michael Sakir, Conductor, Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston, MA

Keith Clark, Artistic Director, Astoria Music Festival, Portland, OR

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