Friday, July 22, 2011

WINNER in ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE/CONDUCTING (professional orchestra) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (professional orchestra), 2011.

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Peter Rubardt, music director, Pensacola, FL 
Founded in 1926, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the longest continually-operating professional orchestra in Florida.  Under the direction of Maestro Peter Rubardt since 1997, PSO has continued to achieve artistic excellence in bringing live symphonic music to the Pensacola community. To fulfill its mission today, the Symphony performs Masterworks and Pops concerts in the historic Saenger Theatre, has open dress rehearsals, free family concerts, and extensive music education programs in partnership with public schools.

Edison Symphony, Judith Morse, music director, Edison, NJ, placed second.

Western Piedmont Symphony, John Ross, music director, placed third.


The American Prize is pleased to announce the winner of The American Prize in Conducting (professional orchestra), 2011.

Christopher Zimmerman, music director Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax, VA 
Christopher Zimmerman is currently in his 2nd year as Music Director of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, having been appointed from an international pool of over 250 applicants.  Previous posts include the Music Directorships of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Bangor Symphony and the City of London Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. Zimmerman has also served on the conducting faculty at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at the Hartt School as Head of Orchestral Studies.

Travis J├╝rgens, Music Director/Conductor, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, MO, placed second.

Benjamin Rous, Associate Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth, VA placed third.  


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