Monday, August 22, 2011


In the highly competitive annual contest for The American Prize in Choral Performance, The American Prize has singled out three choruses for special citations in 2011. Although the citations carry with them no monetary award, they are awards of distinction, acknowledging unique organizations, performances or musical contributions that might otherwise go unrecognized.

Two choirs will receive citations for Unique Choral Programming in 2011:

Cantori New York, Mark Shapiro, music director—for their March 2011 concert at Church of the Holy Trinity, New York City, featuring Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the world premiere of Night Keeps its Promise, by Frank Ezra Levy, and selections by John Dowland.

Currently in its 27th season, three-time recipient ASCAP Programming Award recipient Cantori New York has been praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity,” winning acclaim for its artistic excellence and innovative programming. Cantori’s collaborators have included Tony winner Maryann Plunkett, the Cassatt String Quartet, and the Prism Saxophone Quartet; Cantori has been presented by Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, and GEMS and MATA at Le Poisson Rouge. 

Milwaukee Choral Artists, Sharon Hansen, director—for their 10th Anniversary compact disc on the Clarion label made up entirely of commissions and world premieres.
The Milwaukee Choral Artists is Wisconsin's premiere professional choral ensemble, and one of only a handful of professional women’s choral ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive repertory of choral and vocal masterworks— including well-known pieces, new music, and seldom-performed works—to concert audiences throughout the region. Committed to presenting music from diverse cultures, the ensemble has performed music in twenty-eight languages from more than forty world cultures. 


Sistrum—Lansing Women's Chorus, Meredith Bowen, music director will received a Joy of Music citation, honoring the ensemble for the depth of its artistic vision and its infectious performances in "an exuberant and delightful recording entitled Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn."

Sistrum is an inclusive women's chorus committed to creating music together that Inspires, Empowers, and Entertains. We strive to provide a musical haven where women may find their voices and enjoy the camaraderie offered by the Sistrum community.  We further endeavor to create a choral instrument by which our members can use their voices to raise beautiful music and powerful energy.  It is our intent to challenge and entertain our audiences and ourselves, such that all are moved to emotion, thought and action. We believe in the magic and joy of raising our voices together.  In doing so, we lend our spark to the worldwide struggle for peace, equality and freedom for all people.

To view recent winners of The American Prize in Choral Performance, as well as winners in other categories, please scroll down or use the archive feature to the right.

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