Friday, July 20, 2012


The American Prize is pleased to announce finalist BAND/WIND ENSEMBLES and conductors for 2012. Please scroll down to view the different divisions.

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From the judges: "Very fine conductors, exceptionally good bands, all down the line. Surely one of the most competitive contests in the history of The American Prize."

The American Prize in Conducting —Band/Wind Ensemble Division, 2012—College/University  

Richard Kazuhiko Henebry—New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Boston, MA—Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, Weinstein: Serenade, more

H. Carl Hess—Duquesne University Wind Symphony/Symphony Band, Pittsburgh, PA

Trent A. Hollinger—Peabody Conservatory Players (Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds), Baltimore, MD—Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, Woolfenden, Hahn

David Wacyk—University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, College Park, MD—Stravinsky—Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Husa, McPhee, Gounod, more


The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance, 2012

High School Division

Metea Valley HS Wind Ensemble, Aurora, IL, Don Devany, conductor—Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, Reed, more

Stroudsburg 9th Grade Concert Band, Stroudsburg, PA, Ben Pritchard, conductor—Reed: Second Suite for Band, Lopez, Edmondson, more

Orange County High School of the Arts Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble, Santa Ana, California, Teren Shaffer, conductor—Holst: Second Suite, Maslanka, Reed, more


Community Division

Quad City Wind Ensemble, Davenport, IA, Brian Hughes, conductor—Bernstein, Magnuson, Hindemith, Williams, Berlioz

Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos, NM, Ted Vives, music director—Orff: Carmina Burana, music by Strauss, Williams, more


College/University Division

Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Grantham, PA, Bradley Genevro, conductor—Dvorak: Serenade, Gabrieli, Hesketh, more

The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, Athens, GA, John P. Lynch, conductor—Oquin, Mobberely (commissions), Lorenz, Copland, more

Cornell Wind Ensemble, Ithaca, NY, Cynthia Johnston Turner,  conductor—Stark, Gallagher, Wadsworth, Likhuta, more


Congratulations to all finalists for what is already proving to be an exciting and musically stimulating competition. 

The competition office expects to announce more finalists over the weekend. "Friend" our Facebook page for the exact schedule of announcements.

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