Tuesday, February 12, 2013

CONDUCTOR & ENSEMBLE deadlines approaching, extensions available

...for conductors and their ensembles:

  • orchestras
  • choruses 
  • wind ensembles/bands
  • opera companies
  • music theater companies
  • and in the unique field of orchestral programming
at the professional, community, college/university, and high school levels.

The original postmark deadline for The American Prize, 2013, for conductors and their ensembles is Monday, March 18th. 

POSTMARK DEADLINE EXTENSION: Applications will be accepted postmarked through Thursday, April 4, 2013 for those who need more time.

If you wish to take advantage of the extension, or have any other questions,
please email us by April 4th with your intention to apply: theamericanprize@gmail.com
Applicants expecting to meet the original March deadline need not email in advance.

Complete information, including requirements, application forms, bios of judges, and listings of previous winners, may be found on the website: www.theamericanprize.org

Among applications already received for the 2013 competitions are many from TAP laureates who previously applied and have decided to enter again. It is gratifying that these special competitions, which offer reward and recognition based on recorded performances (there is no live competition) appear to be finding a unique place in the nation's artistic life.

Questions or extension requests: theamericanprize@gmail.com

If you're a performing artist or lead an ensemble, you have recordings. The American Prize wants to hear them.
The American Prize is unique—the only national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts based solely on the evaluation of commercial and noncommercial CD and DVD recordings of performing artists. The American Prize has awarded more than $10,000 in prize money since 2010.
    •    No live competition.
    •    No age limits.
    •    Few repertoire restrictions.
    •    1-page application form.
    •    Multiple divisions for professional, college/university, community, high school age musicians.
Complete information, application forms, biographies of judges and winners: www.theamericanprize.org

Winners of The American Prize receive cash awards, award certificates, and unbiased written evaluations from our national panel of distinguished judges, but more importantly, laureates of The American Prize at all levels of achievement derive local, regional and national recognition to help them generate jobs, build audiences and sustain careers.

In a world where the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides its contestants with the visibility and recognition they need to stand out from the rest.

2013 National Competitions for conductors, ensembles, arts administrators:
    •    Orchestras
    •    Choruses
    •    Bands/Wind Ensembles
    •    Opera and Musical Theater companies
    •    Conductors
    •    Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award

Postmark Deadline Monday, March 18, 2013 / extension to April 4th.


    •    1-page application form (on website—see "competitions" to download) www.theamericanprize.org
    •    Send bio and photo by email.
    •    Send CD, DVD or VHS tape by mail. All applications are acknowledged upon receipt.

You need not prepare a special recording for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual or ensemble limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners. The competitions are open to US citizens living in this country or abroad and others studying or working in the U.S. There is no restriction against previous winners re-applying.

    •    No live competition. Contestants are judged solely through their recorded performances.
    •    No age limits.
    •    Separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school musicians.
    •    Few repertoire restrictions.
    •    Written evaluations provided to all finalists, runners-up and winners from our distinguished panel of judges.
    •    Published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
    •    Minimal application fees.
    •    Not for profit organization.

Complete information: www.theamericanprize.org

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sing Bruckner's TE DEUM in Chicago—Four $500 contracts


Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), will be awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing Bruckner's Te Deum on May 15, 2013 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. (Dress rehearsal Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013, same location.)

This additional opportunity is offered as part of The American Prize in Vocal Performance / Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition and is open to 2013 applicants in the professional and college/university categories, only.

Each winner will receive a $500 all-inclusive fee (no additional housing, travel or per diem), payment to be made on the day of the performance. Although the Chicago Oratorio Award is an additional contest open to all professional and college/university applicants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2013, it is geared primarily to those who live within comfortable travel distance of Chicago and who can make their own housing arrangements.

Complete information, application forms and requirements: http://www.theamericanprize.org/vocalperf.html

Automatic postmark deadline extensions to Monday, February 25, 2013 are available to those email by that date with their intention to apply: theamericanprize@gmail.com

A vocal score to the Bruckner may downloaded here:
(see link, middle of the page)

Questions? theamericanprize@gmail.com