Monday, July 22, 2013

FINALIST ENSEMBLES, 2013: in all categories

The American Prize  is pleased to announce 2013 ENSEMBLE FINALISTS: orchestras, choruses, bands, opera companies.


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One prize will be awarded in each of the following divisions. Several runners-up will also be announced in each category. All finalists receive written evaluations. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions to any entrant at their discretion.

Please make us aware of any misprints:

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional orchestra 
(Due to a computer error, one name was inadvertently left off this list when first published. We apologize for the oversight.)

John Gordon Ross  Western Piedmont Symphony         Hickory, NC
Nan Harrison   Washburn Michigan Philharmonic   Plymouth, MI
Jason Lim   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra   Denton, TX
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra  

Donald L. Appert   Clark College Orchestra          Vancouver, WA
David Bernard   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony   New York, NY
Anna Edwards   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra       Seattle, WA
Charles Salembier, Peter Wilson  Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra   Waynesboro, VA
James Villani   Manassas Symphony Orchestra       Manassas, VA
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university orchestra  

Michael Alexander   Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra   Kennesaw, GA
Steven Amundson   St. Olaf Orchestra  Northfield, MN
Taeyoung Lee   Mannes Orchestra   New York, NY
Mitchell Arnold   West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra   Morgantown, WV
Stephen Heyde   Baylor Symphony   Waco, TX
Jeffery Meyer   Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra   Ithaca, NY


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—school orchestra  

Jonathan Handman   Arlington HS Philharmonia   LaGrangeville, NY
Dr. Shira Katsman   Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra   Bellevue, WA
Patrick R. O'Connor   District 214 Honors Orchestra   Mt. Prospect, IL
Ryan Ross   Jasper HS Legacy Orchestra   Plano, TX

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra  

Mary Cowans, Gioacchino Longobardi   Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra   Saratoga Springs, NY
Gabriella Fryer, Jonathan Handman    Vivace   Poughkeepsie, NY
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony   Houston, TX

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance
Brian Hughes   Quad City Wind Ensemble   Davenport, IA
David Thomas Kehler   Kennesaw State Univ. Wind Ensemble   Kennesaw, GA
Stephen Meyer   Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble   League City, TX
Teren  Shaffer   Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble           Santa Ana, CA

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community

"In the community choral division, an assemblage of very strong entrants in diverse circumstances, led by an exceptionally musical, committed and passionate group of conductors."

Ryan Brandau   Princeton Pro Musica   Princeton, NJ
Eric Nelson   Atlanta Sacred Chorale   Atlanta, GA
Judith Gary   The Virginia Consort Festival Chorus   Charlottesville, VA
Mark Shapiro  The Cecilia Chorus of New York  NY, NY
Mark Shapiro   Cantori New York   New York, NY
Ryan Heller   Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble   Austin, TX
Donald Kendrick   Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra   Sacramento, CA
Nancy Menk   South Bend Chamber Singers                   South Bend, IN
Robert Bode   Choral Arts   Seattle, WA
Marsha Owens, Matthew Boice   Washington Festival Chorale   Washington, PA
Michael Pettry, Eric Stark   Indianapolis Symphonic Choir   Indianapolis, IN
Loren Ponten   Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble   Seattle, WA

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university

"Taken as a whole, the college/university division presents perhaps the strongest group of finalists we have had in this category in any year—musical, exciting, passionate..."
James M. Reddan   Linn-Benton Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir   Albany, OR
Kimberly Dunn Adams   Western Michigan University Chorale   Kalamazoo, MI
Peggy Dettwiler   Mansfield University Concert Choir   Mansfield, PA
David Holdhusen   Univ. of South Dakota Chamber Singers   Vermillion, SD
Richard Nance   Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West   Tacoma, WA
James Rodde   Iowa State Singers   Ames, IA
Mark Shapiro   LIU Post Chamber Singers   Brookville, NY
Ethan Sperry   Portland State Chamber Choir   Portland, OR

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth/high school

Karyn Joaquino Brearley   B-Naturals   New York, NY
Erin E. Plisco   Pinecrest High School Chamber Ensemble   Southern Pines, NC
Angie Johnson   Young Naperville Singers Chamber Singers   Naperville, IL

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance
Karen Rich   dell'Arte Opera Ensemble   New York, NY
   Dialogues of the Carmelites
Mary E. Sederburg   Undercroft Opera   Pittsburgh, PA
Lidiya Yankovskaya   Lowell House Opera, Harvard University   Cambridge, MA
   The Snow Maiden
Brian DeMaris   Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
   Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi
Carleen Graham   Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam   Potsdam, NY
   Coronation of Poppea
Alan E. Hicks   Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre, Univ. of Iowa   Iowa City, IA
   Turn of the Screw
Tracelyn Gesteland   University of South Dakota Opera   Vermillion, SD
   Dido and Aeneas


Congratulations to all finalists.

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