Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST conductors in the orchestra division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

"Many orchestral conductors have been advanced to the finals, all worthy of additional consideration and evaluation when taking into account their individual circumstances and performing forces. There are a number very fine conductors among them, technically assured and musically inspired—making for an exceptional competition."—DK

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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The American Prize in Conducting (Professional Orchestra Division) 

Jonathan Griffith   New York, NY
   Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
   Tin—The Drop of Dawn
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA
   Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra
   Copland, Barber
Reona Ito   New York, NY
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra
   Schumann, Shostakovich, Honegger
Jason Lim   McKinney & Frisco, TX
   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra
   Stravinsky, Piazzolla
Paul Mauffray   Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
   Hradec Kralove Philharmonic
   Janacek, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky/Ravel
Miran Vaupotich   Pecs, Hungary
   Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
   Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla

The American Prize in Conducting (College/University Orchestra Division)

Tiffany Chang   Boston, MA
   New England Repertory Orchestra
   Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Schumann, Elgar
Jason Hong   Austin, TX
   Univ. of Texas University Orchestra
   Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky/Ravel
Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY
   Cornell Orchestras
   Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4
Jeffrey Donald Klefstad   Pittsburgh, PA
   All Univ. Orchestra—Carnegie Mellon University
   Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart
Yutaka Kono   Burlington, VT
   The Univeristy of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
   Rossini, Mussorgsky, Wagner  
Ching-Chun Lai   Potsdam, NY
   Crane Symphony Orchestra
   Mussorgsky/Ravel, Dvorak
Joel Neves   Houghton, MI
   Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra
   Brahms, Debussy, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov
Kevin Sutterlin   Memphis, TN
   University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra
   Debussy, Beethoven, Britten

The American Prize in Conducting (Community Orchestra Division)

David Bernard   New York, NY
   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
   Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven
Reuben Blundell New York, NY
   The Chelsea Symphony
   Copland, Henze
Anna Edwards   Seattle, WA
   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
   Bruch, Higdon
Lois Ferrari   Austin, TX
   Austin Civic Orchestra
   Tckaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gottschalk
Thomas E. Rainey   Round Rock, TX
   Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
   Anderson, Bizet, Grainger
Edward Leonard   Pittsburgh, PA
   Pittsburgh Philharmonic
   Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Stravinsky
Bryce Seliger   Forest Grove, OR
   Pacific Philharmonic
   Bruch, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Holst
Toru Tagawa   Tucson, AZ
   Tucson Repertory Orchestra
   Dvorak, Strauss, Beethoven

The American Prize in Conducting (Youth & High School Division)

Thomas Dickey   Dubuque, IA
   Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA
   YPO Soloist Ensemble
Angel Velez   Santa Monica, CA
   Santa Monica HS Symphony
Michael Webster   Houston, TX
   Houston Youth Symphony

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