David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:
"Ten semi-finalists have been advanced, each exhibiting exceptional programming skills, courage and creativity, selecting seasons apparently well-tailored to their individual situations. A very stimulating competition."
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The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.
The American Prize in Orchestral Programming
Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award
Donald L. Appert Portland, OR
Robert W. Boardman South Bend, IN
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
Collin G. Heade Cannon Beach, OR
North Oregon Coast Symphony
Tara Villa Keith Sanford, NC
Lee County Community Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim Ithaca, NY
Andrew Koehler Kalamazoo, MI
Steven Larsen Rockford, IL
Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Jaemi Blair Loeb Danville, KY
Centre College Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng South Hadley, MA
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Nan Harrison Washburn Plymouth, MI