Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ORCHESTRA SEMI-FINALIST ensembles announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST orchestras for 2015 in all categories. Congratulations!

To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional division

Maria Sensi Sellner   Resonance Works Chamber
    Orchestra   Pittsburgh, PA 
John Gordon Ross   Western Piedmont Symphony 
    Hickory, NC 
Jason Lim   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra 
    Frisco/McKinney, TX 
Elliot Moore    Blue Period Ensemble
    New York, NY 
Nan Harrison Washburn    Michigan Philharmonic 
    Plymouth, MI 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division

Sergio Bernal    Utah State Univ. Symphony Orchestra 
    Logan, UT 
Bruce Uchimura    Western Michigan Univ. Symphony
    Orchestra   Kalamazoo, MI 
Alexander Jimenez    Florida State University Symphony
    Orchestra   Tallahassee, FL 
Stephen Heyde    Baylor Symphony Orchestra 
    Waco, TX 
Hajime Teri Murai    Peabody Symphony Orchestra 
    Baltimore, MD 
Chris Younghoon Kim    Cornell Symphony Orchestra 
    Ithaca, NY 
Reuben Blundell    The Hunter Symphony 
    New York, NY 
Chaowen Ting    Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra 
    Atlanta, GA 
Jaemi Loeb    Centre College Orchestra 
    Danville, KY 
Michael W. Moore    Bob Jones University Symphony
    Orchestra    Greenville, SC 
David Grandis    College of William & Mary Symphony
    Orchestra   Williamsburg,  VA 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division

Donald L. Appert    Clark College Orchestra 
    Vancouver,  WA 
Donald L. Appert    Oregon Sinfonietta 
    Portland, OR 
Robert W. Butts    The Baroque Orchestra of NJ 
    Dover, NJ 
Peter Wilson    Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra 
    Waynesboro, VA 
Dominique Royem    Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra 
    Sugar Land, TX 
Thomas Rainey    Williamson County Symphony Orchestra 
    Round Rock, TX 
Zoe Zeniodi    Broward Symphony Orchestra 
    Davie/Broward, FL 
Matthew Hooper    West Shore Symphony Orchestra 
    Carlisle, PA 
Reuben Blundell    Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra 
    Lansdowne, PA 
Elliot Moore    Detroit Medical Orchestra 
    Detroit, MI 
James Villani    Manassas Symphony Orchestra 
    Manassas, VA 
Anna Edwards    Seattle Collaborative Orchestra 
    Seattle, WA 

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth and high school orchestra division

Dan Whisler    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia 
    Louisville, KY 
Thomas Dickey    Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Dubuque, IA 
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony 
    Houston, TX 
Ryan Ross    Jasper Legacy Orchestra 
    Plano, TX 
Tanner Ledford    Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra 
    Spring, TX 
Dr. Carolyn Watson    Interlochen Arts Academy
    Orchestra   Interlochen, MI 
Beau Benson    Midway Camerata 
    Waco, TX 
Jonathan Handman    Arlington HS Philharmonia 
    LaGrangeville, NY 
Jonathan Handman    Stringendo Orchestra School's
    Vivace   Poughkeepsie, NY 
Timothy Verville    Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 
    Idyllwild, CA 


We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in the division in several weeks. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


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