Friday, October 2, 2015

COMPOSER FINALISTS: choral music (professional & student divisions)

From a very strong field of works representing a great diversity of styles and compositional approaches, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2015 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing:

The American Prize in Composition—professional choral division

Travis Alford    West Newton MA
   O Fragile Human, Speak...

Jeffrey Bernstein    Altadena CA
   Pablo Neruda In Love

Stephen R. Bernstein    West Hills CA
   To Speed Them All

Doug Brandt    New York NY
   Where the Bee Sucks,  While You Do Here Snoring Lie

Steve Cohen    Larchmont NY
   selected works

Ian David Coleman    Liberty MO
   Leitourgia—A Choral Symphony

Shawn Crouch    Miami Beach FL

Christina Brice Dolanc    Erie PA
   Silence, the New Moon

David Feurzeig    Huntington VT
   Songs of Love and Protest on Traditional Texts

Joshua Fishbein    Rockville MD
   A Prep-School Boy

Danny Gray    Briarcliff Manor NY
   Under the Night Sky

Elise Letourneau    Orleans ON
   Sanctus Benedictus, Psaume 23

Anthony J. Maglione    Kansas City MO
   The Mystic Trumpeter

Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch   Parkville, Australia
   Street Requiem

John Orfe    Peoria IL

Rebecca Oswald    Eugene OR 
   selected works

Eric Sawyer    Amherst MA

Ken Walicki    Fullerton CA
   just like a dream experience

Robert Wendel    New York NY
   Holiday Greetings

The American Prize in Composition—student choral division

Keith  Allegretti    Santa Fe NM
   Three Noturnes

Krists Auznieks    New Haven CT
   I Exist as I Am

Ed Frazier Davis    Chicago IL
   Madrigal (The Juggler of Day), Libera Me

Natalie Dietterich    New Haven CT
   Conversations with Strangers

William Carson Graham    Orange Park FL

Daniel Knaggs    Jackson MI
   Hic est discipulus ille, I Baptize You, Sunset, Ego Sum, Joseph, Son of David

Kyle Randall    San Francisco CA
   Kyrie, When to the sessions of sweet silent thought, When You Are Old

Julia Seeholzer    Santa Monica CA
   Wildfire, Old Wooden Joints, Answer to the Inquiry Why I Sighed, Ave Maria, Alien

Phillip Sink    Bloomington IN
   Fire & Ice

Tiange Zhou    New Haven CT
   Lament for Adonis 


We encourage 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! I've just been selected as a 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 winners in my division next month. 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 finalists.

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