Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CHORAL WINNERS: college/university chorus

The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up of The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015, in the college/university chorus division.


All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015, college/university chorus

The American Prize winner:
USC Thornton Chamber Singers 
Jo-Michael Scheibe, director        Los Angeles, CA 
USC Thornton Chamber Singers
The USC Thornton Chamber Singers have been hailed as a model of excellence since their inception in 1939. This past year, they performed at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, they performed in Beijing at the 12th International Festival of Choral Music, and were one of 25 choirs to perform at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul; they were also featured performers at the 2014 ACDA Western Division Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. Previously, Chamber Singers has sung with Elton John, Barry Manilow, The Rolling Stones, and Andrea Bocelli. Recent performance highlights include: choir-in-residence for the New Zealand Choral Federation Conference  “ChoralConnect” in Wellington; the West Coast premiere of Heinz Werner Henze’s Muses of Sicily with Robert Reynolds; Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Maestro Rilling; and the USC Visions and Voices with Dale Warland.

2nd Place:
William Jewell College Concert Choir
Anthony J. Maglione, director    Liberty, MO 
William Jewell College Concert Choir
The William Jewell College Concert Choir, conducted by Anthony J. Maglione, is an auditioned, highly selective ensemble composed of the college’s very best undergraduate choral singers.  In addition to several Kansas City area performances each semester, the choir makes an annual United States concert tour and since 1985, the choir has travelled triennially to England and Scotland for a 14-day concert tour.  Recent highlights include performances at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, an appearance with the Canadian Brass, Stravinsky’s Mass with Midwest Chamber Ensemble, an appearance at the Missouri Music Educators Association’s In-Service Workshop/Conference and an internationally distributed recording “The Trumpet Sounds” on Centaur Records to be released in 2015.  More information can be found at www.jewell.edu/music.  Also, follow us on Facebook, SoundCloud, and Twitter (@JewellChoir).

3rd Place:
The Portland State Chamber Choir 
Ethan Sperry, director        Portland, OR 
The Portland State Chamber Choir
Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as "one of the most interesting choral groups in the United States," The Portland State Chamber Choir has performed at many prestigious venues, touring internationally and making multiple appearances at ACDA and NAfME Conferences. In July, 2013 the Chamber Choir competed at the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy where they earned 15 separate awards and became the first American Choir ever to win the Grand Prize in the competition’s 52-year history. In 2014 they were named Best Mixed Choir at the 16th International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, Canada. The Chamber Choir has recorded on the Albany and Hildegard Labels and their CD, "A Drop in the Ocean" was a finalist for the 2013 American Prize. Their latest recording “Into Unknown Worlds” is the only student choral recording ever to appear on Stereophile Magazine’s list of “Records to Die For.”


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