Monday, October 31, 2016

CONDUCTOR semi-finalists, 2016: BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2016 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in the band divisions. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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 Conducting—college/university band division

Hector Aguero  
    Willamette U. Wind Ensemble           
    Salem OR
Joel Bein 
    U Michigan Symphony Band & Chamber Winds   
    Ann Arbor MI
Charlie G. Blanco III  
    Arizona State Wind Orchestra           
    Tempe AZ
Cormac Cannon  
    Univ.of SC Symphonic Winds               
    Columbia SC
Joel Michael Graham  
    UNH Wind Symphony & Concert Band       
    Durham NH
Jaclyn Hartenberger  
    Hodgson Wind Symphony                
    Athens GA 
Kevin Michael Holzman  
    The Eastman Wind Ensemble & Wind Orch.       
    Rochester NY
Jaemi Loeb  
    Centre College Wind Ensemble           
    Danville KY
Thomas McCauley  
    Montclair State Univ. Wind Symphony       
    Montclair NJ
Russell G. McCutcheon  
    Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony       
    Gettysburg PA
Jason H. Nam  
    I.U.Jacobs School of Music Concert Band       
Andrew Pease  
    Arizona State Univ. Wind Bands           
    Tempe AZ
Andrew Pease  
    Sun Valley Chamber Winds               
    Scottsdale AZ   
Brett A. Richardson  
    UIW Wind Ensemble                    
    San Antonio TX
Shawn Smith  
    UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble           
    Charlotte NC
Mark Tse  
    U. of Washington Wind Ensemble           
    Seattle WA
Nicholas Enrico Williams  
    U.of North Texas Wind Ensemble            
    Denton TX
Ryan Yahl  
    IU Dept of Bands                   
    Bloomington IN
Chee Weng Yim  
    Frost Wind Ensemble                   
    Coral Gables FL

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—school/community band division

Kaleb Benda      
    Centennial High Band              
    Frisco TX
Trent A. Hollinger   
    Quincy Concert Band              
    Quincy IL
Brian Hughes       
    Quad City Wind Ensemble          
    Davenport IA
Michael Knight   
    St. Norbert Comm. Band          
    De Pere WI
Brian Messier       
    Belchertown HS Wind Ensemble      
    Belchertown MA
Brian Messier       
    The Valley Winds               
    Amherst MA
Mark Tse       
    U.of Washington Concert Band      
    Seattle WA  CM


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! I've 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 my 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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