Thursday, January 26, 2017

COMPOSER FINALISTS: chamber music, all divisions, 2016

"Extraordinary encounters..." 

From a grand field of applicants representing a great divergence of styles and compositional approaches, from the most traditional to the highly experimental, The American Prize is honored to announce FINALIST composers of chamber music for 2016 in the professional and student 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.  

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. All finalists receive written evaluations.

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

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

The American Prize in Composition—professional chamber music division

Finalists are listed by composer and community, and by the name of the work(s) advanced to the finals.

Sy Brandon    Cottonwood AZ
    Shenanigans—for SATB saxophone quartet
    Badinerie—for clarinet and piano
    Three Moods—for brass quintet

Matthew Burtner    Charlottesville VA
    The Ceiling Floats Away—for ensemble, poetry and audience interaction software

Daniel M. Cavanagh    Arlington TX
    Waves—for trumpet ensemble and drumset

Thomas Childs    Traverse City MI
    chachi ka—for four amplified voices and two percussion

Allen Cohen    New Providence NJ 
    Sculpture Garden Suite—for brass quintet

Ethan Cypress    Oneonta NY
    Toy Suite—for saxophone quartet

Dante De Silva    Tarzana CA
    A Year of Strife—for soprano, harp and electronics

Justin N. Dello Joio    New York NY
    Due Per Due—for violoncello and piano
    The March of Folly—music for piano trio

Wallace DePue Sr.    Bowling Green OH
    Sonata Lycanthrope—for piano

Gregory Fritze    Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Petite Suite—for brass quintet

Kenneth Froelich    Fresno CA
    Sonata for Clarinet & Piano   

Ching-chu Hu    Newark OH
    Dragonfly—for marimba

Shawn Hundley    Port Orange FL
    Duoesque for Clarinet and Piano  

Andrew List    Boston MA
    String Quarter No.5 "Time Cycles"   

Lansing D. McLoskey    Miami FL
    Rite—for 2 pianos, 2 percussion

Timothy Lee Miller    Mahwah NJ
    224 slices of pi—for flute, cello, piano & percussion

Ian Ng    New York NY
    Think Twice—Three Little Musical Games—for violin and viola

Mark Petering    Kenosha WI
    Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (string quartet)   

Emilio Solla    Brooklyn NY
    Llegara, Llegara, Llegara—for two violns, viola and piano

Greg A. Steinke    Depoe Bay OR
    Expressions—on the paintings of Edvard Munch—for string quartet

Kotoka Suzuki    Chicago IL
    In Praise of Shadows—Three Paper Players and Electronics
William Vollinger    Woodcliff Lake NJ 
    Stalin and the Little Girl (an icon)—for unaccompanied voice

Kirsten Volness    Providence RI
    Alone Together—for violin, stereo sound and live electronics

Judith Lang Zaimont    Maricopa AZ
    ZONES—Trio for Violin, 'Cello and Piano

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

Finalists are listed by composer and community, and by the name of the work(s) advanced to the finals.

Navid Bargrizan    Gainesville FL
    Tuning Exercise Nr. 1—for woodwind quintet

Jean-Patrick Besingrand    Pittsburgh PA
    Meandres—pour ensemble vocal et flute alto

Yihan Chen    Planifield IN
    spirits-river: a piano sonata

Daniel J. Choi    Centreville VA
    iota—for violin, muted trumpet, and piano

Daniel Despins    Wilmington DE
    Medusa—for wind quintet

Daniel Godsil    Monmouth IL
    Reinforced—for percussion ensemble and electronics

Ian Evans Guthrie    Fort Worth TX
    Journey Through Cascadia—for mezzo-soprano and piano

Joshua Hey    Philadelphia PA
    fissu/|rupT/t|eaR—for electric guitar

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL  
    Halcyon Disquiet—for flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, electric guitar and violin

Sangwon Lee    Champaign IL
    String Quartet No. 1

Joungmin Lee    Columbus OH
    Vexatious—for string quartet

Christopher Lowry    Antioch TN    
    Romanza—for four violas
    Livewire!—for flute, clarinet, and horn

Aaron Mencher    Johns Creek GA
    Fast-Forward—for the Deviant Septet

Lara Poe    Chestnut Hill MA
    Divergence—for string quartet

Hilary Purrington    New Haven CT
    a sound soul in a sound body—for amplified harpsichord & percussion quartet

Justin Rito    Grand Rapids MI
    reaching/failing—for violin, vioa, cello and bass

Andrew M. Smith    Manorville NY
    Angel Oak—for clarinet and piano

Congratulations to all finalists.

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 soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

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