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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. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
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The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division)
The American Prize winner:
Lansing D McLoskey Miami FL
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Jeffrey Bernstein La Canada/Flintridge CA
The Human Journey
Edgar Girtain Riverdale NJ
Adrienne Albert Los Angeles CA
Jenni Brandon Long Beach CA
We are Joy
Recordings of her works appear on the Delos, Albany, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Longhorn labels. Her CD, Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano, was nominated for the 10th Independent Music Awards. Jenni is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Sorel Medallion, the American Prize for Choral Composition, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition. She is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Imagine, Graphite, TrevCo, and Jenni Brandon Music. Visit jennibrandon.com.
Robert Denham La Mirada CA
Under the Shadow
Joshua Fishbein Rockville MD
Psalms, Songs, and Blues
Ralf Yusuf Gawlick Newton MA
Missa gentis humanae
|Ralf Yusuf Gawlick|
His music travels far afield by drawing inspiration from and engaging with literary, visual and musical landscapes both in time and place. Performed throughout the United States and Europe and broadcast on American National Public Radio, his works have received numerous accolades including awards and fellowships from the International Society of Contemporary Music, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, ASCAP and sponsorship from the German Consulate General Boston, the Boston and Munich Goethe Institutes and the German Embassy (Washington DC). His music is available through ECS Publishing, Brazinmusikanta Publications and New Music USA and released on Capstone Records and Musica Omnia.
Ralf Yusuf Gawlick is an associate professor at Boston College. Composer website: http://www.ralfgawlick.com
Gerald Gurss Charlotte NC
Glenda and Lauree—Certain Kinds of Love Never Die
Karen P Thomas Seattle WA
Caritas abundat; Lux Lucis
|Karen P Thomas|
She has received grants from the NEA, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and Meet the Composer, among numerous others. Her compositions have been awarded numerous prizes, and her commissions include the Grand Jubilee 2000 in Rome, American Guild of Organists, Goodwill Arts Festival, Association of Anglican Musicians (for the Washington National Cathedral chamber choir), among many others.
Ms. Thomas is an active conductor, with guest appearances in the US and Europe. She has produced ten critically-acclaimed CDs, and received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award.
David Horace Davies Rowlett TX
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The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division)
The American Prize winner:
Matthew Recio Commack NY
How to Survive Vesuvius; They Say Memories
Yihan Chen Planifield IN Shui Guang Lian Yan
Chen Yihan is currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in music composition and piano performance at Jacobs School of Music, studying composition with Claude Baker and piano with Arnaldo Cohen. His principle composition teachers also include Sven-David Sandström, Don Freund, P.Q. Phan, and Aaron Travers.
Peter Neil Dayton III Terrace Park OH
Light and Mystery
|Peter Neil Dayton III|
Dayton often turns visual art or poetry to spark artistic responses. The works of Peruvian painter Fernando de Szyszlo have inspired a number of Dayton’s pieces. As a creator of choral works, he draws upon both modern and classic texts, and “expresses the essence of each text tellingly” (Baltimore Sun). Dayton is himself an active poet. He has written the libretto for his own one-act chamber opera about the poet Gertrude Stein’s first love affair. Website: peterdaytonmusic.com
Lucas Marshall Smith Champaign IL Lux Aeterna
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Mary Hanson-Murdock Marana AZ
Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me