Wednesday, November 1, 2017

FINALISTS: Instrumental Soloists, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST instrumental soloists for 2017-18. 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. TAP has often honored semi-finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. 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 of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, professional division:

Orlando Cela   Arlington MA

Elena Korableva   Brighton MA

Brittany Lasch   Brighton MA

Christopher Nichols   Newark DE

Sean Osborn   Shoreline WA

Alina Windell   Auburn AL

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, college/university division:

Micheal Barnes   Cincinnati OH

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL

David John Davani   Sea Cliff NY

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN

Ava Oaxaca   Arlington VA

Noemie Raymond-Friset   Brighton NY

Angela Reynolds   Clarksville TN

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2017-18, high school division:

Ryan Har   Palo Alto CA

Samuel Perlman   Highland Park IL


Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists!

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