Monday, November 6, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—music for chorus, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive listing of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of choral music, representing a grand range of styles and techniques. 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.

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 semi-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.

NOTE: This listing was revised on November 19, 2017 with the addition of another composer whose work was submitted in the incorrect category.

The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division)

 Aaron Alter   Carlsbad CA
    Together We Create and Sing!

Jesse Ayers   Canton OH
    There's a Stirrin' in the Water

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    898 Hildegard

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    "Blow, Winds, Rage, Blow!"

Douglas Buchanan   Cockeysville MD
    Rorate Coeli, Benedicite omni opera

Delvyn Case   Quincy MA
    Tenebrae Factae Sunt

Jerry Casey   Naples FL
    What Shall We Bring?

Bryan Christian   McLean VA
    Of a rose synge we

Dr. Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Visions and Ecstacies

David Horace Davies   Rowlett TX
    Hodie, Ubi Carita

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Kontakion for Pascha (Easter)

Joy DeCoursey-Porter   Bellevue WA
    "There Was The One"

Brian T. Field   Fairfield CT
    "Sweet Forgiveness"

Carlo Vincetti Frizzo   Bloomington IN 
    Fugue with Robin and Dogwood; Nightscape; Through the Caumberland; A la Noche

William P. Gorton   Haddon Township NJ
    Te Deum

Gerald Gurss   Columbia SC
    Be at My Side

Elaine Hagenberg   Windsor Heights IA
    "Music of Stillness","Refuge"," As the Rain Hides the Stars","Good Night,Love", "O Come, Emmanuel"

Marjorie Halloran   Austin TX
     Write it On Your Heart, Stillness, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, 8 Ways to Look at a Window

Julianna Horton   Louisville KY
    God Is In His Holy Dwelling Place

Laurie Betts Hughes   Bellevue WA
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Elise Letourneau   Orleans ON
    The Virgin Mary to the Child Jesus (cantata)

David Lipten   Tallahassee FL A
    Widows Song; How to

Michael D. McClish   Los Angeles CA
    Requiem of Remembrance

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ

Lawrence Mumford   Laguna Niguel CA

Michael Murray   Springfield MO
    After The Fall

Karen E. Peace   Colorado Springs CO

Scott Perkins   New Haven CT
    The Stolen Child, A Word Out Of The Sea. The World of Dream

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY

Kurt Sander   Cincinnati OH

Dr. Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    The Word Was Made Flesh

Joel Bentley Thompson   Snellville GA
    Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Ludwig Tuman   Oxnard CA
    "The Happy Man's Shirt"

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    If You Can Read This

Mari Esabel Valverde   Fort Worth TX
    "When Thunder Comes"

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    O My Dove, Come Up from the Fields, Set Me As A Seal

Michael Wolniakowski   Orland Park IL
    SONNET 73

The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division)

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Hodie Christus natus est!

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Prayer for Light

Nicolas Chuaqui   Bloomington IN
    Qui Confidunt in Domino

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Be Still My Heart

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX 
    A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

Marlene Miller   West Grove PA
    Repeating Random

Xingzimin Pan   Salt Lake City UT
    What Flowers Tell You

Nathaniel Parks   Greensboro NC
    Messe de la Perdu


We invite semi-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.

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 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 semi-finalists.

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