Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive listing of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers for orchestra in both professional and student divisions, representing many styles and aesthetics. 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division)

Lee Actor   Monte CA

Jack D. Ballard, Jr.   Alliance OH
    El Corazon (Mvt III from Symphony No.5)

Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    The Einstein Slide from Collective Uncommon: Seven Orchestral Studies on Medical Oddities

Dr. Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX
    Concertante for Piano and Orchestra

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    Reflections on the Hudson, Ascent to Victory

Rocco Di Pietro   Columbus OH

Stephen Ferre   Cincinnati OH

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Concertino ; Slava

Eric Funk   Bozeman MT
    Variation on a Theme on Jan Hanus, Op 127

William P. Gorton   Haddon Township NJ
    Fantasy on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Danny Gray   Briarcliff Manor NY
    Summer Mountains

Ryan M. Hare   Pullman WA
    "Stanzas" After Poe

Laurie Betts Hughes   Bellevue WA

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    The Tao of Infinity

David McKee   Arden NC

Mel Mobley   Monroe LA
    Labored Breathing

Anthony Mosakowski   Springfield PA
    Concert Overture

Lawrence Mumford   Laguna Niguel CA

Elena Roussanova   Jamaica Plain MA
    Moments of Arrival for Orchestra

Dr. Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra (Kiev 2014)

Mark Edwards Wilson   Bowie MD
    The Phoenix

Rain Worthington   Nassau NY
    Fast Through Dark Winds

Gregory Yasinitsky   Pullman WA
    Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Judith Lang Zaimont   Maricopa AZ
    CHROMA—Northern Lights

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division)

Nicolas Bizub   Cincinnati OH
    Reflective Distortion

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Out of Ashes

Weijun Chen   Amherst NY
    Dancer (2016)

Daniel Despins   Wilminston DE
    Yetzer Hara

William Carson Graham   Marina Del Rey CA
    Start Here

Alison Yun-Fei Jiang   Elmhurst NY
    Waves, Exile

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX
    At Dawn

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
     Golden Rhapsody, Opus 17

Antonio Juan Marcos   Berkeley CA

Justin Ralls   Portland OR
    Tree Ride

Avik Sarkar   Chestnut Hill MA

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    On The Road Suite


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: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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