Friday, December 1, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—vocal chamber music, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music, in professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

"Stunning displays of talent and creativity in a large field."

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.

The American Prize in Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division)

William Ashworth   Medford OR
    The Silver Apples of the Moon

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    TWO APOCALYPTIC SONGS (Ozymandias, The Ceremony of Innocence

Bruce Babcock   Pasadena CA
    THIS IS WHAT I KNOW- 4 songs on poems of Dorothy Parker

Jay C. Batzner   Mt. Pleasant MI
    Sufi Songs

John Beall   Morgantown WV
    New Testament Songs, 1. TheWord, 2.If Then We Have BeenRaised, 3. Let Us Love One Another, 4.The Holy City 5.If God Is On Our Side

Samuel Beebe   Brooklyn NY
    The Woods

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    Songs in the Dark

Curtis Bryant   Union City GA

Oliver Caplan   Medford MA
    Connect All. We All Connect.

Jerry Casey   Naples FL
    O, Death, Rock Me Asleep

Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
    The World is a Butterfly's Wing

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Kollwitz-Konnex (… im Frieden seiner Hande)

Ellen Ruth Harrison   Cincinnati OH
    All One Can Imagine

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ
    Three Poems of Henry W. Longfellow

Michael Murray   Springfield MO
    Three Donne Songs

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    our voices, for now, sustained

Eugene O'Brien   Bloomington IN

Denice Rippentrop   Scottsdale AZ
    If at the Moment, If I Wonder, If I Feel Injured, If There Be Any Reserve

Scott Robbins   Spartanburg SC
    Blue Ridge A Cappella

Adam Schumaker   Portage MI
    The Best Thing Ever

Moshe Shulman   Buffalo NY
    Song of Songs

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    More Beautiful Than Night

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Ingrid Stolzel   Lawrence KS
    Soul Journey - Three Whitman Songs

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    Here, Bullet, a cycle of songs

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Acts of Kindness

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Songs of Ascents, Final Praise

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

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Emily's Garden

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    To Decipher the Art

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX

Michael Lanci   Saratoga Springs NY
    Songs For Joe Hill


We invite semi-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 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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