Thursday, February 22, 2018

FINALISTS: composers (choral music), 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2017-18 in both student and professional divisions. 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.

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly affects that outcome. We also try hard to be not about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

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 honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter 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.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division), 2017-18

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

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

Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Visions and Ecstacies

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Kontakion for Pascha (Easter)

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

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

Gerald Gurss   Columbia SC
    Be at My Side

Elaine Hagenberg   Windsor Heights IA
    selected choral works

Laurie Betts Hughes   Bellevue WA
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

David Lipten   Tallahassee FL 
    How to

Michael D. McClish   Los Angeles CA
    Requiem of Remembrance

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

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY

Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    The Word Was Made Flesh

Joel Bentley Thompson   Snellville GA
    Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    If You Can Read This

Mari Esabel Valverde   Fort Worth TX
    "When Thunder Comes"

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE
    Flood the Gold Earth

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    O My Dove

Michael Wolniakowski   Orland Park IL
    Te Deum

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division), 2017-18

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Hodie Christus natus est!

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


We encourage 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 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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