Monday, February 19, 2018

FINALISTS: composers (orchestra), 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 FINALIST composers in orchestra divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, 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.

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—Orchestra (professional division), 2017-18

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
  Ascent to Victory

Rocco Di Pietro   Columbus OH

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL  

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

Ryan M. Hare   Pullman WA
    "Stanzas" After Poe

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    The Tao of Infinity

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

Judith Lang Zaimont   Maricopa AZ
    CHROMA—Northern Lights

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

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

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
     Golden Rhapsody, Opus 17

Antonio Juan Marcos   Berkeley CA

Justin Ralls   Portland OR
    Tree Ride

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    On The Road Suite


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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