Monday, March 5, 2018

FINALISTS: composers (instrumental chamber music), 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber 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. We also try hard to not be 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.

The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2017-18

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    Trotzky's Train

Bjorn Berkhout   Forest Hills NY

Michael Boyd  Wilkins Township PA
    I Wouldn't Eat the Strawberries

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    Sonata for Horn and Piano

Gustavo Casenave   Astoria NY
    Sol Negro

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Chicago IL

Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    Fourth Sonata for piano

Ethan Cypress   Oneonta NY
    Fickle Tone Zones

Dante De Silva   Tarzana CA

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Joys of Lights and Reflection

Paul Elwood   Greeley CO
    Emissions Transparent

David Faleris   Annapolis MD
    A Martyred Village

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Imagined Memories

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Sextet for piano and wind quintet

Douglas Hedwig   Chattanooga TN
    "A Certain Slant of Light"

Harlan Hodges   Glendale CA
    Three American Etudes

Ching-chu Hu   Newark OH
    The Swash of Water and Red

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    Towers of Power: Chamber Symphony No. 4

David R. Peoples   Buford GA
    Sonata "Riding Crepuscular Rays"

Phil Salathe   Potsdam NY
    Three Street Pieces

David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN
    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

Peter Scartabello   Wickford RI
    Threshold for 5 Bb clarinets

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    Shadow Confrontations

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Resurrection Dances

Charles Zoll Tempe AZ

The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2017-18  
(revised 3/6/18: one name inadvertently left off yesterday's posting—DK)

"Again, the vast majority of semi-finalists in the student division (and many of their pieces) have been advanced. Young composers need feedback, and placing most in the finals insures they will receive at least a few lines of evaluation to encourage their continuing artistic pursuits."—DK

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Ascension Tube

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Submerged Worlds

Tom Bar   Boston MA
    Thus the Past Buries its Dreams, The Prophetic Bird's Prophecy, The Pied Pier of Hamelin's Song, And I Will Be the Last One Laughing

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Sonata for Violin and Piano

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    On the Blue Line, Samba de las Olimpadus

James Budinich   Northport NY
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

Zachary Gulaboff Davis   Salem OR
    Sonata for two pianos

Jonathan Embry   Fulton NY
    Passacaglia in F Minor, Op. 4, Solo Organ

Neal Endicott   Laingsburg MI
    "Against the Dying of the Light"

Kyle Franklin   Boston MA
    V Tableau

Joseph R. Gessler   Hendersonville NC
    Angels After Midnight

Paul Hwang   Palisades Park NJ
    Music for Percussion

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Peaporutus (Concussion)

Chung Eun Kim   Jersey City NJ
    String Quartet No. 2 (“L’homme arme”)

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus 5"

John Nydam   Wellesley MA

Zachary Ploeger   Pipestone MN
    Concert Piece

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA
    Animated Ominosity

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    Beijing Impressions

Brandon Thibodeau   Holt MO

Chelsea Williamson   Norman OK


We invite 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 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 finalists.

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