Wednesday, May 23, 2018
FINALIST orchestras, 2017-18
"Many orchestras have been advanced, which is not to say they are all of the same quality. Each program is unique: some are large, performing major repertoire, others much smaller; each furthers the cause of great music (and music education) in its own way, for its particular constituency; all those listed below were deemed worthy of further evaluation beyond semi-finalist status."—DK
Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 Orchestral Performance—professional division,
Diane Wittry, music director
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
New York NY
Sinfonietta of Riverdale
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division, 2017-18
The Hunter Symphony
New York NY
OK State University Symphony Orchestra
Kevin M. Geraldi
UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra.
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
James A. Holleman
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Macalester Symphony Orchestra
Saint Paul MN
David A. Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Jacksonville University Orchestra
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division, 2017-18
Donald L. Appert
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Libi Lebel, conductor
Arlington Philarmonic Orchestra
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
John B. Gordon
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX
Dr. Thomas E. Rainey, conductor
Steve N. Lewis, Jr.
Midwest Chamber Ensemble
Prairie Village KS
Peter Wilson, conductor
David P. Sartor
Parthenon Chamber Orchesttra
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division, 2017-18
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
James Fellenbaum, conductor
Houston Youth Symphony
Michael Webster, conductor
Oakland Youth Orchestras
Zeljko Milicevic, conductor
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Wes Kenney, conductor
Denver School of the Arts Symphony
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division, 2017-18
Allen HS Symphony Orchestra
Lakeside School Symphony Orchestra
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Sugar Land TX
Ralph T. Jackson
Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble
Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra
Jasper Legacy Orchestra
Desiree Overree & John Mays
Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra
Poway Unified School District-Bernardo Heights
and Twin Peaks Middle School Orch.
Poway/San Diego CA
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! Our ensemble has 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 results in the 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 finalists.