Monday, May 20, 2019

FINALISTS: composers (instrumental chamber music), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music for 2018-19 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.

"Much fine music is various genres and styles, each advanced on its merits. We hope to give more than one prize this year in the professional division, organizing the finalists into smaller categories. The American Prize never designates a set number of finalists: the quality of the candidates' work directly influences that outcome. We also try hard not to be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination—one reason 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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2018-19

Chris Holly Aa
Awakening, Bloody Tiananmen, Rise Up!
   
Olga Amelkina-Vera
Plano TX
The Heaven's Hundred  
  
William Ashworth
Medford OR
The Air of Other Planets: Variations on a theme by Arnold Schoenberg  
   
Leonard V. Ball Jr.
Winterville GA
ice crystals—lava flows
   
Bjorn Berkhout
Forest Hills NY
Running Towards Empty  
  
Robert J. Bradshaw
Gloucester MA
The Cost of Compassion  
 
Joshua Burel
Huntsville AL
Roanoke 
  
Oliver Caplan
Medford MA
Love Letters  
  
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar
Chicago IL 
Vermilion; Nimbi
 
Jun Yi Chow
Astoria NY
Neighbor    
  
Brian Ciach
Mountain View CA
Chaconne  
   
Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
The Dancing Ghost Lady of Coal Canyon    
       
Alex Cooke
Cleveland Heights OH
Scarcity  
  
Dante De Silva
Tarzana CA
Hungry  
  
Robert Denham
La Mirada CA
Goldgraber    

Cynthia Folio
Wynnewood PA
Winds for Change; When the Spirit Catches You…  
       
Burton Goldstein
Santa Monica CA
Sextet  
   
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Benny, Zoot and Teddy    
   
Kyle Kindred
Humble TX
Inundacion  
   
David Lipten
Tallahassee FL
Once Was  
   
Samuel A. Livingston
Hopewell NJ
Call to the Mountains   
   
Brian Mark
Brooklyn NY
Several Circles  
   
Jonathan B. McNair
Chattanooga TN
All a-Cryin'    

Lawrence R. Mumford
Laguna Niguel CA
SONATA ALLEGRO  
 
Jonathan Newmark
Burke VA
Secret Atop the Bluff
   
Sean Osborn
Shoreline WA
Trio No. 2
   
Clement Reid
Lakewood WA
Morrell Variations    

Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Quiltings    
   
Thomas Schwan
Dallas TX
Canone Infinito  
   
Andrew Sigler
Knoxville TN
Jacana    
   
Joseph T. Spaniola
Pensacola FL
Dream    
   
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
METTA
 
David Werfelmann
Saint Louis MO
Suite a l'antique



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2018-19

Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc WI
Death's Door

Jonathan Booker
Kansas City MO
Divergent Trajectories      
   
Jake Boring
San Diego CA
Miniatures      
   
Josiah Tayag Catalan
Sacramento CA
Wanderlust      
   
Benedetto Colagiovanni
Clayton MO
Night Blossoms    
  
Isak Gaines
Brooklyn NY
In The Heart of the Earth       

Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby
Cambridge MA
Structurae Modorum    

Joseph Foster Harkins
Cincinnati OH
Piano Sonatina No. 2  

Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
jaune doré      
  
Kyle Krause
Marengo IL
Chrysalism      
   
Mikaela Rose
Nashville TN
Weather String Quartet: Transformation of a Caterpillar      
   
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
Bats Hunting

Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Acts of Remembrance    
  
Avik Sarkar
Chestnut Hill MA
From Voices      
   
Austin C. Smith
Brighton MA
String Quartet No. 2          

Joseph Sowa
Simsbury CT
An Integrity of Clouds          

Zachariah Thomas
Bowling Green OH
Life Words amid corruption

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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: 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.

Friday, May 17, 2019

TAP provides additional opportunities for its laureates—two more composers engaged

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts continues to search for ways to assist its laureates after the competitions conclude. One way TAP does this is to designate "Honored Artists of The American Prize," contestants who have displayed sustained excellence over multiple contest seasons. The next group of "Honored Artists" will be announced this summer.

A number of The American Prize laureate conductors and ensembles have engaged TAP winners as soloists or guests. We hope to expand this program in the future, making it easier for TAP laureates in all divisions to contact fellow artists to arrange concerts and other collaborations.

Among the group of conductors providing additional opportunities is the competitions' own chief judge, David (Volosin) Katz, who is founding music director of The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. Over the last eight years, the CBASO, the midwest's unique ensemble of lawyers, judges and law students, has hired many vocalist soloists directly through the contests, all winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Awards. The latest group, four singers who will perform the Beethoven 9th Symphony under Maestro Katz's baton, were announced earlier this week. Here is a link to that announcement.

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2019/05/winners-of-chicago-oratorio-awards-2019.html

In addition, Katz and the CBASO have selected works by several TAP laureate composers for performance, including works by Robert Wendel and Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Two more composers will be highlighted as part of June's Beethoven concerts.

TAP laureate composer Christopher Lowry's "Celebration Overture" will be featured in performances by the orchestra in Niles, IL on June 2nd and again on June 22nd in Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. TAP Composer Jamie Wind Whitmarsh has been commissioned by TAP and the CBASO to create added percussion parts for Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, the grand finale of the concerts. Whitmarsh's new percussion edition will be published by DelGatto Press, soon to go live online; the edition will be available for sale later this year.

You can read more about the concerts at these links:
https://odetojoyniles.brownpapertickets.com/
https://cso.org/ticketsandevents/production-details-2018-19/rentals/chicago-bar-association/

We are happy to publish bios and photos of Lowry and Whitmarsh below and look forward to more such TAP laureate interactions in coming seasons.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.


CHRISTOPHER LOWRY
CHRISTOPHER LOWRY
Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. His music has been performed by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Imperial Symphony, Austin Peay State University Symphony, Middle TN State University Symphony, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Blair Chamber Choir, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, members of the Taipei Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic, New York All-State String Orchestra, Plainview Old-Bethpage JFK High School String Orchestra, and many youth orchestras from around the country. Lowry has won awards in the Alabama Symphony Call for Scores, BandWidth Music Festival Call for Scores, Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Competition, World Projects Composition Competition, NAfME Composition Competition, Frank Van Der Stucken Award, Nashville Philharmonic Composition Competition, Anton Stadler International Basset Clarinet Composition Competition, among others. Lowry holds a BM degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and a MM degree from LSU, where he is currently working towards his DMA.


JAMIE WIND WHITMARSH
JAMIE WIND WHITMARSH
Jamie Wind Whitmarsh is an American composer, percussionist, and conductor on faculty at Oklahoma City University. He regularly performs with clarinet/percussion duo Duo Rodinia as well as the percussion collective Great Plains Percussion Group, and is Music Director for the Oklahoma Composer's Orchestra. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Music Composition from Florida State University and Bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Composition from Oklahoma City University.

His music is performed often at regional, national, and international conventions/conferences, including PASIC, SCI, ITG, ICA, World Saxophone Congress, MTNA National, Regional and State Conventions, and NFA. He can be heard on the compact discs Firefish, the Music of Blake Tyson, Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume II: Not Far From Here and Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume III: Ten Windows, the last of which contains his work NAILS!!!. His work Aqueous Transfusion may be heard on Tyler Tolles’ debut disc In Touch, his work Buckle Up on Rogue Two's debut disc, and his works Portraits and Insights may be heard on Ryan Beach’s forthcoming solo disc. He is on percussion staff with Yukon High School and is also highly sought after as a wind/percussion arranger with A103 Productions. Jame is a member of SCI, ASCAP, and PAS, and serves on the Composition Contest Committee for PAS as well as chair of the Composition Education Subcommittee. Jamie proudly endorses Innovative Percussion products.

FINALISTS: choral ensembles, 2018-19


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2018-19 in all divisions. Congratulations!

"Wonderful choirs! I am delighted that so many fine choral ensembles have advanced. Regardless of the final outcome, all deserve finalist recognition and the written evaluations that come with it."—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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

"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.
 
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.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division,
2018-19

Constellation Men's Ensemble
Ryan Townsend Strand
Chicago IL 
 
San Diego Pro Art Voices
Katie Walders
San Diego CA 
 
Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers
Elissa Weller
Minneapolis MN  



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

University of Redlands Chapel Singers
Nicholle Andrews
Redlands CA           
  
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals
Michael B  Boswell
Saint Mary of the Woods IN           
  
Mansfield University Concert Choir
Peggy Dettwiler
Mansfield PA  
  
NOTUS
Dominick DiOrio
Bloomington IN  
  
UW Milwaukee Concert Chorale
Zachary Durlam
Milwaukee WI           
 
UNebraska-Lincoln University Singers
Peter A  Eklund
Lincoln NE           
  
Buena Vista Concert Choir
Merrin Guice
Storm Lake IA              

Wichita State University Concert Chorale
Michael Hanawalt
Wichita KS           
  
Muskingum University Concert Choir
Zebulon M  Highben
New Concord OH           
  
Miami University Men's Glee Club
Jeremy D  Jones
Oxford OH           
  
William Jewell College Concert Choir
Anthony J  Maglione
Liberty MO           
  
Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
Nancy Menk
Notre Dame IN         
 
Winthrop University Chorale
Dr  Jeremy Mims
Rock Hill SC              

Westminster Kantorei
Westminster Choir College
Amanda Quist
Princeton NJ           
  
Clark University  Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Daniel P  Ryan
Worcester MA           
  
Wheaton College Concert Choir
John William Trotter
Wheaton IL           
  
The College of Wooster Chorus
Lisa Wong
Wooster OH                    ,       



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2018-19

Choral Chameleon
Nicole Belmont
Brooklyn NY  
  
SONUS
Tyler Evick
Nashville TN 
Timbre Cierpke conductor

Ensemble Companio
Erik Peregrine
Niskayuna NY     

Oregon Repertory Singers
Ethan Sperry
Portland OR     

First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Joshua Taylor
Dallas TX  
  
Plymouth Choir
Tom Trenney
Lincoln NE



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and school  division, 2018-19

North Shore HS Madrigal Singers
Jared Berry
Glen Head NY     

Brockton HS Concert Choir
Matthew Cunningham
Brockton MA  
  
LHS Chamber Choir
Rika R  Heruth
Liberty MO     

Roosevelt HS Concert Choir
Robyn Starks Holcomb
Sioux Falls SD  
  
Arvada West HS Vocal Showcase
Chris Maunu
Arvada CO  
  
Graham-Kapowsin HS Concert Chorale
Jason Saunders
Graham WA  
  
Firebird Singers
Adalberto Yanes
Miami FL 

New World Singers
Jeanne M  Wohlgamuth
Columbus OH   

SPECIAL FINALISTS (elementary school choirs):         
Fifth Avenue Falcons
Shawn M  Small
Lebanon PA     


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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.


  

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WINNERS of The Chicago Oratorio Awards, 2019

The CBASO, CBA Chorus and Guest Choirs at Symphony Center, Chicago
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the 2019 winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Awards.

For the eighth consecutive year, in addition to the national voice competitions outlined on The American Prize website, contestants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2019-20, were invited to also apply for The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, the opportunity to be selected as soloists to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra, the CBA Chorus and guest choirs—more than three hundred lawyer-musicians and friends in all—this season performing the choral finale (4th movement) of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, in concerts entitled "ODE to JOY!"

Performances will be Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3pm at St. John Brebeuf Church, Niles, IL, and Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8pm at Symphony Center / Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the Beethoven, the concerts will feature three orchestra-member soloists in concerto movements, the Chicago premiere of "Celebration Overture" by The American Prize laureate composer, Christoper Lowry, and selections by the massed choirs, those under the baton of CBA Chorus Director, Stephen Blackwelder.

The Symphony Center performance marks the third time that the CBASO and CBA Chorus have presented major concerts in that hallowed hall, having performed "Carmina Burana" there in 2011 and "Something Wonderful" a concert of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, in 2015.

Here are ticket links:
June 2nd—bit.ly/OdeToJoy_Nilesbit.ly/OdeToJoy_Niles
June 22nd—bit.ly/OdeToJoy_Orchestra Hall 


REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

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2019 Winners of 
The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award

AMY PFRIMMER, soprano
AMY PFRIMMER, soprano
Soprano AMY PFRIMMER has sung across the US, Europe, and Canada including appearances with the London Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Baltimore Choral Arts, Montréal Opera, New Orleans Opera, Bulgarian State Opera Stara Zagora, Illinois Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Mississippi Opera, Atlanta Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and Virginia Symphony. She collaborated frequently with the late pianist/composer Dave Brubeck in his Mass, To Hope! A Celebration, and La Fiesta de la Posada and soloed regularly with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band.

Pfrimmer is Tulane University’s Lillian Gerson Watsky Professor in voice. She serves as Tulane’s voice area coordinator/concert vocal series director. She is sought after for high energy, interactive master classes, and is a respected contest adjudicator. Awards for the soprano include Tulane University's USG Crest Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship, Metropolitan Opera Education Fund and Florida Grand Opera’s Gilbert Artist of the Year.

With MSR Classics label, Pfrimmer has released two recordings: Souvenance: Mélodies and Organ Works of César Franck and Eternal Life: Sacred Songs and Spirituals.

Specific projects in 2014-2018 have included Schönberg’s expressionist mono-drama Pierrot Lunaire (Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), the tragic title characters in Verdi’s La Traviata and Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly (State Opera Stara Zagora Bulgaria), and Mozart’s heroine Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Lawrence Opera Theatre Kansas). With New Orleans Opera she appeared as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld as Juno, Kitty Hart in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and the title character in Friedl.

She also gave concerts featuring the music of César Franck, St. Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, and sang Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. National/international recitals include Absolutely American!, American Summer Dream, and From New Orleans to Bulgaria featuring the works of American composers Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Carlisle Floyd, Moses Hogan, Rudolf Friml, Cole Porter, and Richard Hundley and Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev. With pianist Dreux Montegut, Pfrimmer created and performed a solo program Cabaret Soirée! featuring the American songbook composers Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Kurt Weill. She has been a regular soloist with the Marine Corps Band-New Orleans, and New Orleans Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Pfrimmer has appeared in several French concert series: Vendredi Soirées at St. Pierre le Jeune and Les Estivales de St. Guillaume in Strasbourg, L’Abbaye de Royaumont, as well as The American Cathedral and St. Eustache in Paris.


ANN CRAVERO, mezzo-soprano
ANN CRAVERO, mezzo-soprano
Ann Belluso Cravero, acclaimed mezzo-soprano recitalist and soloist, has been heard on stages in Italy, China, and throughout the United States including repeat performances at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.  Cravero's vocal engagements include The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Heartland Festival Orchestra, The International Lyric Academy Orchestra Italy, The Rome Festival Orchestra, The Alexander and Buono Festival Italy, Festivale Cantus Angeli Italy, The Lyric Symphony Orchestra CA, The Bach Festival IL, The Hancher Center for the Performing Arts, The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Civic Center, IA, and The Overture Center.

Ann Cravero has performed lead opera roles including the staged adaption of The Diary of Virginia Woolf under the direction of Håkan Hagegård honoring Dominick Argento who was in attendance (Source Song Festival), The Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at the University of Iowa, the Northland Opera Theatre, and the Rome Festival Opera in Rome, Italy. Ann also participated as an apprentice artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera.  Cravero has served on the faculty of Milnes' Savannah Voice Festival, and the International Lyric Academy Italy with Stefano Vignati and Claudio Ferri.

Highly sought after for her interpretation of New Music, Dr. Cravero has performed with the Center for New Music in Iowa City, IA, including performances of works by Scott Dunn, Geoffrey Gordon, Bernard Rands, and Raffaele Grimaldi. Cravero also coached with Stephen Paulus and soloed two performances of his work, To Be Certain of the Dawn. In the fall of 2009 she was commissioned by the Iowa Composers’ Forum to tour IA with pianist Miko Kominami, and also premiered works for ICF in 2015. Ann has been featured on RAI TV in Italy and frequently broadcast on Iowa Public Radio.

Ann is the district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, and the recipient of honorable mention for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. She is the recipient of the Donald Walker Vocal Scholarship for outstanding vocal achievement at the University of Iowa, and receiver of outstanding academic achievement in the field of Music Education from Bradley University, and winner of the Bradley University Piano Concerto Competition. She has performed in master classes with Frederica von Stade and Michèle Crider, and coached with Cheryl Studer and Richard Boldrey. Cravero recently presented Mahler's 2nd Symphony with soprano, Michèle Crider for the re-dedication of Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City at the University of Iowa under the direction of William L. Jones.

Dr. Cravero is Associate Professor of Voice at Drake University, and an active participant of The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ann released an album of duets with soprano Camelia Voin and pianist Nicholas Roth (‘Endless Noise’ Studio) in Santa Monica, CA Dr. Cravero holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa where she studied with Stephen Swanson and Katherine Eberle, and a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis on Piano and Voice from Bradley University. For further information on the artist please visit anncravero.com or at https://www.facebook.com/anncraveromezzosoprano/



PATRICK MUEHLEISE, tenor
PATRICK MUEHLEISE, tenor
Praised for his “real musicality and finely executed coloratura,” Patrick Muehleise is an acclaimed American tenor specializing in a wide variety of concert soloist repertoire and known for his “beautiful, evenly produced lyric tenor” and “pure tone.” Recent engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Xian Zhang at the Aspen Music Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under the baton of Jane Glover, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with both Elmhurst Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte, Reich’s The Desert Music with New World Symphony, the role of Pan in the fully-staged period performance of Cavalli’s La Calisto with Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago; and continues this season performing Handel’s Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with True Concord of Tucson, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Back Bay Chorale of Boston and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In addition to his work as a concert soloist, Patrick is a regular member of Grammy-nominated and award winning ensembles such as Seraphic Fire, True Concord, Chicago Symphony Chorus, as well as Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and has taken the stage with Aspen Chamber Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and The Cleveland Orchestra.

This season Patrick continues his residency at the University of California-Los Angeles for the second academic year and will return to the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival for his second year as Artist-Faculty in partnership with the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute.

In 2016, Mr. Muehleise was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Choral Performance category for his collaboration on True Concord’s album “Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus” which won the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. An active member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Patrick can be heard on six nationally released recordings with Grammy-nominated ensembles.


LEO RADOSAVLJEVIC, bass-baritone

LEO RADOSAVLJEVIC, bass-baritone
Recent Third-Prize Winner of the International Klaudia Taev Competition in Estonia and winner of The American Prize Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice in 2014, Bass-Baritone Leo Radosavljevic is making a name for himself as a unique performer in the world of opera. Born in Chicago Illinois, Leo spent his childhood playing piano and singing in the children's chorus at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where his love for opera first began. He attended Juilliard from 2007-2013, receiving both BM and MM degrees in voice under Dr. Robert C. White. While at Juilliard, he sang several operatic roles including Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Tobia Mill in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio. In addition to his operatic roles, Leo received composition lessons from Dr. Phillip Lasser for much of his time at Juilliard, and received Scholastic Distinction in 2010 for his thesis, The Lieder of Ludwig van Beethoven: Introductory Studies in an Infrequently Performed Opus. In 2011, he gave the U.S. premiere of the role of Willi Graf in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Kommilitonen!, where he played piano and sang simultaneously from the stage, winning him critical acclaim from The New York Times. Since his time at Juilliard, Leo has performed around Europe and the United States, most recently as Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with DuPage Opera, as Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Opera Colorado, in recital at the Ravinia Festival, as soloist with Juilliard 415, in their west coast tour and Canadian Broadcasting Company recording of Telemann's rarely heard Die Tageszeiten. This summer he will join the roster of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, performing in Regina and La Traviata. He will then participate in the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo, formally Bel Canto at Caramoor, as Orbazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi, conducted by Will Crutchfield. Leo currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is continuing his vocal studies with Julia Faulkner.

Graphic by Carl Klein




FINALISTS: Choral Conductors, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 FINALIST conductors in choral divisions. Congratulations!

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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university chorus division, 2018-19

Philip Brunelle
Vocal Essence
Minneapolis MN  
  
Alexa Doebele
Concordia University Wisconsin Kammerchor
Mequon WI  
  
Zachery Durlam
UW Milwaukee Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee WI  
   
Ianthe Onelia Marini
The Unversity Singers
Columbus GA  
  
Daniel P. Ryan
Clark University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Worcester MA  
 
Chris David Westover
Denison University Chamber Singers & Wind Ensemble
Granville OH  



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community & school chorus division, 2018-19

Tom Jaber
The Houston Masterworks Chorus
Houston TX  
  
Michael R. McKenzie
Gustavus Social Justice Choir
Saint Peter MN  
   
John Morrow
McFarlin Chancel Choir
Norman OK

Adalberto Yanes
Firebird Singers
Miami FL  


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Friday, May 10, 2019

WINNERS: composers (orchestra divisions), 2018-19

The American Prize Nation Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the orchestra music division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Wayne B. Horvitz
Seattle WA
Those Who Remain—Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist

Wayne B. Horvitz
Recipient of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, composer Wayne Horvitz own ensembles include The Snowghost Trio, Sweeter Than the Day, and the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Mr. Horvitz’s commissioners include The Kitchen, The Seattle Symphony, Kronos, BAM, New World Records, The Flynn Theater, and Vienna Jazz. He has received 3 MAP Fund awards, the NEA American Masterpiece Award, 3 Artist Trusts fellowships and more. As a collaborator or producer, he has worked with Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, George Lewis, Reggie Watts, John Zorn (Naked City etc.), World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, John Adams, and Eddie Palmieri. Collaborators in theater, dance and film include Carey Perloff, Bill Irwin, Gus Van Sant, Paul Taylor and Paul Magid. http://www.waynehorvitz.com/

“there's nobody else out there I hear even attempting to cover some kind of similar range, and do it so convincingly” — All About Jazz


2nd Place:
Nan Schwartz 
Angels Among Us  
Nan Schwartz
Nan Schwartz has finally realized her lifelong dream of releasing a symphonic album of her orchestral compositions (Divine Art Records/Naxos). A proponent of melodic, harmonically-rich music, Nan’s unique style has made its mark in film, television, the recording industry, and symphonic performance. Her diversity and depth of experience have helped create her sterling reputation. Nan is a Grammy winning (Natalie Cole) and five time nominated Grammy arranger, as well as a seven time Emmy nominee for her composing work for TV/film. She is also an orchestrator ( “Godzilla,”  “Argo,” “Benjamin Button,”), a songwriter for the Latin market, and most recently, composer of a Broadway-bound musical. There’s not a musician in Hollywood, London, Vienna, or Berlin who doesn’t look forward to working under Nan’s baton.  They know the notes will be great and will remind them “This is why we play music!” http://www.nanschwartz.com
 

3rd Place (there was a tie):
Saad Haddad
New York NY
Takht    

Saad Haddad
Saad Haddad is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music who achieves a “remarkable fusion of idioms” (New York Times), most notably in his work exploring the disparate qualities inherent in Western art music and Middle Eastern musical tradition. His music delves into that relationship by transferring the performance techniques of traditional Arab instruments to Western symphonic instruments, while extending their capabilities through the advancement of technology.

Recent highlights include the premiere of Haddad's first major string quartet, commissioned by the Lydian String Quartet, the premiere of Risala, co-commissioned by the Columbus and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, and performances of Takht by the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. Born in Georgia and raised in California, Haddad holds degrees in composition from the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. For more information, visit www.saadnhaddad.com.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Meira Warshauer
Columbia SC
Symphony No. 1 Living Breathing Earth   

Meira Warshauer
Meira Warshauer’s music, performed worldwide, is inspired by her love for the earth and her personal spiritual journey. Symphony Living Breathing Earth, commissioned by Dayton Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Western Piedmont Symphony (NC) and published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, was profiled by Aileen LeBlanc for Public Radio International’s Living on Earth. Tekeeyah (a call), Concerto for Shofar, Trombone, and Orchestra, a five-orchestra commission, was aired twice on American Public Media’s Performance Today, and by NYC Public Radio’s Symphony Hall (WQXR). Both works are featured on the 2011 Navona Records release Living Breathing Earth (NV5842), which was praised by Hadassah Magazine as “a shimmering, joyous and soothing ode to the world’s beauty.” In addition to composer awards from the MacDowell Colony, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, SC Arts Commission, and others, Meira received the SC Sierra Club’s 2016 Silent Footprinter award for environmental activism. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory, and University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer divides her time between Columbia, SC and Wrightsville Beach, NC. More information at meirawarshauer.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Lee Actor
Monte Sereno CA
Prelude to a Tragedy  

Lee Actor
Composer and conductor Lee Actor (http://www.leeactor.com) has received numerous commissions, and has won many awards for his compositions, which are characterized by their dramatic impact and emotional expressivity. Since 2001, he has created an extensive catalog of works for large
ensembles, including 3 symphonies and 9 concertos, which have been performed by nearly 80 orchestras and bands in the U.S. and around the world.  He has studied composition with Donald Sur, Brent Heisinger, Charles Jones, and Andrew Imbrie, and conducting with Angelo Frascarelli, David Epstein and Higo Harada.  Actor has been Composer-in-Residence of the Palo Alto Philharmonic since 2002, following his appointment as Assistant Conductor in 2001.  In 2014 he was one of the first five composers selected as an "Honored Artist of the American Prize".  In March 2018 he was invited to conduct two all-Actor programs with the top professional orchestras in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Luke Carlson
Hollister MO
Creations 

Luke Carlson
The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson (b. 1983) has been called “magical” and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer); “personal and strong” (New York Times). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Jacob Druckman Prize, the grand prize in Symphony Number One’s 2017 Composer Competition, the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute and first prize in the MACRO Composers Competition (2016 and 2014).

His music has been performed by various artists including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, Network for New Music, and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra.

He holds a BM, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon, a MM from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Assistant Professor of Music at College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO where he directs the composition & theory programs and conducts of the College of the Ozarks orchestra. www.LukeCarlsonMusic.com


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Dorothy Hindman
Miami FL
Setting Century Symphony    

Dorothy Hindman
Described as “bright with energy and lilting lyricism” (New York Classical Review), “dramatic, highly strung” (Fanfare), and “utterly rich with purpose and heart” (Huffington Post), Dorothy Hindman’s compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the American Academy in Rome, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Flute Festival, and many others.  She has been commissioned by Bent Frequency, Empire City Men’s Chorus, Goliard Ensemble, Caravel String Quartet, Corona Guitar Kvartet, and more.

Awards and recognition include a 2017 Seaside Escape2Create Fellowship, Iron Composer 2015, a 2015 Artist Access Grant from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera, International Society of Bassists Composition Competition, NACUSA, and more.

Hindman’s CDs include innova’s Tapping the Furnace and Tightly Wound (Spring 2017). Publishers include Subito, NoteNova, and dorn/Needham. She is Associate Professor of Composition at the Frost School of Music. dorothyhindman.org


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Steven Winteregg
Dayton OH
Resolution    

Steven Winteregg
Steven Winteregg is a Professor of Music at Cedarville University. Holding degrees in music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Wright State University and The Ohio State University, he studied composition with William Steinhort, Gregory Proctor and Thomas Wells.

Dr. Winteregg is an award-winning composer and has received awards from such organizations as the International Horn Society, the International Trumpet Guild, and the Ohio Arts Council. He has also received an Ohio Senate Resolution commending him for his contribution to the arts in Ohio.

Winteregg's compositions have been performed throughout the world, and these performances have included International Horn Symposiums, International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences, the International Brass Festival in Narbonne, France, the national convention of the Music Educators National Conference, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. His recordings can be found on the Albany, Integra, Equilibrium, ERM Media, MMC, and the Navona labels.


The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Jack Frerer
New York NY
On-Again, Off-Again   

Jack Frerer
Jack Frerer (b. 1995) is an Australian-American composer of music for concert, film and dance, as well as a producer and filmmaker based in Manhattan, currently pursuing a B.M. in Composition at The Juilliard School where he studies with John Corigliano. His work has been performed by a variety of ensembles around Australia, Europe, and the US, and has won awards including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Brian Israel Prize from the Society for New Music, and competitions including the Vincent C. LaGuardia Jr. Competition, Illinois State University’s Red Note Competition, the Lake George Music Festival Competition, the Alba Rosa Viëtor Competition, and both the Juilliard Orchestra and Gena Raps Chamber Music competitions. He is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Arapahoe Philharmonic.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Martin Hebel
Hamden CT
Symphony No. 3  in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts

Martin Hebel
Martin Hebel composes expressive, emotionally direct music for a wide variety of ensembles.

In his orchestral compositions, Martin explores strategies for engaging new audiences, seeking to enrich and enhance concert experiences for contemporary listeners, combining varied traditional symphonic forms with his contemporary chromatic language.

Martin Hebel’s Symphony No.3 in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts, a Finalist in the 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, was recorded by Mikel Toms and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and released internationally in August 2016 by ABLAZE Records.

Born in Hamden, Connecticut in 1990, Martin Hebel received his M.M. in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2018 where he studied with Douglas Knehans and Ellen Ruth Harrison. He graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut in 2015, where he studied composition with Dr. Kenneth Fuchs and trumpet performance with Dr. Louis Hanzlik. 


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Patrick O'Malley
Los Angeles CA
Between Two Chasms   

Patrick O'Malley
Patrick O’Malley (1989) is a composer whose works explore the musical interplay between emotion, color, energy, and landscape, seeking to find balance between past influences and new ideas. His pieces span many of the contemporary mediums for classical music, and have been performed across the United States as well as in Europe. Often when writing a new piece, O’Malley considers the listener’s imagination as much as every other musical element – an admittedly and enjoyably subjective endeavor.

Most recently, O’Malley has been recognized and/or performed by organizations including ASCAP, the Hear Now Festival, the Columbus and Milwaukee Symphonies, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Next On Grand National Composers Intensive with wild Up, and The American Prize (1st place for orchestral music, 2015). He was named Composer of the Year by the Sioux City Symphony for 2018, and he has been a fellow at various music festivals and residencies. O’Malley is pursuing a doctoral degree in music at the University of Southern California where he studies with Andrew Norman and Sean Friar. He divides his time between living in Los Angeles, California, and Lake Charlevoix, Michigan.



3rd Place (there was a tie):
Ching-Shan Chang
Brooklyn NY
When the Sun Rises    

Ching-Shan Chang
Ching-Shan is a composer based in New York City. She got her bachelor’s degree in composition from Eastman School of Music and is currently majoring in scoring for film and multimedia at NYU Steinhardt studying with Chris Hajian. On top of all the national and international prizes, the first prize, best variations music and best tonal music of The 7th International Antonín Dvorák Composition Competition in the junior group truly highlights her classical composition career. Additionally, her works In History, in memory and Path to Limbo were also chosen in the final round of the The 3rd International Ravel Composition Competition (special edition for film music) in Italy and her choral work, My Soul is Awakened from Sleep, was chosen to the final round of The 1st Jean Sibelius Composition Competition. Her music has been widely performed around the world including Taipei, San Francisco, Beijing and more. Large ensemble works such as When the Sun Rises… not only won the 2nd prize of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition, but was also performed by them in 2016. In 2017, her soundtrack, In History, in memory for violin solo and orchestra was premiered by Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Zicha and Marie Mátlová on the violin solo in Prague.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Clare Glackin
Santa Fe NM
Archaea

Clare Glackin
Clare Glackin is a composer of instrumental and vocal concert works whose music has been commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and others. She seeks to craft music that is engaging, unique, and fulfilling for both performers and audiences. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, WA, she currently lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she works for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and writes on commission.

Clare’s music has been performed across the United States at festivals such as the Brevard Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Upcoming projects include a wind ensemble piece to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mount Vernon High School Band program in 2019.

Clare graduated with an MM from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She also holds a BM from USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she was named a Discovery Scholar and Outstanding Graduate of the composition program.    


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Xuesi Xu
Urbana IL
The Song of Roland

Xuesi Xu
Born in Shanghai, China, Xuesi Xu holds a BM from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During his undergraduate studies, his primary teacher was Musheng Chen. He has received numerous awards in China, including the Third Rivers Composition Competition Award (2011), and Third Prize in the 2013 Chinese Instruments Composition Competition in Music Universities and Colleges (2013). In 2014, he worked and studied with Chen Yi and James Mobberley in University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance as a student intern. Currently, he is pursuing his Masters degree in music composition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying music composition with Rick Taube, Reynold Tharp, and Stephen Taylor, and electronic music with Eli Fieldsteel.



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Congratulations!

WINNERS: composers (choral octavos), 2018-19

The American Prize Nation Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mention of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the choral music division (octavos). Winners in the choral division (major works) will be announced separately. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—Choral octavos (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Kyle Pederson
Eagan MN
Can We Sing the Darkness to Light? Psallite; In the Beginning; Stars; A Mighty Fortress is our God   

Kyle Pederson
Kyle Pederson is a Minneapolis-based composer, lyricist, pianist, and educator. He enjoys working at the intersection of the sacred and secular, and his lyrics and music invite the choir and audience to be agents of hope, grace, and compassion in the world. Kyle has won awards for his choral works from Cerddorion Choral Ensemble of NYC, National Lutheran Youth Choir, and Little Singers of Armenia.  Recent commissions include AMIS International High School Honors Choir, TAISM International Choral Festival, Minnesota ACDA All-State High School Treble Chorus, and Choral Arts Initiative.  Several of Kyle’s choral pieces are featured in the commercially released New Choral Voices Volume II and III by Ablaze Records. Kyle’s work also includes two critically acclaimed piano-based albums, Renewal and 12.25, both collections of acoustic hymn arrangements. Kyle has an undergraduate degree from Augustana University, a Masters Degree in Education from University of St. Thomas, and an MFA in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Art. Additional information and links to Kyle’s music can be found at kylepederson.com, with select scores available from Walton, Santa Barbara, Galaxy, and Carl Fischer music publishers.


2nd Place:
Paul David Thomas
Denton TX
Out Damned Spot   

Paul David Thomas
Paul David Thomas is an assistant professor and coordinator of music theory at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Paul's acoustic and electronic music has been presented at venues, conferences, and festivals throughout the North America and Europe. His wide range of compositional interests include writing for performer and live electronics, group improvisation,
and choral ensembles of all skill levels. Additionally, Paul is an active new music performer, regularly performing his own works for accordion and computer. Originally from northeastern Ohio, Paul holds degrees in composition from Bowling Green State University (MM) and the University of
North Texas (PhD). Paul's choral music is published through Hal Leonard, Carl Fischer, and BriLee Press.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Daniel Elder
Nashville TN
Three Nocturnes (Ballade to the Moon; Star Sonnet; Lullaby) 

Daniel Elder
As a prolific writer of vocal and instrumental music, Daniel Elder (b. 1986) ties these genres together to create forms and aesthetics that are at once lyrical and textural, drawing its roots particularly from the impressionist movement. Critics have hailed his works as “deeply affecting” and "without peer," with emotional evocations ranging from lush lyricism to jagged polyphony. Daniel’s compositions have won recognition from The American Prize, The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Cantus, and many others, including a recording by the Grammy-award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers made at Abbey Road Studios as part of their 80th Anniversary Anthem Competition. The first commercial album of Daniel's choral works, "The Heart's Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder," was released in October 2013 by Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and Naxos of America, and debuted at #53 on the overall classical Billboard chart. Daniel currently resides in Nashville, TN as a full-time freelance composer. 


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Michael Rickelton
Baltimore MD 
Psalm

Michael Rickelton
Michael Rickelton’s music "seizes the ear" (Gramophone). An experienced composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral works, Michael has a particularly strong and critically-acclaimed affinity for the voice. "There is a quality that distinguishes his music, catching one's ear in beauty and style" (soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson). Michael's works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Recently, his works have been played by the Nashville, Baltimore, and Peabody Symphonys, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Pacific Chorale, and the Choir of the Washington National Cathedral. Recent seasons have included stints as composer-in-residence with The Bridge Ensemble and St. David's Episcopal Church in Baltimore. His composition Pentecost for SATB chorus and piano was recently recorded by The John Alexander Singers and released on Delos records. Albany Records recently released “Time and Memory”, an album dedicated to Michael’s works for voice and piano. For more information, please visit www.michaelrickelton.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Sound Beach NY
My Name is Lamiya—Don't Call me “Refugee”

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm has become one of America’s most recent emerging composers, specializing in choral works commissioned by consortiums around social and environmental issues.

After recently awarded a performance of “I’ll Fly Away” in the International Society of Contemporary Music’s New Music Days 2017 in Vancouver, BC, Michael is newly published by Peermusic Classical.

Michael’s most recent works include the commissioned work “The Road That Has No End", “Nigra Sum", and the final edition of Requiem Dies Magna, premiered by Long Island Voices and Sound Symphony under Michael’s direction in 2017. Michael is currently under commission by the Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill, NC. for “Only Time to Love: Gaaggee Zaag’aa" and The First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh with Calvary United Methodist Church for the former’s 125th anniversary celebration, for “Awake!”.

Current choral projects include the “Child Refugee Awareness" Choral Consortium Project and “The Great American Choral Reef Challenge”, both actively recruiting choirs and the latter to be premiered on and around Earth Day, 2019. With these songs, Michael hopes to bring attention to the children of the global refugee crisis as well as the urgency to respond to climate change.

Michael has recently launched three additional consortiums, one for Women’s and Treble Choirs at the Collegiate and High School levels called "Radium Girl" Commissioning Consortium which will be written to bring attention to women’s and worker’s rights, the commissioning choirs of The Unarmed Child, to be premiered during the 2019-2020 choral season, and the commissioning choirs of Mass of the Refugee for SATB choir, violin, cello, oud, piano and percussion for state premieres in 2020-2021.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Michael grew up as a baritone saxophonist and as accompanist and a tenor in the school’s chorus. Michael attended Ithaca College (BM ’94), for piano performance and music education, and Queen’s College (MM ’99) for music education.

Michael is also active in advocating for the transgender community. “It is my fervent wish to spread knowledge and understanding of the transgender community through guest speaking and by simply being present in the lives of the talented musicians and artists surrounding me.”





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Congratulations!

FINALISTS: band conductors, 2018-19 season

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 FINALIST conductors in band/wind ensemble divisions. Congratulations!

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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

REMINDER: The postmark deadline to apply for The American Prize, 2019-20, is June 3, 2019, with extensions available to Monday, July 1, 2019 for those who need more time. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms may not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university band division, 2018-19

"Especially in the conducting competitions, I do not subscribe to the philosophy of “too many finalists.” Many semi-finalists have been advanced in this division. Hailing from big places or smaller places, major programs and not, call it “respect for conductors.” All these individuals are achieving fine results, and, for various reason, are worthy of finalist status and additional attention. It is a wide open contest at this point." —DK

Kaleb Benda
Oklahoma City University Winds
Oklahoma City OK  

Michael S. Butler
UWSP Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Stevens Point WI  
  
Daniel Cook
Northwestern University Chamber Ensemble
Evanston IL  
  
Brian Diller
Tennessee Tech Wind Ensemble
Cookeville TN  
   
Jack A. Eaddy, Jr.
North Texas Wind Symphony
Denton TX  
   
Joseph Higgins
Rowan University Wind Ensemble
Glassboro NJ     

Pamornpan Komolpamorn
The University of Texas Wind Ensembles
Austin TX

Matthew C. Morse
Sacramento State Symphony Wind Ensemble
Sacramento CA

Christopher James Nicholas
Chapman Wind Symphony
Orange CA

Devin Otto
University of Wisconsin-Oskosh Wind Ensemble
Oshkosh WI

Dahn T. Pham
Washington-Idaho Symphony Chamber Winds
Moscow ID

Lauren Reynolds
University of Delaware Wind Ensemble
Newark DE  
  
Timothy Shade
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Wichita KS  
  
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Wind Ensemble
Seattle WA  
  
David Wacyk
University of Maryland Wind Orchestra
Columbia MD  
   
Jacob Wallace
SDSU Wind Symphony
Brookings SD     

Chris David Westover
Denison University Wind Ensemble
Granville OH  
  
Shiree Williams
CCM Wind Orchestra
Cincinnati OH  



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community band division, 2018-19

Curt Ebersole
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Tarrytown NY    
  
Andrew Pease
Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble
Oneonta NY    
  
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Concert Band
Seattle WA    


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—high school band division, 2018-19

Philip Carter
Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Huntley IL    
   
Justin Swaim
Wharton High School Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
Tampa FL

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