Thursday, January 31, 2019

Finalists: COMPOSERS of pops & light music, 2018-19


The American Prize is pleased to announce 2018-19 FINALIST composers in the pops / light music division. 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 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.

The American Prize in Composition—Pops / Light Music, 2018-19
FINALISTS
   
Conor Brace
Round Rock TX
Gettysburg  
   
Joseph Church
New York NY
The Tortoise and the Two Ducks  
     
Carlo V. Frizzo
Bloomington IN
Chickasaw Cobb       

Gerald Gurss
Charlotte NC
Stand Up
   
Robert Wendel
New York NY
Caribbean Sleigh Ride  


*** 

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.





Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Semi-finalists: CONDUCTORS (band/wind ensemble), 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in band / wind ensemble divisions. Congratulations!

"Another exciting and competitive field in the college/university division."—DK

As the contests unfold, finalists, 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.

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 semi-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.


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

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  

Joseph P. Scott
University of Maryland Wind Ensemble
College Park MD  
  
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  



SEMI-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    
  
Kimberly Roof
Brooklyn Wind Symphony
Brooklyn NY    
  
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Concert Band
Seattle WA    


SEMI-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  

***

We invite semi-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 semi-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: 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 semi-finalists.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Semi-finalists: BANDS/WIND ENSEMBLES, 2018-19


The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST bands/wind ensembles for 2018-19 in all categories. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, 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.

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 semi-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.


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division,  2018-19


CSUSB Symphonic Band
Nicholas Bratcher
San Bernardino CA  
  
University of Houston Wind Ensemble
David Clemmer
Houston TX  
  
NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury
Boston MA  
  
Capital University Symphonic Winds
Jeffrey D. Gershman
Columbus OH  
  
Slippery Rock University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Jonathan Helmick
Slippery Rock PA  
  
University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble
Chris Knighten
Fayetteville AR  
  
Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Matthew C. Morse
Sacramento CA  
  
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble.
Devin Otto
Oshkosh WI  
  
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Timothy Shade
Wichita KS  
  
UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble
Shawn Smith
Charlotte NC  
  
Missouri State University Wind Ensemble
John Zastoupil
Springfield MO  



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division, 2018-19

The Allentown Band
Ronald Demkee
Allentown PA  
  
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole
Tarrytown NY  
  
Quincy Concert Band
Dr. Trent A. Hollinger
Quincy IL  
  
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Brian Hughes
Davenport IA  
  
Camellia City Flute Choir
Martin Melicharek III
Sacramento CA  
  
Los Alamos Community Winds
Ted Vives
Los Alamos NM



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—high school division, 2018-19

Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Philip Carter
Huntley IL  
  
Charlotte Catholic Symphonic Winds
Timothy Cook
Charlotte NC  
  
North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
Len Lavelle
Pittsburgh PA  



***

We invite semi-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 semi-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 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 semi-finalists.


  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—instrumental chamber music, 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce a grand list of 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music, in both professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

"Stunning quality and variety." —DK

As the contests unfold, finalists, 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.

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 semi-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.

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

Chris Holly Aa
The Democratic Revolution of the Tiananmen Massacre, Uprising, Umbrella Revolution, Rebirth!; The Lamb of The Living God is Jesus Christ
 
Aaron Alter
Carlsbad CA
Introspecive Blues #1; Try it On!; For Fred 
   
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; leaves
   
Bjorn Berkhout
Forest Hills NY
Running Towards Empty  
  
Robert J. Bradshaw
Gloucester MA
The Cost of Compassion  
 
Joshua Burel
Huntsville AL
Roanoke; Andooni    
  
Oliver Caplan
Medford MA
Love Letters  
  
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar
Chicago IL 
Vermilion; Looking Up; Nimbi
 
Jun Yi Chow
Astoria NY
Neighbor    
  
Brian Ciach
Mountain View CA
Chaconne  
   
Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
The Dancing Ghost Lady of Coal Canyon    
   
Michael Coleman
Pensacola FL
Room 857        
   
Alex Cooke
Cleveland Heights OH
Scarcity  
  
Dante De Silva
Tarzana CA
Hungry  
  
Robert Denham
La Mirada CA
Goldgraber    
  
Brian T. Field
Fairfield CT
Tableaux Tartroniques      

Cynthia Folio
Wynnewood PA
Winds for Change; When the Spirit Catches You…  
   
Amos Gillespie
Chicago IL
Solo!  
   
Burton Goldstein
Santa Monica CA
Sextet  
   
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Benny, Zoot and Teddy    
   
William Carson Graham
Brooklyn NY
what is possible, what is enough, and the benefits of either over the other  
   
Douglas Hedwig
Chattanooga TN
Movable Borders  
   
Alden Jenks
Oakland CA
Unrestful Sleep  
  
Kyle Kindred
Humble TX
Inundacion  
   
Dmitri Korneev
Manalapan NJ  
Arabesque      

David Lipten
Tallahassee FL
Once Was  
   
Samuel A. Livingston
Hopewell NJ
Call to the Mountains; The Old Man is Dancing    
   
Brian Mark
Brooklyn NY
Several Circles  
   
Jonathan B. McNair
Chattanooga TN
Digressions        

Jonathan B. McNair
Chattanooga TN
All a-Cryin'    

Timothy Lee Miller
Mahwah NJ
Dappled light 'mid mountains gleams  
   
Lawrence R. Mumford
Laguna Niguel CA
SONATA ALLEGRO  
 
Jonathan Newmark
Burke VA
Secret Atop the Bluff
   
Sean Osborn
Shoreline WA
Trio No. 2
   
Matthew Scott Phillips
Birmingham AL
The Socratic Problem  

Ben Raznick
Denver CO
Memory Maze; Balada de Buenos Aires; Kyeone; Memory Haze Duet; Barcelona Tango Rag  
   
Clement Reid
Lakewood WA
Morrell Variations    

David P. Sartor
Hermitage TN
Sixes and Sevens  
   
Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Quiltings    
   
Thomas Schwan
Dallas TX
Canone Infinito  
  
Chris Shelton
Norwood MA
A Dream Disturbed  

Benjamin Shorstein
Jacksonville FL
Partita   
   
Andrew Sigler
Knoxville TN
Jacana    
   
Joseph T. Spaniola
Pensacola FL
Dream    
   
Ann Stimson
Weston MA
Mirage    
   
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
PARATAXIS   
   
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
METTA
   
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
Flexure    
   
Brent Weaver
Newberg OR
Two Intermezzos  
 
David Werfelmann
Saint Louis MO
Suite a l'antique



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

Fernando A. Allendes
Boston MA
Llueve sobre hojas secas    
   
Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc WI
Death's Door; Sempre nella luce      
  
Jonathan Booker
Kansas City MO
Divergent Trajectories      
   
Jake Boring
San Diego CA
Miniatures      
   
Josiah Tayag Catalan
Sacramento CA
Fractal Tracing; 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    

Scott Greene
Highland Park IL
Untitled Work for Clarinet and Electronics     
   
Ian Evans Guthrie
Tallahassee FL
String Quartet          

Dai Haraguchi
Boston MA
Three Dreams      
 
Joseph Foster Harkins
Cincinnati OH
Piano Sonatina No. 2  

Annika Huprikar
Deerfield IL
Reflectere      
   
Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
jaune dorĂ©      
  
Kyle Krause
Marengo IL
Chrysalism      
   
Mikaela Rose
Nashville TN
Dust Storm; Sun Shower; Minuet: Transformation of a Caterpillar      
   
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
Bats Hunting; Hypernova      
   
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Return; Dawn; Mood        

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; Nocturne      
  
Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby
Cambridge MA
Structurae Modorum    

***

We invite semi-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 semi-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: 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 semi-finalists.




Sunday, January 20, 2019

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—vocal chamber music, 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music, in professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

"Again, stunning displays of talent and creativity in a large field."

As the contests unfold, finalists, 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.

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 semi-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.

SEMI-FINALISTS The American Prize in Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division), 2018-19

John G. Bilotta
Concord CA
The League of Minor Characters    
   
Suzy Born
Highland Park IL
Contemplations on Life and Love    
   
Curtis Bryant
Union City GA
Letters from Jack    
  
Brian Ciach
Mountain View CA
Molna Elegy    
  
Robert Denham
La Mirada CA
Sutter Creek    
  
David Feurzeig
Huntington VT
Lingua Franca    
  
Brian T. Field
Fairfield CT
Tres Canciones de Amor       

Heather Gilligan
Keene NH
Battlegrounds    
   
Dorothy Hindman
Miami FL
The Pillow Book    
  
Derek M. Jenkins
Jonesboro AR
Unfinished List of the Things I Love    
   
Alden Jenks
Oakland CA
Two songs from "Time Suite"; "Shadow Publishing Company" from Ghost Songs    
   
Brendan McConville
Knoxville TN
Quattro Canzoni da La Pioggia nel Pineto    
   
Jonathan B. McNair
Chattanooga TN
Like a Breath in a Bubble, Spinning    
   
Patrice Michaels
Chicago IL
THE LONGVIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg    
  
Moshe Shulman
Buffalo NY
Seven Prophetesses        

Lauren Spavelko
Pickerington OH
Baby Book    
   
Judith Lynn Stillman
Providence RI
Poet As Immortal Bird    
   
Ingrid Stolzel
Lawrence KS
The Gorgeous Nothings    
  
William Vollinger
Woodcliff Lake NJ
God's Optimism    

Ruth Weber
Escondido CA  
Songs of an Immigrant
 
Jeff Winslow
Portland OR
When You Are Old    
   
Stephen Yarbrough
Vermillion SD
Kenyon Songs: Seven Poems of Jane Kenyon    



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

Ching-Shan Chang
Brooklyn NY
Five Miniatures        

Zach Gulaboff Davis
Salem OR
Opaque Etchings        

Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
toward the light    
  
Erika Meyer
Mill Creek WA
Demain, des l'aube; Soleils couchants VI    
   
William F. Montgomery
Baton Rouge LA
The Child Born; The Witch has Told You a Story; Changing Weather Patterns    

Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
I am thy Father's Spirit; The Gardener    
   
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Four Russian Lyrics   

Julia Seeholzer
Santa Monica CA
Portraits of Disquiet       

Joseph Sowa
Simsbury CT
Blossom Music       

***

We invite semi-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 semi-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: 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 semi-finalists.




Monday, January 14, 2019

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—music for chorus, 2018-19 (revised)

This listing was revised 1/20/19 by moving one applicant to the proper category.—DK

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST composers of choral music. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, 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.

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 semi-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.

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division), 2018-19

Nilo Alcala
North Hollywood CA
Manga Pakalagian (Ceremonies)  
   
Aaron Alter
Carlsbad CA
Together We Create and Sing!  
   
David Avshalomov
Santa Monica CA
There Was Another Song  
   
Jesse Ayers
Canton OH
The Seventh Seal  
   
Tim Brent
Ewing NJ
Peace Song (Beatitudes)  
   
Andrew Bruhn
Belvidere IL
Songs from Luke  
   
Julian David Bryson
Quincy MA
A Parable of Choices; Green is the Color of Its Flame; All Things New  
 
Joshua Burel
Huntsville AL
A Winter's Tale  
   
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Sound Beach NY
My Name is Lamiya—Don't Call me “Refugee”
Nigra Sum
  
Stephen E. Caldwell
Fayetteville AR
Pre-Existing Condition      

Jerry Casey
Naples FL
Autumn  
   
Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
Feet of Jesus
   
David Horace Davies
Rowlett TX
In the Bleak Midwinter  
   
Daniel Eichenbaum
Westover WV
Record  

Daniel Elder
Nashville TN
Three Nocturnes (Ballade to the Moon; Star Sonnet; Lullaby)  
   
Jessica French
Renton WA
Ave Maris Stella; Full Many A Glorious Morning; O Nata Lux  
   
Peter Frost
Hawthorne NY
The Rainy Day  
   
Zebulon M. Highben
Columbus OH
A Memory of Wonder; Processio: Christus est stella matutina; God Alone Be Praised; Hymn to Christ the Light      

Ching-chu Hu
Newark OH
A Letter from the End of Days  
  
Rex Isenberg
Voorhees NJ
Feathers in the Wind  
  
Kyle Kindred
Humble TX
Canciones de Alfaro  
   
Timothy S. McDonnell
Crownsville MD
Tota Pulchra; Ubi Caritas  
   
Timothy S. McDonnell
Crownsville MD
Spoon River Triptych     

Lansing McLoskey
Miami FL
Zealot Canticles  
   
Justin Merritt
Northfield MN
The Path  
   
John Muehleisen
Mukilteo WA
The Field  
   
Stephen L. Murray
Richmond MA
Horses At Midnight...; Pater Noster; Small Feathered Bodies…; Here's to the Music  
   
Kyle Pederson
Eagan MN
Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?; Psallite; In the Beginning; Stars; A Mighty Fortress is our God  
   
Michael Rickelton
Baltimore MD 
Psalm; Ubi Caritas; Pentecost  
   
Denice Rippentrop
Scottsdale AZ
From Sin Set Free  
   
Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Now to the King Eternal  
   
Paul David Thomas
Denton TX
Out Damned Spot  
   
Ludwig Tuman
Oxnard CA
Cat’s Protector; The Happy Man’s Shirt; Lord of the Cranes
  
William Vollinger
Woodcliff Lake NJ
O.D.  
   
Brent Weaver
Newberg OR
Hymns from the Sacred Harp  
  
Ethan Wickman
Helotes TX
Ballads of the Borderland  
   
Jaco Wong
Los Angeles CA
Psithaura  


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division), 2018-19

Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc MI
Our Rhyme 
  
Alex Berko
Solon OH
Lincoln; We Listen; Forgiven Tears 
 
Ching-Shan Chang
Brooklyn NY
My Soul is Awakened from Sleep 
  
Chung Hon Michael Cheng
Sugar Land TX
Fantasia ricercata 
   
Dai Haraguchi
Boston MA
Haiku of Basho Matsuo 
  
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Our Father; Alleluia; Alleluia moderna; I know a place…

Joseph Sowa
Simsbury CT
Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King 
   
Zachariah Thomas
Bowling Green OH
Solus Christus 

***

We invite semi-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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-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: 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 semi-finalists.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

FINALISTS: Instrumental Soloists, 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST instrumental soloists for 2018-19. 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.

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 often honored semi-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 season. 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.


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2018-19, professional division:
"Exceptional soloists in the professional division. An extremely close competition."—DK

Brian Allred
Kansas City KS
Flute      
   
Christine Erlander Beard
Omaha NE
Flute      
   
Blanka Bednarz
Carlisle PA
Violin      
   
Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Winston-Salem NC
Trumpet          

Christopher Dickey
Pullman WA
Tuba      
   
Krista Jobson
Edinburg TX
Flute      
   
Christopher Lowry
Antioch TN
Viola      
   
Christopher Nichols
Smyrna DE
Clarinet      
  
Hannah Porter Occena
Glen Cove
NY Flute      

Kumiko Shimizu
Cleveland MS
collaborative piano           

Kenneth Thompkins
Troy MI
Trombone      
 
Erin Murphy
Stillwater OK
Flute      
   
Rick Bogart
New York NY
Clarinet      
  
Gloria Justen
San Francisco CA
Viola      

Ulli Reiner
Poway CA
Violin     
   
Denise Tryon
Cincinnati OH
Horn      
  
Zoe Vandermeer
Gaylordsville CT
WelshTriple Harp
Baroque Triple Harp



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2018-19, college/university division:

Eftihia Victoria Arkoudis
Morgantown WV
Flute      
  
Joe Broom
McLean VA
Euphonium      

Samuel DeCaprio
Lebanon CT
Cello      

Taylor Fleshman
Kernersville NC
Harp      
      
Tyrone Page
Baltimore MD
Saxophone      
   
Daniel Wolfe
Chambersburg PA
Bassoon



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2018-19, community division:

Thomas J. Philbrick
Okemos MI
Violin      
   
Shan Su
Tyler TX
Viola   



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2018-19, high school division:

Claire Arias-Kim
Hoffman Estates IL
Violin      
  
Grace Huh
San Jose CA
Violin      
  
Abigail Leong
Fremont CA
Cello      
  
Pierce Wang
Fremont CA
Violin      


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Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your 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!

Monday, January 7, 2019

SEMI-FINALISTS: composers—music for orchestra, 2018-19

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive listing of 2018-19 SEMI-FINALIST composers for orchestra in both professional and student divisions, representing many styles and aesthetics. Congratulations!

"Terrific quality and variety."—DK

As the contests unfold, finalists, 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.

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 semi-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.

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

Lee Actor
Monte Sereno CA
Prelude to a Tragedy   
      
Caroline Ahn
Carmel IN
Summer Sketches for Orchestra   
      
Samuel Beebe
Brooklyn NY
The Rest is Silence   
      
Sergio Bernal
Logan UT
Andares  (Trumpet Concerto)
  
Michele Caniato
Watertown MA
Introduzione e Siciliana   
      
Luke Carlson
Hollister MO
Creations   
 
I'lana S. Cotton
Medford OR
Cantus   
      
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand   
      
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Rocco e Rollo   
    
Saad Haddad
New York NY
Takht   
      
Douglas Hedwig
Chattanooga TN
Movable Borders   
      
John Hennecken
De Pere WI
Symphony for the Garden City   
      
Dorothy Hindman
Miami FL
Setting Century Symphony   
      
Wayne B. Horvitz
Seattle WA
Those Who Remain—Concerto for Orchestra and Improvising Soloist
      
Douglas Knehans
Cincinnati OH
Unfinished Earth   
    
Lawrence R. Mumford
Laguna Niguel CA
THE DAWN WIND   
      
Dan Pinkston
Redding CA
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra   
      
Jakub Polaczyk
Astoria NY
SKYSCRAPING CHACONNE   
      
Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra   
      
Nan Schwartz
Tarzana CA
Aspirations; Perspectives; Romanza; Angels Among Us   
    
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
By Steam or by Dream   
  
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
The Information Age   
      
Meira Warshauer
Columbia SC
Symphony No. 1—Living Breathing Earth 

Nikita Wells
Springfield VA
Two Counts at Stake (Fantasy Overture)

Steven Winteregg
Dayton OH
Resolution   
      
Diane Wittry
Allentown PA
Ode to Joy Fanfare   
      
Tianguang (Stephen) Yang
Los Angeles CA
Heaven Shall Fall, Project Zion, Last Ash…   
        


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

Keith Allegretti
Austin TX
Ricercar   
    
Ching-Shan Chang
Brooklyn NY
When the Sun Rises   
    
Ching-Shan Chang
Brooklyn NY
In history, in memory   
      
Zach Gulaboff Davis
Salem OR
Groove   
      
Jack Frerer
New York NY
On-Again, Off-Again   
      
Clare Glackin
Santa Fe NM
Archaea   
    
Martin Hebel
Hamden CT
Symphony No. 3  in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts   
      
Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
On the Freedom of the Moon   
      
Bo Li
Kansas City MO
Encirclement   
    
Daniel Morel
Kansas City MO
On peaks and clouds   
      
Patrick O'Malley
Los Angeles CA
Between Two Chasms   
      
Patrick O'Malley
Los Angeles CA
Rest and Restless   
      
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
Dark Energy       

Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Waiting   
      
Tianyi Wang
Boston MA
Under the Dome   
    
Gu Wei
Baltimore MD
Transience   
      
Xuesi Xu
Urbana IL
The Song of Roland    


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We invite semi-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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-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: 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 semi-finalists.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

FINALISTS: men in art song & oratorio, 2018-19, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST men in art song and oratorio for 2018-19, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. 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.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (men),  2018-19

Troy Castle
Marion IN   

Tomas Dominguez
Green Bay WI   

Michael Hix
Albuquerque NM   

Justin John Moniz
Springfield IL   

Bryan Pinkall
Manhattan KS   

Royce Strider
Meadville PA   

David Tayloe
Tuscaloosa AL   



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (men),  2018-19

Austin Sinclair Harris
Missouri City TX   

Benjamin Howard
Denton TX



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, high school division (men),  2018-19

Carl Ho
Houston TX   

Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY   


***

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.




Thursday, January 3, 2019

FINALISTS: men in opera & operetta, 2018-19, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST men in opera and operetta for 2018-19 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. 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.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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.


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (men), 2018-19

Jeff Byrnes Detroit MI   

Charles H. Eaton III Storrs CT   

Albert Niedel Gaithersburg MD   

Logan Tanner Lawrence NJ   



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (men), 2018-19

Bradley Bickhardt Columbia NJ   

Benjamin Howard Denton TX   

Ian Murrell Vandalia IL   


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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.