Monday, January 14, 2019

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

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  

Ander de la Fuente Ibarreche
Syracuse NY
El Himno del Humor, Elkarrekin gaudela, El Crisol de los metales
  
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 

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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 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
Lebanpn 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      


***

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 Siciciana   
      
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    


***

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   


***

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.