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:

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
Christine Erlander Beard
Omaha NE
Blanka Bednarz
Carlisle PA
Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Winston-Salem NC

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

Kumiko Shimizu
Cleveland MS
collaborative piano           

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

Ulli Reiner
Poway CA
Denise Tryon
Cincinnati OH
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
Joe Broom
McLean VA

Samuel DeCaprio
Lebanon CT

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

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

Thomas J. Philbrick
Okemos MI
Shan Su
Tyler TX

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

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


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: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists!

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