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:

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
Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
Feet of Jesus
David Horace Davies
Rowlett TX
In the Bleak Midwinter  
Daniel Eichenbaum
Westover WV

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
Greater Los Angeles CA
Cat’s Protector; The Happy Man’s Shirt; Lord of the Cranes
William Vollinger
Woodcliff Lake NJ
Brent Weaver
Newberg OR
Hymns from the Sacred Harp  
Ethan Wickman
Helotes TX
Ballads of the Borderland  
Jaco Wong
Los Angeles CA

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

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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