Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral 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.

"The American Prize never designates a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly influences that outcome. We also try hard not to be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is 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.

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division), 2018-19
(SPECIAL NOTE: In 2018-19, in the professional choral division, two winning composers will be selected, one for a "major" work of significant length or intent, the other for a shorter choral "octavo" or group of octavos of narrower scope. This delineation will be reflected in the groupings of winner announcements—DK)

Nilo Alcala
North Hollywood CA
Manga Pakalagian (Ceremonies)  
Jesse Ayers
Canton OH
The Seventh Seal  
Tim Brent
Ewing NJ
Peace Song (Beatitudes)  
Julian David Bryson
Quincy MA
A Parable of Choices
Joshua Burel
Huntsville AL
A Winter's Tale  
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Sound Beach NY
My Name is Lamiya—Don't Call me “Refugee”
Stephen E. Caldwell
Fayetteville AR
Pre-Existing Condition      

Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
Feet of Jesus
Daniel Eichenbaum
Westover WV

Daniel Elder
Nashville TN
Three Nocturnes (Ballade to the Moon; Star Sonnet; Lullaby)  
Jessica French
Seattle WA
O Nata Lux  
Zebulon M. Highben
Columbus OH
A Memory of Wonder; Processio: Christus est stella matutina;

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
Spoon River Triptych     

Lansing McLoskey
Miami FL
Zealot Canticles  
John Muehleisen
Mukilteo WA
The Field  
Stephen L. Murray
Richmond MA
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 
Paul David Thomas
Denton TX
Out Damned Spot  
Ludwig Tuman
Greater Los Angeles CA
Cat’s Protector
William Vollinger
Woodcliff Lake NJ
Ethan Wickman
Helotes TX
Ballads of the Borderland  
Jaco Wong
Los Angeles CA

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

Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc MI
Our Rhyme 
Alex Berko
Solon OH
We Listen; Forgiven Tears 
Chung Hon Michael Cheng
Sugar Land TX
Fantasia ricercata 
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Our Father; Alleluia; Alleluia moderna; I know a place


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.

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