Tuesday, April 16, 2019

FINALISTS : composers (vocal chamber music), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of vocal chamber 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' work directly influences that outcome. We also try hard not to be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination—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.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

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

Curtis Bryant
Union City GA
Letters from Jack    
Brian Ciach
Mountain View CA
Molna Elegy    
David Feurzeig
Huntington VT
Lingua Franca    
Dorothy Hindman
Miami FL
The Pillow Book    
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    

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

Zach Gulaboff Davis
Salem OR
Opaque Etchings        

Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
toward the light    
William F. Montgomery
Baton Rouge LA
The Child Born; The Witch has Told You a Story; Changing Weather Patterns    

Julia Seeholzer
Santa Monica CA
Portraits of Disquiet       

Joseph Sowa
Simsbury CT
Blossom Music       


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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