Friday, May 10, 2019

FINALISTS: band conductors, 2018-19 season

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2018-19 FINALIST conductors in band/wind ensemble divisions. Congratulations!

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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 complete the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

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.
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 Conducting—college/university band division, 2018-19

"Especially in the conducting competitions, I do not subscribe to the philosophy of “too many finalists.” Many semi-finalists have been advanced in this division. Hailing from big places or smaller places, major programs and not, call it “respect for conductors.” All these individuals are achieving fine results, and, for various reason, are worthy of finalist status and additional attention. It is a wide open contest at this point." —DK

Kaleb Benda
Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic
Oklahoma City OK  

Michael S. Butler
UWSP Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Stevens Point WI  
Daniel Cook
Northwestern University Chamber Ensemble
Evanston IL  
Brian Diller
Tennessee Tech Wind Ensemble
Cookeville TN  
Jack A. Eaddy, Jr.
North Texas Wind Symphony
Denton TX  
Joseph Higgins
Rowan University Wind Ensemble
Glassboro NJ     

Pamornpan Komolpamorn
The University of Texas Wind Ensembles
Austin TX

Matthew C. Morse
Sacramento State Symphony Wind Ensemble
Sacramento CA

Christopher James Nicholas
Chapman Wind Symphony
Orange CA

Devin Otto
University of Wisconsin-Oskosh Wind Ensemble
Oshkosh WI

Dahn T. Pham
Washington-Idaho Symphony Chamber Winds
Moscow ID

Lauren Reynolds
University of Delaware Wind Ensemble
Newark DE  
Timothy Shade
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Wichita KS  
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Wind Ensemble
Seattle WA  
David Wacyk
University of Maryland Wind Orchestra
Columbia MD  
Jacob Wallace
SDSU Wind Symphony
Brookings SD     

Chris David Westover
Denison University Wind Ensemble
Granville OH  
Shiree Williams
CCM Wind Orchestra
Cincinnati OH  

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community band division, 2018-19

Curt Ebersole
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Tarrytown NY    
Andrew Pease
Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble
Oneonta NY    
Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Concert Band
Seattle WA    

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—high school band division, 2018-19

Philip Carter
Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Huntley IL    
Justin Swaim
Wharton High School Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
Tampa FL


We invite 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 results 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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