Friday, May 3, 2019

FINALISTS: bands/wind ensembles, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST bands/wind ensembles for 2018-19 in all 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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why 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.
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.)

"Wonderful bands! The college/university division is especially competitive—and the repertoire! Impressive on so many levels. Very eager to discover the outcome."—DK

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division,  2018-19

CSUSB Symphonic Band
Nicholas Bratcher
San Bernardino CA 
University of Houston Wind Ensemble
David Clemmer
Houston TX 
NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury
Boston MA 
Capital University Symphonic Winds
Jeffrey D. Gershman
Columbus OH 
Slippery Rock University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Jonathan Helmick
Slippery Rock PA 
University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble
Chris Knighten
Fayetteville AR 
Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Matthew C. Morse
Sacramento CA 
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble.
Devin Otto
Oshkosh WI 
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Timothy Shade
Wichita KS 
UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble
Shawn Smith
Charlotte NC 
Missouri State University Wind Ensemble
John Zastoupil
Springfield MO 

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division, 2018-19

The Allentown Band
Ronald Demkee
Allentown PA  
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole
Tarrytown NY  
Quincy Concert Band
Dr. Trent A. Hollinger
Quincy IL  
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Brian Hughes
Davenport IA  
Camellia City Flute Choir
Martin Melicharek III
Sacramento CA  
Los Alamos Community Winds
Ted Vives
Los Alamos NM

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—high school division, 2018-19

Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Philip Carter
Huntley IL 
Charlotte Catholic Symphonic Winds
Timothy Cook
Charlotte NC 
North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
Len Lavelle
Pittsburgh PA 


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! Our ensemble has 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 the 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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