Friday, May 17, 2019

FINALISTS: choral 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 choruses for 2018-19 in all divisions. Congratulations!

"Wonderful choirs! I am delighted that so many fine choral ensembles have advanced. Regardless of the final outcome, all deserve finalist recognition and the written evaluations that come with it."—DK

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.)

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division,

Constellation Men's Ensemble
Ryan Townsend Strand
Chicago IL 
San Diego Pro Art Voices
Katie Walders
San Diego CA 
Vocal Essence Ensemble Singers
Elissa Weller
Minneapolis MN  

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

University of Redlands Chapel Singers
Nicholle Andrews
Redlands CA           
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals
Michael B  Boswell
Saint Mary of the Woods IN           
Mansfield University Concert Choir
Peggy Dettwiler
Mansfield PA  
Dominick DiOrio
Bloomington IN  
UW Milwaukee Concert Chorale
Zachary Durlam
Milwaukee WI           
UNebraska-Lincoln University Singers
Peter A  Eklund
Lincoln NE           
Buena Vista Concert Choir
Merrin Guice
Storm Lake IA              

Wichita State University Concert Chorale
Michael Hanawalt
Wichita KS           
Muskingum University Concert Choir
Zebulon M  Highben
New Concord OH           
Miami University Men's Glee Club
Jeremy D  Jones
Oxford OH           
William Jewell College Concert Choir
Anthony J  Maglione
Liberty MO           
Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
Nancy Menk
Notre Dame IN         
Winthrop University Chorale
Dr  Jeremy Mims
Rock Hill SC              

Westminster Kantorei
Westminster Choir College
Amanda Quist
Princeton NJ           
Clark University  Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Daniel P  Ryan
Worcester MA           
Wheaton College Concert Choir
John William Trotter
Wheaton IL           
The College of Wooster Chorus
Lisa Wong
Wooster OH                    ,       

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2018-19

Choral Chameleon
Vince Peterson
Brooklyn NY  
Tyler Evick
Nashville TN 
Timbre Cierpke conductor

Ensemble Companio
Erik Peregrine
Niskayuna NY     

Oregon Repertory Singers
Ethan Sperry
Portland OR     

First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Joshua Taylor
Dallas TX  
Plymouth Choir
Tom Trenney
Lincoln NE

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and school  division, 2018-19

North Shore HS Madrigal Singers
Jared Berry
Glen Head NY     

Brockton HS Concert Choir
Matthew Cunningham
Brockton MA  
LHS Chamber Choir
Rika R  Heruth
Liberty MO     

Roosevelt HS Concert Choir
Robyn Starks Holcomb
Sioux Falls SD  
Arvada West HS Vocal Showcase
Chris Maunu
Arvada CO  
Graham-Kapowsin HS Concert Chorale
Jason Saunders
Graham WA  
Firebird Singers
Adalberto Yanes
Miami FL

New World Singers
Jeanne M  Wohlgamuth
Columbus OH   

SPECIAL FINALISTS (elementary school choirs):         
Fifth Avenue Falcons
Shawn M  Small
Lebanon 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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