Monday, May 20, 2019

FINALISTS: composers (instrumental 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 instrumental 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.

"Much fine music is various genres and styles, each advanced on its merits. We hope to give more than one prize this year in the professional division, organizing the finalists into smaller categories. The American Prize never designates a set number of finalists: 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:

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—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2018-19

Chris Holly Aa
The Democratic Revolution of the Tiananmen Massacre

Olga Amelkina-Vera
Plano TX
The Heaven's Hundred  
William Ashworth
Medford OR
The Air of Other Planets: Variations on a theme by Arnold Schoenberg  
Leonard V. Ball Jr.
Winterville GA
ice crystals—lava flows
Bjorn Berkhout
Forest Hills NY
Running Towards Empty  
Robert J. Bradshaw
Gloucester MA
The Cost of Compassion  
Joshua Burel
Huntsville AL
Oliver Caplan
Medford MA
Love Letters  
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar
Chicago IL 
Vermilion; Nimbi
Jun Yi Chow
Astoria NY
Brian Ciach
Mountain View CA
Judith Cloud
Flagstaff AZ
The Dancing Ghost Lady of Coal Canyon    
Alex Cooke
Cleveland Heights OH
Dante De Silva
Tarzana CA
Robert Denham
La Mirada CA

Cynthia Folio
Wynnewood PA
Winds for Change; When the Spirit Catches You…  
Burton Goldstein
Santa Monica CA
Arthur Gottschalk
Houston TX
Benny, Zoot and Teddy    
Kyle Kindred
Humble TX
David Lipten
Tallahassee FL
Once Was  
Samuel A. Livingston
Hopewell NJ
Call to the Mountains   
Brian Mark
Brooklyn NY
Several Circles  
Jonathan B. McNair
Chattanooga TN
All a-Cryin'    

Lawrence R. Mumford
Laguna Niguel CA
Jonathan Newmark
Burke VA
Secret Atop the Bluff
Sean Osborn
Shoreline WA
Trio No. 2
Clement Reid
Lakewood WA
Morrell Variations    

Walter Saul
Fresno CA
Thomas Schwan
Dallas TX
Canone Infinito  
Andrew Sigler
Knoxville TN
Joseph T. Spaniola
Pensacola FL
Robert Scott Thompson
Roswell GA
David Werfelmann
Saint Louis MO
Suite a l'antique

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

Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc WI
Death's Door

Jonathan Booker
Kansas City MO
Divergent Trajectories      
Jake Boring
San Diego CA
Josiah Tayag Catalan
Sacramento CA
Benedetto Colagiovanni
Clayton MO
Night Blossoms    
Isak Gaines
Brooklyn NY
In The Heart of the Earth       

Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby
Cambridge MA
Structurae Modorum    

Joseph Foster Harkins
Cincinnati OH
Piano Sonatina No. 2  

Maria Kaoutzani
Chicago IL
jaune dorĂ©      
Kyle Krause
Marengo IL
Mikaela Rose
Nashville TN
Weather String Quartet: Transformation of a Caterpillar      
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY
Bats Hunting

Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Acts of Remembrance    
Avik Sarkar
Chestnut Hill MA
From Voices      
Austin C. Smith
Brighton MA
String Quartet No. 2          

Joseph Sowa
Simsbury CT
An Integrity of Clouds          

Zachariah Thomas
Bowling Green OH
Life Words amid corruption


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: 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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