Friday, May 17, 2019

TAP provides additional opportunities for its laureates—two more composers engaged

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts continues to search for ways to assist its laureates after the competitions conclude. One way TAP does this is to designate "Honored Artists of The American Prize," contestants who have displayed sustained excellence over multiple contest seasons. The next group of "Honored Artists" will be announced this summer.

A number of The American Prize laureate conductors and ensembles have engaged TAP winners as soloists or guests. We hope to expand this program in the future, making it easier for TAP laureates in all divisions to contact fellow artists to arrange concerts and other collaborations.

Among the group of conductors providing additional opportunities is the competitions' own chief judge, David (Volosin) Katz, who is founding music director of The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. Over the last eight years, the CBASO, the midwest's unique ensemble of lawyers, judges and law students, has hired many vocalist soloists directly through the contests, all winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Awards. The latest group, four singers who will perform the Beethoven 9th Symphony under Maestro Katz's baton, were announced earlier this week. Here is a link to that announcement.

In addition, Katz and the CBASO have selected works by several TAP laureate composers for performance, including works by Robert Wendel and Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Two more composers will be highlighted as part of June's Beethoven concerts.

TAP laureate composer Christopher Lowry's "Celebration Overture" will be featured in performances by the orchestra in Niles, IL on June 2nd and again on June 22nd in Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. TAP Composer Jamie Wind Whitmarsh has been commissioned by TAP and the CBASO to create added percussion parts for Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, the grand finale of the concerts. Whitmarsh's new percussion edition will be published by DelGatto Press, soon to go live online; the edition will be available for sale later this year.

You can read more about the concerts at these links:

We are happy to publish bios and photos of Lowry and Whitmarsh below and look forward to more such TAP laureate interactions in coming seasons.

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.)

Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. His music has been performed by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Imperial Symphony, Austin Peay State University Symphony, Middle TN State University Symphony, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Blair Chamber Choir, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, members of the Taipei Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic, New York All-State String Orchestra, Plainview Old-Bethpage JFK High School String Orchestra, and many youth orchestras from around the country. Lowry has won awards in the Alabama Symphony Call for Scores, BandWidth Music Festival Call for Scores, Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Competition, World Projects Composition Competition, NAfME Composition Competition, Frank Van Der Stucken Award, Nashville Philharmonic Composition Competition, Anton Stadler International Basset Clarinet Composition Competition, among others. Lowry holds a BM degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and a MM degree from LSU, where he is currently working towards his DMA.

Jamie Wind Whitmarsh is an American composer, percussionist, and conductor on faculty at Oklahoma City University. He regularly performs with clarinet/percussion duo Duo Rodinia as well as the percussion collective Great Plains Percussion Group, and is Music Director for the Oklahoma Composer's Orchestra. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Music Composition from Florida State University and Bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Composition from Oklahoma City University.

His music is performed often at regional, national, and international conventions/conferences, including PASIC, SCI, ITG, ICA, World Saxophone Congress, MTNA National, Regional and State Conventions, and NFA. He can be heard on the compact discs Firefish, the Music of Blake Tyson, Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume II: Not Far From Here and Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume III: Ten Windows, the last of which contains his work NAILS!!!. His work Aqueous Transfusion may be heard on Tyler Tolles’ debut disc In Touch, his work Buckle Up on Rogue Two's debut disc, and his works Portraits and Insights may be heard on Ryan Beach’s forthcoming solo disc. He is on percussion staff with Yukon High School and is also highly sought after as a wind/percussion arranger with A103 Productions. Jame is a member of SCI, ASCAP, and PAS, and serves on the Composition Contest Committee for PAS as well as chair of the Composition Education Subcommittee. Jamie proudly endorses Innovative Percussion products.

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