Saturday, June 29, 2019

KUDOS to SIX TAP LAUREATES who participated in major concerts in CHICAGO

"Ode to Joy" in Symphony Center, Chicago, last weekend.
Six laureates of The American Prize accepted chief judge David Katz's invitation to participate in major concerts he conducted in Chicago in June.

Performing Beethoven's 9th
Soprano Amy Pfrimmer, mezzo-soprano Ann Cravero, tenor Patrick Muehliese and bass-baritone Leo Radosavljevic were the vocal soloists in performances of the final movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 as winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award.

The concerts were presented by the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and guest choirs, more than three hundred musicians in all, culminating in a final performance at Orchestra Hall / Symphony Center (home of the Chicago Symphony) last Saturday evening.

Beethoven Curtain Call

Katz with composer Christopher Lowry.
Also participating in the concert were TAP laureate composer Christopher Lowry, whose "Celebration Overture" received its Chicago premiere under Katz's baton. Lowry was in attendance to accept a huge ovation from the audience in response to his spirited and tuneful work. Also involved in the concert was TAP laureate composer Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, whose new percussion additions to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus helped "raise the roof" at Orchestra Hall as the concert finale. Whitmarsh's arrangement, to be called "Hallelujah Resplendent," will be published by DelGatto Press in time for holiday performances later this season.

Thanking him for "Celebration Overture"

Katz has been music director of the Chicago Bar Association Symphony since its founding thirty-three years ago. The CBASO is the midwest's unique ensemble of attorneys, judges and law students.

"We must seek to create more opportunities for TAP laureates nationwide, not just with the CBASO," Katz commented. "We're working on some initiatives to do just that as The American Prize's tenth anniversary approaches in 2020-21."

Friday, June 28, 2019

WINNERS: conductors (choral divisions), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting, 2018-19, in the choral divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Conducting—chorus (community division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Philip Brunelle
VocalEssence
Minneapolis MN 

Philip Brunelle
VocalEssence Founder and Artistic Director Philip Brunelle is an internationally renowned conductor, scholar, and performer. He has worked tirelessly to expand audiences for rarely heard works of the past and worthwhile new music. His conducting engagements have taken him throughout the world. Chorus America has honored Philip with its most prestigious award, the Michael Korn Founder’s Award for Development of the Choral Art, and he has received numerous other honors from national and local chapters of the American Choral Directors Association. He has served in several leadership positions for the International Federation of Choral Music, and holds five honorary doctorates. He has been recognized for his commitment to choral music by Norway (Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit), the United Kingdom (Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire), Hungary (Kodály Medal), Sweden (Royal Order of the Polar Star), and Mexico (Ohtli Recognition Award). (www.vocalessence.org)


2nd Place:
Michael R. McKenzie
Gustavus Social Justice Choir
Saint Peter MN   

Michael R. McKenzie
Michael is currently a Choral and Instrumental Music Education double major at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He is a Björling Scholarship and Music Award recipient. He studies Horn and Voice at Gustavus with Melissa Morey and Dr. David Kozisek. Michael also serves as a Vocal Music Assistant for the Choral Department at Gustavus. As a singer, Michael sings Bass II and is a section leader in the Gustavus Choir. As a conductor, Michael has lead performances with the Choir of Christ Chapel, various chamber choirs, and the Gustavus Choir. Michael also serves as the director of the Sanctuary Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Mankato, MN. Michael is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Gustavus Social Justice Choir. The group will have one final year under his direction before transitioning into a full-time performing ensemble at Gustavus under the direction of the Gustavus choral faculty.


3rd Place:
John Morrow
McFarlin Chancel Choir
Norman OK 


John Morrow

John M. Morrow is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with an MM in Choral Conducting.  He currently serves as the Associate Director of Music and Principal Organist at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, where he also recently served as the Interim Director of Music Ministries.  Having worked as a music educator, church musician, established accompanist, and collaborative pianist/continuo player with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles, John studied conducting under Dr. Richard Zielinski and Dr. David Howard at the University of Oklahoma, and he recently made his European premiere with the Richard Zielinski Singers in Poland.  He studies organ with Dr. David Heller and Dr. John Schwandt, and recently attended the Sacred Music Intensive at Indiana University as an organist and conductor, studying with Dr. Christopher Young and Mr. Walter Huff.  John will be pursuing further research and performance opportunities in the U.S. and Europe in both the fields of organ and conducting.  He can be reached at morrowjohnm@gmail.com for information regarding future performances, tours, or guest conducting.


The American Prize in Conducting—chorus (college/university division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Ianthe Onelia Marini
The Unversity Singers
Columbus GA   


Ianthe Onelia Marini

DR. IANTHE MARINI is the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair for Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music in the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.  She has served as the Professional Chorus Master for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore, MD.  She currently serves as Professional Chorus Master for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in GA. Her professional preparations include: Handel’s Messiah for the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center; the a cappella repertoire of Sir James MacMillan under his own baton at the Kennedy Center; Pops concerts at the Kennedy Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; Verdi’s Requiem for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s Magnificat in D for the CSU Philharmonic.  Marini received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland where she studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.  She was the recipient of the University’s Pomeroy Prize for scholarship and performance in 17th and 18th century music.  She also served as the First Female Conductor of the University of Maryland Men’s Chorus.  Dr. Marini’s research involves the effects of acting on choral singing and her work focuses on the honest communication of text. An active performer, she was recognized by Boston Broadway Awards as Best Actress in a Musical for her work as Anita in West Side Story, and has created a rehearsal method that focuses on the growth of choral singers as active critical thinkers, honest communicators, and vulnerable actors.  She is an active clinician across the United States.


2nd Place: 
Chris David Westover
Denison University Chamber Singers & Wind Ensemble
Granville OH  

Chris David Westover
Prior to his current appointment as assistant professor of music at Denison, Westover led wind ensembles, orchestras and operatic performances at Bethel College (KS), the University of Oklahoma, and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is in constant demand as a conductor and has received acclaim for his performances with educational and professional ensembles. Westover’s conducting has been described as “elegant, bold, vibrant, inspiring and centered,” by Augusta Read Thomas. He is currently completing a critical wind-band transcription of Persichetti's Seventh Symphony to be premiered in the 2018-2019 season. He has lectured at Hong Kong Baptist University and CBDNA and will give a paper at the Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik in July 2019. He has conducted across the United States and in the People's Republic of China and is currently developing artistic projects in Sri Lanka.

His career spans operatic performances and educational work with young singers and community orchestras. Westover commands a broad and diverse repertoire including the core symphonic repertoire and the contemporary repertoire of the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble. He served as a staff conductor for the 4x4 Prizes at OU, and has commissioned and premiered works by Ching-chu Hu, HyeKyung Lee, Kathryn Salfelder, Ken Amis, Michael Weinstein, Brad Baumgardner, Andrew McManus, and Dan Lazerescou. In 2010, Westover led the critically acclaimed Dallas premiere of Daniel Roumain’s “Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln” during the inaugural season of the Winspear Opera House.

Westover’s conducting teachers include Jonathan Shames, John Carmichael, Jack Delaney, Kenneth Kiesler, and Eric Smedley. Dr. Westover is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Southern Methodist University, and Western Kentucky University.


3rd Place (there was a tie): 
Zachary Durlam
UW Milwaukee Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee WI  

Zachary Durlam
As Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Dr. Zachary Durlam leads multiple choirs and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and choral literature.  He previously taught at Fresno Pacific University where he was awarded the 2013 Faculty Distinguished Service Award and at Iowa City West High where the music department was one of seven programs in the nation named a Gold Signature School by the Grammy Foundation.  Durlam holds degrees from Luther College, the University of Iowa, and Michigan State University.  The UWM Concert Chorale under his direction has appeared at the WMEA and WCDA state music conferences and performed with the Rolling Stones at Milwaukee’s 2015 Summerfest.  He has presented at state and regional conferences of ACDA and NAfME, and he frequently works as a guest conductor and clinician.
 


3rd Place (there was a tie): 
Daniel P. Ryan
Clark University Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Worcester MA

Daniel P. Ryan
Maestro Daniel P. Ryan is Boston based conductor, composer, and singer. He currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Clark University, Associate Conductor of Voices Boston, Staff Conductor for the Boston City Singers, on the faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. Equally at home on the concert stage and in the theatre, Ryan has conducted, assistant conducted, and served as chorus master for over 50 opera and musical theatre productions most recently with WhiteSnake Productions, MetroWest Opera, and Interlochen Arts Camp. Upcoming 2018-2019 engagements include an appearance with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor for the newly commissioned “Opera Bites” with Boston Opera Collaborative, and conductor for “Die Fledermaus” with MassOpera. At Clark University, Daniel will be arranging, and reviving Gena Branscombe’s lost masterwork “The Pilgrims of Destiny”, heard for the first time in almost hundred years and a MA premiere or Elena Ruehr’s “Ars Poetica #1,002: Rally”. To learn more please visit www.danielpryan.com 


The American Prize in Conducting—chorus (secondary school division), 2018-19
  The American Prize winner:
Adalberto Yanes
Firebird Singers
Miami FL 

Adalberto Yanes
Holds Doctorate from the University of Miami, a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music (NYC), and a Bachelors of Music from Florida International University. Further studies: Diploma- L’Ecole Americaine (Fountainbleau - France), Diploma - IRCAM (Paris-France).  Recipient of the 2016 STARS- Residency at the HERMITAGE, and Semi Finalist for the 2017 Music EDUCATOR GRAMMY, Dr. Yanes has served as Music Coordinator, Master Teacher, and Music Supervisor for the YoungArts Foundation. Dr. Yanes has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Miami-Dade College.

His choral groups have consistently received Superior Ratings at District, State Festivals and have performed at several prestigious concert halls including the Arsht Center, Koger Center, and Carnegie Hall.  Dr, Yanes has been an educator at the Doral Academy since 2000 teaching Chorus, Piano, and AP Music Theory and a professor at Doral College.

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Congratulations!

Monday, June 24, 2019

WINNERS: composers (choral music / student division), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the student choral division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—choral music (student division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Alex Berko
Solon OH 

We Listen; Forgiven Tears 
Alex Berko
Fascinated by the art of story telling, composer/pianist Alex Berko often writes music that combines cinematic elements with a uniquely and widely influenced harmonic pallet, containing a strong emotional narrative. Berko (b. 1995) is an American composer, pianist, and arranger from Cleveland, Ohio whose music has been performed in Asia, Canada, and throughout the United States. He has received performances by The Crossing, NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, The Cathedral Choral Society, Cape Symphony Orchestra, Del Sol String Quartet, among many others, and has received recognition from ASCAP/SCI, ACDA (Raymond Brock Memorial Prize), the Cleveland Institute of Music, and more. Berko currently attends Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, pursuing a BM in composition with an outside concentration in piano and entrepreneurship. Primary teachers include David Dzubay, Claude Baker, Keith Fitch, Aaron Travers, Don Freund (composition) and Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Edmund Battersby, and Sandra Shapiro (piano). For more information, visit www.alexberko.com.
 


2nd Place: 
Jacob Beranek
Oconomowoc MI
Our Rhyme 

Jacob Beranek
Jacob Beranek (b. 1998) is a Wisconsin-born composer and pianist. He has been named national winner in several competitions, including the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize, Steven Stucky Young Composers Competition, NFMC Junior Composers Competition, and Project 21 Prize for Music Composition. Jacob currently serves as Composer-in-Residence with the Midsummer’s Music Festival (Door County, WI) and will return for a second year of residency in 2018. He studied at the 2016 Curtis Institute of Music Young Artist Summer Program and regularly attended the Junior Composers Institute in Minneapolis (2012-15). In addition to composing, Jacob is a serious pianist and avid devotee of Czech music due to his heritage. He graduated with honors from University Lake School in Hartland, WI, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. You can learn more about Jacob and his musical endeavors at www.beranekmusic.com.


3rd Place: 
Chung Hon Michael Cheng
Sugar Land TX
Fantasia ricercata  

Chung Hon Michael Cheng
Hong Kong-born Chung Hon Michael Cheng began studying the piano at age four and composing around age six. An undergraduate at Harvard, he continued pursuing these passions when he came to the United States in 2006 and has studied composition with Dr. Ann Witherspoon, Prof. Chaya Czernowin, and Dr. Robert Kyr, theory with Dr. Richard Beaudoin, and counterpoint with Prof. Christopher Hasty.

Cheng was awarded the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Music Composition with Distinction in 2013 and attained a perfect score on the Grade 8 Theory Examination of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in 2011. He was declared the national winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition in 2012 and the national runner-up of the same in 2011 and 2014. In 2016, he was awarded the Hugh F. MacColl Prize in Music Composition by Harvard’s Department of Music.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Our Father; Alleluia; Alleluia moderna; I know a place…

Marat Sanatullov
Marat Sanatullov (b. 1970) began his formal study of music at age 6 and graduated with honors from Yaroslavl Music College as a violin performer and teacher in his native Russia. After studying literature in France and coming to America in 1998, he completed a Ph.D. in language education and taught. As a composer, he completed a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts (May 2018) in Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), studying with Tyler White (main teacher), Eric Richards, Tom Larson and Greg Simon. Inspired by his native Eurasian roots, different styles and mediums, Sanatullov’s music has been performed in high schools and universities throughout the United States. It received the First Prize in the 2015 Third Millennium Ensemble composers’ competition and the 2018 graduate Vreeland Award in Music at UNL. Sanatullov believes in the power of music, education and peace between nations and peoples. 



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Congratulations!

Monday, June 17, 2019

WINNERS: composers (band/wind ensemble), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, in the band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Ted King-Smith
Mission KS
Between Glimpses of Blue 

Ted King-Smith
Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist based in Kansas City, Missouri. As a composer he is interested in the combination of acoustic and electronic forces in music, and emphasizes virtuosity and improvisation in his works. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen and BMI. Ted’s music has been featured at numerous conferences and festivals as well as Late Night at National Sawdust, and WFMT and WKCR radio stations.  He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Ted is currently adjunct faculty at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College where he teaches courses in music technology and multimedia. He is also active as a performer with the Mnemosyne Quartet; and founded the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival as part of the NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble.


2nd Place: 
Andrew David Perkins
Fenton MI
ASYLUM

Andrew David Perkins
An ASCAP Plus Award recipient and GRAMMY nominated music educator, conductor, and composer, Andrew David Perkins (b.1978) holds a Specialist Certificate in Orchestration from the Berklee College of Music (2012), a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan (2007), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University (2002). An active composer, conductor and educator, Perkins is a regular guest clinician nationally and abroad. Mr. Perkins has served as an adjunct professor of Film Scoring at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music and Music Technology at Fenton High School in Fenton, Michigan. He additionally serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Fenton Community Orchestra. Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and his music is exclusively published through APOLLO STUDIOS (ASCAP). www.andrewdavidperkins.com


3rd Place: 
Larry Tuttle
Van Nuys CA
Across the Divide

Larry Tuttle
Larry Tuttle writes iconic and optimistic music with a strong sense of story and narrative arc. His music is driven by 21-st Century rhythms and sensibilities, while being rooted with the power of archetypal musical elements.

Larry won the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 2014 Audience of the Future Composition Competition with his work CHORALE AND FIDDLE TUNE.  His concert overture BY STEAM OR BY DREAM won second prize at the 2016 Keuris Composers Competition in The Netherlands, in the category of Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Larry recently completed two new works for wind ensemble on commission from the University of Southern California and a large consortium of universities. He is a composing and performing member of Composers Ensemble of Los Angeles, a workshop group dedicated to the development of new music.  Larry is also a renowned master of the Chapman Stick.  You can find out more about his music at www.larrytuttle.com.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Greg Danner
Cookeville TN
Euphonium Concerto   

Greg Danner
Greg Danner is Professor of Music at Tennessee Technological University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri (1958) he received the B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University, the M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and the Ph.D. from Washington University. Danner’s awards include the College Band Directors National Association Music for Young Band Prize, vocal category and grand prize in the Delius Society Composition Contest, first prize in the Robert Avalon International Composers Competition, and first prize in the Taghkanic Chorale Composers Competition. Danner has also received both the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and Kentucky Music Teachers Association Composer Commission Awards. He is a three-time winner in the International Composers Guild Composition Contest, including the Grand Prize in 2010. Danner has received annual ASCAP awards for composition since 1989.  Recent commissions include works for the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, the American School Band Directors Association, and the Trifecta Trio. www.gregdanner.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Gregory Fritze 
Daytona Beach Shores FL 

Continental Concerto
Gregory Fritze 
Gregory Fritze is a prize-winning composer and Fulbright Scholar. He has written over eighty compositions for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles and soloists.  He won over sixty composition awards including First Prize in 2017 WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Composition Contest, First Prize Winner in Concurso Tenerife, Spain and others. Several professional ensembles have commissioned and played his music including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, The Banda Municipal of Madrid, and others. His music is published by several publishers in the US, South America and Europe and recorded on Albany Records, MSR Classics, Crystal Records, Mark Records and others. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities and music festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan, South America and Europe. He taught at Berklee College of Music was Professor and Chair of Composition from 1979 to 2016. He has Composition degrees from the Boston Conservatory and Indiana University.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Christopher Lowry
Antioch TN
Bicentennial Variations 
 
Christopher Lowry
Nashville native Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and most performed composers of his generation. Winner of the 2017 Sousa/ABA/Ostwald Competition and two-time winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Lowry has won prizes in the Vox Novus Call for Scores "Celebrating 200 Years with the West Point Band" (2017), The American Prize in Composition (Band Division, 2017; Orchestral and Chamber Divisions, 2016), 2016 Oklahoma Youth Winds Composition Competition, 2016 Salford International Composers Contest, 2016 Alabama Symphony Orchestra Call for Scores, 2016 BandWidth Music Festival Call for Scores, 2016 Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Composition Competition, 2016 Ablaze Orchestral Masters Call for Scores, NAfME Composition Competition (2015, 2012), Frank Van Der Stucken Composition Award (2015), Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra Composition Competition (2015), and the Anton Stadler International Basset Clarinet Composition Competition (2010), among others. He is also a two-time winner of the World Projects Composition Competition, winning in 2015 with Tranquillo for Orchestra (premiered in Carnegie Hall, June 2016) and in 2016 with Calm After - Chorale-Fanfare for Orchestra (to be premiered June 2017, Walt Disney Concert Hall). His music has been recorded by the Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic) and performed by the Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Imperial Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, Louisiana State University Symphony, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, West Point Band, Baylor University Wind Ensemble. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Lowry holds a DMA and Master’s Degree from LSU and a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.



The American Prize in Composition—Band/Wind Ensemble (student division), 2018-19

The American Prize Winner:
Celka Ojakangas
Los Angeles CA
Bonehead Fizzix 

Celka Ojakangas
Celebrated for her music's charm and wit, Celka Ojakangas (b. 1992) is an award-winning Los Angeles-based composer who is unafraid to compose music that is both accessible and "out of the box." Her compositions have been performed and commissioned by many artists including USC Thornton’s Wind Ensemble, yMusic, and the Portland State University Opera. Celka is the winner of USC’s 2017 New Music for Wind Ensemble Contest, the honorable mention recipient of IAWM's 2018 Alex Shapiro prize, and a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award in the years 2016-2019. She is also a grantee of Opera America's 2019 Discovery Grants for Woman Composers. Celka is presently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Southern California, studying under Ted Hearne. Current and former mentors include Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, Mara Gibson and Carlyle Sharpe.


2nd Place:
Keith Allegretti
Austin TX
Petrichor   

Keith Allegretti
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music, and even musical theater. His music has been performed in Santa Fe, Houston, Berlin, Ann Arbor, New York and elsewhere by professional and amateur ensembles, including Santa Fe New Music, Quartetto Indaco, the Rice University Chorale, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Circuit Bridges, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the American Creators Ensemble, and First Readings Project. He holds degrees in composition from Rice University and the University of Michigan.


3rd Place: 
Marat Sanatullov
Seward NE
Through my eyes: One immigrant's story  

Marat Sanatullov
Marat Sanatullov (b. 1970) began his formal study of music at age 6 and graduated with honors from Yaroslavl Music College as a violin performer and teacher in his native Russia. After studying literature in France and coming to America in 1998, he completed a Ph.D. in language education and taught. As a composer, he completed a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts (May 2018) in Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), studying with Tyler White, Eric Richards, Tom Larson and Greg Simon. Inspired by his native Eurasian roots, different styles and mediums, Sanatullov’s music has been performed in high schools and universities throughout the United States. It received the First Prize in the 2015 Third Millennium Ensemble composers’ competition and the 2018 graduate Vreeland Award in Music at UNL. Sanatullov believes in the power of music, education, diversity, democracy and peace between nations and peoples.



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Congratulations!

Friday, June 14, 2019

FINALISTS: orchestra conductors, 2018-19

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 orchestra 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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: TWO EXTENDED DEADLINES—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.)

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional orchestra division, 2018-19

David Bernard
Massapequa Philharmonic / Park Ave. Chamber Symphony
New York NY  
  
Cheung Chau
Hunan Symphony
Changsha Hunan Province China  
  
Chad Goodman
Elevate Ensemble
San Francisco CA     

Travis Jurgens
Macon Symphony Orchestra
Macon GA     

Paul Mauffray
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
Zlin Czech Republic
  
Elaine Rinaldi
Orchestra Miami
Miami FL  
   
Jordan Randall Smith
Symphony Number One
Baltimore MD  
   
Vlad Vizireanu
Royal Camerata
Bucharest Romania


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

Mark Bartley
West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra
Canyon TX
   
Kaleb Benda
Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra
Oklahoma City OK  

Sergey Bogza
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Decatur IL 

Thomas Dickey
OSU Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK  
  
Gregory Grabowski
Susquehanna University Orchestra
Selinsgrove PA  
  
Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra
Madison WI  
  
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC  
  
Yutaka Kono
The University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Burlington VT  
   
John Masko
San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra
San Francisco CA  
  
David Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA  
  
Rebecca Tong
Music School Festival Orchestra
Chautauqua NY  
   
Alex Wise
University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Columbia SC  


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

David Anderson
Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra
Lake Geneva WI  
  
Reuben Blundell
The Chelsea Symphony
New York NY     
  
Pierre-Alain Chevalier
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
Baytown TX  
  
Lois Ferrari
Austin Civic Orchestra
Austin TX     

Matthew Makeever
Milwaukee Philharmonic
Milwaukee WI  
  
Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA  
      

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth & school  orchestra division, 2018-19

Alyze Dreiling
YPO Festival Orchestra
San Diego CA     

Michael Isadore
Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia
Houston TX  
  
Michael Webster
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX 

Dorian Neuendorf
Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Hendersonville NC  
   
Emily Schaad
Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra/Greenville County Youth Orchestra
Asheville NC  
  
Sayra Siverson
Albuquerque Youth Symphony
Albuquerque NM  



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Thursday, June 6, 2019

WINNERS: conductors (opera divisions), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Conducting, 2018-19, in the opera divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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.)

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Conducting—opera (professional division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Joshua Horsch
Pensacola Opera/Penascola Symphony
Pensacola FL
Cipullo: Glory Denied  

Joshua Horsch
American conductor Joshua Horsch is an extremely versatile musician working in both the operatic and symphonic repertoire.  Recently named the winner of the American Prize in Opera Conducting, Joshua’s recent and upcoming conducting engagements include appearances with Michigan Opera Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Orlando, Mobile Opera, Opera Las Vegas, Tri-Cities Opera, Opera Steamboat, and Pensacola Opera.  With a diverse repertoire of over forty operas and a broad spectrum of orchestral and choral works, Joshua has recently held positions as a conductor/coach/chorus master on the music staff of Florida Grand Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Saratoga, Pensacola Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Columbus, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Newport Music Festival, Seagle Music Colony, CU New Opera Workshop, and the Colorado Music Festival.  Joshua’s guest and workshop conducting includes work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Filharmonia de Chihuahua, the Lyatoshinsky Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, the Boston Opera Collaborative, and the Boulder Bach Festival.  Joshua studied conducting and piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Pennsylvania State University, and Ithaca College.



2nd Place:
Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni

Isaac Selya
A musician of remarkable versatility, Isaac Selya is a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, cellist, and entrepreneur. In recognition of his work as Founder and Artistic Director of Queen City Opera, he was featured in Musical America as a Spotlight Artist. He holds a Doctorate with specialization in Mozart’s operas, and has conducted all of Mozart’s German-language operas. At the Glimmerglass festival, he coached and conducted the first-ever reading of the revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, with the composer present.

Equally at home in symphonic repertoire, Isaac’s guest conducting credits include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Xiamen Philharmonic, the Dayton Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Guatemala, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Chelsea Symphony.

Committed to ensuring that musical education is accessible to all, Isaac teaches cello and conducts orchestras at the MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra, a free, El Sistema inspired program.
He has two cats, named Tosca and Aida.


The American Prize in Conducting—opera (college/university division), 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Michael W. Moore
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC 
Lucia Di Lammermoor

Michael W. Moore
Conductor Michael W. Moore is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra in Greenville, SC, where he serves as the Chair of the Division of Music and teaches conducting and music education courses. Moore has garnered praise for his “clear and spirited” conducting and the “polished sound” he elicits from the student musicians of the “sensational” BJUSO. “Always clear, always expressive… leading and following at the same time with the kind of coordination that is the sine qua non of good opera conducting” (Steven White, Metropolitan Opera).


2nd Place: 
Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI 
La Boheme

Chad Hutchinson
Chad Hutchinson is the Interim Director of Orchestras, Assistant Professor of Conducting and Conductor of University Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He conducts the Symphony Orchestra in 5 concerts annually, leads University Opera productions and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses.

Prior to his time in Madison, Dr. Hutchinson was the Assistant Conductor for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras.  As comfortable in the pit as on the stage, he has recently led productions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Morningside College.

Committed to education, Dr. Hutchinson taught orchestra in the public schools for nine years in Sioux Falls, SD and Williamsville, NY.  He later taught collegiately at Northwestern College(IA) and was the Coordinator/Music Director of the Siouxland Youth Orchestras in Sioux City, Iowa.  He holds conducting degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Morningside College(IA).  

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Congratulations!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

FINALISTS: opera conductors, 2018-19

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 opera 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.)

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional opera division, 2018-19

Joshua Horsch
Pensacola Opera/Penascola Symphony
Pensacola FL
Cipullo: Glory Denied     

Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni


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

Chad Hutchinson
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI
La Boheme
   
Michael W. Moore
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC
Lucia Di Lammermoor


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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: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.