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:

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.)


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  


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: 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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