Wednesday, July 10, 2019

FINALISTS: orchestras, 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2018-19 in all divisions. Congratulations!

"Wonderful listening, and a wide-open contest in virtually every division—many orchestras were advanced, deserving of recognition and evaluation—for impressive performances and some unusual repertoire."—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, with extensions available by email request. (

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 Orchestral Performance—professional division, 2018-19

Gowanus Arts Ensemble
Reuben Blundell
Brooklyn NY  
Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra
Roberta Carpenter
Oconomowoc WI  
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra 
Jonathan Griffith
New York NY  
Western Piedmont Symphony
John Gordon Ross
Hickory NC  
Symphony Number One
Jordan Randall Smith
Baltimore MD     

Michigan Philharmonic
Nan Harrison Washburn
Plymouth MI  

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

St. Olaf Orchestra
Steven Amundson
Northfield MN  
West Texas A&M University Orchestra 
Mark Bartley
Canyon TX  
OSU Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dickey
Stillwater OK  
William & Mary Symphony Orchestra 
David Grandis
Williamsburg VA  
Baylor Symphony Orchestra 
Stephen Heyde
Waco TX  
FSU Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Jimenez
Tallahassee FL  
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith
Davidson NC  
Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim
Ithaca NY  
ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer
Tempe AZ  
NAU Symphony
Daniel O'Bryant  
Flagstaff AZ
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
David Rahbee
Seattle WA  
The Concordia Orchestra
Kevin Sutterlin
Moorhead MN  

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

Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra 
David Anderson
Lake Geneva WI  
Oregon Sinfonietta
Donald L. Appert
Portland OR     

Clark College Orchestra
Donald L. Appert
Vancouver WA  
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Reuben Blundell
The Riverside Orchestra
Reuben Blundell
New York NY  
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Patricia Brown
Houston TX  
Libi Lebel, conductor
Baytown Symphony Orchestra
Pierre-Alain Chevalier
Baytown TX  
Carlisle Chamber Orchestra 
Kathleen Chick
Carlisle MA 
Alan Yost, conductor
Austin Civic Orchestra
Lois Ferrari
Austin TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra 
John B. Gordon
Round Rock TX  
Thomas Rainey, conductor
Springfield Drury Civic Orchestra 
Christopher Koch
Springfield MO  
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra 
Charles Salembier
Waynesboro VA 
Peter Wilson, conductor
Parthenon Chamber Orchestra
David P. Sartor
Nashville TN  

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division, 2018-19

Houston Youth Symphony
Sarah D. Loudermilk
Houston TX 
Michael Webster, conductor
Portland Youth Philharmonic
Noreen Murdock
Portland OR 
David Hattner, conductor
Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 
Patrick Reynolds
Dayton OH 

Greenville County Youth Orchestra / Young Artist Orchestra 
Emily Schaad
Greenville SC  
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Kelly Waltrip
Denver CO  
Wes Kenney, conductor

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division, 2018-19

Herricks HS Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Fish
New Hyde Park NY  
Klein Chamber Orchestra
Creston Herron
Klein TX  
Sartartia Middle School Symphony Orchestra 
Sophia Hsieh
Sugar Land TX  
Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra
Shira Katsman
Bellevue WA  
Denver School of the Arts Full Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Denver CO  
Denver School of the Arts String Orchestra 
Enrique Lasansky
Denver CO  
Klein Oak HS Symphony Orchestra 
Tanner Ledford
Houston TX  
Klein Oak HS Chamber Orchestra 
Tanner Ledford
Houston TX  
Westwood Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Thompson
Austin TX  


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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