Monday, January 6, 2020

Semi-finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music division), 2019-20

(Updated 1/7/20 & 3/24/20, moving a contestant to the correct category.—DK)

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2020 SEMI-FINALIST composers of choral music in both professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists 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:

We invite semi-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.

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division), 2020

Nathaniel  Adams      
Brooklyn  NY       
He Came All So Still; Lux Brumalis   
Aaron Alter      
Carlsbad  CA       
Lo Lanu Ha-Shem (a setting of Psalm 115)        
Bruce Babcock    
Pasadena  CA       
Be Still       
Andrew Bruhn      
Belvidere  IL       
I Sing the Birth
Julian David Bryson     
Jacksonville    FL       
The Field       

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Sound Beach  NY
Only Time to Love: Gaaggee Zaag'aa;  Adoravit 

Oliver Caplan     
Medford   MA       
We Exist       
Mark Dal Porto  
Portales  NM       
Spring, the Sweet Spring; From Spring Days to Winter 
Ken Davies     
Gautier   MS       
God, The Artist Of Creation 

Jessica French     
Kent    WA       
Love Came Down at Christmas    

Gerald Gurss      
St. Paul  MN       
Chris & Gabe   
Kevin Hartnett   
Glendale  CA       
De profundis   
Brian Holmes     
San Jose  CA  
selected works
Andrew Jacobson   
Seattle   WA       
A Lovely Rose Is Sprung; La Mort Des Amants; What Melodious Sounds; She Walks In Beauty    
Allan Laino      
Mt. Rainier  MD       
The New Colossus; Gloria  
Christopher Lowry      
Antioch   TN       
Arrows and Songs—Suite on Poems of H.W. Longfellow       
John Muehleisen 
Mukilteo  WA       
But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion     
Robert G. Patterson  
Memphis   TN       
Stacey Philipps   
Portland  OR       
Sudden Light   
Kyle Randall    
San Francisco   CA       
To Autumn      
Clement Reid       
Lakewood  WA       
Denice Rippentrop 
Scottsdale AZ       
Take Wings And Soar       
Kurt Sander     
Cincinnati OH       
Praise the Lord from the Heavens     
Donald Skirvin    
Seattle   WA       
Alchemy; There will come soft rains; Fontainebleau and Arcturus in autumn; Dusky Gold      
Timothy C. Takach     
Big Lake  MN       
Del'Shawn Taylor     
South Bend IN       
Mari Esabel Valverde   
Fort Worth TX       
Border Lines   
William Vollinger  
Woodcliff Lake     NJ       
We Are Not Robins
Nicholas Weininger  
San Francisco      CA       
As Kingfishers catch fire; Ve Hayah ba-acharit hayamim
Tyler Goodrich White      
Lincoln   NE       
De Profundis  

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division), 2020

Chung Hon Michael Cheng      
Sugar Land TX       
Veritas: Through the Centuries 

Nicolas Chuaqui    
Rochester  NY       
Pater, si non potest

Hans Bridger Heruth     
Liberty   MO       
Hope On  

Christian Jesse      
Dallas    TX       
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis     

Elisa K. Johnson    
Seattle   WA       
As I Journey Through My Life


We invite semi-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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-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 finalists 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 semi-finalists.

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