Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Semi-finalists: COMPOSERS (instrumental chamber music division). 2019-20

(This listing was revised 3/23/20, moving a contestant to the correct category.—DK)

The American Prize is pleased to announce a grand list of 2020 SEMI-FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber 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 social media, 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—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2020

Aaron Alter  
Carlsbad  CA
Solar Rays; Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry  

Bruce Babcock
Pasadena  CA
The Present Moment

Jack Du Wayne Ballard Jr.
Alliance  OH
Chrystalin; Four Seasons on Works  by Robert Florczak

Navid Bargrizan  
McKinney  TX
Pictures at the Micro Exhibition  

Jennifer Margaret Barker 
Newark  DE
Na Tri Peathraichean  

John G. Bilotta
Concord   CA

Oliver Caplan 
Medford   MA
In the Direction of Dreams

Luke Carlson
Hollister  MO

Ryan Carraher
Boston  MA
"Colors" he says to the screen's black lattice 

Gustavo Casenave
Astoria   NY

Timothy P. Chatwood
Carson City  NV
Three Emotions (Glycerine, Forget and Questioning)  

Brian Ciach  
Mountain View CA
Mountain Song; California Ballad

Michael Coleman
Pensacola  FL
String Quartet No. 1

David Colson 
Kalamazoo  MI
Dionysian Mysteries

Mark Dal Porto  
Portales  NM
Exotic Animals Suite: Romance

Robert Denham 
La Mirada  CA
Speaking of Beginnings

Ehood Gershuni
Boston  MA
Five Preludes for Piano  

Amos Gillespie  
Chicago   IL
Musics for flute, clarinet, alto sax and cello  

Kyle Grimm  
Hartford  CT
"Gone"; "Pitchforks & Crow's Feet" 

Karen Salicath Jamali 
Winter Park  FL
Rainbow Angel & other works for piano

Valerie Liu
Alameda   CA
Dream Trio  

Paul Lombardi
Vermillion   SD
Pieces of Mind and Matter 

Christopher Lowry  
Antioch   TN
Los Temblores; Toccatina Americana

Timothy Lee Miller 
Mahwah  NJ
When leaves begin to fall 

Lawrence R. Mumford
Laguna Niguel   CA

Alejandro Viramontes Nunura 
Boston  MA
Raices; Vidales; Electronic Study No. 1

Jakub Polaczyk
Cliffside Park  NJ

David P. Sartor 
Hermitage  TN

Walter Saul
Fresno  CA
Sonatina for Piccolo and Piano

Benjamin Shorstein  
Jacksonville  FL
Lyric Suite  

Andrew Sigler 
Knoxville  TN
The Gentle Churches

Joseph T. Spaniola
Pensacola  FL

Aaron Spotts 
Tallahassee  FL
Somewhere Between Thought and Feeling

Ann Stimson
Weston  MA
Venetian Blue 

Neil Stipp  
Glendora  CA
Sonata for Clarinet and Organ 

Kyle Vanderburg 
Fargo ND

William Vollinger  
Woodcliff Lake  NJ
The Violinist in the Mall  

Tyler Goodrich White  
Lincoln   NE
Three Views From The Mountain 

Kevin Wilt
Boynton Beach FL
Out in the Storm; Elemental Dance 

Judith Lang Zaimont
Maricopa  AZ
A Strange Magic

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

Shelby Rawlings Blalock
Charlottesville   VA
Hematite 55; Internal Combustion  
Nicolas Chuaqui
Rochester   NY
1. Reflections, 2. Memories  
Patrick Connor Dittamo
Manhattan  KS
Daniel Farrell
Brooklyn  NY
Puppet Show 

Stella Gitelman Willoughby 
Cambridge  MA
Led, a Trio for alto flute, vibraphone and violin
Ian Evans Guthrie
Tallahassee  FL
The Crescent Moon Shines Dim on High  
Joseph Foster Harkins
Middletown   PA
Mountain Streams of Consciousness 
Martin Hebel   

Hamden  CT
Window Inward
Hans Bridger Heruth 
Liberty   MO
In the Shadow of the Moon
Patrick Holcomb
Ocean View   DE
Ghost-light; The Sun Rising  
Elisa K. Johnson
Seattle   WA
Dayton Kinney 
Raleigh   NC
Hand Carved Names and Railroad Tracks 

YoungJun Lee
Boston  MA
Ming-Jui Liu
Arcadia   CA
Mirror of the Sunshine, op. 3

Luis Enrique McDougal
McAllen   TX
Arenas Movedizas
Zachary Ploeger
Pipestone  MN
Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano
Matt  Ridge  
Bloomington  IN

Benjamin Shaw
Newport   RI
String Quarter no. 1; Solo Flute no. 1
Chris Shelton
Windermere   FL
Serpent Mound

Austin Smith  
North Truro  MA
Wai Leung William So 
Kennedy Town  Hong Kong  
Musing; Wondrous Bravery/ Duo for Violin and Cello; Oh My Elusive Naivety; Prologue  
Patrick Andrew Thompson
Jersey City   NJ

Daniel Whitworth  
Highland Park  IL
Ripples in Infinity 
Foo Jeng Wong
Brighton  MA
Seeking Passage


We invite semi-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 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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