Thursday, February 6, 2020

Semi-finalists (soloists): ERNST BACON Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, 2019-20

Ernst Bacon
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2019-20, in the solo division. Congratulations! (A separate announcement will be made in the ensemble division tomorrow afternoon, February 7, 2019.)

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

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: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, PROFESSIONAL soloists or composers, 2019-20

Aaron Alter
NM Performing Arts Society and The Santa Fe Women's Ensemble    
Santa Fe  NM       
Lo Lanu Ha-Shem

Cayla Bellamy
Cedar Falls  IA       
Jazz Variations, Elegy and Dance, Deep           

Lisa  Bryce
Brooklyn  NY       
Kiss Me Not Goodbye Po'moner, Litany, Compensation

Luke  Carlson
Aether Eos            
New York  NY      
Last Light

Hyunjung Rachel Chung
Roswell  GA       
My Cherished Garden       

Alice Anne Light
Lubbock  TX       
Abide with Me: 5 Songs of Love (Price Walden)      

Susan Merdinger            
Highland Park  IL       
Pieces of China; Ballade in F-sharp minor; Piano Sonata; Toccata (Gould/Vazquez/Copland)    

Robert G. Patterson            
Rhodes College Mastersingers, Coro Rio, Memphis Symphony      
MemphisTN       
Requiem

Megan Roth
Boston MA       
Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House

Kurt Sander  PaTRAM Institute Singers 
Chicago IL       
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom           

Jackie Schiffer
New York  NY    
The Great American Songbook

Neil  Stipp
Glendora  CA       
Sonata for Clarinet and Organ       

Nolan Stolz
Brno Philharmonic     
Brno   Czechoslovakia    
Lincoln Highway Suite      

Shiwei Wan 
APEX 
Boston MA       
Chemical Emotions      

Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn            
Springfield  MO       
Songs to the Moon (Heggie)          

Heidi Louise Williams
Tallahassee  FL       
Sonata for Piano, Op. 26 (Barber)     



NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY soloists or composers, 2019-20

Lindsay Bronnenkant
Ann Arbor MI       
Prayer of the Burdened   

Cassidy Dixon
Newark DE       
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Barber)      

Martin Hebel
CCM Wind Ensemble     
CincinnatiOH       
Tides Within 
Dr. Terence G. Milligan, conductor        

Annika Huprikar
Deerfield IL       
Ballade in F minor; Arabesque; Olympus

Young Jun Lee 
New Threat Saxophone Quartet
New York  NY       
Tsunami  

Zachary Ploeger
Tempe  AZ       
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano 

Matt  Ridge
Bloomington  IN       
Small Talk (A Portrait of Social Skepticism) 


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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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2018-19. 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: 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 semi-finalists.

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