Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2019-20

We are relaxing requirements in all the composition contests, to make it easier to apply, including accepting PDFs in place of sending hard copies of scores. Details on the website soon. www.theamericanprize.org

 The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2019-20 in three divisions: major choral works (professional), shorter choral works (professional), and student choral works. Congratulations!

To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

"The American Prize never designates a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly influences that outcome. We also try hard not to be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason 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.

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 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 FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Major Choral Works (professional division), 2020
Aaron Alter      
Carlsbad  CA       
Lo Lanu Ha-Shem (a setting of Psalm 115)        
Julian David Bryson     
Jacksonville    FL       
The Field       

Allan Laino      
Mt. Rainier  MD       
John Muehleisen 
Mukilteo  WA       
But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion     
Robert G. Patterson  
Memphis   TN       
Timothy C. Takach     
Big Lake  MN       

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Shorter Choral Works (professional division), 2020

Nathaniel  Adams      
Brooklyn  NY       
Lux Brumalis   
Bruce Babcock     Pasadena  CA       
Be Still       
Andrew Bruhn      
Belvidere  IL       
I Sing the Birth
Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
Sound Beach  NY
Only Time to Love: Gaaggee Zaag'aa

Oliver Caplan     
Medford   MA       
We Exist       
Mark Dal Porto  
Portales  NM       
From Spring Days to Winter 
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       
La Mort Des Amants; What Melodious Sounds
Allan Laino      
Mt. Rainier  MD       
The New Colossus
Christopher Lowry      
Antioch   TN       
Arrows and Songs—Suite on Poems of H.W. Longfellow       

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       
Donald Skirvin    
Seattle   WA       
Stars forever, while we sleep: Fontainebleau, Arcturus in autumn; Dusky Gold      
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

NATIONAL 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       
Pie Jesu

Christian Jesse      
Dallas    TX       
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis     

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


We encourage 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 winners 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 finalists.

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