Tuesday, March 3, 2020

FINALISTS: women in art song & oratorio, 2019-20: The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2019-20 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. 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 in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (women),  2019-20

Ann  Cravero
West Des Moines IA

Carley De Franco
Somerville MA
   
Michele Elizabeth Kennedy
Oakland  CA
   
Evangelia Leontis
Jamaica  VT
   
Thea Lobo
Sarasota FL
   
Jacquelyn Matava
San Antonio  TX
   
Courtney Miller
Miami Beach FL
   
Amy Pfrimmer
Destrehan  LA
   
Stella Dayrit Roden 
Warrensburg  MO

Penelope Shumate
Macomb  IL
   
Christine Steyer
Oak Park   IL
   
Susan Wheeler
Burke  VA
   
Anne Wright
Greenville TX
   
Lauren Yokabaskas  
Cape Elizabeth ME
   
Melissa Zgouridi
Salzburg   Austria
     


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (women),  2019-20

Chantal Braziel
Pittsburgh PA  
   
Leah Brzyski
Branford  CT  

Alexandra Colaizzi
Hollywood  FL  
   
Clare Demer 
Tucson AZ  
   
Kathleen Kane  
Tonawanda  NY  
   
Jillian Krempasky   
Schnecksville  PA

Olivia Prendergast
Penn Valley   PA
   
Monica Ramich
Rochester  NY  
   
Loucine Topouzian   
Evanston   IL  
   
Samantha Williams
Manhattan  KS  


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, high school division (men),  2019-20

Malaina Kapoor
Redwood City   CA

Krystal Y. Mao   
Fremont  CA

Pauline Rogers
Fremont  CA

Michelle Skylar
Sunny Isles  FL    

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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 national 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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