Thursday, April 30, 2020

Finalists: CHORAL ENSEMBLES, 2019-20

The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.

 The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2019-20 in all divisions. Congratulations!

"Very fine choirs. I am delighted that so many excellent choral ensembles have advanced. Regardless of the final outcome, size of program or location, all deserve finalist recognition..."—DK

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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:

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why 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.
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.

REMINDER: Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize 2020-21, In addition, we will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, June 23, 2020. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, July 20, 2020. Visit for complete contest information.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division, 2019-20

Sandra Snow, conductor
East Lansing MI 

Dallas Chamber Choir  
Jon L. Culpepper    
Dallas TX   

Madison Choral Project 
Albert Pinsonneault 
Madison  WI   

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university division,  2019-20

East Carolina University Chamber Singers  
James Franklin     
Greenville   NC   

USD Chamber Singers
David Holdhusen    
Vermillion   SD   

Western Oregon Voices  
James Reddan 
Monmouth  OR   

Baylor A Cappella Choir
Dr. Brian A. Schmidt
Waco  TX   

U Mass Chamber Choir   
Tony Thornton     
Amherst  MA   

Western IL University Singers     
Brian J. Winnie 
Macomb IL   

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2019-20

The Helios Ensemble
Benjamin Hansen 
Tucson AZ   

San Francisco Choral Artists 
Magen Solomon, conductor
San Francisco  CA 

Baltimore Choral Arts Society   
Anthony Blake Clark, conductor 
Baltimore   MD  A

Una Voce—The Michael Martin Chorale 
Dr. Michael G. Martin 
Hilliard OH   

Orpheus Club Men's Chorus    
John J. Palatucci    
Ridgewood    NJ   

Ensemble Companio
Erik Peregrine    
Northeastern US   

Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble  
Loren W. Ponten 
Seattle  WA   

Susquehanna Chorale
Mitchell Sensenig     
Mechanicsburg PA 
Linda Tedford, conductor

Te Deum  
Matthew Shepard
Kansas City  MO   

Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble   
Tony Thornton     
Amherst  MA   

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth division, 2019-20

Angelica Cantanti Treble Singers
Philip Brown  
Bloomington  MN   

Notre Dame Children's Choir  
Dr. Mark Doerries     
Notre Dame   IN   

Parker Elementary School Chorus  
Marianna Parnas-Simpson   
Houston  TX   

Fifth Avenue Falcons   
Shawn M. Small  
Lebanon  PA

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—high school division, 2019-20

Goose Creek HS Chamber Choir 
Jordan D. Boyd   
Goose Creek  SC   

Urbandale Singers
Ted Brimeyer     
Urbandale    IA   

Connetquot HS Concert Choir  
Brad Drinkwater   
Bohemia  NY   

Brearley B-Naturals
Karyn Joaquino     
New York NY   

Willard HS Chamber Choir     
Mark Lawley 
Willard  MO   

Hicksville HS Chamber Singers   
Michelle Shmuel 
Hicksville   NY   

Hilliard Darby Symphonic Choir   
Michael G. Martin, conductor  
Hilliard OH 

Centennial HS A Cappella Choir   
Francis Vu 
Frisco TX   


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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble has 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 results in the 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 finalists.


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