The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipients of The American Prize in Composition, 2019-20, opera/theater/film/dance division. Congratulations!
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QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
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The American Prize in Composition—(opera/theater/film/dance) professional division, 2019-20
The American Prize winner:
The Falling and The Rising
Eva Conley Kendrick
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Wallace De Pue, Sr.
Bowling Green OH
Something Special (a Barbershop Quartet Opera)
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Three of his operas have been produced: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, (recorded on cassette by Oceans Records, Los Gatos, CA.), Something Special (televised several times and seen on Youtube.com), and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (performed numerous times). The Wonderful Witch of Oz, his new opera, is aimed at pre-school children and is written on the subject of ecology. Dr. De Pue has won consecutive ASCAP awards for more than 26 years. Dr. De Pue’s works have won awards at both the state national, international, and world-wide levels. In 2014, he won the “Gold Medal” award of the Boston Metro Opera.
Since 1998, Wallace De Pue has been a Professor Emeritus from Bowling Green State University. Currently, he is directing his own ASCAP licensed publishing company, Picardie Court Publications. Compositions are for the following media: Choral works (all vocal combinations, a cappella and accompanied); orchestral and band works; pieces for two-to-four violins, some accompanied by piano; songs for all voice qualities (some with piano accompaniment); keyboard works (piano, organ, hammer dulcimer, and harpsichord); solo percussion works; instrumental solos and ensembles, and the aforementioned operas.
Dr. De Pue authored Creative Music Theory Skills, a book concerning beginning music theory for potential composers. His textbook was used successfully at Bowling Green State University.
Finalist Honorable Mention:
West Hartford CT
Lincoln and Booth: The Concert Musical
His music has been performed by professional, community and school orchestras as well as by bands and choruses. Many of his pieces are for sale on JWPepper.com and his Clear Mud Publishing website, CMPUB.com. The following symphony orchestras have performed Chiarappa’s music: Rockford SO, Cape Cod SO, Southern Illinois SO, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast SO, Pacific SO, Arlington SO, and the South Bend SO.
Now part-time to devote time to composing and guest conducting, Mr. Chiarappa has been a full-time faculty member since 1979 at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford. He is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, CMEA, NAfME, as well as the League of American Orchestras and Conductors Guild.
Finalist Honorable Mention:
Judith Lynn Stillman
Small Step, Giant Leap: A Lunar Fantasy
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The American Prize in Composition—(opera/theater/film/dance) student division, 2019-20
The American Prize winner:
Dix Hills NY
Premiered in April 2009, his one-act opera Confession received the 2010-2012 prize for best contemporary chamber opera, awarded by the National Opera Association. It has received three university productions, the most recent of which took place in March 2019 at the Westchester Performing Arts Center (NY), performed by the Purchase Opera company and the Purchase Symphony Orchestra (State University of New York college at Purchase). In September 2011, the label Albany Records (United States) released the first commercial recording of Confession in its full symphonic version, conducted by Hugh Murphy. The American Record Guide magazine wrote: "His style is lush, but does not try to pretend that the twentieth century did not exist. There are shifting harmonies, a striking orchestration and an elegant tension between darkness and beauty." His composition works also include a song cycle for baritone and piano on a selection of poems by Federico García Lorca (2012) as well as an electronic music piece, John In The Woods (2011). Raphaël Lucas was born in Sète, France, in 1983.
819: based on the Stanford Prison Experiment
Hans Bridger Heruth
A Certain Madness
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