Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Finalists: CONDUCTORS (opera division), 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 2019-20 FINALIST conductors in opera divisions. Congratulations!

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 complete the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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 theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional opera division, 2019-20

Walter Morales              
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Pittsburgh  PA
The Valkyrie, Das Rheingold    

Eric Peterson             
Savoynet Performing Group            
Harrogate UK
Patience (Gilbert & Sullivan)

Isaac Selya                
Queen City Opera 
Cincinnati   OH

Michael Shane Wittenburg           
National Theater of Opera and Ballet 
Constanta   Romania

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

Tyson Deaton               
Texas Christian University Opera Studio          
Fort Worth  TX

Peter Perret            
University of North Carolina—Greensboro                
Greensboro  NC

Matthew Mailman              
Bass School of Music—Oklahoma City University  
Oklahoma City  OK

Kirk Severtson            
The Crane School of Music—SUNY       
Potsdam NY
MAYO (Cipullo)

Hugh Murphy         
Purchase Opera—SUNY             
Purchase  NY       
Confession, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi          


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! 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 results 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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