Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Finalists: ORCHESTRAS, 2019-20

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

"Some terrific repertoire—and some equally terrific performances—these orchestras are all worthy of every encouragement at this terrible time. We will get through this, and great music, as it always has, will help us to get there. We may not have figured out how it will happen yet, but I know it will. Safety and health, everyone!—DK

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2019-20 in all 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 the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

"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 their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

COVID EXTENSION: 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, application deadlines have been extended. We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Further extensions may be granted pending the most current information about the virus. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.

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

Jason  Lim
McKinney Philharmonic
McKinney TX

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra         
Matthew Scinto 
Harwich Port  MA     

Missouri Symphony Orchestra        
Ji Hyun Yim, guest conductor
Columbia  MO     
Kirk Trevor, music director

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

Miami University Symphony Orchestra     
Ricardo Averbach
Oxford   OH    

OSU Symphony Orchestra 
Dr. Thomas  Dickey 
Stillwater   OK     

William & Mary Symphony Orchestra  
David Grandis
Williamsburg VA    

Baylor University Symphony Orchestra        
Stephen Heyde  
Waco    TX     

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith  
Davidson NC     

Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Murray 
Sacramento   CA    

University of Washington Symphony Orchestra  
David A. Rahbee 
Seattle  WA     

University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra 
Carolyn Watson 
Lawrence KS 

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

Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra     
David Anderson
Lake Geneva  WI     

Clark College Orchestra
Donald L. Appert 
Vancouver WA     

Texas Medical Center Orchestra     
Patricia Brown  
Houston  TX    
Libi Lebel, conductor      

Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra   
Orlando Cela

Carlisle Chamber Orchestra         
Kathleen Chick  
Carlisle MA     
Alan Yost, conductor        

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra    
Anna Edwards
Seattle  WA     

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
John B. Gordon 
Round Rock   TX     
Dr. Thomas Rainey, conductor      

Los Angeles Doctors Symphony       
Andrew  Hasel  
Los Angeles  CA     
Ivan Shulman, conductor    

Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra     
Taka Matsunaga          
Schaumburg   IL     

Poway Symphonette  
Ulli Reiner 
Poway  CA

Waynesboro Symphony
Charles Salembier          
Waynesboro   VA     
Peter Wilson, conductor

Parthenon Chamber Orchestra        
David P. Sartor 

South Texas Symphonic Orchestra    
Nancy Scarsdale          
San Antonio  TX     
Dr. Ronnie Sanders, conductor       

Detroit Medical Orchestra          
Sydney  Schaaf 
Detroit  MI     
Zeljko Milicevic, conductor 

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

All About Music San Diego          
Mary Gerard 
San Diego  CA     

Houston Youth Symphony 
Sarah D. Loudermilk         
Houston  TX     
Michael Webster, conductor  

Denver Young Artists Orchestra     
Kelly   Waltrip
Denver   CO     
Wes Kenney, conductor

Elite Academy for Strings Chamber  
Michael Shane Wittenburg         
Engelwood Cliffs  NJ    

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

Sartartia HS Symphony Orchestra    
Sophia  Hsien  
Sugar Land   TX     

Beckman HS String Orchestra        
Jim Kollias
Irvine   CA     

Denver School of the Arts Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Denver   CO     

Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra  
Desiree Overree
Katy  TX     

Seven Lakes HS Sinfonia Orchestra  
Desiree Overree
Katy  TX     

Stephen F. Austin Camerata         
Ann Victor 
Sugar Land  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: 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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