Monday, June 29, 2020


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

Marilyn Miller, 1920s-30s Broadway star
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2019-20. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

REMINDER—COVID EXTENSIONS: 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 for complete contest information.

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The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2019-20

The American Prize winner:
Bob Jones University                 
Dr. Darren P. Lawson               
Greenville  SC       

The Bob Jones University Opera Association was founded in 1942 as part of the university’s commitment to liberal arts training for all of its students, who are provided free tickets to the productions. It has become a national award-winning organization that mounts major operatic works, including Aida, Mefistofele, Samson et Dalila, Tosca, Andrea Chenier, L’Elisir d’Amore, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, La Cenerentola, and others. The group also presents large-scale musicals as part of its season, including Little Women: The Broadway Musical and Titanic: The Musical.  Productions are presented regularly, with guest artists featured in the principal roles along with student and faculty soloists. Supporting roles and chorus parts are taken by students who show requisite ability.

2nd Place:
Belmont University
School of Music       
Nancy Allen                
Nashville  TN 
Side Show

Side Show
Belmont University is the home of our award-winning, nationally ranked musical theatre training program located in Nashville, TN.  Our program is known for excellence in the vital foundational training required to sustain a career in musical theatre performance; Belmont University provides an outstanding liberal arts education in a faith based environment. Our alumni are currently on Broadway, in television and film, and performing in equity houses throughout the country. For more information, please go to or contact coordinator, Nancy Allen at

3rd Place:
University of Wisconsin—Madison          
David Ronis                
Madison  WI  
Into the Woods

Into the Woods
UW-Madison University Opera is a cultural service of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose mission is to provide comprehensive operatic training and performance opportunities for students and operatic programming to the community.  Since 1992, we have presented an annual season of two fully staged operas, as well as evenings of opera scenes.  Our recent production of Falstaff won an Honorable Mention in the 2017-18 American Prize Competition in Opera Performance.  Four other recent productions – The Turn of the Screw, Le nozze di Figaro, Albert Herring, and Transformations - won awards in the National Opera Association Opera Production Competition.  Other recent productions have included Falstaff, The Magic Flute, Ariodante and Beatrice et Benedict.  Many alumni of the program are currently enjoying significant opera careers, performing at major houses in the U.S. and abroad.


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