Friday, December 4, 2020


The American Prize wishes all our laureates, contestants, judges and friends safety and health during this extraordinarily difficult time.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is delighted to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber ensembles for 2021. Congratulations! (Be sure to check all divisions. In certain cases, The American Prize may have moved an auditioning ensemble to a more appropriate category.)

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be  announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first. 

We invite semi-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.

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:

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021, professional division:

Duo Flautas Frescas        

Julia Barnett   

La Mesa  CA       


TVMF Woodwind Quintet      

Gabriel Beavers   

Miami FL       


Favonian Winds             

Dominique Bellon    

Richmond KY       


Transept Consort           

Timothy Campbell  

Sioux Falls SD       


Pure Winds   

Dominic Hayes     

Byron MI       


Trio Village 

Rebecca Johnson   

Urbana IL       


Serenade Duo 

Michelle LaPorte   

Saint James NY       


Ensemble for These Times   

Nanette McGuinness

San Francisco CA       


Bluestem Blaze             

Andrew W. Parker    

Stillwater OK       



Ashley Rollins   

McKinney TX

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021, college/university division:

Solideo Quartet                         

Heather Beckman                    

Miami FL        

Aether Quartet              

Jacey Crayton    

Chambersburg PA        

Robert Owens Ensemble       

Stacie Haneline   

Omaha NE        


Duo Passio                  

Hsuan Lee        

Foxborough MA        


Azure Duo                   

Hsuan Lee        

Stony Brook NY        



Bonson Lee        

Tempe AZ        



Elisheva Pront      

Madison WI        


Sequoia Reed Quintet        

Harrison Short      

North Platte NE        


Texas A&M University

Commerce Percussion          

Brian  Zator      

Royse City TX  

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021, high school division:

Cuthbertson HS Chamber Winds                 

Todd Ebert    

Waxhaw NC       


Annabel & Harriet Gensler 

Annabel & Harriet Gensler  

San Jose CA       

The Phillips Trio         

Douglas R.Henderson

Raleigh NC       

Cadenza Trio              

Emma Kim      

Pittsburgh PA       

MU Quartet                

Youngho Park     

Paramus NJ       


Quantum Quartet           

Mark Smith    

Carrollton TX       


GGFF Duo                  

Angela Tsang    

San Jose CA  


Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog. 

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! Our ensemble just been selected as a SEMI-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 FINALISTS in my division in the new year. 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 semi-finalists!

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