Friday, February 5, 2021

Semi-finalists: COMPOSERS (choral music), 2021

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

The American Prize is honored to announce an extensive list of 2021 SEMI-FINALIST composers of choral music in both professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

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: 

We invite semi-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.

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division), 2021

Paul A. Aitken     

Boise     ID 

And None Shall Be Afraid; How Can I Keep From Singing   

Shelly & Matthew Armstrong  

Wayne     NE 

Remember; A Tennyson Trilogy  

David Avshalomov 

Santa Monica    CA 

Gemeinsam; Now the Hazy Mirage  

Charles O. Beck 

Alexandria OH 

Seven Songs of Spring     

Brian Bloye

Chicago   IL 

Lully, Lullay: A Nativity Cantata     

Marc-Andre Bougie     

Texarkana AR 



Joshua  Burel

Huntsville AL 


Michael Bussewitz-Quarm  

Sound Beach     NY 

So, it was I; I'm Not Lost; The World, This Wall, and Me

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm  

Sound Beach     NY 

The Unarmed Child   

Jerry Casey

Naples    FL 

Yet, I Will Rejoice 

Megan DiGeorgio 

Hyattsville     MD 

the in between spaces     

Ed Frazier Davis

Kansas City     MO 

Through the Wildernesses of Worlds    

Wallace DePue Sr.  

Bowling Green   OH 

Old Time Religion   

Genevieve Douglass   

Bainbridge Island     WA 

The Mountains; You'll Find Me   

Otter Dreaming   

Decorah   IA 

A Something in a Summer's Day   


Daniel B. Elder

Nashville TN 


Sherry Flanigan   

Port Angeles    WA 


Jessica French     

Kent WA 

Eloi, Eloi    

Martin Gaskell    

Santa  Cruz     CA

Deus Creator Omnium 

Gerald Gurss

St. Paul  MN 

And the People Stayed Home

Joseph Hasper     

Grove City  PA 

Twenty-Four Hallelujahs; If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking; The Kings,They Came; Refuge; In The Fishery of Souls    

Collin Heade

Portland  OR 

An Abandoned Lighthouse   

Barbara K. Holm 

Bloomington     MN 

Children of the Heavenly Father 

Derek M. Jenkins    

Jonesboro AR 

These Are Enough    

Kieun Steve Kim  

Redding   CA 

The Human Touch     

Katie Kring

Springfield     MO 

I See You; The Snow is Deep on the Ground; Land of Rest; more  

Chris Maunu

Arvada    CO 

While the Air is Ours     

Michael D. McClish    

Los Angeles     CA 

Magnificat: Yuletide Gloria    

Michael D. McClish    

Los Angeles     CA 

Song of Humility    

John McLaughlin 

Pittsburgh PA 

In The Garden; Little Trees     

Zachary J. Moore

Waukesha  WI 

Let My Silence Grow 

John Muehleisen 

Mukilteo  WA 

Eternity Passing Over—An Arctic Requiem    


Lawrence R. Mumford    

Laguna Niguel   CA 

Open the Gates

Stephen Murray     

Stockbridge     MA 

When Death Came For Us; Pater Noster  

Stas Omelchenko 

Waterloo Ontario  


Jasper Randall    

Van Nuys  CA 


Scott Rieker     

Cumberland MD 

Ted Kooser Suite    

Denice Rippentrop 

Scottsdale AZ 

God Jehovah   

Miguel Roig-Francoli    

Cincinnati OH 

Five Gothic Miniatures    


Paul John Rudoi

Saint Paul MN 

SONG OF SKY AND SEA: A Song of Realization 

Kira Zeeman Rugen

Scottsdale AZ 

Desert Sky Songs    


Joshua Shank

Spokane   WA 

He Was Singing

Carlyle Sharpe    

Springfield     MO 

Of These Years I Sing

Benedict Sheehan    

Waymart   PA 

Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom  


Paul David Thomas     

Denton    TX 

I'll Never Study    

Ludwig Tuman

Oxnard    CA 

El Sol  

William Vollinger  

Woodcliff Lake  NJ 

Three Songs About the Resurrection    

Donald M. Wilson     

Lambertville    MI 

Let Us Sing Unto the Lord 

Stephen Yarbrough  

Vermillion SD 

In Memoriam 

Stephen Yarbrough  

Vermillion SD 

Everlasting is His Love 


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division), 2021

Jacob Beranek    

Oconomowoc WI 

Abendgebet; Trisagion

Anuj Bhutani    

Houston   TX 

The "Moments" Cycle: Moments; Yar Little Voice; Oaks and Roses

Jack Herscowitz 

Cabin JohnMD 

Voz del Pueblo, Voz del Cielo     

Carol Koffinke   

Pembroke  MA 

Journey to God  

Evgeniya (Jane) Kozhevnikova     

Kalamazoo MI 


Joogwang Lim  

Brighton  MA 


Mikeila McQueston  

Peachtree City  GA 


Mitchell Piantanida 

Mission Viejo   CA 

Beyond the Wandering Moon   

Khoa Kim Sands

Oakland   CA 

The Life of Love

Kristian Schembri   

Newark    DE 

Regina Coeli    

Sarah Shapiro    

\Wilmette  IL 

Choose Something Like a Star; After Death; The Years

Ethan Soledad    

Miramar   FL 

Music and Poetry

Nicholas Emanuel Wheeler    

Stone Mountain  GA 

Star Spangled Banner  


Adrian Wong 

Hong Kong 

War of the Red Cliff    



We invite semi-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. 

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've 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 soon. 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.


  1. Thank you so much for the honor! How do I follow the progress if I don't do either Facebook or Twitter? I will certainly put an announcement on my website, though! Thanks again!

  2. We are now posting updates directly on this blog, so you can follow the progress here. Congratulations!