Thursday, February 11, 2021

Semi-finalists: COMPOSERS (instrumental chamber music—professional & student divisions), 2021

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

This listing was revised 3/5/21 to move a contestant to the correct category.—DK

The American Prize is delighted to announce a grand list of 2021 SEMI-FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music in both the professional and student divisions. Congratulations! (The student division may be found below the professional listing.) 

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 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.

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

Aaron Alter   

Carlsbad   CA

Piano Sonata; La Joie de Vivre  


Lori F. Ardovino

Alabaster  AL

Palavar Between Friends 

Devin Arrington   

Pittsburgh PA

Heavenward: Meditation for solo violin   


William Ashworth

Medford OR

Approaching Ocean   


Bruce Babcock 

Pasadena   CA

Alternative Facts   


Jay C. Batzner 

Mt. Pleasant   MI

Danger Tree 


Mahlon Berv

Valley Village CA

Agni: Fire, for violin  


John G. Bilotta 

Concord CA

This Silver Minute of Evening   


Jeffrey Bowen   

Seattle WA

What Will Sound (was already sound) 


Robert J. Bradshaw

Gloucester MA

Together, We Spent the Day in Newburyport   


Timothy Brown   

Lewisville TX

Camp Speicher   


Curt Cacioppo

Orleans MA

Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano 


Charles Cacioppo

Philadelphia   PA

Ink Wash Painting   


Kevin Class   

Knoxville  TN

Pictures from  an Exhibitionist; Damn It, Ricky! 


David Colson  

Kalamazoo  MI

The Better Angels of Our Nature 


Michael Deak

Gig Harbor WA

Three Intimate Elegies and Fugue


Nickitas Demos   

Atlanta GA



Megan DiGeorgio   

Hyattsville MD

The Inescapable Self


Ezra Donner  

Ypsilanti  MI

Street Beat 


Otter Dreaming

Decorah IA

In Endless Song 


Matthew R. Durrant 

Midvale UT

The Land of Standing Rocks  


Jose Elizondo

Natick MA

Under the starry sky of the Rhine   


Darci Griffith Gameri  

Omaha  NE

The Seven Directions; At Long Last; Seikilos- Into the Night


Jorge Huelga Garcia  

Brooklyn   NY

Sonata "Connections" 


Gregory Thomas Glancey 

Winchester MA

Under a Shattered Moon  


Ben Goldberg

Brooklyn   NY



Eren Gumrukcuoglu

Durham NC



Ian Evans Guthrie 

Tallahassee FL

The Tempest Long Foretold   


Edith Hemenway

Providence RI

Questions of Travel; Asian Figures 


Jeffrey Hoover  

Sacramento CA



Aaron Houston 

Tallahassee FL

Midway to Midtown   


Karen Salicath Jamali  

Winter Park FL

In Water; Before, Aurora; more


Marshall Jones   

Kalispell  MT

String Quartet  


Douglas Knehans 

Cincinnati OH

Falling Air 


Douglas Knehans 

Cincinnati OH



Valerie Liu 

Alameda CA

The Tozzi Effect

Chelsea Majkut  

Talent OR

Fanfare for Our Heroes  


Colin Martin  

Albuquerque NM

Sinfonia for Two Pianos and Percussion  


Timothy Lee Miller  

Mahwah NJ

Something More  


Lawrence R. Mumford 

Laguna Niguel  CA

Peter's Song


Sheli Nan 

Berkeley   CA

American Promise


C.F. Pan 

Sherman Oaks   CA

Event Horizon   


C.F. Pan 

Sherman Oaks   CA

Ring Arc


Angelique Poteat  

Seattle WA

Her Story of a Soldier  


Clement Reid

Lakewood   WA

Trio for Tenor Saxophone and Percussion 


Josh Rodriguez   

Riverside  CA

That Crazed Girl Improvising


Josh Rodriguez   

Riverside  CA

Partita Picosa  


Miguel Roig-Francoli   

Cincinnati OH

Sonata for two guitars; Six preludes after Chopin   


Yitzhak Santis  


Once Three, Too; Breezy; Elation


Benjamin Shorstein   

Jacksonville   FL

Sonata for Piano


Richard Silverman   

Brooklyn   NY

Sonata for violin and piano #1 


Aaron Spotts  

Tallahassee FL

City Electric   


Bryan D. Stanley 

Omaha  NE

Three Carl Sandburg Songs   


Stefan Stern   

Bozeman MT



Kotoka Suzuki  

Chicago IL



Christopher Thomas  

Bend   OR

l'Oiseau de la Cathedrale   


Robert Scott Thompson

Roswell GA



Robert Scott Thompson

Roswell GA

Projections: Mobile-Stabile-Mobile  


Robert Scott Thompson

Roswell GA

Ninth Wave  


Robert Scott Thompson

Roswell GA



Robert Scott Thompson

Roswell GA

Vivid Air   


Tom Trenney 

Lincoln NE

I Will Make a Way; Love Arrives; Living Water; Let Your Faith be Stronger


William Vollinger   

Woodcliff Lake NJ

Winds Would 


Edgar Warren Williams

Ormond Beach   FL

Fugitive Visions 2020 


Donald M. Wilson  

Lambertville   MI



John Winsor  

Virginia Beach VA

Quartet; Caribbean Sunset

John Winsor 

Virginia Beach VA   

Trio; Dolphins

Gernot Wolfgang   

Los Angeles   CA   

Passage to Vienna; New England Travelogue

Stephen Yarbrough   

Vermillion SD

Two Pieces from "A Dakota Diary" 

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

Micheal Barnes                 

Cincinnati   OH       



Jacob Beranek  

Oconomowoc   WI   

Wind Quintet   


Nicolas Bizub    

Cincinnati   OH   Fill 

The Swamp 


Elillian J. Daugherty

Bellbrook    OH   

Quintet for Winds   


Zach Gulaboff Davis    

Jersey City  NJ   

On the Trajectory of Light    


Liam Diethrich

Highland Park IL   

Mobius Strip, 1942


Richard Drehoff Jr.   

Virginia Beach    VA   

shadow of a difference / falling    


Isaiah Evans    

Burnt Hills  NY   

New Ground, for string quartet


Julian Fueyo    

New Haven    CT   



Martin Hebel    

Hamden  CT   

Rust and Bone  


William Horsley  

Reno    NV   



Elisa Johnson  

Seattle WA   

We have Wings  


Feona Jones    

Pleasant Hill CA   



Rachael S. Kim 

Sammamish    WA   

An Elemental Fantasy


Rachael S. Kim 

Sammamish    WA   

The Voyager-Dancing in the Rain, The Land of Aroha, Celtic Celebration


June Young Kim 

Roslyn  NY   

A Sigh Into Thin Air


Jihyun Kim 

Houston TX   



Jared M. Lane

Hartsel CO   

Looking Inward, Looking Outward; Ice & Warmth; A Quiet Hope 


YoungJun Lee 

Boston  MA   

Shin-byeong for violin solo  


Joohun Lee 

Alexandria   VA   

Revenant Legends    


Nicole Liang    

Clarksville  MD   

Childhood Innocence 


Joan M. Low 

Oxnard  CA   

Elysian Fields 


David Wang Lu  

Ellicott City MD   

Quarantine Quintet  


Alan Mackwell 

Boston  MA   

Thomas Becomes King; Eggs for Breakfast 


Luis McDougal 

McAllen TX   

Guitar Preludes


Tai O'Malley 

San FranciscoCA   

Esoma Buelos; Valse Rhapsody  


Tai O'Malley 

San Francisco CA   

Galactic Creations; Starshine; Harmony; Ascent of the Eclipse; Dusk Cavalry 


Craig Peaslee 

Oostburg WI   

The Death of a Nation    


Michael Andrei Pogudin  

Park City    UT   

Septet in C Major, Waltz in C#


Cody Ray 

Wadsworth    OH   

A City Moving Forward    


Deovides A. Reyes III

Saint Meinrad IN   

Bells of Saint Meinrad   


Calvin Rice

Lake Forest Park  WA   

String Quartet no. 1


Nicholas Shaheed  

Seattle WA   

Another Good One is There


Ryne Siesky   

Miami   FL   

lips evaporate, Art Miniatures


Johnny Smith-Wilson  

Atlanta GA   

String Quintet No. 2 "Lawurl"  


Gary Kaiji Wang

Rochester    NY   

Lullabye and Dreams 


Thomas L. Wilson   

Baton Rouge  LA   

Flash Photography   


Adam Winograd 

Weston  MA   

La endecha del violin solitario; more 


Qingye Wu  

Cincinnati   OH   

Carnival of the Mountain World


Qingye Wu  

Cincinnati   OH   

Winter Sketches


Christina Xiao

Lexington    MA   

Rain; Ambler; Baby River; Skitter  


Yifei (Michael) Xu  

Upland  CA   

Quartet for Wind instruments and piano  


Xuesi Xu 

Tallahassee  FL   

Red Winter 


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. 

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.

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