Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Semi-finalists: COMPOSERS (orchestra), 2021

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

The American Prize is honored to announce an extensive listing of 2021 SEMI-FINALIST composers for orchestra in both professional and student divisions, representing many styles and aesthetics. 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: theamericanprize@gmail.com 

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—Orchestra (professional division), 2021

Lee Actor  

Monte Sereno  CA   

Symphony No. 3


Stephen Anderson   

Mebane NC   

Concerto for Puerto Rico


David Avahalomov 

Santa Monica  CA   



Charles O. Beck   

Alexandria OH   

Symphony No. 2: Dualities   


Sergio Bernal 

Logan UT

Sonances for Strings   


Natasha Bogojevich 

River Forest  IL   

Virtual Overture


Jeffrey Bowen  

Seattle   WA   



BJ Brooks 

Canyon TX   

Path to Polaris 


Karim Elmahmoudi 

Los Angeles   CA   

Musica Celestis 


Stephen Ferre  

Cincinnati OH   



Collin Heade  

Portland  OR   



Aaron Houston

Tallahassee   FL   



Austin Jaquith

Cedarville OH   

Heldenleben 2020: A Reflection on the Coronavirus Pandemic  


Marshall  Jones  

Kalispell MT   



Zaq Latino 

New York  NY   

hidden lakes


Joungmin Lee

Killeen   TX   

Sanctuary Tree  


Colin Martin 

Albuquerque   NM   

Symphony No. 1


Timothy Lee Miller 

Mahwah NJ   

Concerto for Orchestra: Movement 1


Lawrence R. Mumford

Laguna Niguel CA   

Adagio: Of Times and Seasons


Emi Nishida

Boston MA   

Han-gover Square   


C.F. Pan

Sherman Oaks  CA   

Eta Carinae 


Steve R. Parke  

Crawfordsville IN   

Precambrian Dances  


Alla Pavlova

Huntington NY   

Symphony No. 5 


Tomas Peire-Serrate  

Los Angeles   CA   

Rauxa; Collapse 


Mark Petering   

Kenosha  WI   

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 


William Popp   

Loveland  CO   

Orchestral Fanfare for a Scholarly Celebration, Choros Tou Kalamata 


Angelique Poteat 

Seattle   WA   

Cello Concerto  


Richard Prior  

Decatur   GA   

“…of shadow and light..."  


Jay Reise  

Philadelphia  PA   

Three Portraits From The Opera "Al Capone and Family"   


Jason Christopher Richmond   

Fort Thomas   KY   

Ctrl + Alt + Del


Josh Rodriguez  

Riverside CA   

Contra Spem Spero   


Miguel Roig-Francoli  

Cincinnati OH   

Three Astral Poems  

Christopher Alan Schmitz

Warner Robins GA   



Andriy Igorovich Sovetov

Aurora CO   

Piano Concerto #1


Joseph T.  Spaniola   

Pensacola FL   

Thomas Jefferson: Life Lines 


Neil Stipp  

Glendora  CA   

Symphony Capriccio  


Robert Anton Strobel

Elizabeth CO   

Life: Aaru  


Christopher Thomas 

Bend  OR   

Malheur Symphony (Symphony #1)  


Larry Tuttle 

Van Nuys  CA   

Dragon's Egg


Kyle Vanderburg 

Fargo ND   

One Sows for the Benefit of Another Age 


Meira Warshauer  

Columbia  SC   

Tekeeyah (a call)   


Nikita Wells  

Springfield   VA   

Creatures of Darkness and Light 


Evan  Williams   

Memphis   TN   

Dead White Man Music


Kevin Wilt   

Coconut Creek FL   

Imagined Adventures: AutoBonn; Song of the Phoenix; Running on Rooftops  


Ruihan Yang   

Metuchen  NJ   T

The Memory in the Strings; Cycle of Samsara 


Stephen Yarbrough  

Vermillion SD   



Aaron Zigman 

Los Angeles   CA   

Tango Manos  


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

Daniel J. Armistead  

Newark DE   

In the Midst of Desolation  


Roman Baranskiy  

San Francisco CA   

Birds Landing   


Jacob Beranek

Oconomowoc WI   

Pilgrimatic Overture


Nicolas Bizub  

Cincinnati OH   

Distant Light   


Julian Fueyo  

New Haven CT   

The Eleventh Heaven 


Martin Hebel  

Hamden CT   

Half Silver 


Patrick Holcomb

Ocean View DE   

The Harvest of the Amulet of the Deer; Persephone   


Yuri Lee

Tuckahoe  NY   

Hey Warrior, Keep Going 


Young-Jun  Lee

Rochester NY   



Maxwell Lu 

Dayton MD   

Industrial Nature   


Alan Mackwell   

Boston MA   

The Old House   


Alan Mackwell   

Boston MA   



Alexander Mansour

Stevenson Ranch   CA   

Fantasy Noir


Craig Peaslee

Oostburg  WI   

Second City Strut   


Cody Ray

Wadsworth OH   



Monte Taylor 

Austin TX   

Sigil III: Nibiru   


SiHyun Uhm

Rochester NY   

Ladybug in the Room 


Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby 

Cambridge MA   

Accents of Thunder  


Qingye Wu 

Cincinnati OH 

Dream My Dreams  


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: 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 semi-finalists.

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