Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Semi-finalists: STAGE DIRECTORS (theater/musical theater)—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021

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

CNR in "The Life of Reilly"
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2021 in the Theater/Musical Theater division—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize. Congratulations!

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.

Charles Nelson Reilly was a Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, and an acclaimed opera director and teacher. Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified, Reilly nurtured the creation of a whole series of unique one-person stage plays. Most famously, he directed Julie Harris in her Tony Award-winning star turn in "The Belle of Amherst", on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Among Reilly's many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levinʼs "Break a Leg", Larry Shueʼs "The Nerd", and the revival of "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Mr. Reillyʼs career as an opera director included productions for Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera, Milwaukee Opera and Opera Pacific. Charles Nelson Reilly and The American Prize chief judge David Katz were friends for three decades, first meeting through their mutual Hartford voice teacher, Mrs. Friedrich Schorr. Mr. Reilly served as honorary chairperson of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice from the competition's founding in 1990, until his death. To read more about the career of Charles Nelson Reilly, .

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 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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 Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021, theater/musical theater division

Geoffrey Arndt  

Saint Patrick High School

Chicago   IL  

The Neverending Story   


Sabrina Brookshire 

Hannibal-LaGrange University 

Hannibal  MO

Riders to the Sea


Jenna T. Elser   

Glow Lyric Theatre   

Greenville SC  

West Side Story  


Dawn M.  Harris 

The University of Illinois

Champaign IL

The Light in the Piazza


Kristina Keener Ivy

Top Billing Entertainment

Glendora  CA

Frozen Jr. & High School Musical Jr. 


Darren P. Lawson 

Bob Jones University 

Greenville. SC

Great Expectations   


Darren P. Lawson 

Bob Jones University 

Greenville SC

Panosian and the Provinces of His Story


Joshua  May

Schwob Opera Theatre 

Columbus  GA

The Light in the Piazza 



*** 

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: 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. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Semi-finalists: STAGE DIRECTORS (opera)—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021

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

CNR in "The Life of Reilly"
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2021 in the OPERA division—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize. Congratulations!

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.

Charles Nelson Reilly was a Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, and an acclaimed opera director and teacher. Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified, Reilly nurtured the creation of a whole series of unique one-person stage plays. Most famously, he directed Julie Harris in her Tony Award-winning star turn in "The Belle of Amherst", on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Among Reilly's many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levinʼs "Break a Leg", Larry Shueʼs "The Nerd", and the revival of "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Mr. Reillyʼs career as an opera director included productions for Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera, Milwaukee Opera and Opera Pacific. Charles Nelson Reilly and The American Prize chief judge David Katz were friends for three decades, first meeting through their mutual Hartford voice teacher, Mrs. Friedrich Schorr. Mr. Reilly served as honorary chairperson of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice from the competition's founding in 1990, until his death. To read more about the career of Charles Nelson Reilly, .

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 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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 Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021, professional opera division

Rachel M. Harris                 

Heartland Opera Theatre                                     

Joplin MO            

Suor Angelica                                                                                      


Josh Miller                 

St. Petersburg Opera                                        

St. Petersburg  FL            

Gianni Schicchi                                                                                    


Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn           

Springfield Regional Opera                                  

Springfield  MO            

La Serva Padrona




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021, college/university opera division
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Directors will be contacted to confirm their ensemble's placement.—DK)

Belinda Andrews-Smith 

Denison University

Granville OH

The Pirates of Penzance  


Margaret Astrup  

Western Connecticut State University  

Danbury CT

The Tender Land 


Melinda Brou 

Texas A&M University- Kingsville 

Kingsville TX

Cinderella—Viardot


Marc Callahan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

Chapel Hill  NC

Il Sogno di Scipione—Mozart


Ellen Denham  

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi  TX

Midsummer Night's Music—Purcell/Shakespeare/Denham  


Tracelyn Gesteland  

University of South Dakota Opera 

Vermillion SD

Cendrillon


Melanie Helton  

Michigan State University Opera Theatre  

East Lansing MI

Orpheus in the Underworld


Kerry Jennings

DePauw University 

Greencastle  IN

Cendrillon


Darren P.  Lawson  

Bob Jones University 

Greenville SC

Cosi fan Tutte  


Stella Markou  

University of Missouri-St. Louis  

St. Louis MO

The Pirates of Penzance  


Stella Markou  

University of Missouri-St. Louis  

St. Louis MO

The Medium


Dugg McDonough  

Louisiana State University 

Baton Rouge  LA

Two Remain (Out of Darkness)—Heggie


Brandon McShaffrey 

Temple University 

Philadelphia PA

L'elisir d’amore


Samuel Mungo

Peabody Institute 

Baltimore MD

The Falling and the Rising—Redler


David Ronis

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Madison WI

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Scott Skiba

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music  

Berea  OH

Pelleas and Melisande


Madeleine  Snow

Harvard College Opera

Cambridge MA

Die Zauberflöte 


Jacque Trussel 

Purchase Opera, State University of NY P

urchase  NY

Dido & Aeneas


Copeland Woodruff

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

Appleton  WI

The Marriage of Figaro


*** 

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: 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.

CONTEST UPDATE: March 30, 2021

SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Directing (opera division)—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021

Tues, Mar 30, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Directing (theater/musical theater division)—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021

Wed, Mar 21, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Arts Marketing/Arts Education, 2021

Thurs, Apr 1, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Composition (pops/light music division), 2021

Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2021

Tues, Apr 6, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music, 2021 (solo division)

Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


BLOG: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com


Congratulations! 


***


NOTES:


1. We have added the repertoire to the listing of OPERA COMPANY semi-finalists published last week: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2021/03/semi-finalists-opera-companies-2021.html

2. The American Prize WEBSITE has been updated for the 2021-22 contest season. Preliminary deadlines are April 20 and May 18, with extensions available by email request. http://theamericanprize.org


3. Additional FINALIST listings for 2021 are in preparation. Instrumental Soloists, Chamber Ensembles and Women in Art Song and Opera will be next, then more composer finalists.


4. Two make the information easier to find, a new edition of “What’s on TAP,” our e-newsletter, will include complete SEMI-FINALIST links for 2021 and those FINALIST categories already announced. 


If you are not a contestant and did not receive the edition of “What’s on TAP” sent March 22, you can sign up using this link: 

https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001KYrzQAAWKXnHlI8dcIxB7Km6UQHzSFgwMLc5H8lbrJAmNz4R43FN0kml65IWEnelrWugoo28hj9uuI7mS4Rlpw%3D%3D


We never share our email list with anyone and you can cancel at any time.


—The American Prize Team




 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Semi-finalists: MUSICAL THEATER COMPANIES, 2021

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

Marilyn Miller, 1920s Broadway star 
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST musical theater companies for 2021. 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 

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure. Founded in 2010, contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.  

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it 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 Musical Theater Performance, 2021
Although there is only a single division in the Musical Theater Performance Prize this season, we expect to be able to provide written evaluations to all these contestants regardless of the final outcome. Questions? Please email theamericanprize@gmail.com

Jenna T. Elser      

Glow Lyric Theatre

Greenville SC   

Hot Mikado  


Jose Martinez   

Duo2Arts!  

Madrid  Spain 

Adulthood Stories


Belinda Andrews-Smith     

Denison University

Granville  OH    

The Pirates of Penzance   


Joshua May 

Schwob School of Music   

Columbus   GA    

The Light in the Piazza   


Kristina Keener      

Ivy Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy  

Glendora   CA    

Frozen Jr. & High School Musical Jr.    


Justin John Moniz      

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 

Kamuela    HI    

Sweeney Todd

 
*** 

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: 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.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Semi-Finalists: OPERA COMPANIES, 2021

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

Enrico Caruso at Canio in I Pagliacci
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST opera ensembles for 2021. 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

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure. Founded in 2010, contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.     

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 Opera Performance—professional division, 2021

Rachel M. Harris 

Heartland Opera Theatre 

Joplin   MO

Gianni Schicchi / Suor Angelica


John Hoomes

Nashville Opera    

Nashville   TN

One Vote Won—Ragland


Erie Mills  

Livermore Valley Opera  

Livermore  CA

A Florentine Tragedy—Zemlinsky


Scott Skiba  

Cleveland Opera Theater 

Cleveland  OH   
La Boheme

  
NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance—college/university division,  2021
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Conductors will be contacted to confirm their placement.—DK)

Margaret Astrup 

Western Connecticut State University   

Danbury  CT   

The Tender Land


Melinda Brou   

Texas A&M University-Kingsville   

Kingsville    TX  

Cinderella—Viardot


Marc P. Callahan    

UNC Opera

Chapel Hill   NC 

Il Sogno di Scipione—Mozart

Der Jasager—Weill


Nicholas Fahrenkrug

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music   

Appleton WI     

Dichterliebe—Within + Without


Tracelyn Gesteland   

University of South Dakota   

Vermillion    SD   

Cendrillon


Melanie Helton 

Michigan State University Opera Theatre   

East Lansing  MI 

Orpheus in the Underworld


Darren P. Lawson 

Bob Jones University    

Greenville    SC   

Cosi fan tutte


Stella Markou 

University of Missouri- St. Louis 

St. Louis  MO   

The Medium

Pirates of Penzance


Dugg McDonough   

Louisiana State University   

Baton Rouge   LA   

Two Remain (Out of Darkness)—Heggie


Justin John Moniz  

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival   

Kamuela    HI

Alcina—Handel

Little Women—Adamo


Samuel Mungo  

Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University    

Baltimore  MD 

Pride and Prejudice—Mechem

The Falling and the Rising—Redler


Marc Reynolds    

Texas State University  

San Marcos    TX   

Dido & Aeneas

La Curandera—Rodriguez


David Ronis  

University of Wisconsin-Madison  

Madison  WI   

Cosi fan tutte


Buck Ross   

Moores School of Music—U. of Houston  

Houston  TX   

Dinner at Eight—Bolcom


Scott Skiba 

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music  

Berea    OH   

Pelleas and Melisande


Jacque Trussel

Purchase Opera—State University of NY  

Purchase NY   

Dido & Aeneas


Copeland Woodruff    

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music   

Appleton WI   

The Marriage of Figaro

   


*** 

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! Our ensemble has 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 the 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.


   

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

CONTEST UPDATE: March 24, 2021




CONTEST INFORMATION for the 2021-22 season has now been updated on our website: http://theamericanprize.org


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2021

Thurs, Mar 25, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2021

Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Directing, 2021

Tues, Mar 30, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


SEMI-FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Arts Marketing/Education, 2021

Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 5pm EST on our blog


BLOG: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com


Congratulations! 


Next week, we also get back to FINALIST announcements.


Did you miss the latest edition of “What’s on TAP,” our e-newsletter? If you are not a contestant and did not receive the edition sent March 22, you can sign up using this link: 

https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001KYrzQAAWKXnHlI8dcIxB7Km6UQHzSFgwMLc5H8lbrJAmNz4R43FN0kml65IWEnelrWugoo28hj9uuI7mS4Rlpw%3D%3D


—The American Prize Team



 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Semi-finalists: BANDS/WIND ENSEMBLES, 2021

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


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST bands/wind ensembles for 2021. 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 Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division,  2021
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Conductors will be contacted to confirm their placement.—DK)

Trae Blanco

Murray State University Wind Ensemble    

Murray KY 


Nicholas Bratcher    

CSU San Bernardino Symphonic Band   

San Bernardino     CA 


Daniel Cook  

University of North Texas Wind Ensemble  

Denton TX       


William B. Drury 

NEC Symphonic Winds     

Boston MA       

  

Thomas G. Leslie

UNLV Wind Orchestra     

Las Vegas    NV    


Timothy Mahr  

St. Olaf Band     

Northfield   MN 


Richard Marcus

William & Mary Wind Ensemble  

Williamsburg VA      


Anthony C.Marinello, III    

IL State University Wind Symphony  

Normal IL       


William M. Perrine     

Concordia University Wind Ensemble 

Ann Arbor    MI 


Lauren Reynolds    

University of Delaware Wind Ensemble     

Newark DE 


Onsby C. Rose  

The Dordt University Wind Symphony 

Sioux Center IA      


Thomas E. Verrier     

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony

Nashville    TN                 


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division, 2021

Ronald Demkee

The Allentown Band

Allentown    PA  


Gerald Guilbeaux   

Acadian Wind Symphony   

Lafayette    LA  


Lee Hartman     

Mid America Freedom Band

Kansas City  MO  


Keith W. Hodgson     

The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble 

Mays Landing NJ  


Kenneth Singleton

Boulder Concert Band    

Boulder. CO  


Matthew Salvaggio   

University Heights Symphonic Band  

University Heights OH  


Ted Vives 

Los Alamos Community Winds    

Los Alamos   NM 




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—high school division, 2021

Harold Goldstein   

Newfield HS Wind Ensemble     

Selden NY  


Len Lavelle & Lucas Beaver

North Hills HS Wind Ensemble  

Pittsburgh   PA


Jesus Marquez     

Richardson HS Wind Symphony   

Richardson   TX  


Rumaldo Solis 

James Bowie Wind Symphony     

Arlington    TX  


Clinton L. Williams    

The Rancho HS Wind Ensemble   

Las Vegas    NV  


Clinton L. Williams    

The Rancho HS Clarinet Choir  

Las Vegas    NV  

                  


*** 

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! Our ensemble has 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 the 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.


   

Friday, March 19, 2021

Semi-finalists: CHORUSES, 2021

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


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST choruses for 2021 in all categories. 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 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 Choral Performance—professional division, 2021

Derrick Brookins

Brothers In Song    

Dallas    TX


Ryan T. Strand  

Constellation Men's Ensemble  

Chicago   IL

    

Nathan  Zullinger    

Viva Voce Chamber Singers

Haverford   PA   


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university division,  2021 
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Conductors will be contacted to confirm their placement.—DK)

Michael B. Boswell 

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals    

Saint Mary of the Woods  IN


Stephen E. Caldwell

University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum  

Fayetteville   AR 


Warren Cook  

Bob Jones University Choirs and Orchestra    

Greenville.  SC


Peggy Dettwiler    

Mansfield University Concert Choir 

Mansfield   PA


Jeremy D. Jones   

Miami University Men's Glee Club   

Oxford    OH  


Jerron Jorgensen    

The Coker Singers   

Hartsville.  SC  


Karen Kenaston-French   

University of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir 

Arlington TX 


Kenneth Owen    

Pierce College Chamber Choir  

Puyallup  WA 


Scott Rieker  

Frostburg State University Chamber Singers   

Frostburg MD 


Scott Rieker  

Frostburg State University Chorale 

Frostburg MD 


Richard W. Robbins 

University of Minnesota Duluth University Singers 

Duluth    MN 


Catherine Sailer  

University of Denver Lamont Chorale

Denver    CO 


Brian A. Schmidt

Baylor Chamber Singers   

Waco TX 


Brian A. Schmidt 

Baylor A Cappella Choir  

Waco TX 


Jennifer Sengin  

Georgia State University Women's Chorus 

Atlanta   GA 


Ethan Sperry  

Portland State Chamber Choir  

Portland  OR   




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community division, 2021

William Baker   

The William Baker Festival Singers 

Roeland Park   KS 

 

Ryan Brandau 

Amor Artis

New York  NY 

 

Ryan Brandau 

Princeton Pro Musica

Princeton NJ 

 

Donald  Brinegar

The Donald Brinegar Singers   

Pasadena  CA 

 

Timothy Campbell

Transept  

Sioux Falls    SD 

 

Adan Fernandez    

Holy Family Choirs  

Glendale  CA 

 

Benjamin Hansen  

The Helios Ensemble 

Tucson    AZ 


Eric Posada  

Pasion    

McAllen   TX 


Richard K. Pugsley

Gloriae Dei Cantores

Orleans   MA

 

Diane Retallack    

Eugene Vocal Arts   

Eugene    OR 

 

Kiara Zani    

Metropolitan Chorale

Brookline MA




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth division, 2021

Darren Dailey  

Jacksonville Children's Chorus

Jacksonville   FL 

 

Joel Duarte  

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Singers 

Grand Prairie  TX 

 

Joel Duarte  

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Treble Singers    

Grand Prairie  TX 

 

Mary Huff    

NYC Children's Chorus    

New York  NY 

 

Marianna Kosaya  

Campanella Children's Choir   

Northbrook  IL 

 

Marianna Parnas   

Simpson Treble Choir of Houston  

Houston   TX 


Shawn M.Small   

Fifth Avenue Falcons

Lebanon   PA 

 

Shawn M.Small   

South Lebanon Elementary Chorus    

Lebanon   PA 


Jeanne  Wohlgamuth   

New World Singers   

Columbus  OH   




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—high school division, 2021

Elizabeth M. Colpo   

Lower Dauphin HS Chamber Singers  

Hummelstown    PA

 

Mark Lawley  

Willard HS Chamber Choir 

Willard   MO

 

Jennifer Moss    

Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Madrigal Singers

Acton.  MA 

 

Mark Rohwer  

Flower Mound HS Jaguar Chorale

Flower Mound   TX

 

*Patrick Ryan & Jordan Spicher

Great Falls HS Delphian Choir 

Great Falls    MT  


Jason Saunders

Graham-Kapowsin HS Chorale    

Graham    WA

 

Connor Scott   

Parkway South HS Advanced Chamber Choir 

Manchester.  MO 

 

Kenneth Sieloff 

Cantus    

Odessa    TX

 

Matthew Swope   

Winter Park HS Park Singers   

Winter Park    FL


Dan Wells   

Vox Auri  

Frenchtown NJ

 

Adalberto Yanes   

FIREBIRD SINGERS    

Miami   FL 

 

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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! Our ensemble has 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 the 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.