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: 

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


Sioux Falls    SD 


Adan Fernandez    

Holy Family Choirs  

Glendale  CA 


Benjamin Hansen  

The Helios Ensemble 

Tucson    AZ 

Eric Posada  


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 


Odessa    TX


Matthew Swope   

Winter Park HS Park Singers   

Winter Park    FL

Dan Wells   

Vox Auri  

Frenchtown NJ


Adalberto Yanes   


Miami   FL 



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: 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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