Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Semi-finalists: CONDUCTORS (band/wind ensemble), 2021

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

The American Prize, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2021 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in band / wind ensemble 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: 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 Conducting—professional division, 2021

Col. Andrew J. Eisch

U.S. Army Band "Pershings Own" 

Arlington.  VA

Maj. Vu Q. Nguyen

Combined USAF Band of the Golden West 

and ANG Band of the West Coast Concert Bands

Port Hueneme  CA

Danh T. Pham  

Seogwipo Philharmonic Wind Orchestra

Jeju Island   South Korea                

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university division, 2021

Dustin Barr  

CSUF Wind Symphony   

Fullerton.  CA 

Trae Blanco

Murray State University Wind Ensemble    

Murray   KY 

Nicholas Bratcher   

CSU San Bernardino Symphonic Band   

San Bernardino. CA 

Richard Clary

Florida State University Chamber Winds   

Tallahassee   FL

Joseph D.Conti 

Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band 

Boone    NC 

Jamie L. Nix  

Schwob Wind Ensemble 

Columbus   GA

T. Andre Feagin

Central Washington University Winds 

Ellensburg    WA 

Caroline Hand  

Ball State Wind Ensemble  

Muncie   IN 

Devin Otto  

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble 

Oshkosh  WI 

Chris Ramos 

UNM Wind Symphony & Chamber Players 

Albuquerque   NM 

J. Nick  Smith 

University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble    

Minneapolis   MN 

Jonathan Villela   

Butler School of Music- mixed ensembles  

Austin   TX 

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community & school division, 2021

Harold Goldstein  

Newfield HS Wind Ensemble 

Selden   NY

Gerald Guilbeaux  

Acadian Wind Symphony


Matthew Salvaggio  

University Heights Symphonic Band   

University Heights OH

Justin Swaim 

Wharton HS Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band

Tampa    FL

P. Justin White 

Thompson HS Wind Ensemble 

Alabaster.  AL


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.

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