Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Finalists: WOMEN in ART SONG & ORATORIO—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 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 FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2021 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years.  

From Maestro Katz: 

"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Each of the ensembles below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for performing artists everywhere, we hope the recognition will prove valuable. Thanks to all these individuals for their artistry. —DK


If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

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 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.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (women),  2021

Julie Lyn Barber      

Parker City   IN       

               

Sara DeFranco    

Rush   NY       

         

Amber Evans       

Brooklyn  NY       

        

Lenora Green-Turner

Macon  GA       

        

Malinda Haslett     

Gorham ME       

        

Rachel Eve Holmes      

Cumming GA       

        

Jacquelyn Matava      

San Antonio  TX       

        

Lisa Newill-Smith

Stralsund  Germany  

        

Christina Nicastro    

Indianapolis  IN       

        

Leandra Ramm        

Pittsburg  CA       

        

Jamie Reimer      

Papillion NE       

               

Loralee Songer      

Muncie  IN       

        

Erin Roth Thomas      

Plano  TX       

        

Camelia Voin        

Loma Linda. CA       

        

Adriana Zabala      

Orange  CT       


Dana Zenobi      

Indianapolis  IN        



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (women),  2021       

        

Olivia Gray       

Covington  LA       

        

Molly Henning    

New Ulm  MN       

        

Kim Kenny      

Fishers  IN       

        

Solene Le Van     

Anaheim  CA       

        

Thereza Dinorah Lituma     

Chicago  IL       

        

Victoria Popritkin  

Pepper Pike. OH       

        


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, high school division (women),  2021

Eloise Fox       

Landenberg. PA


Isabel Hernandez

Winnetka  IL


Peggy Yin       

Port Jefferson  NY



*** 

We encourage 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 national 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 winners 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 finalists. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

CONTEST UPDATE: April 25, 2021

FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2021 (women in art song & oratorio)

Tues, Apr 27, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


BLOG: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com


Congratulations! 


Composer FINALISTS in remaining categories will be announced next; we are also anticipating the first WINNER announcements of 2021, starting in May. 


The office is also gearing up for “AMERICAN VOICES” our first free online concert, featuring The American Prize winning mezzo-soprano, MADISON MARIE MCINTOSH, and pianist GREGORY RITCHEY, Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7pm (EDT). The concert will include premieres of works by composers Theodore CHRISTMAN, Antonio COVELLO, Ted GANGER, Michael POLO, Kevin SCOTT, Amy SCURRIA, Myron SILBERSTEIN and Webster YOUNG, hosted by CHRISTMAN OPERA. 


Register here (absolutely free): https://christman-opera-company.ticketleap.com/concert-to-benefit-tap/


Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/496383485041957/


More info soon!


***


NOTES:


1. The American Prize WEBSITE has been updated for the 2021-22 contest season, with extensions available by email request. http://theamericanprize.org


2. Look for a new edition of “What’s on TAP,” our e-newsletter, coming later this week, to 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

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Finalists: CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE, 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 FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2021. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

From Maestro Katz: 

"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Each of the ensembles below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for performing artists everywhere, we hope the recognition will prove valuable. Thanks to all these individuals for their artistry. —DK


If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

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 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.

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, The American Prize is designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.   

Finalists are listed by ensemble name, contact person, city and state. 


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021, professional division:

Duo Flautas Frescas        

Julia Barnett   

La Mesa  CA       

     

TVMF Woodwind Quintet      

Gabriel Beavers   

Miami FL       

      

Favonian Winds             

Dominique Bellon    

Richmond KY       

      

Transept Consort           

Timothy Campbell  

Sioux Falls SD       

      

Pure Winds   

Dominic Hayes     

Byron MI       

      

Trio Village 

Rebecca Johnson   

Urbana IL       

      

Serenade Duo 

Michelle LaPorte   

Saint James NY       

      

Ensemble for These Times   

Nanette McGuinness

San Francisco CA       

      

Bluestem Blaze             

Andrew W. Parker    

Stillwater OK       

       

Fenglire

Ashley Rollins   

McKinney TX



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021, college/university division:

Solideo Quartet                         

Heather Beckman                    

Miami FL        


Aether Quartet              

Jacey Crayton    

Chambersburg PA        


Robert Owens Ensemble       

Stacie Haneline   

Omaha NE        

      

Duo Passio                  

Hsuan Lee        

Foxborough MA        

        

Azure Duo                   

Hsuan Lee        

Stony Brook NY        

         

Helios                   

Bonson Lee        

Tempe AZ        

        

Column                      

Elisheva Pront      

Madison WI        

         

Sequoia Reed Quintet        

Harrison Short      

North Platte NE        

        

Texas A&M University

Commerce Percussion          

Brian  Zator      

Royse City TX  


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2021, high school division:

Cuthbertson HS Chamber Winds                 

Todd Ebert    

Waxhaw NC       

      

Annabel & Harriet Gensler 

Annabel & Harriet Gensler  

San Jose CA       


The Phillips Trio         

Douglas R.Henderson

Raleigh NC       


Cadenza Trio              

Emma Kim      

Pittsburgh PA       


MU Quartet                

Youngho Park     

Paramus NJ       

      

Quantum Quartet           

Mark Smith    

Carrollton TX       

       

GGFF Duo                  

Angela Tsang    

San Jose CA  


*** 

Finalists are encouraged to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media and by including a link to this announcement on your website or blog. 

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a 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 WINNERS 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 finalists!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Finalists: COMPOSERS (opera/theater/film/dance), 2021

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

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2021 FINALIST composers in the OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE division. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

From Maestro Katz: 

"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Are each of the works below equal in terms of quality or interest? Of course not. But each of the individuals below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for the performing art everywhere, we welcome these works and hope the recognition conveyed by finalist status will prove valuable, both personally and professionally. Thanks to all these individuals for their creativity. —DK


If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

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 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.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation. 


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, professional division, 2021

Joey Bargsten   

Hollywood    FL        

MelanchoLalaland        

        

Clint Borzoni    

Long Island City   NY        

When Adonis Calls       

              

Otter Dreaming   

Decorah      IA        

Waiting for In        

         

Bruno C. Faria      

Jamaica Plain  MA        

Voices Followed: The Illumination of Joan of Arc          

        

Alden Jenks      

Oakland      CA        

Afterworld              

        

Eva Conley Kendrick   

Millis   MA        

Emily  

        

Douglas Knehans    

Cincinnati   OH        

Backwards from Winter   

        

Steven Mark Kohn       

Chagrin Falls   OH        

The Trial of Susan B. Anthony            

        

Alla Pavlova    

Huntington   NY        

Thumbelina Ballet Suite 

        

Dave Ragland    

Nashville    TN        

One Vote Won            

        

Kyle Simpson    

Washington   PA        

Kingdom of the Fairies  

        

Kyle Simpson    

Washington   PA        

Trip to the Moon        

        

Dawn Lenore Sonntag    

Olympia      WA        

Verlorene Heimat (Lost Homeland)        

        

Judith Lynn Stillman   

Providence   RI        

Beneath A Silent Blue Sky                

        

Judith Lynn Stillman   

Providence   RI        

Essential Business      

        

William Vollinger  

Woodcliff Lake  NJ        

Now Shall My Head Be Lifted Up Above my Enemies           

        

Hsin-Hua Wang       

Los Angeles  CA        

Bacchus

         

Amir Zaheri     

Tuscaloosa   AL        

May I Take Your Picture?  (Film)          

         

Amir Zaheri     

Tuscaloosa   AL        

The Flow of Boats    

  


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, student division, 2021

Steven Crino      

Moorestown   NJ        

Tomb of Beauty 


Daniel Ruffing    

Norwalk      OH        

Here, Run 


Nathaniel Trost      

Tuscaloosa   AL        

Like It or Not, It's Going to Happen   



*** 

We encourage 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 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 winners 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 finalists.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Finalists: WOMEN in OPERA—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 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 FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2021 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARDS in VOICE. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years.  

From Maestro Katz: 

"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Each of the individuals below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for performing artists everywhere, we hope the recognition will prove valuable. Thanks to all these individuals for their artistry. —DK


If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

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 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.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation. 


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, professional division (women),  2021

Karen Amlaw     

Westborough  MA

 

Laura Basse     

Helenville  WI

 

Jordan Best      

Felton CA

 

Jessica Arielle Bloch     

Somerville  MA

 

Zarah Brock     

Fredericksburg  VA

 

Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber  

State College   PA

 

Danielle Davis     

Lindenhurst NY 

 

Lauren Frey      

Plainsboro  NJ

 

Chantelle Grant     

Jersey City NJ

 

Carmelita Guse      

Bloomington MN

 

Rachel Eve Holmes    

Atlanta GA

 

Amy Johnson   

Cincinnati  OH 

 

Victoria Korovljev 

Minneapolis MN

 

Sara Lucille Law

Long Island City NY

 

Jacquelyn Matava    

San Antonio TX

 

Jessica Rose Nelson    
Mount Royal NJ

 

Aubrey Odle      

Knoxville   TN

 

Leandra Ramm      

Pittsburg   CA

 

Zoe Vandermeer

West Hartford   CT

 

Camelia Voin      

Loma Linda  CA

 

Mer Wohlgemuth

New York   NY

 

Adriana Zabala    

Orange   CT

 

Melissa Zgouridi  

Salzburg  Austria 



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, college/university division (women),  2021

Julia Coelho    

Denton TX

 

Carly Cummings  

Baltimore  MD

 

Clare Demer     

Tucson  AZ

 

Ally  Dunavant  

Franklin TN

 

Kim Kenny     

Fishers IN

 

Deirdre Lahiff    

Goshen NY

 

Solene Le Van    

Anaheim CA

 

Olivia Prendergast      

Penn Valley PA

 

Alexandra Taylor    

Naples  FL 



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, community division (women),  2021

Rachel Mellman—Burlingame CA

Mairea Place—Everett WA 

Luisa Kay Reyes—Tuscaloosa AL



*** 


We encourage 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 national 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 winners 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 finalists.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

LEONARD ATHERTON, first TAP judge (1941-2021)

Dear TAP Contestants, Judges, Colleagues and Friends,


I have just learned of the death of my friend, conductor Leonard Atherton, emeritus music director of the Muncie Symphony in Indiana, a longtime member of the faculty at Ball State, and one of the first to step forward to participate as a judge for The American Prize back at the founding in 2009.


You can read more here: https://www.meeksmortuary.com/obituary/leonard-j-atherton/


Leonard was a graduate of Oxford University, a lovely man, soft spoken, serious and infinitely polite, I will miss his gracious counsel.


All best,

David

David Katz, founder and chief judge

The American Prize

founding music director,

The Chicago Bar Association Symphony

playwright and actor

"MUSE of FIRE"

http://theamericanprize.org

http://www.museoffiretheplay.org 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Semi-finalists: AMERICAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE (ensembles)—The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, 2021

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

Ernst Bacon
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS in the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC contest, 2021 in conducting and 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

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself. 

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

The American Prize is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the performing arts, unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.  

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE division, 2021

Nancy Braithwaite             

Hemenway Ensemble       

The Netherlands 

Questions of Travel; Asian Figures


Nancy  Braithwaite             

Hemenway Ensemble  

The Netherlands

Four Poems of Langston Hughes; A Child's Garden


Oliver Caplan                  

Juventas New Music Ensemble                                       

Boston   MA       

American Mirror (Derrick Spiva Jr.)


Rebecca  Johnson                 

Trio Village                                                      

Muncie  IN      

Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano (Musgrave); Minatures (Still)


Nanette  McGuinness              

Ensemble for These Times                                          

San Francisco  CA       

Interlude 2 from Die eichne Tur; By a Departing Light; Three Etudes;




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL ensemble/conducting division, 2021

Jon L. Culpepper   

Dallas Chamber Choir

Dallas TX

Specks of Earth; Refuge; Good Night Love


Wes Kenney   

Fort Collins Symphony  

Fort Collins CO  

A Light in the Ocean (Chris Pilsner)


Tigran Shiganyan

The National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan  

Tashkent Uzbekistan  

Overture to Candide, Rumble from West Side Story


Dean Whiteside

Musicians of the New World Symphony

Miami Beach FL  

Music for Eighteen Winds (Harbison) 


Nathan Zullinger

Emanuele Arcioli, Viva Voce, Yale Symphony Orchestra

New Haven   CT  

Armed and Dangerous, Seven Women of Ancient Greek Myth (Curt Cacioppo)



  
NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ensemble/conducting  division, 2021

Dustin Barr   

California State University Fullerton Wind Symphony   

Fullerton  CA  

First Symphony for Band (William Bolcom)


Nicholas Bratcher 

CSUSB Symphonic Band   

San Bernardino  CA  

Shenandoah; Black Dog; Sheltering Sky  


Stephen E. Caldwell   

University of  Arkansas Schola Cantorum   

Fayetteville AR  

Plain-Chant for America; The Black Oak Tree (Still; Niles)


Alexandra Dee

Northwestern University Ad Hoc String Orchestra   

Evanston IL  

Lua Descolorida; The Nature of Light; Particles (Shape Shifter)


Edo Frenkel  

Eastman Musica Nova

Rochester   NY 

Anthem (George Lewis)


Jeremy D. Jones  

Miami University Men's Glee Club  

Oxford  OH  

We Are; Death of the Ball Turret Gunner; Will the Circle be Unbroken; Glory   


Thomas G. Leslie   

UNLV Wind Orchestra

Las Vegas   NV  

Quaternity (Bruce Broughton)


Kypros Markou   

Wayne State University Orchestra

Detroit MI  

Skyline; Peachtree St.; Transcension   


Samuel Mungo  

Peabody Institute Opera Theatre  

Baltimore   MD  

Pride and Prejudice  (Kirke Mechem)


Vu Nguyen   

University of CT Wind Ensemble  

Storrs  CT  

Christina's World (Kenneth Fuchs)


Nathaniel F. Parker   

KSU Symphony & Jazz Ensemble

Kennesaw GA  

Harlem  (Duke Ellington) 


Danh T. Pham 

WA State University Festival of Contemporary Art Music Wind 

Pullman WA  

Double Concerto for Trumpet, Timpani and Wind Ensemble (Ryan Hare)


Chris Ramos

UNM Chamber Players

Albuquerque NM

Abu (George Walker)


Scott Rieker 

Frostburg State University Chamber Singers

Frostburg   MD

So I’ll Sing with My Voice; Ave Maria; Until All of Us Are Free (Argento; Lauridsen; Burrows)


Richard W. Robbins

University of Minnesota Duluth University Singers  

Duluth  MN  

Music of Love and the Stars (Jeffrey Van)  


Catherine Sailer   

University of Denver Lamont Chorale 

Denver  CO  

O Magnum; Spirited Light, And so I go on


Tom Trenney

Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir   

Lincoln NE  

A Silence Haunts Me; One Sweet Little Baby; Walk Together, Children  (Runestad; Kirchner; Hogan)


Luis Viquez   

University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra   

Vermillion  SD  

Breathe; On Peaks and Clouds; Psalms (Wehrspann; Morel; Yarbrough)


Chris David Westover-Munoz 

Denison University Wind Ensemble

Granville  OH  

Piano Concerto No 1 (HyeKyung Lee); Meditation No. 2 from MASS 


Brian J. Winnie   

Western Illinois University Singers 

Macomb  IL  

Considering Matthew Shepard (Craig Hella Johnson)




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COMMUNITY ensemble/conducting division, 2021

Donald L. Appert 

Clark College Orchestra  

Vancouver   WA  

Symphony No.2 “Romantic” (Hanson) 


William Baker  

The William Baker Festival Singers   

Roeland Park KS 

God is Seen; O Magnum; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arr. Parker; Davis; arr. Parker), more


Ryan Brandau

Princeton Pro Musica 

Princeton NJ 

A Procession Winding Around Me; Triptych; Fern Hill 


Ryan Brandau 

Amor Artis   

New York NY  

The the Hands, Ave Maria, Prepare for Death and Follow Me   


Libi Lebel

Texas Medical Center Orchestra 

Houston TX  

Cuban Overture; Lincoln Portrait   


Ingrid Martin   

University of Melbourne All Staff Orchestra 

Melbourne Australia  

Bloom (Steven Bryant)  


Ingrid Martin   

Orchestra 21   

Melbourne  Australia 

Duels & Dances  (James Stephenson)   


Ingrid Martin   

Blackburn HS Alumni Band   

Melbourne  Australia  

October (Eric Whitacre)


Eric Posada  

Pasion

McAllen TX  

Light Shines in the Darkness (Michael Troth)  


Diane Retallack  

Eugene Vocal Arts

Eugene  OR  

The Unarmed Child  (Michael Bussewitz-Quarm)  


Tim Stevens

Denver Pops Orchestra

Denver  CO  

A Western Portrait (Rick Dejonge) 


Chris David Westover-Munoz   

Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra   

Newton  KS  

A Lincoln Address (Persichetti) Symphony No. 2 (Ives)




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, SCHOOL & YOUTH ensemble/conducting division, 2021

Kevin Erickson   

J. Frank Dobie HS  Wind Ensemble 

Houston TX  

When Jesus Wept; Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront 


Harold Goldstein  

Newfield HS Wind Ensemble

Selden  NY  

Midnight on Main Street; Song of Sailor and Sea 


Douglas R. Henderson               

The Phillips Trio                                                 

Raleigh NC     

Allegro; Rubato, Andante moderato  (Paul Schoenfield)


Mary Huff   

NYC Children's Chorus and Chamber Orchestra  

New York NY  

The Place of the Blest (Randall Thompson)


Wes Kenney

Denver Young Artists Orchestra   

Denver  CO  

Ellis Island-The Dream of America (Peter Boyer)


Jim Kollias                 

Beckman HS Chamber Orchestra                                     

Irvine  CA       

Lullaby: String Serenade, I & III; Air & Simple Gifts    


Mark Rohwer 

Flower Mound HS Jaguar Chorale   

Flower Mound TX  

Cells Planets (Lloyd/Peterson); I carry your heart (Dickau); Incendiary (Thomas)


Patrick Ryan

Great Falls HS Delphian Choir

Great Falls MT  

Fragile; Moments in Film; The Longest Nights (Timothy Takach)


Shawn M.  Small  

Fifth Avenue Falcons 

Lebanon PA  

Chatterbox; Simple Gifts; Counting Down to Christmas Day; Fairest Lady; Home


Clinton L. Williams   

The Rancho HS Wind Ensemble  

Las Vegas  NV  

the field well  (Nicholas Omiccioli)



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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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2018-19. 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.