Tuesday, April 20, 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       



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        



Bonson Lee        

Tempe AZ        



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!

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