Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Finalists: INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS, 2021

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

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce FINALIST instrumental soloists 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.

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 season. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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 often honored semi-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.

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 eleventh 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 Instrumental Performance, 2021, professional division:

Julia Barnett   

La Mesa   CA    

Flute     


Gabriel Beavers   

Miami     FL    

Amplified Bassoon  


Orlando Cela      

Arlington MA    

Flute     


Kai Chen Cheng     

Pingtung  Taiwan

Flute     


David Cook      

Decatur   IL    

Clarinet  


Steven M. Darling   

Martin    TN    

Tuba      


Christopher Dickey    

Pullman   WA    

Tuba      


Chris Gekker    

Bethesda  MD    

Trumpet   


Anita Graef     

Evanston  IL    

Cello     


Zachary Haas      

Hamden    CT    

Bass Trombone  


Cody Hunter    

Hatton    ND    

Bassoon   


Tae Ho Hwang     

Ellicott City   MD    

Saxophone 


Katie Johnson   

Knoxville TN           

Horn      


Jeffrey Kautz     

Dix Hills NY    

Timpani   


Charlene Kluegel   

Wilmette  IL    

Violin    


Ming-Jui Liu       

Arcadia   CA    

Classical Guitar   


Jose Martinez  

Chelva, Spain 

Tuba      


Katie Mess      

Maitland  FL    

Flute     


Eric Millard   

Concord   NC    

Trumpet   


Madalyn Parnas Möller    

Los Angeles CA    

Violin    


Andrew W. Parker    

Stillwater OK    

Oboe      


Jennifer Piper     

Fort Wayne IN    

Flute     


William Popp      

Loveland  CO   

Accordion


Scott Roeder    

Edinburg  TX    

Tuba      


Sengthian Kyndra Sisayaket 

East Lansing MI    

Horn      


Yi Qun Xu        

New York  NY    

Cello     


Brian Zator     

Royse City TX    

Marimba



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

James Brinkmann 

East Lansing  MI     

Flute     


Lethicia Caravello 

Brighton  MA     

Harp      


Yu-Ting Cheng     

Forest Hills  NY     

Clarinet  


Mitchell Luttermoser    

Canton    MI       

Saxophone

 

Juan Carlos Narvaez   

Elizabeth NJ     

Flute     


Ethan Nylander  

Townsend  DE     

Flute     


Sophia Oehlers   

Collingswood  NJ     

Oboe      


Marisa Sardo     

Lake Bluff IL     

Classical Guitar   


Alisa Smith     

Jamestown RI     

Flute     


Yidi Song      

Rochester NY     

Flute  



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

Athina Chen      

Palo Alto CA     

Violin    


Daniel Ethan Gliksberg 

Newton    MA     

Alto Saxophone 


Luke  Henderson 

Raleigh   NC     

Violin    


Veronica Li        

Princeton NJ     

Clarinet  


Lauren Swain     

Needmore  PA     

Harp      


Eiline Tai     

Irvine  CA     

Cello     


Fiona Faye Tsang     

San Jose  CA     

Cello     


Xandro Xu        

Phoenixville  PA     

Clarinet   

   

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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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