Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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

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Ernst Bacon
This listing was updated 4/13/21 to add a contestant originally listed incorrectly in another category.—DK

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2021, in the solo division. Congratulations! (A separate announcement will be made in the ensemble division later this week.)

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.

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 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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL soloists or composers, 2021


Elizabeth  Avery  

Norman OK

Three Folk Songs (Jake Heggie)  


Gabriel Beavers

Miami FL

Swagger


Jeffrey Bowen   

Maja Cerar    

Seattle WA

What Will Sound (was already sound)  


BJ Brooks  

West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band    

Canyon   TX 

Symphony No. 3 


Kris Carlisle    

Rome GA

The Silence Between   


Steven M. Darling

Martin TN

Concerto for Tuba Op. 96 (James Barnes)


Shawn W. Davern  

James Madison University Wind Symphony 

Harrisonburg  VA 

An Elegant Sufficiency


Danielle Davis  

Lindenhurst NY

Stars; Will There Really Be a Morning (more)


Ann DuHamel

Morris MN

Dr. Brahms's Book of Rags (Marc Chan)    


Emerson Eads    

Concordia Choir and Ritornello Orchestra of the 

University of Notre Dame 

South Bend IN 

Mass for the Oppressed 


Daniel B. Elder   

The Thirteen  

Washington DC 

Absaolm    


Robert Gans    

The Ergon Ensemble 

Athens   Greece  

Love Dance & Crossing The River  


Eren Gumrukcuoglu 

JACK Quartet  

New York NY 

Pareidolia  


Katie Johnson

Knoxville TN

Songs of the Wolf  (Andrea Clearfield) 


Jeffrey Kautz   

Mannes Orchestra   

New York NY 

Raise the Roof; Warzone   (Michael Daugherty/Alexander Singer)  


Kyle Kindred

Humble TX

Symphony No. 1: The Remnant


Douglas Knehans

Cincinnati OH

Lumen  


Douglas Knehans

Cincinnati OH

Falling Air 


Douglas Knehans

Cincinnati OH

Backwards from Winter


Katie Mess   

Maitland FL

Danza de la Maripose; To Greet the Sun; Three Preludes; Sonatina; Sunshavers    


Emi Nishida

Boston MA

Han-gover Square 


Richard Prior   

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  

Atlanta  GA 

…of shadow and light…


Leandra Ramm   

Pittsburg. CA

Short songs to sing aloud (Grey Grant)


Ben Raznick

Denver CO

The Entertainer, Solace, Maple Leaf Rag; Prelude I, II (Cadenza), III  


Denice Rippentrop   

First Reading Project   

Scottsdale AZ

God Jehovah


Scott Roeder 

Edinburg TX

Five Muses (Scott Roeder and John Stevens)  


Kira Zeeman Rugen

Master Chorale of Flagstaff  

Flagstaff AZ 

Earth Reach Me  


Carlyle Sharpe  

Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra 

Springfield   MO 

Of These Years I Sing


Benjamin Shorstein   

Jacksonville FL

Sonata for Piano 


Sengthian Kyndra Sisayaket   

East Lansing  MI 

The Gothic (Kerry Turner)


Andriy Igorovich Sovetov

Aurora CO

Piano Concerto #1


Bryan D. Stanley     

Kyle Stegall   

Omaha NE

Three Carl Sandburg Songs (Stanley) 


Amy Stephens    

San Francisco CA

Becoming: suite for solo piano in seven movements   


Amy Suznovich   

New Brunswick NJ

I Am The Wife of Mao Tse Tung, Two Little Words; Here's to your Illusions


Eric Swanson 

Bizarre Star Strings    

Portland OR 

Can you hear the call of my beating heart?    


Patricia Wallinga    

San Francisco CA

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


Drew Whiting

Oshkosh WI

Random Access; Saudade Study    


Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn

Springfield MO

Five Songs (Ruth Crawford Seeger)   


Heidi Louise Williams    

Tallahassee FL

Sonata for Piano; Piano Sonata No. 1 (Floyd/Walker)


Adriana Zabala 

Orange CT

The Trial of Susan B. Anthony  (Stephen Mark Kohn) 




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY soloists or composers, 2021

Cole Bartels

Verona WI

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free (Mark); more


Yu-Ting Cheng   

Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra    

Stony Brook   NY 

Clarinet Concerto (Corigliano)


Mark Franklin    

Tallahassee. FL

Piano Fantasy    


Julian Fueyo   

Cleveland Institute of Music's Student Orchestra 

Cleveland OH

The Eleventh Heaven   


Martin Hebel   

New Haven CT

CCM Chamber Players  

Dulce et Decorum Est


Theodore Jackson

Riverview FL

Merlin II; OPEN/shut; Tymptych III  (Thomas/Anderson/Gay)


Darrell J. Jordan 

Seattle WA

Celebrating Queer American Composers


YoungJun Lee    

Boston MA

Shin-Byeong 


Yuhui Li

Mesa   AZ 

Ragtime Music (Bolcom)


Jorge Machain 

UNLV Wind Orchestra

Las Vegas NV 

The Espresso Express  


Craig Peaslee

Ootsurg WI

Second City Strut  




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, HIGH SCHOOL soloists or composers, 2021

Elisa K. Johnson

Seattle WA

Less Alone  


Nicole Liang  

Clarksville MD

Childhood Innocence   


Nicole Liang  

Clarksville MD

Portals


Amelia Severns

Venetia PA

Not A Day Goes By (Sondheim)


Christina  Xiao   

Lexington MA

Rain; Ambler; Baby River; Approaching The End; Skitter



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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, 2021. 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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