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.

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