Friday, June 11, 2021

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

 

The American Prize BLOG is getting a NEW LOOK! Changes begin the week of June 14th.


Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth 
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in art song and oratorio, 2021—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. Congratulations! 

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blogPlease use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

COVID EXTENSIONS to APPLY for 2022:  Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize, 2022. In addition, application deadlines have been extended with further extensions available by email request. 

We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS will be accepted until Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) and in the new category of VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information. 

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America, based on submitted recordings.


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

The American Prize Winner
Loralee Songer        
Muncie IN
Loralee Songer  
Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano, is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, conductor, and educator. She holds a doctor of arts degree in vocal performance and choral conducting from Ball State University and teaches applied voice, conducting, and other music-related courses at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Songer made her DCINY Artist Series Debut at Carnegie Hall in 2019. Songer is the author of Songs of the Second Viennese School: A Performer’s Guide to Selected Solo Vocal Works, in which she outlines for singers and voice teachers critical information on selected solo vocal works by three major classical composers active during the first half of the twentieth century: Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. For too long, the remarkable vocal works of these composers have received insufficient attention.


2nd Place:
Jacquelyn Matava   
San Antonio TX  

Jacquelyn Matava   
Praised for her “warm sound” and “soothing legato line,” mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava most recently won 3rd prize in the 2020 National Opera Association Vocal Competition and was named a national semifinalist in the 2020 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition. She made her Kennedy Center debut as a finalist in the Washington International Competition in 2019, performing with the Washington Chamber Orchestra and was a 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Winner. She has sung with the Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival Academy, Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera San Antonio, Alamo City Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.   A native of Farmington, CT, Matava holds music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Vassar College, and teaches on the faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. www.jacquelynmatava.com


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Lenora Green-Turner 
Macon GA 
                Lenora Green-Turner 

Soprano, Lenora Green-Turner, native from Macon, Georgia, is recognized as one of America’s most loved sopranos with her full warm, gorgeous, lyrical voice.  Hailed by Opera News as an impressive vocalist and NYTimes as a most expressive singer. Some of her roles include; Mimi (La Boheme), Mary (Highway 1, U.S.A.), Countess Susanna (Il Segreto di Susanna); First Lady (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), title role Suor Angelica, Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), High Priestess (Aida), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). She is a member of vocal ensemble, EXIGENCE directed by Dr. Eugene Rogers. She was Artist-in-Residence for LeMoyne Owen College, Stax Music Academy and Opera Memphis. Awards; Jane Willson Emerging Artist award, Leo Rogers Scholarship/Sarasota Opera Guild; MONC Encouragement Award, regional NATS, William Knight Competition, MTNA Young Artist Program. A student of Dr. Louise Toppin, degrees held: DMA & MM; University of Michigan, Perf. Diploma; Indiana University. www.lenoragreensoprano.com


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Camelia Voin   
Loma Linda CA

Camelia Voin   
Camelia Voin is a lyric coloratura soprano who performed throughout the United States and abroad as an operatic, oratorio and recital soloist. She appeared in recitals and opera productions on some of the world's most important stages, including Carnegie Hall, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro Gayaree in Pamplona,  West Palm Beach Opera, Los Angeles Music Center, Romanian National Opera  in Bucharest, Nevada State Opera in Las Vegas.   Camelia Voin’s voice has led her to prize wins in more than a dozen competitions: Singer of the Year at NATS competition, Metropolitan Opera Competition, Giuseppe Verdi Award in Palm Beach, Concurso Internacional de Canto Julián Gayarre, president of the jury José Carreras and others. Voin completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at Claremont Graduate University and is currently on the voice faculties of the University of California Riverside, Claremont Graduate University and California Baptist University.  cameliavoin.com


Special Judges' Citation: "Championing the Music of Robert Owens"
Jamie Reimer  
Papillion NE


Jamie Reimer 
Soprano Jamie Reimer has performed in opera, oratorio and recital venues around the United States, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and Australia. Concert appearances include performances of Mozart Requiem, Messiah, Chants d’Auvergne, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy, and Liszt’s Christus for the American Liszt Society’s international festival. Favorite operatic repertoire includes Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflote), and Anna Maurrant (Street Scene). Reimer’s interest in contemporary American art song focuses on the life and work of composer Robert Owens. In 2012, she gave the world premiere of Owens’ 4 Sonnets to Eleonora Duse, composed for her voice, and performed the role of Ursula in the North American premiere of his opera Culture! Culture! in 2015. Her CD, The Last Songs of Robert Owens, will be released by Centaur Records in Winter 2021.


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Malinda Haslett  
Gorham ME

Malinda Haslett  
Soprano Malinda Haslett is internationally recognized as a performer and scholar. She earned her doctorate while simultaneously performing leading operatic roles in Europe’s most prized concert houses. Selected performances include Royal Opera House (London, UK), solo recitals in Beirut (Lebanon), Danang (Vietnam), and Berlin Konzerthaus. In a signature role as Violetta, Paris’ Le Soir wrote “Ravishing, she misses not one not of elegance”. She has sung solo recitals for two sitting presidents and volunteered teaching music in the Middle East and Africa. In the United States, Ms. Haslett’s portrayal as Pamina was reviewed by Opera News as having been sung “with such meltingly limpid phrases that the audience held its collective breath.” Other leading roles of note are Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, Norina in Don Pasquale, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Leïla in Les pêcheurs des Perles. www.malindahaslett.com


Finalist Honorable Mention:
Erin Roth Thomas   
Plano TX

Erin Roth Thomas   
Praised by TheaterJones for possessing “a voice of surprising power and emotion”, mezzo soprano Erin Roth Thomas regularly performs as a concert soloist, singing a vast repertoire ranging from Bach’s Magnificat to Danielpour’s An American Requiem. Equally comfortable on the opera stage, she has performed numerous roles, including Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and most recently, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Erin frequently performs as a chorister and soloist with some of the finest ensembles in the area, including Orpheus Chamber Singers, Verdigris Ensemble, Dallas Bach Society, Incarnatus, and Highland Park Chorale, as well as providing worship music for many DFW churches.  From Lufkin, Texas, and a proud graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Erin lives with her husband, Chad, and the best dog in the world, Reggie. 



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

The American Prize Winner
Solene Le Van        
Anaheim CA

Solene Le Van        
Solène Le Van is a 23-year-old lyric coloratura whose artistic activities have taken her across several continents. This season, she was invited to perform as a soloist with the Teatro Nuovo Bel Canto Festival Orchestra as well as the Burbank Philharmonic (Grand Prize Winner of the Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition). A recipient of the Ernst Bacon Award for American Music for her interpretation of Barber’s Knoxville, she has also sung the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of John Butt at American Handel Society, selections by Massenet, Puccini, and Donizetti with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, premieres of orchestrated mélodies with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, and   the role of Maria in West Side Story with the RCM Orchestra. A recording with Peer Music Records featuring her singing with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra of Spain under the baton of José Serebrier will be released this year. Solene was accepted to Princeton at fifteen. A two-time winner of the Princeton Concerto Competition, she also played Cunegonde and the Königin der Nacht in concert staging as well as La Musica (L’Orfeo) under the directorship of ENO director Tom Guthrie. In 2016, Ms. Le Van attended the Royal College of Music in London in a dual study program in voice and violin, receiving first class honors with distinction. A frequent recitalist, she has been engaged nationally and internationally, notably at the Brunneby Concert Series (Sweden), the LA Philharmonic Affiliates, Carnegie Hall, and the Vianden Festival (Luxembourg) under the patronage of the US Embassy. Ms. Le Van will soon release her debut recording of French melodies featuring world premieres. She is a two-time laureate of the Opera Buffs Grant and a winner of the French Embassy Cultural Services Award, the Camille Coloratura Awards, the David W. Scott Competition, and the David Weiss Scholarship. www.solenelevan.net  


2nd Place:
Kim Kenny        
Fishers IN
Kim Kenny        
Indianapolis-based singer, songwriter, and musician Kim Kenny has been performing for as long as she can remember. Encouraged by her parents, she began singing and playing the piano in the family’s church when she was just eight years old. As a child, Kim could often be found on the piano singing and composing her own songs. In her teenage years, her study of classical voice and jazz landed her a scholarship to Marian University to purse Vocal Performance. While in college, Kim balanced school work along with a budding professional singing career. Upon graduating from Marian University, she emerged in the field of education as piano accompanist and choral director. Today, she is a proud Butler University alum, where she obtained her masters of Music. Kim balances her multi-faceted career all while being a dedicated mother to her beautiful daughter, Charity. www.kimkennyllc.com


3rd Place:
Thereza Dinorah Lituma       
Chicago IL
Thereza Dinorah Lituma       
Mezzo-soprano, THEREZA LITUMA, is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied under the tutelage of Professor Sylvia Stone. There, she performed the role of Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Her past opera credits also include Ježibaba/Third Wood Sprite (Rusalka), the Owl (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Albanact (King Arthur). In the summer of 2019, she was a Project Inclusion Voice Fellow with the Grant Park Music Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist in multiple Chicago summer concert series and as a professional chorus member with the Grant Park Chorus. She made her Italian debut at the Scuola Italia Summer Program for Young Opera Singers. Thereza will be continuing her graduate studies in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois. therezalituma.com


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

The American Prize Winner
Peggy Yin        
Port Jefferson NY

Peggy Yin        
Peggy Yin is the valedictorian 2021 at Port Jefferson School District, NY with the honors of All-State vocalist and flautist, and All-Eastern vocalist. She has been studying voice and flute for 9 years.  She studied voice at Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Precollege program for 3 years and was on the dean's list.  In the last two years she won first place in five international vocal competitions and was a finalist of both the Art Song and Music Theater categories of 2021 Hal Leonard Vocal competition. She performed solos at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and other major stages.  Peggy also enjoys writing her own songs and premiered her composition for octet in MSM Precollege Student Composers' Concert. Peggy has strived to bring communities together through her roles ranging from President of her school Tri-M Music Honor Society to Youth Ambassador for Concerts in Motion.  During the pandemic, Peggy has been performing in and emceeing many live virtual concerts for socially isolated seniors. She has been awarded the Presidential Service Award yearly since 2015, and is a Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist; National Merit Scholarship Finalist; Asset Scholarship, Scope scholarship and Battelle Scholarship recipient.

2nd Place:
Eloise Fox        
Landenberg PA
Eloise Fox        
Eloise Fox, Soprano, has studied classical voice for six years. She is a student in the Juilliard Pre-College Vocal Arts Program in Lorraine Nubar’s studio. She is also a member of her High School Chorale. Eloise placed 3rd in the 2021 Hal Leonard Competition High School Art Song category, and was a finalist in the Fall 2020 Schmidt Vocal Competition. She attended the 2020 Summer Solo Vocal Artist Program at Westminster Choir College, and Interlochen Intermediate Vocal Arts Camp in 2017. She enjoys theater and opera, operetta, and has performed in eight full productions of works by Gilbert and Sullivan. She will be performing on the Restart Stage in Lincoln Center this June.  


3rd Place:
Isabel Hernandez      
Winnetka IL
Isabel Hernandez      
Isabel Hernandez is a 16 year old junior at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL.  This past year, she was awarded first place at the 2019 NATS Competition (Classical) and second place in the national Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.  At age 14, Isabel placed third in the national New York Lyric Opera Competition and performed at the National Opera Center.  Isabel has been a featured soloist with Youth Choral Theater of Chicago, IMPACT Acapella group, 1er Festival Coral Infantil in Puerto Vallarta, PBS Sponsored Celebration of Music and the Divine Mercy Adult Choir.  Isabel is proficient in german, french and spanish and has had the privilege of studying with Lorraine Nubar (Juilliard) at the Academie Internationale d’été de Nice and spending a semester at Max Reger Gymnasium in Amberg, Germany.  Isabel enjoys cantoring at her local church and singing for residents of the local assisted living facility. 

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Congratulations!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

CONTEST UPDATE: June 10, 2021

The American Prize BLOG is getting a NEW LOOK! Changes begin the week of June 14th.



WINNER announcement:

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

Fri, June 11, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Conducting, 2021 (band division)

Tues, Jun 15, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Conducting, 2021 (orchestra division)

Thurs, Jun 17, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


WINNER announcement:

The American Prize in Composition (pops/light music division), 2021

Fri, June 18, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


BLOG: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com


Congratulations!


More WINNERS and ensemble FINALIST announcements are next.


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Finalists: CONDUCTORS (musical theater), 2021


The American Prize BLOG is getting a NEW LOOK! Changes begin the week of June 14th.


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2021 FINALIST conductors in musical theater. Congratulations!

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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 complete the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.
  
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.

COVID EXTENSIONS to APPLY for 2022: Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize, 2022. In addition, application deadlines have been extended with further extensions available by email request. 

We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS will be accepted until Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) and in the new category of VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—musical theater division, 2021

Lisa LeMay            

San Diego Repertory Theatre

School for Creative and Performing Arts                         

San Diego           CA           

EVITA


Ana Flavia Zuim             

New York University                         

New York            NY           

City of Angels  



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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. 

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 results 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.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Finalists: CONDUCTORS (opera), 2021

 

The American Prize BLOG is getting a NEW LOOK! Changes begin the week of June 14th.



The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce 2021 FINALIST conductors in the opera division. Congratulations!

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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 complete the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.
  
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.

COVID EXTENSIONS to APPLY for 2022: Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize, 2022. In addition, application deadlines have been extended with further extensions available by email request. 

We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS will be accepted until Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) and in the new category of VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.

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NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting (opera division), 2021

Christian Elser 

Glow Lyric Theatre 

Greenville    SC     

The Crucible


Erica Kyree Glenn 

Female Voices in Opera   

Tempe   AZ     

The Heart of Oksana—Stefania Turkevych


Ho-Yin Kwok  

University of Minnesota  

Minneapolis   MN     

La Tragedie de Carmen / La Boheme   


Michael Moore 

Bob Jones University     

Greenville    SC     

Cosi fan Tutte   


Hugh Murphy     

SUNY Purchase Opera 

Purchase NY     

Dido & Aeneas


Keun Oh    

University of Arizona Opera 

Tucson  AZ     

The Medium 


Michael  Sakir 

Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival   

Brevard NC     

Die Fledermaus   


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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. 

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 results 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.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Winners: VOCALISTS (women in opera)—The American Prize in Vocal Performance—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2021


The American Prize BLOG is getting a NEW LOOK! Changes begin the week of June 14th.


Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth



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 honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in opera, 2021—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. Congratulations! 

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blogPlease use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

COVID EXTENSIONS to APPLY for 2022:  Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize, 2022. In addition, application deadlines have been extended with further extensions available by email request. 

We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS will be accepted until Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) and in the new category of VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information. 

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in opera (professional division),  2021, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize Winner
Jacquelyn Matava       
San Antonio TX
Jacquelyn Matava

Praised for her “warm sound” and “soothing legato line,” mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava most recently won 3rd prize in the 2020 National Opera Association Vocal Competition and was named a national semifinalist in the 2020 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition. She made her Kennedy Center debut as a finalist in the Washington International Competition in 2019, performing with the Washington Chamber Orchestra and was a 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Winner. She has sung with the Tanglewood Music Center, Lucerne Festival Academy, Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera San Antonio, Alamo City Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.   A native of Farmington, CT, Matava holds music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Vassar College, and teaches on the faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. www.jacquelynmatava.com


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Zarah Brock  
Fredericksburg VA  

Zarah Brock  

Zarah Brock, soprano, recently performed the solos in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Richmond Ballet and Richmond Symphony. In the summer of 2019, she was a young artist with the National Arts Centre in Ontario and a fellow at the CoOperative Program. She recently competed in the semi-finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition and will compete in the semi-finals of the Annapolis Opera Competition in 2021. Zarah has performed various roles, including Annio/La clemenza di Tito, Soeur Constance/Dialogues des Carmélites, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Hanna Glawari/The Merry Widow, Casilda/The Gondoliers, Lucy/The Telephone and Belinda/Dido and Aeneas. Zarah trained at the late Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival and also had the privilege to travel to Oman with the festival to sing in La Bohème at the Royal Opera House in Muscat. Zarah holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Maryland. www.zarahbrock.com


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Melissa Zgouridi
Salzburg AUSTRIA 
Melissa Zgouridi

Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano/alto Melissa Zgouridi, is quickly making a name for herself both in Europe and in her native USA. Melissa won 5th Prize and the “Mercedes Viñas” special prize at the 57th International Tenor Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, was a District Winner in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Young Talent Award at the Immling International Singing Contest 2016 and was the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant. In January 2021, Melissa will join the ensemble of the Saarländische Staatstheater in Saarbrücken (Germany), where her roles will include Siegrune in “Die Walküre” & Mercédès in “Carmen”. Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in Lied and Oratorio performance from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music (USA). For a complete biography and more information, please visit www.melissazgouridi.com.


3rd Place:
Danielle Davis  
Lindenhurst NY

Danielle Davis  

Soprano Danielle Davis is noted for her “high pure notes" that she "delivers with power and sustainability”. Davis has given acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall - hailed as a stand out who sings “with authority and good dynamic control”, Lincoln Center, and in Hawai'i & Austria. Credits include Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Concert Opera Philadelphia, Angelica in Suor Angelica with Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival, and Tosca in Tosca with West Side Opera Society. Danielle strives to build community through the arts.  She loves to collaborate with artists and composers, and has produced events combining the talents of local artists of all modalities and opera.  She makes an effort to keep opera alive and well by bringing the art form to unconventional audiences through New York, making appearances at places like art galleries, coffee houses, and even open mic nights.  Please visit www.danielledavissoprano.com to learn more.


Honorable Mention:
Chantelle Grant  
Jersey City NJ

Chantelle Grant  

New Jersey based mezzo soprano Chantelle Grant was honoured to join Trilogy: An Opera Company, singing the role of Waltraute,  in August as they completed their landmark ring cycle in a socially distanced open air performance of Gotterdammerung. In summer 2021 she looks forward to her role debut as Klytemenstra in Elektra in Berlin.    Chantelle Grant debuted  in October 2019 with City Lyric Opera in The Medium and Riverside Opera Company for a concert of operatic highlights. Chantelle has had the pleasure of working with outstanding maestri such as Joseph Colaneri, Steven White, Timothy Myers, and Peter Oundjian. Ms. Grant has performed on such illustrious programmes as the American Song Book series at Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center Honors. www.chantellegrant.com



Honorable Mention
Aubrey Odle
Knoxville TN

Aubrey Odle

Praised for her "distinctive and oh-so attractive vocal clarity," mezzo-soprano Aubrey Odle is no stranger to the operatic stage. Past seasons have featured Ms. Odle in the title role of Carmen, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Zita and La Zia Principessa in a double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, and many others. Aubrey has had several concert appearances, including Alto Soloist in Bach's St. John Passion, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music as a featured soloist, and many Messiah performances. In competition, Aubrey received the Jacqueline Polk Award at the Orpheus Vocal Competition and was a winner at the Utah Opera "AriaFest" Competition. She has participated as a Young Artist with Utah Lyric Opera and currently performs with Knoxville Opera. Ms. Odle holds vocal performance degrees from Utah State University (BM) and Brigham Young University (MM).



The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in opera (college/university division),  2021, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize Winner:
Kim Kenny       
Fishers IN


Kim Kenny       

Indianapolis-based singer, songwriter, and musician Kim Kenny has been performing for as long as she can remember. Encouraged by her parents, she began singing and playing the piano in the family’s church when she was just eight years old. As a child, Kim could often be found on the piano singing and composing her own songs. In her teenage years, her study of classical voice and jazz landed her a scholarship to Marian University to purse Vocal Performance. While in college, Kim balanced school work along with a budding professional singing career. Upon graduating from Marian University, she emerged in the field of education as piano accompanist and choral director. Today, she is a proud Butler University alum, where she obtained her masters of Music. Kim balances her multi-faceted career all while being a dedicated mother to her beautiful daughter, Charity. www.kimkennyllc.com


2nd Place:
Solene Le Van     
Anaheim CA
Solene Le Van     

Solène Le Van is a 23-year-old lyric coloratura whose artistic activities have taken her across several continents. This season, she was invited to perform as a soloist with the Teatro Nuovo Bel Canto Festival Orchestra as well as the Burbank Philharmonic (Grand Prize Winner of the Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition). A recipient of the Ernst Bacon Award for American Music for her interpretation of Barber’s Knoxville, she has also sung the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of John Butt at American Handel Society, selections by Massenet, Puccini, and Donizetti with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, premieres of orchestrated mélodies with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, and   the role of Maria in West Side Story with the RCM Orchestra. A recording with Peer Music Records featuring her singing with the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra of Spain under the baton of José Serebrier will be released this year. Solene was accepted to Princeton at fifteen. A two-time winner of the Princeton Concerto Competition, she also played Cunegonde and the Königin der Nacht in concert staging as well as La Musica (L’Orfeo) under the directorship of ENO director Tom Guthrie. In 2016, Ms. Le Van attended the Royal College of Music in London in a dual study program in voice and violin, receiving first class honors with distinction. A frequent recitalist, she has been engaged nationally and internationally, notably at the Brunneby Concert Series (Sweden), the LA Philharmonic Affiliates, Carnegie Hall, and the Vianden Festival (Luxembourg) under the patronage of the US Embassy. Ms. Le Van will soon release her debut recording of French melodies featuring world premieres. She is a two-time laureate of the Opera Buffs Grant and a winner of the French Embassy Cultural Services Award, the Camille Coloratura Awards, the David W. Scott Competition, and the David Weiss Scholarship. www.solenelevan.net 


3rd Place:
Julia Coelho        
Denton TX
Julia Coelho        

Soprano JÚLIA COELHO comes from Portugal. She is pursuing her DMA in Vocal Performance and a Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of North Texas, where she studies with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane. Previously, she obtained master degrees in voice and musicology from the University of Missouri (2018, 2017) and the Conservatory of Avellino in Italy (2013). Recently, Ms. Coelho was involved in the UNT Opera program in the Monteverdi Project as Ninfa (Book VIII) and as style coach. Between 2015 and 2018, she sang at the Baroque Opera Workshop in Queens, NY (Poppea [Poppea, Monteverdi], Amherst Early Music Festival (Orontea [Orontea, Cesti]), and at MU in operas and staged scenes as Suor Genevieffa (Suor Angelica, Puccini), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare, Händel), Amina (La Sonnambula, Bellini), among other roles. Ms. Coelho often plays the Gothic harp and keyboard to accompany her singing, frequently performing her own arrangements and compositions. In addition, she also has publications in philosophy, music, and poetry. www.xjcoelhox.wixsite.com/juliacoelho


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in opera (community division),  2021, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize Winner:
Rachel Mellman 
Burlingame CA
Rachel Mellman 

Rachel, soprano, has been performing in musical theatre for most of her life and, in high school, began studying classical voice. She is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying drama: performance and astronomy. Although she does not study music in school, Rachel has taken lessons with graduate students from the School of Music for the duration of her college experience.

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Congratulations!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Finalists: COMPOSERS (instrumental chamber music—all divisions), 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 2021 FINALIST composers in the professional and student instrumental chamber music division. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, 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.

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.

COVID EXTENSIONS to APPLY for 2022: Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize, 2022. In addition, application deadlines have been extended with further extensions available by email request. 

We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS will be accepted until Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) and in the new category of VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.

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—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2021

Aaron Alter   

Carlsbad   CA

La Joie de Vivre  

  

Devin Arrington   

Pittsburgh PA

Heavenward: Meditation for solo violin   

   

William Ashworth

Medford OR

Approaching Ocean   

  

Bruce Babcock 

Pasadena   CA

Alternative Facts   

  

Jay C. Batzner 

Mt. Pleasant   MI

Danger Tree 

  

Mahlon Berv

Valley Village CA

Agni: Fire, for violin  

  

John G. Bilotta 

Concord CA

This Silver Minute of Evening   

  

Jeffrey Bowen   

Seattle WA

What Will Sound (was already sound) 

  

Robert J. Bradshaw

Gloucester MA

Together, We Spent the Day in Newburyport   

  

Timothy Brown   

Lewisville TX

Camp Speicher   

  

Curt Cacioppo

Orleans MA

Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano 

  

Charles Cacioppo

Philadelphia   PA

Ink Wash Painting   

  

Kevin Class   

Knoxville  TN

Pictures from an Exhibitionist 

  

David Colson  

Kalamazoo  MI

The Better Angels of Our Nature 

  

Nickitas Demos   

Atlanta GA

Frontlash   

  

Megan DiGeorgio   

Hyattsville MD

The Inescapable Self

  

Ezra Donner  

Ypsilanti  MI

Street Beat 

  

Matthew R. Durrant 

Midvale UT

The Land of Standing Rocks  

  

Jose Elizondo

Natick MA

Under the starry sky of the Rhine   

  

Darci Griffith Gameri  

Omaha  NE

The Seven Directions

  

Jorge Huelga Garcia  

Brooklyn   NY

Sonata "Connections" 

  

Gregory Thomas Glancey 

Winchester MA

Under a Shattered Moon  

  

Eren Gumrukcuoglu

Durham NC

Pareidolia  

  

Edith Hemenway

Providence RI

Questions of Travel

   

Jeffrey Hoover  

Sacramento CA

Abundance   

  

Aaron Houston 

Tallahassee FL

Midway to Midtown   

  

Karen Salicath Jamali  

Winter Park FL

In Water; Before, Aurora; more

  

Douglas Knehans 

Cincinnati OH

Falling Air 

  

Valerie Liu 

Alameda CA

The Tozzi Effect

  

Timothy Lee Miller  

Mahwah NJ

Something More  

  

Sheli Nan 

Berkeley   CA

American Promise 

  

C.F. Pan 

Sherman Oaks   CA

Ring Arc

  

Angelique Poteat  

Seattle WA

Her Story of a Soldier  

  

Clement Reid

Lakewood   WA

Trio for Tenor Saxophone and Percussion 

  

Josh Rodriguez   

Riverside  CA

That Crazed Girl Improvising

  

Miguel Roig-Francoli   

Cincinnati OH

Sonata for two guitars; Six preludes after Chopin   

  

Yitzhak Santis  

Israel   

Breezy; Elation

  

Benjamin Shorstein   

Jacksonville   FL

Sonata for Piano

  

Richard Silverman   

Brooklyn   NY

Sonata for violin and piano #1 

  

Aaron Spotts  

Tallahassee FL

City Electric    

  

Stefan Stern   

Bozeman MT

Scherzomania

  

Kotoka Suzuki  

Chicago IL

Orison  

  

Robert Scott Thompson

Roswell GA

Ninth Wave; Parataxis; Vivid Air

  

William Vollinger   

Woodcliff Lake NJ

Winds Would 

  

Edgar Warren Williams

Ormond Beach   FL

Fugitive Visions 2020 

  

John Winsor  

Virginia Beach VA

Quartet; Dolphins


Gernot Wolfgang   

Los Angeles   CA   

New England Travelogue


Stephen Yarbrough   

Vermillion SD

Two Pieces from "A Dakota Diary" 



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2021 

Micheal Barnes                 

Cincinnati   OH       

Trapped        

                                                                                         

Jacob Beranek  

Oconomowoc   WI   

Wind Quintet   

 

Nicolas Bizub    

Cincinnati   OH   Fill 

The Swamp 

 

Elillian J. Daugherty

Bellbrook    OH   

Quintet for Winds   

 

Zach Gulaboff Davis    

Jersey City  NJ   

On the Trajectory of Light    

 

Liam Diethrich

Highland Park IL   

Mobius Strip

 

Richard Drehoff Jr.   

Virginia Beach    VA   

shadow of a difference / falling    

  

Isaiah Evans    

Burnt Hills  NY   

New Ground, for string quartet

 

Julian Fueyo    

New Haven    CT   

Zafiro    

 

Martin Hebel    

Hamden  CT   

Rust and Bone  

 

William Horsley  

Reno    NV   

Araneae   

 

Elisa Johnson  

Seattle WA   

We have Wings  

 

Feona Jones    

Pleasant Hill CA   

Adrenaline

 

Rachael S. Kim 

Sammamish    WA   

The Voyager

 

June Young Kim 

Roslyn  NY   

A Sigh Into Thin Air

 

Jihyun Kim 

Houston TX   

Flash

 

Jared M. Lane

Hartsel CO   

Looking Inward, Looking Outward; Ice & Warmth; A Quiet Hope 

  

YoungJun Lee 

Boston  MA   

Shin-byeong for violin solo  

 

Joohun Lee 

Alexandria   VA   

Revenant Legends    

 

Nicole Liang    

Clarksville  MD   

Childhood Innocence 

 

Joan M. Low 

Oxnard  CA   

Elysian Fields 

 

David Wang Lu  

Ellicott City MD   

Quarantine Quintet  

 

Alan Mackwell 

Boston  MA   

Eggs for Breakfast 

 

Luis McDougal 

McAllen TX   

Guitar Preludes

  

Tai O'Malley 

San FranciscoCA   

Esoma Buelos; Starshine Overture; Dusk Cavalry 

 

Craig Peaslee 

Oostburg WI   

The Death of a Nation    

 

Michael Andrei Pogudin  

Park City    UT   

Septet in C Major, Waltz in C#

 

Cody Ray 

Wadsworth    OH   

A City Moving Forward    

 

Deovides A. Reyes III

Saint Meinrad IN   

Bells of Saint Meinrad   

 

Calvin Rice

Lake Forest Park  WA   

String Quartet no. 1

 

Nicholas Shaheed  

Seattle WA   

Another Good One is There

 

Ryne Siesky   

Miami   FL   

Art Miniatures

 

Johnny Smith-Wilson  

Atlanta GA   

String Quintet No. 2 "Lawurl"  

 

Gary Kaiji Wang

Rochester    NY   

Lullabye and Dreams 

 

Thomas L. Wilson   

Baton Rouge  LA   

Flash Photography   

 

Adam Winograd 

Weston  MA   

La endecha del violin solitario

  

Qingye Wu  

Cincinnati   OH   

Winter Sketches

 

Christina Xiao

Lexington    MA   

Ambler; Baby River

 

Yifei (Michael) Xu  

Upland  CA   

Quartet for Wind instruments and piano  

 

Xuesi Xu 

Tallahassee  FL   

Red Winter 


      
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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.