Friday, May 14, 2021

Winners: The American Prize in Piano Performance (concerto), 2021—The Lorin Hollander Award

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

Lorin Hollander


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 Piano Performance (concerto), 2021—The Lorin Hollander Award, in professional and college/university divisions. 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.

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

The American Prize LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Lorin Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor. For more about the extraordinary life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit http://lorinhollander.com/

COVID EXTENSION: 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) and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.

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The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2021—The Lorin Hollander Award 
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
Susan Merdinger     
Highland Park IL 
Beethoven—B flat Major Concerto
Susan Merdinger
Susan Merdinger
Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger has been internationally acclaimed in prestigious newspapers and journals for her stunning performances, particularly noted for her recordings of Schumann, Brahms, and Beethoven. Among her many honors, Merdinger is an Honored Artist of The American Prize, (having won several top prizes in the professional divisions of the Chamber Music, Piano Concerto and American Music categories), a two-time First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in Professional Solo and Duo Piano, two-time Gold Medalist of the Global Music Awards, Winner of the Dewar’s Young Artists Award in Music, Winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Competition. Performing her sold-out solo recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall at age twenty-four, Merdinger has continued to grace the stages of some of the world’s best concert halls. She has appeared as soloist with professional orchestras such as the Chicago Philharmonic, the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and the Northbrook Symphony and has been a frequent Visiting Artist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series. Merdinger’s live performances and recordings have been broadcast worldwide on WQXR, WFMT, BRT-3 (Belgian National Radio), NPR and BBC Television. Merdinger received her formal education at Yale University, the Yale School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. She is on the Faculty of Summit Music Festival in New York, and is Founder and Artistic Director of Sheridan Music Studio, where she curates two distinguished concert series, Music with a View and Blue Skies Concerts. She also serves as an Artistic Advisor to IN.LIVE.Ukrainian-American pianist Anna Dmytrenko has performed extensively at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Auditorium Gaber, Paris Philharmonie, and Salle Cortot, among others.


2nd Place:
Chia-Ying Chan     
Urbana IL       
Beethoven—G Major Concerto
Chia-Ying Chan
Chia-Ying Chan, originally from Taiwan, brings passion, color, sensitivity and creativity to her interpretations of classical music. As an active soloist and chamber pianist, she performs nationally and internationally at conferences, festivals and prestigious venues across Taiwan, America and Europe, including at Kostroma Music Hall in Russia; National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and Carnegie Weill Hall in New York, and have been invited to perform at Wiener Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.  Chan has won top prizes, such as the 2016 International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prize (First Prize), and the 2014 West Virginia Piano Competition (First Prize). Her recent performances include 21st Century Piano Commission Recital, live broadcast performance at Schubertiade in Chicago, and concerto performance with Sinfonia da Camera contacted by Ian Hobson. Chan received her Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her mentors include Timothy Ehlen, Paul Schenly and Kathryn Brown.


3rd Place:
Clare Longendyke
Indianapolis IN       
Beethoven— G Major Concerto
Clare Longendyke
Clare Longendyke is an award-winning pianist whose dazzling musicianship and colorful interpretations delight audiences wherever she performs. Recognized for the expressive energy and originality she brings to new and traditional repertoire, the effervescent soloist and chamber musician won four national competitions and was a finalist in several others during the past decade. Set apart by her inspiring touch and captivating way of sharing music, Longendyke is a sought-after soloist, performing over 50 concerts a year in North America and abroad. Recent orchestral partners include Boston’s Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota. Hailed as a superlative pianist by the Journal of International Alliance of Women in Music, Longendyke is on track for a transcendent musical career. She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence and Director of Chamber Music at the University of Chicago.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2021—The Lorin Hollander Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
Yang Li  
Rochester NY         
Prokovfiev—Piano Concerto No. 3

Yang Li  
Yang Li entered the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at age twelve, studying with Professors Xiaosheng Zhao and Dapeng Chen. He continued his studies in the United States for his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music Art at the Eastman School of Music. Yang was awarded the First Prize at the Second Palatino Shanghai International Young Artist Piano Competition (2009) and the Gold Award and Chinese Special Composition Award at the Heitzmann China National Piano Competition (2005). He was also one of the three finalists of 2018 Eastman Piano Competition (The Douglas Lowry Award). Performances have included recitals at the National Music Teacher Conference and the “Finger Tip of China” concert at Communication University, “Liszt and Virtuosity: An International Symposium” at Eastman School of Music. Yang is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music Arts degree at the Eastman, studying under Professor Douglas Humpherys.


2nd Place:
Yuhui Li
Mesa AZ      
Shostakovich—Concerto No. 2 
Yuhui Li
Yuhui Li has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and China. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University, majoring in Piano Performance with Professor Robert Hamilton. Yuhui has been invited to various international piano festivals such as the New Paltz International Piano Festival. Yuhui also won the 2018 ASU Concerto Competition and performed the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with the ASU Symphony. Yuhui joined ASU as a teaching assistant and also served as an instructor at the ASU Community Music School. Students advised by Yuhui have won multiple international and domestic awards in major piano competitions.


3rd Place:
Xiaoya Liu
Ann Arbor MI      
Prokofiev—Concerto No. 3 
Xiaoya Liu
Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound interpretations and immaculate performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Having made her solo recital debut at age nine, Xiaoya has appeared extensively in Asia, Europe, and across the United States with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the GSIM Festival Orchestra, and the Round Rock Symphony and in venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.   Recent successes in international competitions include the First Prize in the Sicily International Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the Wideman International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Michigan MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Winner of the PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. Xiaoya is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Michigan on full scholarship studying with Christopher Harding. Website: xiaoyaliupiano.com


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Congratulations!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

CONTEST UPDATE: May 13, 2021


The American Prize 

The Nation's Most Comprehensive Series of Nonprofit Contests in the Musical and Theater Arts


The American Prize UPDATE

May 13, 2021



WINNER announcement (the first of the 2021 season):

The American Prize in Piano Performance (concerto)—The Lorin Hollander Award

Fri, May 14, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


FINALIST announcement:

The American Prize in Composition, 2021 (vocal chamber music)

Tues, May 18, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


WINNER announcement:

The American Prize in Voice, 2021—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards (men in opera)

Weds, May 19, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


WINNER announcement:

The American Prize in Voice, 2021—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards (men in art song & oratorio)

Thurs, May 20, 2021 at 5pm EDT on our blog


BLOG: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com


Congratulations!


The last COMPOSITION finalist announcements and additional WINNERS announcements to follow, before we move to the conductor and ensemble FINALISTS.



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NOTES:


The American Prize WEBSITE has been updated for the 2021-22 contest season, with extensions available by email request. http://theamericanprize.org


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We wish all our contestants, laureates, friends, and judges, safety and health during this difficult time. 


—The American Prize Team

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Finalists: COMPOSERS (music for orchestra), 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 orchestra music division. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners 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? 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 performing artists everywhere, we hope the recognition conveyed by finalist status will prove valuable. 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.

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—Orchestra (professional division), 2021 (Please see the note: "Why so many finalists?", above.)

Lee Actor  

Monte Sereno  CA   

Symphony No. 3

 

Stephen Anderson   

Mebane NC   

Concerto for Puerto Rico

 

David Avahalomov 

Santa Monica  CA   

Endgame

 

Charles O. Beck   

Alexandria OH   

Symphony No. 2: Dualities   

   

Sergio Bernal 

Logan UT

Sonances for Strings   

 

Natasha Bogojevich 

River Forest  IL   

Virtual Overture

 

Jeffrey Bowen  

Seattle   WA   

Stalasso

  

BJ Brooks 

Canyon TX   

Path to Polaris 

 

Karim Elmahmoudi 

Los Angeles   CA   

Musica Celestis 

 

Stephen Ferre  

Cincinnati OH   

Chaos   

 

Collin Heade  

Portland  OR   

Expressions 

 

Aaron Houston

Tallahassee   FL   

Prometheus  

 

Austin Jaquith

Cedarville OH   

Heldenleben 2020: A Reflection on the Coronavirus Pandemic  

  

Marshall  Jones  

Kalispell MT   

Paramnesis  

 

Zaq Latino 

New York  NY   

hidden lakes

  

Joungmin Lee

Killeen   TX   

Sanctuary Tree  

 

Colin Martin 

Albuquerque   NM   

Symphony No. 1

 

Timothy Lee Miller 

Mahwah NJ   

Concerto for Orchestra: Movement 1

 

Lawrence R. Mumford

Laguna Niguel CA   

Adagio: Of Times and Seasons

 

Emi Nishida

Boston MA   

Han-gover Square   

 

C.F. Pan

Sherman Oaks  CA   

Eta Carinae 

 

Steve R. Parke  

Crawfordsville IN   

Precambrian Dances  

 

Alla Pavlova

Huntington NY   

Symphony No. 5 

 

Tomas Peire-Serrate  

Los Angeles   CA   

Rauxa; Collapse 

 

Mark Petering   

Kenosha  WI   

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 

 

William Popp   

Loveland  CO   

Orchestral Fanfare for a Scholarly Celebration

 

Angelique Poteat 

Seattle   WA   

Cello Concerto  

 

Richard Prior  

Decatur   GA   

“…of shadow and light..."  

 

Jay Reise  

Philadelphia  PA   

Three Portraits From The Opera "Al Capone and Family"   


Jason Christopher Richmond   

Fort Thomas   KY   

Ctrl + Alt + Del

 

Josh Rodriguez  

Riverside CA   

Contra Spem Spero   

 

Miguel Roig-Francoli  

Cincinnati OH   

Three Astral Poems  


Christopher Alan Schmitz

Warner Robins GA   

DENALI  

 

Andriy Igorovich Sovetov

Aurora CO   

Piano Concerto #1

 

Joseph T.  Spaniola   

Pensacola FL   

Thomas Jefferson: Life Lines 

 

Neil Stipp  

Glendora  CA   

Symphony Capriccio  

  

Robert Anton Strobel

Elizabeth CO   

Life: Aaru  

 

Christopher Thomas 

Bend  OR   

Malheur Symphony (Symphony #1)  

 

Larry Tuttle 

Van Nuys  CA   

Dragon's Egg

 

Kyle Vanderburg 

Fargo ND   

One Sows for the Benefit of Another Age 

 

Meira Warshauer  

Columbia  SC   

Tekeeyah (a call)   

 

Nikita Wells  

Springfield   VA   

Creatures of Darkness and Light 

 

Evan  Williams   

Memphis   TN   

Dead White Man Music

 

Kevin Wilt   

Coconut Creek FL   

Imagined Adventures: AutoBonn; Song of the Phoenix; Running on Rooftops  

 

Ruihan Yang   

Metuchen  NJ   T

The Memory in the Strings

 

Stephen Yarbrough  

Vermillion SD   

Alleluias   

 

Aaron Zigman 

Los Angeles   CA   

Tango Manos  


    

NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division), 2021  (Please see the note: "Why so many finalists?", above.)

Daniel J. Armistead  

Newark DE   

In the Midst of Desolation  

 

Roman Baranskiy  

San Francisco CA   

Birds Landing   

 

Jacob Beranek

Oconomowoc WI   

Pilgrimatic Overture

 

Nicolas Bizub  

Cincinnati OH   

Distant Light   

 

Julian Fueyo  

New Haven CT   

The Eleventh Heaven 

 

Martin Hebel  

Hamden CT   

Half Silver 

 

Patrick Holcomb

Ocean View DE   

Persephone   

 

Yuri Lee

Tuckahoe  NY   

Hey Warrior, Keep Going 

 

Young-Jun  Lee

Rochester NY   

Geworfenheit

 

Maxwell Lu 

Dayton MD   

Industrial Nature   

 

Alan Mackwell   

Boston MA   

The Old House   

 

Alan Mackwell   

Boston MA   

Rounds  

  

Alexander Mansour

Stevenson Ranch   CA   

Fantasy Noir

 

Craig Peaslee

Oostburg  WI   

Second City Strut   

 

Cody Ray

Wadsworth OH   

Skylines

  

Monte Taylor 

Austin TX   

Sigil III: Nibiru   

 

SiHyun Uhm

Rochester NY   

Ladybug in the Room 

 

Stella G. Gitelman Willoughby 

Cambridge MA   

Accents of Thunder  

 

Qingye Wu 

Cincinnati OH 

Dream My Dreams  


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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.



Friday, May 7, 2021

Finalists: COMPOSERS (band/wind ensemble), 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 band/wind ensemble division, both divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners 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 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 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.

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—band/wind ensemble, 2021, professional division

David Avshalomov

Santa Monica CA

Fire Banshee, Rain Dances 


Brian Baumbusch 

Alameda CA

Isotropes 

 

BJ Brooks

Canyon TX

Symphony No. 3


Augusta Cecconi-Bates 

Cape Vincent NY

PASTICCIO 


Hung-Ping Chang 

Jersey City NJ

Mulan Fantaise


Roger Cichy 

Scituate RI

Windsicle 


Shawn W Davern

Syracuse NY

An Elegant Sufficiency

 

Robert Denham

La Mirada CA

Echoes from Tilden


Gregory Fritze

Daytona Beach Shores FL

Phoenix


Derek M. Jenkins 

Jonesboro  AR

Rock Bottom 


Kyle Kindred 

Humble TX

Symphony No. 1—The Remnant


Heather Ellis Koehn 

Tulsa OK 

36 Blocks 

 

Andrew E. Lawson

White House TN

Upon New Horizons

 

Andrew David Perkins 

Fenton MI

CLUTCH: Fanfare for Concert Band


Josh Rodriguez

Riverside CA

Tikal 


Onsby C. Rose

Sioux Center IA

Symphony No. 1 "Heroes" 

 

Brian Schappals 

Seattle WA

light...pale and angered


Andrew Sigler

Knoxville TN

Big Bad Mr. Smart 


Erich Stem

Louisville KY

Firefly 


Larry Tuttle

Van Nuys CA

To A Lost World 


Kevin Wilt

Coconut Creek FL

Imagined Adventures: March of the West River



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—band/wind ensemble, 2021, student division

Daniel J. Armistead

Newark  DE  

Perpetual Ascent


Jacob Beranek  

Oconomowoc WI  

Pamatnik: Memorial for Wind Ensemble 

 

Andrew Faulkenberry

Spotswood  NJ  

Symphony No. 1  


Stephen Ryan Jackson  

Medford MA  

asphyxiating sky


Tyler Jones 

Tuscaloosa AL  

Dancing out of the Earth 


Louis A. Josephson

West Windsor  NJ  

struts and ruts; Protest Piece

 

Jorge Machain  

Henderson  NV  

The Espresso Express:  A Drum Set Concerto 


Joseph Marta 

Scotch Plains NJ  

The Lost City of Derinkuyu  


Miguel Menendez-Pidal 

Austin  TX  

As Truth Appears


Dustin Schulze  

San AntonioTX  

Shades of Glass 


Chris Shelton  

Windermere FL  

Game Day! 


Eli Stewart  

Madison AL  

The Magi  


Adric Williams 

Chandler AZ  

The Pale Blue Dot

         

      
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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.


"AMERICAN VOICES" free live-streamed concert, TONIGHT at 7pm EASTERN


“AMERICAN VOICES,” the first free live-streamed concert from The American Prize, hosted by Christman Opera, Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7pm Eastern. Join The American Prize-winning mezzo-soprano, Madison Marie McIntosh and pianist Gregory Ritchey, premiering works by composers Theodore Christman, Antonio Covello, Ted Ganger, Michael Polo, Kevin Scott, Amy Scurria, Myron Silberstein, & Webster Young. 


Register here (absolutely free): https://christman-opera-company.ticketleap.com/concert.../

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/496383485041957/

Donations gratefully accepted to support our scholarship program for high school-age musicians: http://www.theamericanprize.org/Donate.html


Read about Madison Marie McIntosh here: http://www.lombardoassociates.org/madison-marie-mcintosh


And The American Prize here: http://theamericanprize.org

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Finalists: COMPOSERS (music for band/wind ensemble), student division, 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 STUDENT composers in the band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations!

Please note: The PROFESSIONAL DIVISION finalists will post Friday, May 7th at 5pm eastern.

As the contests unfold, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when winners 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 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 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.

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—band/wind ensemble, 2021, student division

Daniel J. Armistead

Newark  DE  

Perpetual Ascent


Jacob Beranek  

Oconomowoc WI  

Pamatnik: Memorial for Wind Ensemble 

 

Andrew Faulkenberry

Spotswood  NJ  

Symphony No. 1  


Stephen Ryan Jackson  

Medford MA  

asphyxiating sky


Tyler Jones 

Tuscaloosa AL  

Dancing out of the Earth 


Louis A. Josephson

West Windsor  NJ  

struts and ruts; Protest Piece

 

Jorge Machain  

Henderson  NV  

The Espresso Express:  A Drum Set Concerto 


Joseph Marta 

Scotch Plains NJ  

The Lost City of Derinkuyu  


Miguel Menendez-Pidal 

Austin  TX  

As Truth Appears


Dustin Schulze  

San AntonioTX  

Shades of Glass 


Chris Shelton  

Windermere FL  

Game Day! 


Eli Stewart  

Madison AL  

The Magi  


Adric Williams 

Chandler AZ  

The Pale Blue Dot

         

      
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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.