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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: email@example.com
From Maestro Katz:
"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Each of the individuals below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for the performing art everywhere, we welcome these conductors and hope the recognition conveyed by finalist status will prove valuable, both personally and professionally. —DK
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.
U.S. Army Band "Pershings Own"
Maj. Vu Q. Nguyen
Combined USAF Band of the Golden West
and ANG Band of the West Coast Concert Bands
Port Hueneme CA
Danh T. Pham
Seogwipo Philharmonic Wind OrchestraJeju Island South Korea
NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university band division, 2021
CSUF Wind Symphony
Murray State University Wind Ensemble
Florida State University Chamber Winds
CSU San Bernardino Symphonic Band
San Bernardino. CA
Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band
B. Drew Eary
Schwob Wind Ensemble
T. Andre Feagin
Central Washington University Winds
Ball State Wind Ensemble
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Wind Ensemble
UNM Wind Symphony & Chamber Players
J. Nick Smith
University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
Butler School of Music- mixed ensembles
Acadian Wind Symphony
University Heights Symphonic Band
University Heights OH
NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—high school band division, 2021
Newfield HS Wind Ensemble
Wharton HS Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
P. Justin White
Thompson HS Wind Ensemble
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.