Friday, August 16, 2019

WINNERS: musical theater companies, 2018-19


Marilyn Miller, 1930s Broadway star
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, and citation recipients of The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2018-19. Congratulations!

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

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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

The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2018-19

The American Prize co-winners:
Hub City Players
Tammy Mansfield
Hattiesburg MS
Mike Lopinto, Producer and Director
James & the Giant Peach   

and
Southern Opera & Musical Theatre Company
Mike Lopinto
Hattiesburg, MS
Jay Dean/Michael Miles, Music Directors
The Phantom of the Opera  


Hub City Players
The Hub City Players were formed in 2012 by Mike Lopinto, Tammy Mansfield, and Jennifer Hart for an original FestivalSouth production of LOL: A Showtune Cabaret. The event was a smashing success and led to the wildly popular LOL 1.5, WLOL: Festival Variety Show, LOL: Always a Bridesmaid, and LOL: Netflix and Chill. With founding member Tammy Mansfield, who also arranges their music and serves as music director for their cabarets, they created a formula that Hattiesburg loves and a cult-like following. As the area's only professional theatre company, The Hub City Players present fully-staged productions from adult-friendly Rock of Ages to family-friendly James and the Giant Peach. Most recently, they delighted audiences with a sold-out and held-over run of Steel Magnolias. They have developed a devoted following who have come to expect exceptional performances, great production value, and a wonderful escape through theatre. For more information, please visit hubcityplayers.com.
 


Southern Opera & Musical Theatre Company
The Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera was a landmark in the history of the 60-year-old company housed at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Directed by Dr. Mike Lopinto and featuring a cast comprised of students, the event celebrated the 98th season of the venerable Symphony Orchestra and its’ retiring music director, Dr. Jay Dean in a musical and technical spectacle that played to the largest arts audience in the university’s history. In recent years, in cooperation with the symphony, the company has drawn regional acclaim for their fully-staged productions from Rigoletto and Turandot to Sweeney Todd and Mary Poppins, to name a few.  More information may be found at www.usm.edu/music.


2nd Place:
Arizona State University
Brian DeMaris
Tempe AZ  
Legally Blonde The Musical 


Arizona State University
The Music Theatre and Opera program in the School of Music at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is committed to preparing outstanding music theatre and opera artists for professional careers in the 21st century. Through expert individual and classroom instruction, the production of operas and musicals, student-led workshops, new work development, research opportunities, dynamic community engagement, and multiple professional collaborations, we foster a creative, student-centered environment that enables students to discover who they are as individuals and artists, at their own pace, in their own unique way, at the highest level.


3rd Place:
Denison University
Belinda Andrews-Smith
Granville OH  
Spring Awakening

Denison University
Dr. Belinda Andrews-Smith created the performing ensemble Singer’s Theatre Workshop at Denison University in 1998. The ensemble is unique because its abbreviated daytime rehearsal schedule allows all students to have the time to perform on stage, regardless of their academic area of study. Now in its 20th year, the Singer’s Theatre Workshop presents two fully produced and staged productions per year, from the worlds of opera, operetta, and/or musical theatre. Students have embraced this ensemble, with many students participating in productions for all four years of their college careers. Singer’s Theatre productions are extremely popular and have become "standing room only" events on the Denison University campus. Students trained in this distinctive music ensemble have applied their theatrical instruction to graduate programs throughout the United States, leading roles on Broadway, and National Broadway tours.



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Congratulations!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

WINNERS: stage directors—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2018-19

Charles Nelson Reilly
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, and honorable mention recipient of The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2018-19. Congratulations!

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

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Charles Nelson Reilly was a Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, and an acclaimed opera director and teacher. Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified, Reilly nurtured the creation of a whole series of unique one-person stage plays. Most famously, he directed Julie Harris in her Tony Award-winning star turn in "The Belle of Amherst", on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Among Reilly's many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levinʼs "Break a Leg", Larry Shueʼs "The Nerd", and the revival of "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Mr. Reillyʼs career as an opera director included productions for Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera, Milwaukee Opera and Opera Pacific. Charles Nelson Reilly and The American Prize chief judge David Katz were friends for three decades, first meeting through their mutual Hartford voice teacher, Mrs. Friedrich Schorr. Mr. Reilly served as honorary chairperson of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice from the competition's founding in 1990, until his death. To read more about the career of Charles Nelson Reilly, .

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The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, opera division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Dugg McDonough 
The Turner-Fischer 
Center for Opera at LSU
Baton Rouge LA  
David T. Little: Dog Days

Dugg McDonough
Veteran director Dugg McDonough has staged operas, operettas, and musicals, from Monteverdi to contemporary American works for companies ranging from the New York City Opera to the Taipei International Arts Festival.  Recent professional successes have included Little Women, La cenerentola, The Medium, La tragédie de Carmen, Sweeney Todd, and Out of Darkness for Pensacola Opera; Susannah, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La rondine, Elektra, and The Tragedy of Carmen for Des Moines Metro Opera; Madama Butterfly and Amahl and the Night Visitors for Opéra Louisiane.  International credits include Le nozze di Figaro for Operafestival di Roma and Tristan und Isolde in Sofia, Bulgaria.  For 20 years, McDonough served as Co-Director of Des Moines Metro Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program.  He joined the faculty of Louisiana State University in 2002 as Artistic Director of the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU, where his 50+ productions have included the University Premieres of Floyd’s Willie Stark and Little’s Dog Days.


2nd Place:
David Lefkowich
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington IN 
Don Giovanni

David Lefkowich
David Lefkowich is an accomplished stage director and fight choreographer and has enjoyed success with the Metropolitan Opera, Teatre alla Scala, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera.  Directing credits include new productions at L’Opéra de Montréal, the Ravinia Music Festival, Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Monnaie, Fort Worth Opera, Anchorage Opera, Kentucky Opera, Madison Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Tampa, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Birmingham and New Orleans Opera. David is a guest artist and performs master classes at several Young Artist programs and universities including the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship Program and the Atelier Lyrique at L’Opéra de Montréal.  A graduate from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Theatre, David has a certificate from École Jacques-Lecoq in Paris, France. David is currently the Artistic Director of Out of the Box Opera in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


3rd Place: 
Nicholas Muni
UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Winston-Salem NC 
Debussy/Constant: Impressions de Pelleas

Nicholas Muni
Nic Muni is in his third year as Artistic Director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has also recently been appointed as Artistic Director of More Than Musical, Ltd, a new opera company in Hong Kong. His productions have been seen at San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis. In Europe he has directed for the Prague National Opera, the Kurt Weill International Festival, Stadttheater Giessen, Opera Ireland, Theater Erfurt, Tirolerlandestheater in Innsbruck and Stadttheater Bern. His revival of Jenůfa at the Canadian Opera Company in 2003 received Canada's prestigious DORA award for best theater production of the year. He served as Artistic Director for the Tulsa Opera (1987-93) and Cincinnati Opera (1996-2005).



The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Award, theater/musical theater division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Geoffrey Arndt
Saint Patrick High School
Chicago IL
Dracula

Geoffrey Arndt
Geoffrey is a teacher, director, and interdisciplinary artist from Chicago. He has served for eleven years as the Director of Theatre at Saint Patrick High School and runs the Saint Patrick Summer Theatre Company that supports students, community members, and professional actors through workshops, intensives, classes, and a summer musical. He has directed over forty productions in community and educational settings.

Some of his favorites include Man of La Mancha, Amadeus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pippin, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Macbeth, and Robin Hood. Geoffrey has also adapted and devised works for the stage as well as designed and fabricated puppets for production, as well. He is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Directing through the University of Idaho. www.geoffreyarndt.com


2nd Place:
Belinda Andrews-Smith
Denison University
Granville OH
Spring Awakening

Belinda Andrews-Smith
Dr. Belinda Andrews-Smith is the Director of Opera/Music Theatre and the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Denison University.  Belinda joined the Denison music faculty in 1998. During her twenty years of service to the University, she has directed over 40 productions of music theatre, opera, and operetta. Singer's Theatre, the theatrical ensemble created by Dr. Andrews-Smith at Denison, has become an extension of her vocal and theatre training, connecting the voice studio to the stage. Her mastery of commercial and classical singing techniques and opera performance has created a unique method of theatrical direction. Dr. Andrews-Smith’s musical productions are extremely popular and have become "standing room only" events on the Denison University campus. Students trained in her distinctive music program have applied their undergraduate theatrical instruction to graduate programs throughout the United States, leading roles on Broadway, and National Broadway tours.


3rd Place: 
Kristina Keener Ivy
Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA
Peter Pan 

Kristina Keener
Kristina Keener Ivy is the Executive Director and founder of Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy. She has performed with various jazz bands, as a member of various church worship teams, on three film soundtracks, and in numerous musical theatre productions. In January 2015, Top Billing opened a 4,000 square foot location in Glendora, CA where they offer group classes in singing, dancing, acting, on-camera acting, fitness and instruments. In 2014 Top Billing won Best Musical Theater Production and #2 Musical Theater Director in the American Prize National Competition, Best Dance School in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's Readers Choice Awards 2013-2018 and has received 56 National Youth Arts Nominations with 14 wins. She would like to thank Jesus for all the good gifts around us, her husband, David, for his unending love and patience, and her family, friends, and especially her students for their continued support.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Paul Rugg
The Pope St. John Paul II Theater Troupe

of Saint Augustine Academy
Ventura CA
My Fair Lady 

Paul Rugg
Three-time Emmy Award winning writer and voice actor, Paul Rugg, never thought he’d find himself directing a high school play. But when a student at his daughter’s school, Saint Augustine Academy, asked if he’d be interested in directing “something fun”, Rugg dutifully obliged. Over the next four years, Rugg directed three plays and co-directed a fourth at the small high school.  It was, says Rugg, “the most challenging and satisfying creative endeavor I’ve ever been a part of. I didn’t have money for proper sets or lighting or an orchestra, but what I did have were students eager to collaborate and to give it their all.”



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Congratulations!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

WINNERS: opera companies, 2018-19


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, and citation recipients of The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2018-19, in all divisions. Congratulations!

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

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until  
Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of
Monday, July 1, 2019, with extensions available by email request. (theamericanprize@gmail.com)

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

The American Prize in Opera Performance, professional division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Chicago Fringe Opera
George Cederquist
Chicago IL  
Rossa Crean: The Great God Pan 

Chicago Fringe Opera
Called "the city's alt-opera company" by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Fringe Opera’s repertoire comprises works composed in English, often produced in immersive settings and always featuring local artists.  Since its founding in 2014, CFO has become the definition of storefront opera in Chicago. The company’s productions have twice received Newcity’s “Top Five Operas of the Year”, while its Fall 2015 production of Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” was featured in The Wall Street Journal. Visit chicagofringeopera.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@chicagofringeop and #operaspeaks), and Instagram (@chicagofringeopera). 


2nd Place:
Queen City Opera
Isaac Selya
Cincinnati OH 
Don Giovanni 

Queen City Opera
Queen City Opera was founded in 2012 to advance the careers of emerging singers, instrumentalists, designers, and conductors by giving them valuable professional engagements in high-quality productions. In recognition of their high artistic quality and work to transform neighborhoods through the arts, the company was profiled in August 2014 in the Business section of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Recent projects have combined high-caliber opera with relevant contemporary issues: Their production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni featured workshops on sexual assault and consent, and their production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta was presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Their performance of Siegfried was the first complete performance of the work in the state of Ohio in over a century. For more information or to see recordings of past productions, visit QueenCityOpera.Org


3rd Place:
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Justin John Moniz
Waimea HI  
The Mikado

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Now preparing for its fifteenth season on the Big Island, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival brings together some of the most talented young musicians and emerging professionals from Hawaii, the U.S., Canada, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe to Hawaii Island between late June and early August to study, grow and perform with professional musical performer/teachers. The results are astonishing. During the 2018 Festival weeks — June 26 through July 24 — more than 20 concerts and stage performances were presented, giving the students invaluable experience and the privilege of appearing on stage with some of the top musical artists in their field. Performances are held around the Big Island and on Oahu. HPAF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the appreciation and advancement of classical music and musical theater, to offer a world-class music training and performance program in the inspirational setting of Hawaii, and to improve the education and elevate the spirit of all who participate, especially the local community.


Special Judges' Citation:  "Unusual Repertoire & Free Admission Equals 'One Hot Ticket'"
Chatham Concert Opera
Walter Morales
Pittsburgh PA  

including: Taylor: The King's Henchman
Chatham Concert Opera
Chatham Concert Opera began as a Vocal Recital Series at Chatham University in 2009.  Since then we have produced over twenty concert programs, which have served and hopefully will continue to serve as a means for Chatham students and the Pittsburgh community to learn about opera and hear other vocal compositions rarely performed in our city.  Our concerts have always been free of charge. 

Chatham Concert Opera currently provides an environment in which professional singers prepare new dramatic roles by learning them in their entirely, and perform them in a concert setting with their colleagues.  Operas that have been performed in this manner include – Carmen, Turandot, Il trovatore, The King’s Henchman, Otello, Aida, Don Carlo, La forza del destino, Un ballo in maschera, The Ring, Tristan and Isolde, and Elektra. Upcoming operas will include Simon Boccanegra, Salome, I vespri siciliani, Tannhauser and Wozzeck.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.chathamconcertopera.com/


The American Prize in Opera Performance, college/university division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Nicholas Muni
Winston-Salem NC  
Constant/Debussy: Impressions de Pelleas 

UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
UNCSA A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Description: www.fletcheropera.org
The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute is part of the University of North Carolina (UNCSA) School of the Arts. Named for businessman and arts advocate Alfred Johnston Fletcher (1887-1979), the A.J. Fletcher Foundation has supported opera in America for over 50 years, first through the creation of the Grassroots Opera Company in 1948 and subsequently through the productions and educational outreach of the National Opera Company. In order to perpetuate Mr. Fletcher’s vision for opera, the Foundation took the unprecedented step in the spring of 2000 of committing $10 million to establish an Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In September 2001, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation merged its National Opera Company with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music’s graduate opera program, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina School of the to create the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.


2nd Place:
Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU
Dugg McDonough
Baton Rouge
David T. Little: Dog Days

Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU
Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU, one of the first major university programs in the United States, has produced exceptional singers who have sung on world opera stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.  Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU annually produces two main stage productions, fully staged, designed, costumed, and accompanied by LSU Symphony Orchestra, alongside smaller staged shows and numerous outreach performance opportunities.  In addition to private voice lessons with faculty, students receive one-on-one coachings with the opera music director and extensive training in acting and stagecraft from the opera stage director. 


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Arizona State University
Brian DeMaris
Mark Alpizar and Kamna Gupta conductors
Tempe AZ 
Les mamelles de Tiresias

Arizona State University
The Music Theatre and Opera program in the School of Music at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is committed to preparing outstanding music theatre and opera artists for professional careers in the 21st century. Through expert individual and classroom instruction, the production of operas and musicals, student-led workshops, new work development, research opportunities, dynamic community engagement, and multiple professional collaborations, we foster a creative, student-centered environment that enables students to discover who they are as individuals and artists, at their own pace, in their own unique way, at the highest level. 


3rd Place: there was a tie): 
University of NC Greensboro
David Holley
Greensboro NC  
Die Zanberflöte 

University of NC Greensboro
The UNCG Opera Theatre, led by David Holley, is highly acclaimed and the recipient of a number of awards. Seven productions have won First Place in the National Opera Association Opera Production Competition, including Susannah, Little Women, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Consul, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Don Giovanni, and five production have placed Second: Galileo Galilei, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, La vida breve, Albert Herring and Gianni Schicchi; Amahl and the Night Visitors also won Third Place.  2016's Amahl received honorable mention recognition in the American Prize Competition and other productions were American Prize finalists: Galileo Galilei (2015) and Dialogues of the Carmelites (2016). The UNCG Opera Theatre commissioned renowned American composer Libby Larsen to write an opera based on William Inge’s play, Picnic, with a libretto written by David Holley.  Picnic was premiered in April of 2009.  For more information, visit http://opera.uncg.edu.


Special Judges Citation: "Tremendous energy and infectious spirit in a new, timely opera"
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng
South Hadley MA  
Bode Omojola: Irin Ajo 

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (MHSO) is one of the largest musical groups on campus. Led by their conductor Ng Tian Hui, the group reflects the diversity of the college's community, with musicians from the five colleges and the Pioneer Valley, in addition to students, faculty and staff from Mount Holyoke College. Students who perform in the Orchestra might be majors in Music or Biology, English or International Relations, philosophy or mathematics. They are drawn by the collective desire to be an active participant in creating great beauty in the realm of sound.

The orchestra is particularly proud of its second prize in the 2014 American Prize for Orchestral Programming, and acknowledged for its fine work by grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, National Arts Council of Singapore, the Singapore International Foundation, Women’s Philharmonic and WomenArts in acknowledgement of its creative and engaging programming.

Ìrìn Àjò, an opera composed, written and directed by Five College music professor Bode Omojola, debuted on April 12 and 13 in Chapin Auditorium. The title of the opera is a Yoruba phrase meaning “life’s journey,” which is fitting as the opera details the story of Káyòdé, a Nigerian engineer who leaves his fiancée Ìyábò to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life.


Special Judges' Citation: "Exceptional Production Values in Service to Music and Story"
Lawrence University
Copeland Woodruff
Appleton WI 
Le Comte Ory

Lawrence University
Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music is an all-undergraduate, liberal arts institution. The opera studies division is dedicated to training the young singing actor in all the elements for success: musical styles, acting, text/languages, and modern as well as traditional theatrical techniques. Recent productions have garnered national attention, because of their well-crafted and dedicated musical and dramatic performances. Offering performance opportunities as varied as improvised micro-operas, scenes programs, main stage operas, and re-imagined recital formats, LU is preparing the 21st-Century singing artist to meet the challenges of today’s market. Opera studies faculty: Copeland Woodruff and Andrew Crooks. Voice faculty: Kenneth Bozeman, Joanne Bozeman, Steven Paul Spears, Karen Leigh-Post, John Holiday, and John Gates.



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Congratulations!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

WINNERS: bands / wind ensembles, 2018-19


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, honorable mentions and citation recipient of The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, 2018-19, in all divisions. Congratulations!

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

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until  
Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of
Monday, July 1, 2019, with extensions available by email request. (theamericanprize@gmail.com)

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


The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, college/university division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
Timothy Shade
Wichita KS 

Wichita State University Wind Ensemble
The Wichita State University Wind Ensemble has been heralded as “one of the finest university bands in the nation,” receiving critical acclaim for its “musically emotional and technically detailed performances.”  With a flexible instrumentation, the Wind Ensemble regularly enrolls the finest graduate and undergraduate performers in the School of Music at Wichita State University. While full band literature is the mainstay of the ensemble’s repertoire, there is major-emphasis on ensemble literature for instrumentations from octets to 35-members from various historical genres and periods. The WSU Wind Ensemble regularly performs at local, regional, and national conventions and conferences. Recent appearances include New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Regional Convention.


2nd Place:
Capital University Symphonic Winds
Jeffrey D. Gershman
Columbus OH  

Capital University Symphonic Winds
The Capital University Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Jeffrey D. Gershman, is the premier wind band in the Conservatory of Music. The Symphonic Winds perform programs that draw from the cornerstones of the wind literature, the finest contemporary works, and the rich and varied repertoire composed for chamber winds.  The ensemble frequently hosts nationally and internationally recognized guest soloists, guest composers, and guest conductors and its recording with the Boston Brass, Heroes and Legends, is available nationally through Summit Records.

Outside of their campus concerts, the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and abroad and has earned frequent invitations to perform at professional conferences.  Appearances have included the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference, and a weeklong tour of Taiwan. 


Third Place (there was a tie):
NEC Symphonic Winds
William Drury
Boston MA 

NEC Symphonic Winds
The NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY SYMPHONIC WINDS is composed primarily of freshmen and sophomores. The ensemble performs at least 7 concerts per year, two of which are the extremely popular Holidays Concerts, which are a combination of the Symphonic Winds, the NEC Chamber Choir and Navy Band Northeast. The ensemble plays music from the 16th century to music of the present day. Guest artists have included Charles Schlueter, Shawn Edmonds, Marvin Stamm, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Charlie Powers, James Nova, Douglas Monroe, Will Frampton, Erica Washburn, Yukiko Takagi and Stephen Drury.


Third Place (there was a tie):
University of Houston Wind Ensemble
David Clemmer
Houston TX  

University of Houston Wind Ensemble
The Moores School Wind Ensemble is the University of Houston’s premier wind performance organization. The ensemble has gained a national reputation through performances at the conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, Midwest Clinic, College Band Directors National Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Colorado Music Educators Association and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as well as the Meyerson Symphony Hall Series and numerous performances in the Houston metropolitan area. The Wind Ensemble has recorded 12 CDs, including four recorded after being selected by the International Percy Grainger Society to record Grainger’s works for winds. The 60-member ensemble is dedicated to exploring a wide diversity of wind literature, from canonic repertoire to new and unexplored wind ensemble and chamber works written within the last decade. 


Finalist Honorable Mention:
University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble
Chris Knighten
Fayetteville AR  

University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble
The University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble is comprised of approximately sixty students who have demonstrated outstanding musicianship and are committed to musical excellence. Dedicated to the study and performance of traditional and contemporary repertoire, the Wind Ensemble performs two or three concerts each semester. Flexible instrumentation and part rotation allow diverse musical experiences and responsibilities in the performance of chamber works as well as pieces for orchestral winds or large symphonic band.

Recent tours included performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX, the Robinson Center for the Performing Arts in Little Rock, AR, and performances at the 2014 and 2016 College Band Directors National Association Southwest Division conferences, in Fayetteville, AR and Boulder, CO, respectively. The Wind Ensemble also hosts an annual conducting symposium for public school music educators in addition to touring to public schools throughout the mid-south and southwest regions of the country.


The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, community band division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole
Tarrytown NY   

Westchester Symphonic Winds
Westchester Symphonic Winds is an adult community wind ensemble, conducted by Curt Ebersole, based at Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY. We exist to promote music locally, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within our membership, and nurture the love of music by offering an exceptional musical experience. Our programs have included a Side-by-Side Concert with the Mahopac (NY) Central School District and Exchange Program with the Northshore Concert Band of Evanston, IL. We made our Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall in 2010, performed at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention in 2012 and New York State Band Directors Winter Symposium in 2017, and have performed to sold-out crowds at the Caramoor Festival annually since 2014. We have been the subject of articles in The New York Times and Teaching Music, the magazine of the National Association for Music Education.  www.westchestersymphonicwinds.org


2nd Place:
Quincy Concert Band
Dr. Trent A. Hollinger
Quincy IL   

Quincy Concert Band
Serving the Quincy, Illinois community since 1982, the Quincy Concert Band is a volunteer organization comprised of adult musicians from the greater Quincy Area. The band earned national recognition as the second-place winners of the 2015 American Prize in Band Performance—community band division. The QCB is committed to preserving the rich heritage of community bands and quality wind band literature by presenting free concerts of artistic and professional excellence to the Quincy and Tri-State community.  In 2017, the band was selected to perform at the Illinois Music Education Conference. In March 2016, the band helped premiere Elegy for the Wall’s Unnamed by Kevin Walczyk—a commission in memory of Paul Duker (QCB’s founding conductor) and all Agent Orange victims from Vietnam.  The ensemble has been under the direction of Dr. Trent A. Hollinger since 2010. The band’s motto remains “A Richer, Fuller Life through Music!”  http://quincyconcertband.org/


3rd Place:
The Allentown Band
Ronald Demkee
Allentown PA 

The Allentown Band
Since its first performance on July 4, 1828, Allentown Band’s venerable existence is a testament to the value the community has placed upon its contributions to the arts, culture and education.  Celebrating 190 years of service in 2018, the band has broadened its impact and reach through increased concert programming and extensive concert repertoire. Presenting 45+ stellar concerts annually with national and regional guest artists the band additionally offers high-quality youth educational opportunities reaching more than 14 regional school districts.  As a charitable organization the band presents unparalleled music experiences for all ages with performance level concerts like those performed by the premier U.S. military service bands in Washington DC and major symphony orchestras.  Band members are highly engaged in the success of the organization. Membership represents diverse occupations that include: doctors, dentists, banking personnel, educators, administrators, private business owners and accountants, all who value musicianship and stellar artistic standards.


Finalist Honorable Mention: 
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Brian Hughes
Davenport IA 

Quad City Wind Ensemble
The Quad City Wind Ensemble (QCWE) is a non-profit organization created to enhance the musical arts of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Founded in 1987 by Dr. Charles B. DCamp, the QCWE is today one of the premier ensembles of its kind in the country, winning the American Prize in 2012 and appearing six times in concert at the prestigious Iowa Bandmasters Conference.

Other past conductors include Richard Scott Cohen, Andrew Mast, and Eugene Bechen, all former Directors of Bands at St. Ambrose University. Current Music Director Brian Hughes assumed leadership in Fall 2007 and is the first non-resident conductor of the QCWE.

In recent years the QCWE has become a voice for contemporary music, with multiple concerts solely of women composers and others featuring the music of the new millennium. Ensemble members are music teachers, health care professionals, accountants, lawyers, and retirees, brought together by the love of playing great music. www.qcwinensemble.org


Special Judges' Citation: "Impressive Performances of Major Classics in Unique Arrangements”
Camellia City Flute Choir 
Martin Melicharek III
Sacramento CA   

Camellia City Flute Choir 
The Camellia City Flute Choir established in 1998 has entertained Sacramento Valley audiences. Initially started by seven flutists the Community based comprises 11 to 20 members. The ensembles mainstay of concert flutes is enhanced by the present of alto, bass and contrabass flutes. Members include amateur flutist, music teachers, flutist from our community symphonic winds and orchestras. The ensemble has made five appearances at the National flute convention, and is a regular performing group for the Music at Noon concert series, the Crocker Art Museum and the annual holiday concerts in the Capitol rotunda, as well as performances at retirement homes, American River College and California State University Sacramento. Dr. Martin Melicharek serves as the artistic director, conductor and arranger.


The American Prize in Band / Wind Ensemble Performance, high school band division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
Philip Carter
Huntley IL  

Huntley High School Wind Ensemble
The Huntley High School Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble of the Huntley High School Band Program.  The Wind Ensemble regularly performs at regional and statewide festivals including appearances the 2018 Illinois Music Education Conference and the 2018 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival.  In addition, members of the Wind Ensemble are routinely accepted to the McHenry County Honor Band, ILMEA District 9 ensembles, and ILMEA All-State Ensembles.  The Wind Ensemble frequently brings in master teachers in to work with the group including clinicians from Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Elmhurst College, and VanderCook College of Music.


2nd Place:
North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
Len Lavelle
Pittsburgh PA  

North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
The North Hills Wind Ensemble (formerly Symphony Band) has been featured at conventions around the country including the Midwest Convention (six times), Concert Band National Convention, MENC/NAfME All-Eastern Convention (eight times), and PMEA State Convention (thirteen times). The bands were awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation as part of the inaugural group in 1983. Guest soloists and conductors have included William Revelli, Arthur Fieldler, Arnald Gabriel, Vaclav Nelhybel, Alfred Reed, Stephen Gage, Fred Allen, Allen Vizzutti, Urbie Green, Fred Hemke, Louis Bellison, among many others.

The North Hills Bands have maintained an annual commission series since 1965. Works from the series have been recorded by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra with Frederick Fennel conducting, D.C. service bands, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, and college ensembles throughout the country. They have also been featured in the series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.


3rd Place:
Charlotte Catholic Symphonic Winds
Timothy Cook
Charlotte NC 

Charlotte Catholic Symphonic Winds
The Charlotte Catholic High School Band has gained notable recognition for its recent performances. In 2015, the band traveled to Ireland where they competed in the International Marching Band Competition in Limerick, Ireland and the St. Patrick's Day Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The band was successful in both parades being named the Best International Band in Limerick and Best Overall Band in Dublin. Additionally, the band received a standing ovation for their performance in the International Exchange Concert hosted in Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Timothy Cook, has gained notable recognition amongst private school ensembles in Charlotte and North Carolina. Their performance at the South Central District's Music Performance Assessment was awarded straight stage-superiors.



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Friday, August 2, 2019

WINNERS: composers (opera/theater/film/dance), 2018-19

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipients of The American Prize in Composition, 2018-19, opera/theater/film/dance division. Congratulations!

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

QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until  
Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)

The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of
Monday, July 1, 2019, with extensions available by email request. (theamericanprize@gmail.com)

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The American Prize in Composition—(opera/theater/film/dance) professional division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Eric Sawyer
Amherst MA
The Scarlet Professor       

Eric Sawyer
Eric Sawyer is on the music faculty of Amherst College.  His operas The Garden of Martyrs and Our American Cousin have received recent premieres respectively from Springfield Symphony and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A new opera, The Scarlet Professor, received its premiere in September 2017. He has received the Joseph Bearns Prize and awards from the Tanglewood Music Center and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music is available on the Albany Records and BMOP/sound labels.

The Scarlet Professor is a new opera based upon a true story of shame and scandal from 1960: a renowned English professor arrested and disgraced for possessing gay magazines and materials. It premiered September 2017 at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA: the same campus where the events took place.   


2nd Place: (In 2018-19 there is an unprecedented triple tie for 2nd place—three very different theater works, each worthy of special recognition for their unusual qualities.—DK)

2nd Place (tie):
Jenni Brandon
Long Beach CA
Three Paderewskis  
Jenni Brandon
Jenni Brandon (b. 1977) is an award-winning composer.  Many ensembles perform her commissioned music both nationally and internationally.  She enjoys engaging with performers and audiences, often giving talks about the business of music and the art of collaboration.  As a conductor, she has led both church and community choirs and she makes guest appearances to conduct her works.

Recordings of her works appear on the Delos, Albany, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Longhorn labels.  Her CD, Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano, was nominated for the 10th Independent Music Awards.  Jenni is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Sorel Medallion, the American Prize for Choral Composition, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition.  She is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Imagine, Graphite, TrevCo, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Jenni Brandon Music.  Visit www.jennibrandon.com


2nd Place (tie):
Patricia Elizabeth Martinez
Buenos Aires Argentina
Short Sleep/Breve Sueno; Beyond, The Sleepers
Patricia Elizabeth Martinez
Patricia Martinez is a composer, performer and interdisciplinary artist based in Buenos Aires. Her works has emerged, in part, from an experimental process of 'stripping-down,' which involves a degree of risk-taking, in that the resulting piece is left somewhat vulnerable in terms of its expressive identity. She holds a Doctoral and Master degree in Music Composition (Stanford University) and she completed the annual course in Computer Music (Ircam). Her works won prizes such as the Argentinean Government’s; Casa de las Américas (Cuba); International Young Composers' Meeting (Apeldoorn); Ibermúsicas/Iberescena; Diffusion; SADAIC; and Juan C. Paz. She received fellowships and commissions from: VCCA/UNESCO-Aschberg; Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music; International Music Theatre Competition Darmstadt; American Composers Forum; Experimental Center of The Colón Theater, Music Current and others. She is professor of Composition at the Superior Conservatory of Buenos Aires, University of Quilmes and external tutor at the National University of México.
www.patriciamartinez.com.ar


2nd Place (tie):
Tony Solitro
Philadelphia PA
Triangle
Tony Solitro
Tony Solitro composes concert and stage music that is “fraught with tension” and “amusingly intricate.” Politics, history, literature, drama, and visual art inspire his compositions. Endlessly fascinated by vocal timbre and virtuosic singing, Tony’s musical style is inherently theatrical and operatic. “Delightfully executed with sidesplitting hilarity,” his mythology-infused romantic-comedy Triangle was hailed “a standout favorite” (Theater Times). Commissioned by Boston Opera Collaborative and premiered in partnership with Boston New Music Initiative, it was praised for its “spiky, smashing, blasting” orchestrations (the Intelligencer).

Winner of the 2017 Cheryl A. Spector Prize from the Third Millennium Ensemble, Tony’s string quintet Shadow Confrontations was composed for bassist Joseph Conyers (Assistant Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra) and was recorded with the Daedalus Quartet. He was awarded fellowships and artist residencies at Yaddo, Brush Creek, Kimmel Harding Nelson, VCCA, and the Brevard Music Center. To hear recordings, see videos, and explore his composition catalogue, visit www.tonysolitro.com. 


3rd Place:
Austin Jaquith
Cedarville OH
Dracula Bloodlines
Austin Jaquith
Austin Jaquith is a versatile composer whose work runs the gamut from contemporary classical compositions to music for film and media. His composition accolades include the Seraphim Composition Prize at the University of Houston, the AFMC Emil and Ruth Bayer Composition Competition, the Kuttner String Quartet Competition, the Dean’s Prize at Indiana University, the ACO Earshot Readings, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association Distinguished Composer Award. His works have been performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Mirari Brass Quintet among others. In addition to his concert work, Mr. Jaquith has composed for a variety of digital media including short films, advertising spots, and three feature films. Whether working on a complex contemporary chamber work, or a more viscerally-oriented film score, music is Mr. Jaquith’s abiding passion. 


Special Judges' Citation: "Impressive music in service to a deeply moving story."
Roger Cichy
Scituate RI
Journey Home to the USS Arizona  
Roger Cichy
Ohio born composer, Roger Cichy, is a world-class composer known for taking intangible experience and emotions, and turning them into memorable musical works. Conductor Dr. Matthew George lauds Cichy’s music as, “…both rich and vast.  His uncanny knack for melody and creative orchestration can be found in all his music…”  Lowell Graham, former Conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band adds, “Roger’s music is accessible, colorful and personal.”

Composing music for a wide variety of genres including orchestras, chorus, wind bands, small ensembles and music for film, Cichy is widely sought for commissions.  His music has been published for over 30 years and has received numerous awards from ASCAP for serious music. His film score for the PBS documentary, “The American St. Nick,” earned him an Emmy.  Cichy’s works are continually performed throughout the United States and abroad.  www.rogercichy.com


Special Judges' Citation: "Excellent integration of music, dance and story-telling in a choral framework."
Ludwig Tuman
Oxnard CA
Lord of the Cranes; Cat's Protector; The Happy Man's shirt
Ludwig Tuman
Ludwig Tuman is an international award winning composer. He serves as the artistic director and composer for the Choral Tales Project, and is active as a performing pianist, producer, educator and writer.

His creative work is broad in its cultural sources, connected with community, and revolves around a core of enduring concepts and values.  His versatility as a composer allows him to write in a wide variety of musical styles and genres.

The cultural elements found in his compositions reflect a forward-looking vision in which aspects of present and past, North and South, East and West, are integrated in innovative ways, in service to the public's cultural and social interests.

Ludwig Tuman has been a faculty member of the Chicago Conservatory College, where he designed and taught courses in composition, theory and piano.  His studies in music composition and related areas were at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.


Special Judges' Citation: "Skilled theatrical sense and abundant humor utilizing materials from other sources."
William Vollinger
Woodcliff Lake NJ
Let's Talk 
William Vollinger
William Vollinger’s music is described as “3D: different, direct and deep”, performed by artists including the Gregg Smith Singers and NY Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of “Three Songs About the Resurrection” won first prize at the Geneva International Competition. His music is published by Abingdon, API, Heritage, Kjos, Lawson-Gould, and Laurendale. Five works were editor's choices in the J.W. Pepper Catalogue. Recent premieres included Jackson State Symphony, San Francisco Choral Artists, Ridgewood Concert Band, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony and Garden State Philharmonic. In the past three years, ten of his compositions have been nominated for the American Prize, with “Stalin and the Little Girl” receiving a Judge's Citation for "Exceptional Theatrical Sense in a Unique Monodrama." Hartshorn Recordings has released an album of his works this year.


The American Prize in Composition—(opera/theater/film/dance) student division, 2018-19

The American Prize winner:
Madeline Merwin
Traverse City MI
Ceilings Made of Glass
Madeline Merwin
Madeline Merwin graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy with a major in composition in 2017, and is currently going into her second year of study in composition at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She has also studied at the Royal Welsh Conservatory as an exchange student, and her commissioned works have been performed all over the US, including recent performances at the National Flute Association Convention. She is a published composer, and was recently selected to present a TEDx talk in November of 2018 on the decline in popularity of classical music, and what we as musicians can do to adapt and evolve to the changing technological and cultural world. Madeline is interested in multimedia direction, and is planning to pursue her career in composition.


2nd Place:
Jennifer Barker / UD Composition Studio
Newark DE
Waulking in the Glen 
Jennifer Barker / UD Composition Studio
Contributing composers to the UD Composition Studio’s collaborative opera, Waulking in the Glen, include Daniel J. Armistead, Alex Jiheng Bi, Nicholas Gomez-Colon, Matthew Greene, Amylia Hoos, Christian R. Johnson, Chris Leich, Jorge Iván Ramirez Marin, Hannah Dale Scarborough, Liana Stephen and Daniel Townsend. Ranging from freshmen to second-year graduate students, all eleven composers are highly active in creating new works for chamber music, large ensembles and dance. They also remain active as performers, with two of the composers participating as vocalists, four of the composers participating as instrumentalists, and three further composers participating in cameo roles in the premiere of Waulking in the Glen. www.compositionatud.com  


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Joshua Baerwald
Milwaukee WI
The Process 
Joshua Baerwald
Joshua Baerwald is a composer/cellist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who strives to use his art in a variety of ways. As a cellist, he has performed in a variety of ensembles, including the University Philharmonic and University Symphonic Orchestras at at Florida State University, and the American Modern Orchestra during his time at the Mostly Modern Festival. His recent opera based on Kafka’s novella, The Trial, was premiered in May 2017 in conjunction with the Florida State University Opera Department.

Joshua has received numerous awards, including the Tallahassee Music Guild Scholarship, the Bess H. Ward Scholarship, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency. Joshua was also a finalist in the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Joshua received his B.M. in Music Composition at Florida State University, and is currently pursuing his M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville as a Bomhard Fellow.


3rd Place (there was a tie):
Yuxin Ouyang
Durham NC
Trajectory 
Yuxin Ouyang
Yuxin Ouyang enjoys composing in a variety of musical styles. Her writing spans orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater genres, to sound installation, and experimental improvisation. She is passionate about bridging the gap between western classical music and cross-cultural contemporary music by helping audiences to understand the connection between the musical languages of both. Yuxin has worked with renowned ensembles and musicians such as Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, Deviate Septet, Jack Quartet, Wu man and Kirill Gerstein.  Yuxin’s music has been performed in concert halls in China and U.S., including The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Lvting Concert Hall in Shanghai. Yuxin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Professor Lewis Nielson. She finished her Masters in Music Composition at the Shepherd School of Music under the guidance of Professor Shih-Hui Chen. Now Yuxin is pursing PhD degree in Composition at Duke University.

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