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The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive listing of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST composers for band / wind ensemble in both professional and student divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (professional division)

 Robert Denham   La Mirada CA
    Gregory Blues (concert band)

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Concertino for Euphonium and Band; Con-Tse-To; An American in Valencia

Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Trombonico; Magallon Instrumento de Civilizaciones

Gregory Fritze  Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Vadit Super Pozolum; Excursions; Cancion

Warren Gooch   Kirksville MO
    Cellgames 2.0

Jonathan Graybill   Willow Street PA
    Route Potomac - concert band

B.P. Herrington   Conroe TX
    Verses from the Thicket

Michael S. Horwood   Tucson AZ
    Andromeda, for wind ensemble

Jennifer Jolley   Delaware OH
    The Eyes of the World Are Upon You

Huei Li Lam   Brooklyn NY
    The Unknown Bell

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    KraftHammer, Symphonic Winds (Band)

Curtis Melton   Las Vegas NV
    The Genesis Effect, Forever Through The Fire

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    Kiai!  

Mark W. Phillips   Athens OH
    Breaking News

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    "It Takes a Long Time to Grow Up in New Jersey"

Judith Lang Zaimont   Maricopa AZ
    GROWLER


The American Prize in Composition—Band / Wind Ensemble (student division)

 Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    Love Speaks

Ian Evans Guthrie   Washougal WA
    Olympus Mons

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "A Cypress Prelude Opus 16a" "Celebration Overture, Opus No.1"

Siby Suriyan   Memphis TN
    Dead, but Still Breathing

Seth M. Wright   Oklahoma City OK
    Divergent Winds



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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this year. 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 "

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Congratulations to all semi-finalists.
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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE division. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, professional division, 2017

Jesse Ayers   Canton OH
    Beneath Suspicion 

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    From My Doleful Prison 

Basil Considine   Minneapolis MN
    The Frat Party (comic opera) 

William David Cooper   Cambridge MA
    Hagar and Ishmael

Karim Elmahmoudi   Los Angeles CA
    Nightfall Suite 

Paul Geraci   West Lafayette IN
    The Cask of Amontillado 

Amos Gillespie   Chicago IL
    The Squeeze 

Jocelyn Hagen   Plymouth MN
    Test Pilot 

Eva Conley Kendrick   Millis MA
    American Flag 

Frank LaRocca   Oakland CA A
    Rose in Winter—the Life of St. Rita of Cascia

Sean Pflueger   Springfield VA
    Do Not Disturb, a comic opera 

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Duck Girl (an imaginary interview) 


The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM/DANCE, student division, 2017

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    All That Glitters 

Michele Cheng   San Jose CA
    To Be Heard X Unheard—An Interdisciplinary Experimental Music Theatre

Lucas Marshall Smith   New London OH
    A Psalm of Silence: An Opera in One Act


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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this year. 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 "

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Chicago tenor CAMEO HUMES will solo with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and CBA Chorus in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's once world-famous cantata, "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast," under the baton of music director (and TAP chief judge) David Katz, as the winner of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award, 2017. The performance at St James' Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, is Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Humes was chosen from a field of more than a dozen vocalists from all over the country who applied for the opportunity. A bio of the artist is below.

Cameo Humes

CAMEO HUMES is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after tenors in the operatic and concert repertoire. He has performed with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Choral Society, Gainesville Civic Chorus, and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’International Chamber Ensemble in Italy. His most recent engagement included a debut with Teatro alla Scala in the roles of Peter, Crab man, Mingo and Robbins in their production of Porgy and Bess. Other operatic credits include the title role in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Operafestival di Roma, Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Gastone (La Traviata), Prunier (La Rondine), Peter (Porgy and Bess) with Lyric Opera of Chicago (cover), Dayton Opera and Skylight Music Theatre of Milwaukee, Crab man (Porgy and Bess) with The Princeton Festival, Nelson (Porgy and Bess) with Cincinnati Opera, Ballad Singer (Of Mice and Men), and Ensemble (Show Boat) with Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Humes has also performed regularly in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since the 2014-15 season. He has performed as tenor soloist for the world premiere of Mozart’s Requiem staged with the Cincinnati Ballet, a performance that he repeated in the spring of 2015. Other recent concert engagements include Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Bach Society of Dayton, Bach St. John Passion and Mass in B minor, and The Seven Last Words of Christ by Théodore Dubois. He has recorded the lead role in Richard Thompson’s The Mask in the Mirror, a modern opera based on the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar; a role that Mr. Humes successfully portrayed on the stage with Trilogy Opera of New Jersey in 2014. A lover and avid performer of the Negro spiritual, he has toured Spain, France and Ireland with the world renown American Spiritual Ensemble, and has served as Adjunct Professor of Voice and Opera workshop at Central State University. Mr. Humes completed his undergraduate studies at Stetson University and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida.

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2017 in all divisions. Congratulations! (Please note that semi-finalists in the Community Division include artists in both art song and opera.)

In the professional category, we list an extensive grouping of semi-finalists, an extraordinary showing of talent, musicality, excellent repertoire and poise. 

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional art song and oratorio division (women), 2017

Tamara Acosta   Ithaca NY 

Michelle Areyzaga   Rolling Meadows IL 

Melanie Ashkar   Arlington VA 

Kristina Bachrach   La Grange IL 

Veronica Bell   Studio City CA 

Elizabeth Ann Benson   Auburn AL 

Ashlee Bickley   Fort Wayne IN 

Diana Cantrelle   Columbia MD 

Anna Christofaro   Excelsior MN 

Joan Marie Dauber   Chicago IL 

Sarah Eastman   Allston MA 

Savannah Etter   Lexington MO 

Jessica Fishenfeld   Great Neck NY 

Annie Gill   Baltimore MD 

Anna Christine Hersey   Minnetonka MN 

Michele Elizabeth Kennedy   Astoria NY 

Thea Lobo   Medford MA 

Sarah Lonsert   Mission Viejo CA 

Elisabeth Marshall   Portland ME  

Stacey Mastrian   Seattle WA 

Ann Moss   Richmond CA 

Elizabeth Ducey Moss   Abiline TX 

Alissa Rose   Wellsboro PA 

Penelope Shumate   Macomb IL 

Loralee Songer   Cedar Rapids IA 

Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL 

Emilie Storrs   New York NY 

Katie Walders    La Mesa CA 

Raquel Winnica Young   Pittsburgh PA 



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song and oratorio division (women), 2017

Jamie Balter   Baltimore MD 

Lieve Buzard   Chicago IL 

Sarah Cooper   Lincoln MA

Clare Demer   Tucson AZ 

Stephanie Greene   Highland Park IL 

Rachel Eve Holmes   Athens GA 

Hailey McAvoy   Natick MA 

Zoe-Elizabeth McCray   Alexandria VA 

Myka Murphy   Roswell GA 

Nicolette Nazarowski   Chicago IL 

Veronica Richer   Bryan OH 

Lauren Elizabeth Walker   Bloomington IN 

Julia Katherine Walsh   Munich Germany 

Ciera V. Williams   Detroit MI 

Mengyuan Yuan   Athens OH



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song and oratorio division (women), 2017

Sarah Aaldering   Los Gatos CA 

Mary Elizabeth Adler   Bellevue WA 

Monika Cachro   Lake Zurich IL 

Katelynn Cherry   Trappe MD 

Amalia Crevani   Milford NJ 

Alexandra Taylor   Naples FL 

Caroline Wolfe   Dallastown PA  



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—community division (women in art song, oratorio and opera), 2017

Shana Evans Bassett   Atlanta GA 

Deborah M. Connelly   Stratford CT 

Samantha Isabell Gay   Oak Park IL 

Nancie Grossman   Mission Viejo CA 

Montana Monet Jaeger   Farmington MN

Luisa Kay Reyes   Tuscaloosa AL 


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Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-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 finalists in my division later in this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.




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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2017 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations!

Please note: semi-finalists in the Community Division (including opera semi-finalists) will be announced with art song semi-finalists.

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional division (women), 2017

Melanie Ashkar   Arlington VA 

Chelsea Basler   Waltham MA 

Diana Cantrelle   Columbia MD 

Natalie Conte   Winchester VA 

Becca Conviser   Glencoe IL 

Carolyne DalMonte   Eastchester NY 

Maggie Finnegan   Winchester MA 

Jessica Fishenfeld   Great Neck NY 

Annie Gill   Baltimore MD 

Alexandra Jerinic   San Francisco CA 

Sarah Lonsert   Mission Viejo CA 

Christine Lyons   Baltimore MD 

Meredith Mecum   Bronx NY 

Elizabeth Moran   New York NY 

Rebecca Peterson   Seattle WA 

Ariana Strahl   Ann Arbor MI 

Susan Wheeler   Burke VA 

Natalie Young   Lawrence KS 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2017

Lianne Aharony   Johnson City NY 

Jamie Balter   Baltimore MD 

Clare Demer   Tucson AZ 

Lauren Frey   Croton on Hudson NY 

Kali Hardwick   Nevada City CA 

Anzhela Kushnirenko   San Pedro CA 

Sarah-Clementine Mire   Lubbock TX 

Kellie Motter   Bloomington IN 

Myka Murphy   Roswell GA 

Theodora Ivanova Nestorova   Acton MA 

Veronica Richer   Bryan OH 

Lauren Elizabeth Walker   Bloomington IN 

Ciera V. Williams   Detroit MI 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2017

Sarah Aaldering   Los Gatos CA 

Alina Dong   Houston TX 

Abigail Marie Fletcher   Cape Coral FL 

Elisabeta Racolta   Cambridge MA 

Caroline Wolfe   Dallastown PA 



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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.
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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST men in opera for 2017-18, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (men), 2017

Stefan Barner   Jamaica Plain MA 

Evan Bravos   Chicago IL 

Scott J. Brunscheen   Chicago IL 

Ryan Francis Burns   Vernon CT 

Jeffrey W. Clark   Tampa FL 

Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem   Brooklyn NY 

Victor Khodadad   Brooklyn NY 

Joseph Ryan   Sarasota FL 

Kyle van Schoonhoven   Chicago IL 

Duane Wittman   Pompano Beach FL 

   

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (men), 2017

David John Davani   Sea Cliff NY 

Jake Hemminger   Greensboro NC 

Ben M. Reisinger   Rochester NY 

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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.






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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST men in art song & oratorio for 2017, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first. Semi-finalist men in opera will be published separately.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (men),  2017

Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem   Brooklyn NY 

Vahagn Hovents   Glendale CA 

Justin John Moniz   Tallahassee FL  

Bryan Pinkall   Manhattan KS 



The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (men),  2017

David John Davani   Sea Cliff NY  

Jake Goz   East Northport NY  

Jake Hemminger   Greensboro NC  

James Ley   Elkton MD  

Ben M. Reisinger   Rochester NY




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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.






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The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive list of 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST pianists in all SOLO divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division, 2017

Kris Carlisle   Rome GA

Jiwon Choi   Maryville MO

Andree-Ann Deschenes   Los Angeles CA

Mirna Lekic   Bayside NY

Qyunh Nguyen   New York NY

Roberto Plano   Holliston MA

Gabriel Quenneville-Belair   Minneapolis MN

Tomasz Robak   Baltimore MD

Michael Seregow   Pullman WA

Johnandrew Slominski   Rochester NY

Alessandra Tiraterra   Hillsborough NJ

James Woolwine   Coral Gables FL


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—college university division, 2017

Harold Bailey   Radford VA

Chia-Ying Chan   Urbana IL

Pei-Sin Chen   Columbus OH  

Xiao Chen   Los Angeles CA  

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL  

Mimi Chun   East Lansing MI  

Ge Gao   Los Angeles CA  

William Hume   Rochester NY  

Yuan Jiang   Tempe AZ  

Mikhail Maurice Johnson   Bowling Green OH 

Ekaterina Paniukova   Lubbock TX  

Hyuna Park   Cincinnati OH  

Natasha Stojanovska   Chicago IL  

Nicholas Susi   Saint Louis MO  

Trenton Teruo Takaki   Wilmette IL  

John Wilson   Miami Beach FL  


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2017


Megan Auyeung   Los Gatos CA  

Yuqing Liu   Sugar Land TX  

Avik Sarkar   Chestnut Hill MA  

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA

Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki   Willmette IL  

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL  

Barbara Xiong   Brentwood TN  

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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.





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Brenda Lewis in "Die Fledermaus"
The American Prize, and chief judge, David Katz, note with great sadness the death of the extraordinary American soprano, Brenda Lewis. Miss Lewis shared her name, friendship, enthusiasm and expertise with The American Prize vocal contests as Judge Emerita, and earlier served as an adjudicator for the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice international competitions.
David Katz and Brenda Lewis were friends and colleagues at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford during the 1980s. In 2001, when Katz moved the Schorr Prize (which he'd founded with Mrs. Friedrich Schorr's blessing ten years earlier) from Michigan back to Connecticut, he turned to Miss Lewis for her assistance. Then, as the Schorr contests became part of the newly-formed competition series known as The American Prize, Brenda Lewis gladly continued to provide her advice and enthusiastic support.
Maestro Katz remembers:
"She was a magnificent musician, and a no-nonsense judge. As an opera director, she did not suffer fools onstage or off; she always knew instinctively (and through a lifetime of experience) what "worked" and what didn't, and was never afraid to say so. She could be cutting and tough on people she thought were not giving their all to the art, but she could also be very warm and funny: the hours I spent with her at her home in Westport are among my happiest musical memories, especially when the conversation turned to her dear friend, composer Marc Blitzstein. Her stories of her years at the MET and the New York City Opera would sometimes come accompanied with gales of laughter. I learned early that underneath her crust she was loving and generous...as I have found most great artists I have known to be. I will miss her very much. Farewell, Brenda, and thank you."

Brenda Lewis (right) and James Levine, enshrined at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.
A link to today's obituary in The New York Times is below. The second link leads to a musical biography on The American Prize website.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/16/arts/music/brenda-lewis-dead-opera-soprano.html?mc_cid=3e9e9523c0&mc_eid=7a9aacb037
http://www.theamericanprize.org/judges2014.html
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Lorin Hollander


The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST pianists for 2017-18 in the CONCERTO division, The LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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/

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—professional division


Richard Bosworth   Naples FL   
    Tchaikovsky Concerto in B-flat minor


Jacob Clark   Beaumont TX
    Hartley Concerto #2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble


Paul Dykstra   Sanbornton NH  
    Beethoven Emperor Concerto


Qyunh Nguyen   New York NY
    Mozart K. 453 (G major)


Roberto Plano   Holliston MA
    Busoni Concerto in D minor


Tomasz Robak   Baltimore MD 
    Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor



The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—college/university division


Xiao Chen   Los Angeles CA
    Rachmaninoff Concerto #2
   

Pei-Sin Chen   Columbus OH
    Prokofiev Concerto #1


Lishan Xue   Urbana IL
    Bartok Concerto #2




The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2017-18
—high school division


Annika Huprikar   Highland Park IL
    Mozart K 414 (A major)
  
Leyla Kabuli   Davis CA
    Rachamninoff Concerto #2

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA 
    Beethoven Choral Fantasy

Sarah Sun   Cedar City UT
    Rachmaninoff Concerto #2

Xiaoping Wang, Jr.   Highland Park IL
    Saint-Saens Concerto #2 (G minor)

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