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The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive list of 2016 SEMI-FINALIST pianists in the college/university and high school SOLO divisions. (Professional division will follow separately.) 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.

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 (solo)—college university division, 2016

Joseph R. Bandi    Imperial PA   
Aurelien B. Boccard    Kansas City MO   
Adam Booher    Hermitage TN   
Congcong Chai    Lawrence KS   
Chia-Ying Chan    Urbana IL   
Li-in Chen    Kansas City MO   
Hokyong Choi    Cambridge MA   
Ezra Donner    Buffalo NY   
Teng Fu    Lawrence KS   
William Hume    Carlisle PA   
Yoo Min Jung    East Lansing MI   
Jae Young Kim    New York NY   
Francisco Montero    State College PA   
Jacob Nydegger    San Antonio TX   
Tyler Ramos    Waipahu HI   
Luke Rhodes    Lawrence KS   
Eunsun So    East Lansing MI   
I-Wen Wang    New Brunswick NJ   
Ahyeon Yun    Mesa AZ   
Tianyu Zhou    Rochester NY   


The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)
—high school division, 2016


Sabrina Chen    Palo Alto CA    
Leyla Kabuli    Davis CA  
Alexander Lu    Redmond WA  
Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki    Wilmette IL  
Barbara Xiong    Brentwood TN    
Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY  
Ruobing Zhang    Voorhees NJ  


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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 summer. 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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Lorin Hollander
The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST pianists for 2016 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/


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, 2016
—professional division


Annette DiMedio    Philadelphia PA   
    Prokofiev #3, Tchaikovsky B minor
Sekyeong Seong    Columbus
    Grieg
Kiyoshi Tamagawa    Austin TX   
    Mozart C major, K503
Thomas Yee    Honolulu HI   
    Tchaikovsky B minor


The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2016
—college/university division


Patrick Michael Behringer    Watauga TX  
     Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Congcong Chai    Lawrence KS   
    Rachmaninoff #1

Li-Hsin Chen    Kansas City MO   
    Beeethoven G major

Nathan Cheung    Pleasanton CA   
    Prokofiev #3

William Hume    Carlisle PA   
    Ravel G major

Alexander Kopitz    Shelby Twp. MI   
    Prokofiev #1

Hwayoung Noh    Lubbock TX   
    Rachmaninoff #2

Hyeji Seo East    Lansing MI   
    Ravel G major

Yoonsook Song    Athens GA   
    Chopin E minor

The American Prize in Piano Performance, concerto, The Lorin Hollander Award, 2016
—high school division


Alexander Lu    Redmond WA   
    Grieg
Victor Shlyakhtenko    Los Angeles CA   
    Grieg

Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki    Wilmette IL   
    Prokofiev #3

Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY   
    Schumann A minor


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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 summer. 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 instrumental soloists for 2016. 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.

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 Instrumental Performance, 2016, professional division:

Leonard Garrison    Moscow ID   
     Flute
Jessica Koebbe    Leawood KS   
     Piano
Christopher Nichols    Newark DE   
     Clarinet
Todd Oxford    Austin TX   
     Saxophone
Adelya Shagidullina    Philadelphia PA   
     Viola
Kumiko Shimizu    Cleveland MS   
     Collaborative Pianist
Fangye Sun    Lansing MI   
     Violin 


The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, college/university division:

Joe Broom    McLean VA   
     Euphonium
Laura Christiana McIntyre    Austin TX   
     Bassoon
Sean Mix    Allston MA   
     Saxophone
Benjamin Sledge    Knightdale NC   
     Flute



The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, high school division:

Joshua Brown    Gurnee IL   
     Violin
Daniel Rafimayeri    New York NY   
     Violin
John Skiera    Armonk NY   
     Cello

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Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your 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 summer. 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 the WINNERS of the 2016 Chicago Oratorio Award. The following two artists will appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the Midwest's acclaimed all-attorney ensemble, in May 2016, performing the Brahms German Requiem, at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. 
 
The WINNERS are:

PENELOPE SHUMATE, soprano
Penelope Shumate

Penelope Shumate has been described as having a “voice with power” and a “welcome fire” on stage. Her singing was described by the New York Concert Review as “the embodiment of light.” The New York Times praised her recent performance as the Soprano Soloist in Messiah for her Avery Fisher Hall debut at Lincoln Center, stating she “sang the soprano solos with appealing bell-like clarity and surpassing sweetness.” 

For her return to Avery Fisher Hall, she performed as a soloist in Carmina Burana; a work that also marked her Carnegie Hall debut and return engagements. Additional Carnegie Hall soloist appearances include performances in Messiah, St. Nicolai Mass, Coronation Mass, the Verdi and Mozart Requiem, as well as the New York City premier of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. Also in New York City, she performed the title role in Naughty Marietta in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Her upcoming return engagements include her appearance in Messiah at Carnegie Hall presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York, as well as performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Rapides Symphony Orchestra. She also debuts with the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Carmina Burana.

She has appeared with opera companies and orchestras across America including Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Roanoke, Lake George Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera on the James, Duluth Festival Opera, Jacksonville Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Berkshire Choral Festival, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, MidAmerica Productions, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and Kennett Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015, Penelope was recognized by The American Prize for "Excellence in Oratorio Performance." She has been a vocal award winner with the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition, MacAllister Awards, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Vocal Competition, Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, Octave Artist Management Excellence in Arts, James Parkinson Opera Competition, Kennett Symphony Orchestra Vocal Competition, and the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition. In addition to her active performance career, she serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Western Illinois University. www.penelopeshumate.com


STEPHEN LANCASTER, baritone
Stephen Lancaster

Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. He has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Centro Cultural de Belém, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

Recent concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest, Warren Symphony, and Oakland Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Fisher Music Center; Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Holland Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with Chorosynthesis in Seattle and Duruflé’s Requiem with Macalester College in St. Paul. He has performed numerous roles with Eugene Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, and Opera Notre Dame, and will create the role of Jaques in As You Like It by Roger Steptoe this season.

A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed Lieder programs in Paris, Frankfurt, and the Eure-et-Loire Festival, and for the Brooklyn Art Song Society in New York. He recently released a recording of French art songs with pianist Martin Katz, Le Menu des Mélodies (Centaur Records), and his recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series was broadcast live by classical radio station WFMT. Born and raised in Canada, he holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. www.stephenlancaster.net

CONGRATULATIONS!

The selection process for the Chicago Oratorio Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other.

The American Prize has selected soloists to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony and Chorus the last five years, in repertoire ranging from the Bruckner Te Deum and Beethoven Choral Fantasy, to a complete evening of opera excerpts and another featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  

To learn more about the CBASO & Chorus, please click here.

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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALISTS for the 2016 Chicago Oratorio Award.

In addition to national competitions in art song and opera, two cash prizes will be awarded as performance fees to soprano and baritone soloists selected to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the midwest's acclaimed all-attorney ensemble, in May 2016, performing the Brahms German Requiem, at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. 

The FINALISTS are:

BARITONES:

Ryan Bradford
Keith Brown
Stephen Lancaster
Peter W. Lightfoot
Chai-Lun Yueh
Alexander York

SOPRANOS:

Teresa Winner Blume
Rosalind Lee
Lisa Newill-Smith
Penelope Shumate
Josefien Stoppelenburg
Susan Wheeler

CONGRATULATIONS!

The selection process for the Chicago Oratorio Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other.

The American Prize has selected soloists to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony and Chorus the last five years, in repertoire ranging from the Bruckner Te Deum and Beethoven Choral Fantasy, to a complete evening of opera excerpts and another featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  

To learn more about the CBASO & Chorus, please click here.
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Ernst Bacon
TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 is the extended postmark deadline for CONDUCTORS, ORCHESTRAS, CHORUSES and COMPOSERS to apply for The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the Performance of American Music, a new contest offered this year for the first time.

The ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by orchestras and choruses worldwide, based on submitted recordings.

Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school orchestras, competing in separate divisions, from choruses performing with orchestra, from orchestra and choral conductors, and from composers of orchestral or choral/orchestral music with excellent recordings of their works.

There is no live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performances only. There are no age limits.

The new award honors the memory and recognizes the legacy of Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) one of that pioneering generation of composers, who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, who found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country.

Upon the creation of the Ernst Bacon Award, Ellen Bacon, widow of the composer, wrote, “Ernst was a strong advocate of performing the music of living American composers...and the visibility that the award would bring would be very helpful to me in my efforts of outreach, and would definitely further the EB Society's mission of promoting awareness and appreciation of Ernst's music.”

We are grateful to the Ernst Bacon Society for providing this short introduction to the composer and his music:

Ernst Bacon was born in Chicago to an Austrian mother and American father; his music - whether lively and humorous or profound and elegiac - combines the best of the old and new worlds.  Bacon's chief aim as a composer was to express the spirit of America in music, as Whitman, Hawthorne, and others did in literature.  He was deeply interested in our country's history and folklore; and the poetry, folk songs, jazz rhythms and geography of America, as well as the landscape itself, which he hiked, climbed, and also painted - all of these elements found their way into his picturesque and evocative music.

Official rules, complete information and application forms may be found here: http://www.theamericanprize.org/AmericanMusic.html


Ernst Bacon as a young man
The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music s offered in as many as five categories, based on the membership in the ensemble, and on the number and quality of entries. Applications on behalf of orchestras (or choruses performing with orchestra) may be made by the conductor of the ensemble, its board members or other ensemble leaders, such as faculty or administrators, by the musicians themselves, by composers, or, in the case of student ensembles, by parents. In this category, multiple applications by the same ensemble are acceptable. Conductors may apply with more than one ensemble, and separately for conducting or ensemble awards (see Orchestra, Chorus and Conducting Prizes in the competition menu).?

The five categories are:
  • professional orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—all musicians are paid
  • community or faith-based orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—some musicians may be paid/some may be students
  • college or university orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—mostly students/no paid players except "ringers"/faculty participation ok
  • youth orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—musicians from more than one secondary or high school, or an ensemble from an arts magnet school
  • secondary school orchestra—(or chorus performing with orchestra)—strings or full ensemble
ELIGIBILITY:

The contests of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories. For the ERNST BACON AWARD only, applications from non-U.S. orchestras and their conductors are accepted, provided the Requirements for the Recorded Audition have been met and application fees are remitted in U.S. Funds.

REQUIREMENTS for the RECORDED AUDITION:

The American Prize: Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music??You need not prepare a special tape for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines listed below have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners.

MAIL recordings of, or email ONLINE links to, the performance of any work (or works) of American orchestral (or orchestral/choral) music from any period, including "new" music, recorded within the last five years. Up to thirty minutes of music may be submitted, unless a work is of longer duration, in which case the entire piece may be sent. There is no minimum time limit for the audition. The judges prefer complete works, but complete movements—not excerpts—may be submitted if the full work is not available. Recordings may be audio or video, as is the applicant's preference. Works for orchestra alone, those with soloist(s), or with chorus, may be submitted.??

"AMERICAN MUSIC"—For the purposes of the Bacon Award competition, "American music" is defined as any work composed in this country, at any time, in any period or style, by persons of any nationality, or works by American citizens composed anywhere in the world. ??

"ORCHESTRA WORK"—For the purposes of the Bacon Award competition, an “orchestra work” is defined as any composition that is designed to be conducted which requires at least 9 musicians and includes among its membership bowed string instruments, including works for orchestra and chorus and/or instrumental or vocal soloists, or those that may feature electronic elements, either prerecorded or performed live.

These definitions are purposely broad to allow the largest number of potential contestants to be eligible. We seek to welcome the greatest variety of performances of American orchestral (or choral/orchestral) works from throughout the country and abroad.

THE AMERICAN PRIZE sponsors of UNIQUE CONTESTS in the PERFORMING ARTS

The American Prize is unique—the only national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts to provide evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles and composers based on recorded performances. The American Prize is proud to have awarded more than $40,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.

The American Prize sponsors annual competitions for classical vocalists, pianists, composers, chamber musicians, conductors, ensembles and arts administrators and has welcomed applications from 49 U.S. states and from American citizens living throughout the world.

There is no live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performances only. Most contests feature separate divisions for professional musicians, pre-professionals (college and university), community musicians and high school age artists. There are no age limits.

Complete information on the website: www.theamericanprize.org

The American Prize: HISTORY and JUDGES

The American Prize grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.

With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, was recently honored by MUSICAL AMERICA as one of its Top Professionals of the Year for his work on behalf of The American Prize contests. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, he is author and performer of MUSE of FIRE, the acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting.

Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience as the organization hopes the winners of The American Prize will be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country, the group includes professional vocalists, conductors, composers and pianists, tenured professors and orchestra, band and choral musicians.

“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps ever be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of a few schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive world-class bragging rights to use in promotion right at home. “If The American Prize helps build careers, or contributes to local pride, or assists in increasing the audience for an artist or ensemble, builds the donor base, or stimulates opportunities or recruitment for winning artists and ensembles, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz said.

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

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You have recordings. The American Prize wants to hear them.

WHAT CAN THE AMERICAN PRIZE DO FOR YOU?
The American Prize is unique—the only national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts based solely on the evaluation of commercial and noncommercial CDs, DVDs and online links of performing artists.
  • No live competition.
  • No age limits.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • 1 page application form.
  • Multiple divisions for professional, college/university, community, high school musicians.
Complete information, application forms, biographies of judges and winners: www.theamericanprize.org

2016 Competitions for:
  • National: Pianists (solo, concerto)
  • National: Classical Vocalists (opera/operetta, art song/oratorio)
  • Chicago Oratorio Award (additional opportunity—selecting soloist for the Brahms Requiem)
  • National: Composers (choral, orchestral, band, chamber music, theater music)
  • National: Chamber Ensembles
  • NEW in 2016—National: Instrumental Soloists
Postmark Deadline Approaching Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Winners of The American Prize receive:
  • cash awards
  • award certificates (to all semi-finalists, finalists and winners)
  • unbiased written evaluations from our national panel of distinguished judges (to all contestants who place as a finalist or higher)
but more important, laureates of The American Prize derive local, regional and national recognition to help them generate opportunities, build audiences and sustain careers.

In a world where the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides its contestants with the visibility and recognition they need to stand out from the rest.

EASY:
  • 1-page application form.
  • Send bio and photo by email.
  • Send CD, DVD or VHS tape by mail or provide onlink links
  • All applications are acknowledged upon receipt.
You need not prepare a special tape for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners.

The American Prize is non-profit and is proud to have awarded more than $40,000 in cash prizes in all categories since 2010.

Other 2016 Competitions:
  • Orchestras
  • Choruses
  • Bands/Wind Ensembles
  • Opera and Musical Theater companies
  • Conductors
  • Arts Administrators 
  • Stage Directors
Postmark Deadline Tueday, May 10, 2016

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UNIQUE:
  • No live competition. Contestants are judged solely through their recorded performances.
  • No age limits.
  • Separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school musicians.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • Written evaluations provided to all finalists, runners-up and winners from our distinguished panel of judges.
  • Personal communication and published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
  • Minimal application fee.
Complete information: www.theamericanprize.org

For the most up-to-date information, including questions and answers from contestants, please "like" our FACEBOOK page.
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THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
 an additional opportunity for vocalists:

CHICAGO ORATORIO AWARD: selecting soloists for the Brahms Requiem

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2016

Complete information about the Chicago Oratorio Award may be found on the website: http://www.theamericanprize.org/vocalperf.html

In 2016, in addition to national competitions in art song and opera, two $750 prizes will be awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under Maestro David Katz's baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, in May 2016, performing the Brahms German Requiem, at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. 

For more information about this additional opportunity, which is limited to applicants in the professional and college/university divisions, please download the opera/operetta or art song/oratorio application. The selection process for the Chicago Oratorio Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other.

The American Prize has selected soloists to perform with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony and Chorus the last five years, in repertoire ranging from the Bruckner Te Deum and Beethoven Choral Fantasy, to a complete evening of opera excerpts and another featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  

There is no live competition. The American Prize judges recorded performances only.


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"The American Prize in Instrumental Performance" is a new contest being offered for the first time in 2016 specifically designed for solo artists who are not pianists or singers.
The "Instrumental Soloist" category is open without restriction to any classically trained solo instrumentalist, including guitarists, organists, percussionists and all "orchestral" instrumentalists.

There are separate categories for professionals, college/university musicians, community and high school artists. Applications on behalf of instrumental soloists may be made by a coach, teacher, manager or other person so authorized, or, in the case of students, by a parent. Only one application per soloist per year may be submitted.

The "Instrumental Performance" contest details and application form may be found with information about "The American Prize in Chamber Music" here: http://www.theamericanprize.org/ChamberPerformance.html

The postmark deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. There is no live competition. The American Prize evaluates recorded performances only. See the website for details.
Questions? theamericanprize@gmail.com
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