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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Composition, 2017-18, in the pops/light music division. Congratulations! The pops/light music division is a new contest first offered in 2017-18.

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: The final postmark deadline for composers to apply for The American Prize, 2018-19, is APRIL 30, 2018.  There is no need to email in advance to take advantage of the April date. Please note that although the deadline date on application forms will not be changed, be assured your application will be accepted through the final deadline.

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


The American Prize in Composition—Pops/Light Music Division (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
Gregory Yasinitsky   Pullman WA 
    Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Gregory Yasinitsky
Gregory W. Yasinitsky, Director of the School of Music at Washington State University, has an international reputation as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. He is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Commission Project, Artist Trust and ASCAP. Yasinitsky has over 210 published musical works performed in over forty countries world-wide. His compositions and saxophone playing are featured on over fifty recordings. Yasinitsky has written music especially for David Sanborn, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, and has performed with Randy Brecker, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, and the San Francisco and Spokane Symphonies.


2nd Place:
Huei Li Lam   Brooklyn NY 
    The Unknown Bell
Huei Li Lam
New York based pianist, Huei Li Lam is an award winning composer who specializing in both contemporary jazz and classical music. She began her music studies at a very young age, earning her Associate Diploma, Recital Piano from the Trinity College of London when she was just eleven. She then proceeded to earn her Licentiate Diploma, Recital Piano and Associate Diploma, Recital Violin a few years later.

She was later awarded a scholarship to further her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. With her exceptional musical abilities, she completed her Bachelor of Music with a Five-years Dual Major Degree Program in Performance and Jazz Composition in just 1.5 years. Her accolades include the Global Music Awards (GMA), Young Composer Showcase Winner at the 2017 International Jazz Education Network Conference, and the Finalist of Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composer in 2016.


3rd Place:
Delvyn Case   Quincy MA 
    Rocket Sleigh
Delvyn Case
Delvyn Case (b 1974) is a composer, conductor, scholar, performer and educator based in the Boston area.  His music has been performed by 70 orchestras from Alaska to Florida , plus the Grammy-winning quintet Chestnut Brass Company, mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, The Hermitage Trio, The US Coast Guard Band, The New York Virtuoso Singers, and many others.    He is the composer of The Prioress’s Tale, a 75-minute chamber opera inspired by Chaucer, whose January 2008 premiere garnered a featured article in the Boston Globe. A parable about the power of forgiveness to heal the wounds of religious intolerance, the production toured New England for 3 seasons, supported by institutions wishing to explore issues of interfaith dialogue and peace-making in a unique way.  Delvyn Case holds degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, and currently teaches at Wheaton College.   He lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. www.delvyncase.com



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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of instrumental chamber music for 2017-18 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until 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 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 Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (professional division), 2017-18

David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
    Trotzky's Train

Bjorn Berkhout   Forest Hills NY
    Séance

Michael Boyd  Wilkins Township PA
    I Wouldn't Eat the Strawberries

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    Sonata for Horn and Piano

Gustavo Casenave   Astoria NY
    Sol Negro

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Chicago IL
    Khaos

Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    Fourth Sonata for piano

Ethan Cypress   Oneonta NY
    Fickle Tone Zones

Dante De Silva   Tarzana CA
    WAKE THE DEAD

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Joys of Lights and Reflection

Paul Elwood   Greeley CO
    Emissions Transparent

David Faleris   Annapolis MD
    A Martyred Village

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Imagined Memories

Milton Granger   Nutley NJ
    Sextet for piano and wind quintet

Douglas Hedwig   Chattanooga TN
    "A Certain Slant of Light"

Harlan Hodges   Glendale CA
    Three American Etudes

Ching-chu Hu   Newark OH
    The Swash of Water and Red

Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    Towers of Power: Chamber Symphony No. 4

David R. Peoples   Buford GA
    Sonata "Riding Crepuscular Rays"

Phil Salathe   Potsdam NY
    Three Street Pieces

David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN
    Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

Peter Scartabello   Wickford RI
    Threshold for 5 Bb clarinets

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    Shadow Confrontations

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Resurrection Dances

Charles Zoll Tempe AZ
    I REMEMBER SUMMER


The American Prize in Composition—Instrumental Chamber Music (student division), 2017-18  
(revised 3/6/18: one name inadvertently left off yesterday's posting—DK)

"Again, the vast majority of semi-finalists in the student division (and many of their pieces) have been advanced. Young composers need feedback, and placing most in the finals insures they will receive at least a few lines of evaluation to encourage their continuing artistic pursuits."—DK

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Ascension Tube

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Submerged Worlds

Tom Bar   Boston MA
    Thus the Past Buries its Dreams, The Prophetic Bird's Prophecy, The Pied Pier of Hamelin's Song, And I Will Be the Last One Laughing

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Sonata for Violin and Piano

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Precarious

Tyler Bouque   Troy MI
    On the Blue Line, Samba de las Olimpadus

James Budinich   Northport NY
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

Zachary Gulaboff Davis   Salem OR
    Sonata for two pianos

Jonathan Embry   Fulton NY
    Passacaglia in F Minor, Op. 4, Solo Organ

Neal Endicott   Laingsburg MI
    "Against the Dying of the Light"

Kyle Franklin   Boston MA
    V Tableau

Joseph R. Gessler   Hendersonville NC
    Angels After Midnight

Paul Hwang   Palisades Park NJ
    Music for Percussion

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Peaporutus (Concussion)

Chung Eun Kim   Jersey City NJ
    String Quartet No. 2 (“L’homme arme”)

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
    "Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus 5"

John Nydam   Wellesley MA
    Expanse

Zachary Ploeger   Pipestone MN
    Concert Piece

Victor Shlyakhtenko   Los Angeles CA
    Animated Ominosity

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    Beijing Impressions

Brandon Thibodeau   Holt MO
    Kaleidoscope

Chelsea Williamson   Norman OK
    Silhouettes


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We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

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

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

Congratulations to all finalists.


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As we continue to announce final results in 2017-18 contests, we are pleased to announce that the following contests for 2018-19 are now updated on our website:

COMPOSITION:
    band/wind ensemble—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/concertband.html

   chorus—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/compositionchoral.html

   orchestra—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/compositionorch.html

   chamber music (vocal and instrumental)—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/chambermusic.html

   opera/theater/film/dance—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/operamusictheater.html

AMERICAN MUSIC: composers and performers
The ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the Performance of American Music—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/AmericanMusic.html

VOICE: The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards:
    art song & oratorio—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/artsong.html

   opera & operetta—
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/opera.html

   Chicago Oratorio Award (Rossini "Stabat Mater")
    Begin here: http://www.theamericanprize.org/vocalperf.html

INSTRUMENTAL Soloists
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/InstrumentalPerformance.html

CHAMBER Ensembles
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/ChamberPerformance.html

PIANO Solo
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/pianoperfsolo.html

PIANO Concerto (now including multiple concerto)
    The Lorin Hollander Award
    http://www.theamericanprize.org/pianoperfconcerto.html
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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of vocal chamber music for 2017-18 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly affects the outcome. We also try hard to be not about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until 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 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 Composition—Vocal Chamber Music (professional division)

Samuel Beebe   Brooklyn NY
    The Woods

Jennifer Bellor   Las Vegas NV
    Songs in the Dark

Curtis Bryant   Union City GA
    THE LAUGHING MONKEYS OF GRAVITY

Oliver Caplan   Medford MA
    Connect All. We All Connect.

Ralf Yusuf Gawlick   Newton MA
    Kollwitz-Konnex (… im Frieden seiner Hande)

Timothy Lee Miller   Mahwah NJ
    Three Poems of Henry W. Longfellow

Craig Thomas Naylor   Kalispell MT
    our voices, for now, sustained

Eugene O'Brien   Bloomington IN
    ALGEBRA OF NIGHT

Scott Robbins   Spartanburg SC
    Blue Ridge A Cappella

Adam Schumaker   Portage MI
    The Best Thing Ever

Moshe Shulman   Buffalo NY
    Song of Songs

Tony Solitro   Philadelphia PA
    More Beautiful Than Night

Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    Here, Bullet, a cycle of songs

William Vollinger   Woodcliff Lake NJ
    Acts of Kindness

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE
    UNDER THE SILVER AND HOME AGAIN

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    Songs of Ascents, Final Praise


The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

M.O. Abbott   Urbana IL
    Transistor

Olga Amelkina-Vera   Plano TX
    Emily's Garden

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    To Decipher the Art

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX
    Gorilla

Michael Lanci   Saratoga Springs NY
    Songs For Joe Hill

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We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

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

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

Congratulations to all finalists.


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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2017-18 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division: the quality of the candidates themselves directly affects that outcome. We also try hard to be not about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until 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 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.


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division), 2017-18

Jesse Ayers   Canton OH
    There's a Stirrin' in the Water

Meredith Brammeier   San Luis Obispo CA
    "Blow, Winds, Rage, Blow!"

Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX
    Sacraments

Shawn Crouch   Miami Beach FL
    Visions and Ecstacies

Cyril Deaconoff   Oakland CA
    Kontakion for Pascha (Easter)

Joy DeCoursey-Porter   Bellevue WA
    "There Was The One"

Carlo Vincetti Frizzo   Bloomington IN ?  
    Fugue with Robin and Dogwood; Nightscape; A la Noche

Gerald Gurss   Columbia SC
    Be at My Side

Elaine Hagenberg   Windsor Heights IA
    selected choral works

Laurie Betts Hughes   Bellevue WA
    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

David Lipten   Tallahassee FL 
    How to

Michael D. McClish   Los Angeles CA
    Requiem of Remembrance

Scott Perkins   New Haven CT
    The Stolen Child; A Word Out Of The Sea; The World of Dream

Jakub Polaczyk   Astoria NY
    MISSA APUNCTA

Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    The Word Was Made Flesh

Joel Bentley Thompson   Snellville GA
    Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

Reginald Unterseher   Kennewick WA
    If You Can Read This

Mari Esabel Valverde   Fort Worth TX
    "When Thunder Comes"

David von Kampen   Lincoln NE
    Flood the Gold Earth

C.G. Walden   Chatsworth GA
    O My Dove

Michael Wolniakowski   Orland Park IL
    Te Deum


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division), 2017-18

Jacob Beranek   Oconomowoc WI
    Hodie Christus natus est!

Nicolas Chuaqui   Bloomington IN
    Qui Confidunt in Domino

Hans Bridger Heruth   Columbia MO
    Joy

Dana Kaufman   Miami FL
    Be Still My Heart

Jihyun Kim   Houston TX 
    A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

Marlene Miller   West Grove PA
    Repeating Random

Xingzimin Pan   Salt Lake City UT
    What Flowers Tell You


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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

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

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

Congratulations to all finalists.
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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 FINALIST composers in orchestra divisions. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, 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.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until 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 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.


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division), 2017-18


Brian Ciach   Mountain View CA
    The Einstein Slide from Collective Uncommon: Seven Orchestral Studies on Medical Oddities


Dr. Michael Cox   Fort Worth TX
    Concertante for Piano and Orchestra


Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
  Ascent to Victory


Rocco Di Pietro   Columbus OH
    Cyborg


Gregory Fritze   Daytona Beach Shores FL
    Slavia

Eric Funk   Bozeman MT
    Variation on a Theme on Jan Hanus, Op 127


Ryan M. Hare   Pullman WA
    "Stanzas" After Poe


Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
    The Tao of Infinity


Lawrence Mumford   Laguna Niguel CA
    SANTA CRUZ ISLAND


Elena Roussanova   Jamaica Plain MA
    Moments of Arrival for Orchestra


Dr. Walter Saul   Fresno CA
    Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra (Kiev 2014)


Mark Edwards Wilson   Bowie MD
    The Phoenix


Judith Lang Zaimont   Maricopa AZ
    CHROMA—Northern Lights



FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division), 2017-18

Nicolas Bizub   Cincinnati OH
    Reflective Distortion

Shelby Rawlings Blalock   Charlottesville VA
    Out of Ashes

Weijun Chen   Amherst NY
    Dancer (2016)

Daniel Despins   Wilminston DE
    Yetzer Hara

William Carson Graham   Marina Del Rey CA
    Start Here

Alison Yun-Fei Jiang   Elmhurst NY
    Waves, Exile

Christopher Lowry   Antioch TN
     Golden Rhapsody, Opus 17

Antonio Juan Marcos   Berkeley CA
    Amanece

Justin Ralls   Portland OR
    Tree Ride

Kyle Simpson   Washington PA
    On The Road Suite


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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

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

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

Congratulations to all finalists.





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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST musical theater companies and conductors for 2017-18. 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.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: 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.

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2017-18

Nancy Allen
Belmont University
Nashville TN
David Schamburger, stage director
Parade

Hugh Conor Angell
Taylor University
Upland IN
Tracy Manning, artistic director
Oklahoma!

Brian DeMaris
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ
Shrek the Musical

Kristina Keener Ivy
Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA
Little Mermaid and Legally Blonde

Kelly Stevens
Saint Patrick School
Rodeo CA
Benjamin Stevens, conductor
The Lion King Jr.


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting, (musical theater) 2017-18

Jo Lynn Burks
Belmont University
Nashville TN

Hosun Moon
Five Towns College
Dix Hills NY

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

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a 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 in several weeks. 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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Marilyn Miller, 1930s Broadway star
The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2017-18. 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.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: 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.

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Stage Direction

Joshua Borths
Crane School of Music—SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam NY

Herschel Garfein
Eklund Opera Company, University of Colorado
Boulder CO

Tracelyn Gesteland
University of South Dakota
Vermillion SD

David Holley
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro NC

Kristina Keener Ivy
Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA

Darren P. Lawson
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC

David Lefkowich
Mill City Summer Opera
Minneapolis MN

Justin John Moniz
Florida State University—Student Opera Society
Tallahassee FL

Isai Jess Munoz
University of Delaware
Newark DE

Erin Naler
Bob Jones University
Greenville

David Ronis
University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Music
Madison WI

Damian Savarino
Messiah College
Mechanicsburg PA

Copeland Woodruff
Lawrence University
Appleton WI

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

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a 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 in several weeks. 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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Vytautas Marijosius
The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in orchestral programming, The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial 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—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: 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.

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award—college/university division

Reuben Blundell
The Hunter Symphony
New York NY

Thomas Dickey
OK State University Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK

Johannes Dietrich
Lebanon Valley College Symphony Orchestra
Annville PA

Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC

Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Orchestras
Ithaca NY

David Alexander Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA



SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award—community division
(this listing updated 4/20/18 to correct a clerical omission)

Reuben Blundell
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Lansdowne PA

Orlando Cela
Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra
Arlington MA

John B. Gordon / Thomas Rainey
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX

Annette Jurcevic
Shoreline Symphony
Muskegon MI

Tara Villa Keith
Lee County Community Orchestra
Sanford NC

Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA

David W. Oertel
Starlight Symphony Orchestra
Wimberley / Kyle TX

Dominique Royem
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
Sugar Land TX


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award—youth orchestra division

Tigran Arakelyan
Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra
Bainbridge Island WA

Robert Boardman
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
South Bend IN

Chad Hutchinson
SD Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sioux Falls SD



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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in band / wind ensemble divisions. Congratulations!

"An especially exciting and competitive field in the college/university division this year."—DK

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.


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university band division, 2017-18

Kaleb Benda
OCU Wind Philharmonic
Oklahoma City OK

Michael Scott Butler
UWSP Wind Ensemble
Stevens Point WI

Daniel Cook
Recital Chamber Winds
Evanston IL

Austin Davis
University of Redlands Symphonic Band
Redlands CA

Richard Tad Greig
Westminster College Wind Ensemble
New Wilmington PA

Pamornpan Komolpamorn
The University of Texas Bands
Austin TX

William L. Lake, Jr.
UNCG Casella Sinfonietta
Greensboro NC

Dongyul Lee
USC Bands
Los Angeles CA

Matthew Mailman
Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic
Oklahoma City OK

Leah McGray
Rhodes College Wind Ensemble, U-Memphis Symphonic Band
Memphis TN

Sixto F. Montesinos
Rutgers Wind Ensemble
New Brunswick NJ

Joseph P. Scott
University of Maryland Wind Ensemble
College Park MD

Courtney Snyder
University of Michigan Concert Band
Ann Arbor MI

Mason St. Pierre
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony
Sydney Australia

Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Wind Ensemble
Seattle WA

Adam Waller
Peabody Wind Ensemble
Baltimore MD

Ryan M. Yahl
Indiana University Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble
Bloomington IN

Chee Weng Yim
Frost Wind Ensemble
Coral Gables FL

Boyang Yu
New England
Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Boston MA


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—school and community band division, 2017-18 (revised 3-8-18 with the addition of one name which had been mistakenly omitted—DK)

Brian Hughes
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Dubuque IA

Curtis Melton
Legacy HS Wind Ensemble
North Las Vegas NV

Bradley Morrison
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
Ossining NY

Shayna Stahl
University of Washington Concert Band
Seattle WA

Richard J. Whitley
The Blacksburg Community Band
Blacksburg VA

Gregory X. Whitmore
Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble
Irvine CA



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

Here is a sample announcement:

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

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