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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST conductors in opera. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

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The American Prize in Conducting (Opera Division)

Walter Morales   Pittsburgh, PA
   Undercroft Opera
   Carmen
Kira Omelchenko   Burgas, Bulgaria
   Bulgarian State Opera Company
   La Traviata
Maria Sensi Sellner   Pittsburg, PA  
   Resonance Works Pittsburgh
   MacbethLidiya  Yankovskaya   Cambridge, MA  
   Lowell House Opera, Harvard University
   A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Vytautas Marijosius
The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 FINALISTS in Orchestral Programming, the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award. Congratulations. All finalists receive written evaluations.

David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:
"Ten semi-finalists have been advanced, each exhibiting exceptional programming skills, courage and creativity, selecting seasons apparently well-tailored to their individual situations. A very stimulating competition."

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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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. 

The American Prize in Orchestral Programming
Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award 

Donald L. Appert   Portland, OR
   Oregon Sinfonietta
Robert W. Boardman   South Bend, IN
   South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
Collin G. Heade   Cannon Beach, OR
   North Oregon Coast Symphony
Tara Villa Keith   Sanford, NC
   Lee County Community Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY
   Cornell Orchestras
Andrew Koehler   Kalamazoo, MI
   Kalamazoo Philharmonia
Steven Larsen   Rockford, IL
   Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Jaemi Blair Loeb   Danville, KY
   Centre College Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng   South Hadley, MA
   Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Nan Harrison Washburn   Plymouth, MI
   Michigan Philharmonic
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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST band/wind ensembles in all divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance (college/university)
"A very tight race among five fine ensembles, each exhibiting strong performances in significant repertoire."—DK

Daniel A. Belongia   Normal, IL
   Illinois State University Wind Symphony
   Dooley, Danyew, Magnuson, McAllister, Higdon
Jaclyn Hartenberger   Athens, GA
   Univ. of Georgia Wind Symphony
   Puckett, Nelson, Pann, Pryor
Dr. Chad R. Nicholson   Newark, DE
   University of Delaware Wind Ensemble
   Stamp, Whitacre, George, Ticheli
Stephen Peterson   Ithaca, NY
   Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
   Stravinsky, Zare, Milhaud, Bryant
Scott Weiss   Columbia, SC
   Univ. of South Carolina Wind Ensemble
   Dzubay, Ticheli, Rogers, Messiaen

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance (community)

Harvey H. McIntyre   Hot Springs Nat'l Park, AR
   Hot Springs Concert Band
   Smith, der Roost, Akers, Ticheli, more
Ted Vives   Los Alamos, NM
   The Los Alamos Community Winds
   Maslanka, Hearshen, Wagner, Silvestri
King Wiemann   Binghamton, NY
   Southern Tier Concert Band
   Washburn, Holst, Mendelssohn, McBeth, more

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance (high school)

Len Lavalle Pittsburgh, PA
   North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
   King, Mackey, Persichetti, Whitacre, Holst, more
Stephen Meyer   League City, TX
   Clear Creek Wind Ensemble
   Bates, Ravel/Sato, Shostakovich/Hunsberger, Maslanka
Teren Shaffer   Santa Ana, CA
   Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble
   Markowski, Ellerby, Wagner, Boyer, Bates





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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST conductors in the band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble Division)

Charlie G. (Trae) Blanco III     Bloomington, IN
   Indiana U. Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
   Gorb, Bryan, Nelson, Lauridsen, Turina
Brian Hughes  Davenport, IA
   Quad City Wind Ensemble
Corey Seapy   Ithaca, NY    
   Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
   Grainger, Copland, Neuman
Thanapol Setabrahmana   Cincinnati, OH
   CCM Wind Orchestra/Chamber Players
   Gould, Stucky, Saengkrai
Teren Shaffer   Santa Ana, CA  
   Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble
   Markowski, Ellerby, Wagner, Boyer, Bates
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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST conductors in the choral divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:
"Never in the five year history of The American Prize, to my recollection, has such a large percentage of semi-finalists in the choral conducting and ensemble categories been advanced to the final round. Even accounting for differences in the size, make-up, location and repertoire of the groups these conductors lead, there is excellence here, albeit of different kinds, deserving of finalist status, additional scrutiny and further evaluation. 

However much the media may try to tell us that classical music is "dead," it is clear that is simply incorrect. If this year's finalists for The American Prize are any indication, the choral art is thriving all over the county, worthy of our attention and our support. Bravi, tutti."

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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The American Prize in Conducting (College/University Choral Division)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT
   Southern Utah Univ. Concert Chamber Choir
   Faure—Cantique de Jean Racine, carols, more   
Meredith Bowen   East Lansing, MI
   Meredith Bowen Recital Choir
   Barnett, Diemer, von Bingen, Tavener
Dominick DiOrio   Bloomington, IN
   NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
   Muhly, Howells, Shaw, Argento
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA
   Georgia State University Singers
   Schnittke, Brahms, Lauridsen, Tallis
Timothy S. McDonnell   Naples, FL
   Ave Maria Univ. Combined Choirs
   Brahms—Ein Deutsches Requiem
Colleen Phelps   Cincinnati, OH
   CCM Chamber Singers
   Sullivan—Pirates of Penzance (in concert)
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL
   Wheaton College Concert Choir
   Mozart—Requiem

The American Prize in Conducting (Community/Youth Choral Division) 

Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA
   Choral Arts Initiative
   Runestad, Warland, Corlis, Dunphy, more
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
   "Christmas with Choral Arts"
Reona Ito   New York, NY
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
   Puccini—Messa di Gloria, Haydn—Te Deum
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
   von Bingen, La Rocca, Barnum, more
Robert Bode   Seattle, WA
   Choral Arts
   Brahms—Ein deutsches Requiem



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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2014 in all categories. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:
"Never in the five year history of The American Prize, to my recollection, has such a large percentage of semi-finalists in the choral conducting and ensemble categories been advanced to the final round. Even accounting for differences in the size, make-up, location and repertoire of the groups these conductors lead, there is excellence here, albeit of different kinds, deserving of finalist status, additional scrutiny and further evaluation. 

However much the media may try to tell us that classical music is "dead," it is clear that is simply incorrect. If this year's finalists for The American Prize are any indication, the choral art is thriving all over the county, worthy of our attention and our support. Bravi, tutti."

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, 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


The American Prize in Choral Performance (college/university)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT
   Southern Utah Univ. Opus Chamber Choir
   Durufle, Barber, Hennagin, more
Dr. Joshua Bronfman   Grand Forks, ND
   Univ. of North Dakota Concert Choir
   "Of the Valley" (Antognini, Gjeilo, Miskinis, more)
David Holdhusen   Vernillion, SD
   Univ. of South Dakota Chamber Singers
   Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Schlenker, more
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA
   Georgia State U. University Singers
   Dove "The Passing of the Year," more
Karen Kenaston-French   Arlington, TX
   Univ. of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir
   "The Road Home" (Paulus, Mendelssohn, Debussy, more)
Dr. Amanda Quist   Princeton, NJ
   Westminster Choir College Kantorei
   Schutz, Handel, Buxtehude, Isaac, more
James Reddan  Albany, OR
   Linn-Benton Comm. College Re-Choired Element
      Chamber Choir      
   Poulenc, Whitacre, Hogan, more
Jeffrey R. Sandborg   Salem, VA
   Roanoke College Choir
   Howells, Houkom, Brahms, Christiansen, more
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe   Los Angeles, CA
   USC Thornton Chamber Singers
   Lauridsen "Nocturnes," more
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL
   Wheaton College Concert Choir
   Handel "Dixit Dominus," more
Lisa Wong   Wooster, OH
   Wooster Chorus from the College of Wooster
   Whitacre, Robinovitch, Ticheli, more

The American Prize in Choral Performance (community)

Emilie Amrein   Chicago, IL
   Peregrine Vocal Ensemble
   "Music to Mark the Day of the Dead"
Ryan Brandau   Princeton, NJ
   Princeton Pro Musica
   Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Van, Finzi
Becky Durham/Barlow Bradford   Salt Lake City, UT
   Utah Chamber Artists
   Stanford, Miskinis, Barnum, more
Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA
   Choral Arts Initiative
   Runestad, Warland, Dunphy, more
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
   "Christmas at American's First Cathedral" 
Nancy Menk   South Bend, IN
   South Bend Chamber Singers
   "Christmas at Loretto"
Robert Bode  Seattle, WA
   Choral Arts
   "Life Stories"—The Music of  Eric Barnum

The American Prize in Choral Performance (youth & high school)

Patrick Ryan   Great Falls, MT
   The Delphian Choir
   Kallmen, Vaughan Williams, Forrest, more
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
   von Bingen, La Rocca, Swingle, Barnum
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA
   The Accidentals
   Elgar, Gjeilo, Mendelssohn, more
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA
   Lyrics
   Britten, Finzi, Schutz, more


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In a very strong field of excellent candidates, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in August, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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


Courtney Ellen Bray   Bainbridge WA
Danielle Buonaiuto   Baltimore MD
Sarah Davis   Seattle WA
Julianne Gearhart   Charlestown MA
Susanne Mentzer   Carmel CA
Courtney Miller   Boston MA 
Clara Osowski   Brooklyn Center MN
Jennifer Piazza-Pick   San Antonio TX
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn   Wichita KS
Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL
Sonja Tengblad   Jamaica Plain MA
Emily Truckenbrod   Edwardsville IL
Nicole Warner   Hudson WI
Dana Zenobi   Austin TX

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


Julie Lyn Barber   Parker City IN U F
Tara Cooper   Prairie Village KS
Abigail Dock   Medford OR
Lindsay Mecher   Chicago IL
Claudia Dawon Oh   Los Angeles CA

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


Kresley Figueroa   Flagstaff AZ
Emily Rose Perry   Powell OH
Madison Williams   Dublin OH

Congratulations to all finalists!







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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in opera for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in August, 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

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


Karen Archbold   Glen Ellyn IL
Danielle Buonaiuto   Baltimore MD
Jessica Rose Cambio   Modena Italy
Audrey Grieme   Lafayette IN F
Katie Hannigan   Rochester NY
Aumna Merie Iqbal   Newport Coast CA
Megan Marino   New York NY
Joann Martinson   Rolette ND
Susan Nelson   Chicago IL
Meghan Picerno   New York NY
Megan Roth   Bloomington IN
Josefien Stoppelenburg   Evanston IL
Zoe Vandermeer   Gaylordsville CT

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


Julie Lyn Barber   Parker City IN
Katherine Bourne   Riverdale IL
Alba Cancel   Kansas City MO
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Monica Dewey   Stone Mountain GA
Abigail Dock   Medford OR
Lauren K. Frey   Pittsburgh PA
Melissa Krueger   Kingwood TX
Lindsay Mecher   Chicago IL
Vanessa Naghdi   Manassas VA
*Kimberly M. Twesme   Walnut Creek CA
Julia Wolcott   State College PA

*category reallocation: application moved to correct contest category

Congratulations to all finalists!

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The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALIST men in opera and art song for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in August, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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

Mitchell Hutchings   Houghton NY
Daniel Kamalic   Watertown MA
Joseph Ryan   Sarasota FL
Rocky Sellers   Memphis TN
Sean Stanton   Chicago IL 
Jack Swanson   Stillwater MN 

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

H. Coner Angell   Upland IN
Andrew Bawden   Harrisonburg VA
Anton Belov   Sherwood OR
Daniel Kamalic   Watertown MA
Christian Ketter   Chicago IL
Peter Lightfoot   East Lansing MI
Nils Neubert   New York NY
Stephen Ng   Philadelphia PA
Leo Radosavljevic   Willmette IL
Andrew Sauvageau   Baltimore MD 

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school division (men) 

Matthew Bishop Burn   Greenville SC
Nathan Kessel   Worcester MA
Thomas West   Lookout Mountain TN

Congratulations!


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The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2014 in all divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in July or August, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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

Jason Chiu   El Cerrito CA
   Chopin Ballades 
Catharine Quillen Dornin  Concord NH
   Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, more
Mirna Lekic   Brooklyn NY
   Haydn, Liszt, Villa-Lobos, more
David McArthur  Fort Collins CO
   Bolcom, Bach/Busoni, Haydn, more
Miroslava Mintcheva   Fort Collins CO
   Scarlatti, Haydn Beethoven, Rachmaninoff
Peter Miyamoto   Columbia MO
   all-Brahms program, including 
   Handel Variations & Fugue
Nassib Nassar   Chapel Hill NC
   Brahms Third Piano Sonata (f minor)
Alessandra Tiraterra   Hillsborough NJ
   Bach, Haydn, Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, op 13)

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

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
   Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven
Inhyun Lee   Brookline MA
   Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Bartok (Sonata)
Hyunki Yoon   Kansas City MO
   Schumann, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Bach

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


Benjamin Gittens   Mason OH
   Liszt, Scriabin, Beethoven, Rochberg (Toccata-Rag)
William Hume   Carlisle PA
   Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn (Variations Serieuses), 
   Lutolawski (Etude No. 2), more
Christopher Son Richardson   Lake Forest Park WA
   Haydn, Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, more
Jarod Yap   Clarence Center NY
   Beethoven, Chopin, Moszkowski 

*****

The American Prize in Piano Performance
—concerto division


Michael Angelucci   Owings Mills MD
    Grieg: A minor Concerto, 
    Saint-Saens: Second Concerto (G minor)
Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
    Chopin: E minor Concerto
William Hume   Carlisle PA
    Grieg: A minor Concerto
    Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Kasandra Keeling   San Antonio TX
    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Hyunki Yoon   Kansas City MO
    Prokofiev: First Concerto
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