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The American Prize is very pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2016, in all divisions. Congratulations!

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It 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.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, 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.

It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide.

To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, PROFESSIONAL division, 2016

Semi-finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

John G. Bilotta, composer, Sarita Cannon, soprano and the Divisa Ensemble, San Francisco CA
   Bilotta—The Song of the Hermit Thrush

Christina Brice Dolanc, composer, Erie Chamber Orchestra & Erie Renaissance Singers Erie PA
   Dolanc—Stars Alone

Alyze Dreiling, conductor, Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra, San Diego CA
    Kent Kennan—Night Solilioquy
    Mark O’Connor—Elevations
    Gershwin—Summertime

Arthur Gottschalk, composer, Houston TX
    Gottschalk: Requiem—for the Living

Tim Huling, composer, Saratoga Orchestra of Widbey Island, Anna Edwards, conductor, Whidbey Island WA
    Huling—The American Northwest

Ssu-Yu Huang, composer, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Gunthr Herbig, conductor, Taipei Taiwan
    Huang—Red Moon

Farkhad Khudyev, composer, Monterey Symphony,  Farkhad Khudyev, conductor, Monterey CA
   Khudyev—The Sounds of Eternity

Jason Lim, conductor, Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra, McKinney TX
    Russell Peck—Signs of Life II

Paul Mauffray, conductor, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, Czech Republic
    Chadwick—Tabasco—The Burlesque Opera

Ryan Murray, conductor, Fresno Grand Opera, Fresno CA
    Jake Heggie—Dead Man Walking

Bryan Percoco, composer, Janacek Philharmonic, Ostrava, Czech Republic
    Percoco—Involutions of an Abyss

Nan Washburn, conductor, Michigan Philharmonic, Plymouth MI
    Michael Daugherty—Ladder to the Moon
    Carter Pann—Slalom
    Kareem Roustom—Hewar


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY division, 2016

Semi-finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration. 

Peter Askim, conductor, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, NYC & Falls Village CT    
    Pierre Jalbert—Autumn Rhapsody
    Lisa Bielawa—The Trojan Woman

Mark Bartley, conductor, West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, Canyon TX
    Libby Larsen—Four on the Floor

Peggy Dettwiler, conductor, Mansfield University Concert Choir, Mansfield PA
    various arrangers—Sing til the Spirit Moves (spirituals from 23 seasons)

Maxwell Karmazyn composer, University Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor MI
    Karmazyn—Le Voyage d'une Vie

Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca NY
    Steven Stucky—Second Concerto

Kyle Kindred, composer, Sam Houston State University Choruses and Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville TX
    Kindred—Canciones de Alfaro

Michael W. Moore, conductor, Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, Greenville SC
    Ernest Bloch—Schelomo

Hugh Murphy, conductor, SUNY Purchase Opera/Purchase Orchestra, Purchase NY
    Robert Ward—The Crucible

Michael Richards, conductor, UMBC Symphony, Baltimore MD
    William Grant Still—Afro-American Symphony

Chaowen Ting, conductor, Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta GA
    Samuel Barber—First Essay

Carolyn Watson, conductor, Texas State University Symphony, San Marcos TX
    Mollicone—Lady Bird, First Lady of the Land

Samuel Winnie, composer, UMBC Chamber Ensemble, Catonsville MD
    Winnie—Nightfall in Lothlorien


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COMMUNITY division, 2016

Semi-finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

Donald L. Appert, conductor, Clark College Orchestra, Vancouver WA
    Eric Ewazen—Palmetto Suite for Alto Trombone and Orchestra

Kathryn Bowers, conductor, Oratorio Society of Estes Park, Estes Park CO
    Robert Charles Howard—Wilderness Reflections 

Kathryn Bowers, conductor, Oratorio Society of Estes Park, Estes Park CO
    Jerry Brubaker—Rocky Mountain Majesty 

Libi Lebel, conductor, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Houston TX
    Bernstein—Candide Overture
    Ron Nelson—Savannah River Holiday
    Grofe—Mississippi Suite

Wallace DePue, Sr., composer, Hamilton/Fairfield Symphony, Hamilton OH
    DePue—The Bird Frog and Tree Club 

Thomas Rainey, music director, Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock TX
    Robert Wendel—Parade of the Percussionists
    Showalter/Daniels—Creation Dawn
    Williams—Superman March

Steve Nelson Lewis, Jr., music director, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Prairie Village KS
    Joseph Kern—Chamber Symphony 

Diane Retallack, artistic director, Eugene Vocal Arts Chamber Choir, Eugene OR
    Joan Szymko—Shadow & Light (an alzheimer’s journey in sixteen movements)

Peter Wilson, music director, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Waynesboro VA
    Copland—Lincoln Portrait 

Martha Stoddard, artistic director, Oakland Civic Orchestra, Oakland CA
    Stoddard—Gait Changes  


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, YOUTH ORCHESTRA division, 2016

Semi-finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

Orlando Cela, conductor, NC Governor's School Orchestra, Winston-Salem NC
   Ken Ueno—On the Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis
   Libby Larsen—What the Monster Saw
   Ives—Three Places in New England, Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut
   Ives—The Fourth of July
   Dulaney—The Old Harp, version 3
   John Luther Adams—Dark Waves
   Armando Bayolo—A Shelter that Filters the Sun

Ron Polomchak, conductor, Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra, Schaumburg IL
   Ron Nelson—Jubilee?
   Copland arr. Longfield—Fanfare for the Common Man   
   Richard Meyer—An American Rhapsody?
Wes Kenney, conductor, Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Denver CO
    Copland—Billy the Kid Suite


***

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2016. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this fall. 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 very pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2016, in the community and youth orchestra divisions. College/University and Professional semi-finalists will be announced separately. Congratulations!

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It 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.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, 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.

It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide.

To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COMMUNITY division, 2016

Semi-finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.

Donald L. Appert, conductor, Clark College Orchestra, Vancouver WA
    Eric Ewazen—Palmetto Suite for Alto Trombone and Orchestra

Kathryn Bowers, conductor, Oratorio Society of Estes Park, Estes Park CO
    Robert Charles Howard—Wilderness Reflections 

Kathryn Bowers, conductor, Oratorio Society of Estes Park, Estes Park CO
    Jerry Brubaker—Rocky Mountain Majesty 

Libi Lebel, conductor, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Houston TX
    Bernstein—Candide Overture
    Ron Nelson—Savannah River Holiday
    Grofe—Mississippi Suite

Wallace DePue, Sr., composer, Hamilton/Fairfield Symphony, Hamilton OH
    DePue—The Bird Frog and Tree Club 

Thomas Rainey, music director, Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock TX
    Robert Wendel—Parade of the Percussionists
    Showalter/Daniels—Creation Dawn
    Williams—Superman March

Steve Nelson Lewis, Jr., music director, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Prairie Village KS
    Joseph Kern—Chamber Symphony 

Diane Retallack, artistic director Eugene Vocal Arts Chamber Choir, Eugene OR
    Joan Szymko—Shadow & Light (an alzheimer’s journey in sixteen movements)

Peter Wilson, music director, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Waynesboro VA
    Copland—Lincoln Portrait 

Martha Stoddard, artistic director, Oakland Civic Orchestra, Oakland CA
    Stoddard—Gait Changes  


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, YOUTH ORCHESTRA division, 2016
Orlando Cela, conductor, NC Governor's School Orchestra, Winston-Salem NC
   Ken Ueno—On the Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis
   Libby Larsen—What the Monster Saw
   Ives—Three Places in New England, Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut
   Ives—The Fourth of July
   Dulaney—The Old Harp, version 3
   John Luther Adams—Dark Waves
   Armando Bayolo—A Shelter that Filters the Sun

Ron Polomchak, conductor, Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra, Schaumburg IL
   Ron Nelson—Jubilee?
   Copland arr. Longfield—Fanfare for the Common Man   
   Richard Meyer—An American Rhapsody?
Wes Kenney, conductor, Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Denver CO
    Copland—Billy the Kid Suite


***

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 ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2016. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division later this fall. 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 art song and oratorio for 2016 in all divisions. Congratulations!

In the professional category, we list an extensive grouping of semi-finalists, perhaps the most exciting competition in this division in the contest's history.  

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 later this month, 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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Elizabeth Ann Benson    Auburn AL

Savannah Bisset    Port Chester NY

Teresa Winner Blume    Needham MA   

Melisa Bonetti    Cincinnati OH   

Samantha Britt    New York NY   

Joanie Brittingham    New York NY   

Laura Osgood Brown    Interlochen MI   

Danielle Buonaiuto    Brooklyn NY   

Anna Christofaro    Excelsior MN   

Tania Arazi Coambs    Champaign IL 

Magaly Cordero    Oak Park IL   

Sarah Nelson Craft    Brooklyn NY   

Joan Marie Dauber    Chicago IL   

Carley DeFranco    Somerville MA   

Theresa Dunigan    Richland WA   

Lily Guerrero    Chicago IL   

Michelle Jarrell    Marietta GA   

Rachel Joselson    Iowa City IA 

Sarah Kelder    Bolingbrook IL   

Michele Elizabeth Kennedy    Astoria NY   

Dana Kephart    Rocky Hill CT   

Kirsten C. Kunkle    Wilmington DE   

Rosalind Lee    Oak Park IL   

Margaret Lias    Boston MA   

Elisabeth Marshall    Portland ME   

Qianru Meng    Newark NJ   

Valeria Sokolova Ore    Las Vegas NV

Sooah Park    Tyler TX   

Juliet Petrus    Chicago IL   

Jennifer Piazza-Pick    Chester VA   

Stella Dayrit Roden    Warrensburg MO   

Margot Rood    East Boston MA   

Penelope Shumate    Macomb IL   

Josefien Stoppelenburg    Evanston IL   

Zoe Vandermeer    Gaylordsville CT 

Agnes Vojtko    Dallas TX   

Raquel Winnica Young    Pittsburgh PA   

Dana Zenobi    Austin TX   


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Olivia Boen    Chicago IL

Lillian Broderick    Northfield VT    

Julia Coelho    Columbia MO    

Julia Cohen    New Paltz NY   

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY    

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX    

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL   

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA    

Nicolette Nazarowski    Chicago IL   

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH   

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA   

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL   

Sarah Love Taylor    Winston-Salem NC    

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA  

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song and oratorio division (women), 2016

Mary Elizabeth Adler    Bellevue WA    

Lina Chung    Buford GA   

Dalia Medovnikov    Woodbridge CT    

Olivia C. Prendergast    Penn Valley PA    

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA    

Taryn Surratt    Houston TX    

Caroline Wolfe    Dallastown PA

***

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 in the 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 women in art song and oratorio for 2016 in the college/university and high school divisions. (The professional division will be published 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 later this month, 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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university art song division (women), 2016

Olivia Boen    Chicago IL

Lillian Broderick    Northfield VT    

Julia Coelho    Columbia MO    

Julia Cohen    New Paltz NY   

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY    

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX    

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL   

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA    

Nicolette Nazarowski    Chicago IL   

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH   

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA   

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL   

Sarah Love Taylor    Winston-Salem NC    

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA  


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school art song division (women), 2016

Mary Elizabeth Adler    Bellevue WA    

Lina Chung    Buford GA   

Dalia Medovnikov    Woodbridge CT    

Olivia C. Prendergast    Penn Valley PA    

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA    

Taryn Surratt    Houston TX    

Caroline Wolfe    Dallastown PA

***

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 in the 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 women in opera for 2016 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations!

In the professional category, we list an extensive grouping of semi-finalists, perhaps the most exciting competition in this division in the contest's history. 

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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional division (women), 2016

Elizabeth Baldwin    Sylvania OH

Savannah Bisset    Port Chester NY

Melisa Bonetti    Cincinnati OH

Keely Bosworth Borland    Greenbelt MD

Samantha Britt    New York NY 

Joanie Brittingham    New York NY  

Laura Osgood Brown    Interlochen MI 

Melissa Jean Chavez    Winchester VA

Becca Conviser    Glencoe IL 

Danielle Davis    Lindenhurst NY 

Yelena Dudochkin    Waban MA

Theresa Dunigan    Richland WA 

Jennifer Graf    Quakertown PA 

Kisma Jordan    Detroit MI 

Diane Kalinowski    Meadville PA

Manna KnJoi    Stallings NC

Kirsten C. Kunkle    Wilmington DE  

Anna Laurenzo    Urbandale IA

Rosalind Lee    Oak Park IL

Alexandra Loutsion    Chicago IL 

Emily Martin    Lewisburg PA

Lindsey L. McKee    Tulsa OK

Carley Neill    Sacramento CA

Jessica Rose Nelson    Blackwood NJ

Lisa Newill-Smith    Berlin Germany

Jessica Satava    Baltimore MD

Rachele Schmiege    Jamaica Plain MA 

Jenna Siladie    Astoria NY 

Zoe Vandermeer    Gaylordsville CT

Susan Wheeler    Burke VA

Sara Womble    Brighton MA

  

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2016

Jamie Balter    Baltimore MD

Ksenia Berestovskaya    Boston MA

Kasia Bitner    Aliso Viejo CA

Alyssa Brode    Los Angeles CA

Kelsey Debner    Austin TX

Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY

Taryn Holback    Reisterstown MD

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX 

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL 

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA 

Elizabeth Moran    New York NY 

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA 

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL 

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2016

Caitlin Chisham    Holts Summit MO

Irene Y. Chun    Flushing NY

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA

Alexandra Taylor    Naples FL
***

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 in the 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 women in opera for 2016 in the college/university and high school divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations! (The professional division will be posted separately.)

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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2016

Jamie Balter    Baltimore MD

Ksenia Berestovskaya    Boston MA

Kasia Bitner    Aliso Viejo CA

Alyssa Brode    Los Angeles CA

Kelsey Debner    Austin TX

Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY

Taryn Holback    Reisterstown MD

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX 

Christina Marcenkus    Bonita Springs FL 

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA 

Elizabeth Moran    New York NY 

Veronica Richer    Bryan OH

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA 

Yunji Shim    Urbana IL 

Kaitlyn Tierney    Philadelphia PA 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2016

Caitlin Chisham    Holts Summit MO

Irene Y. Chun    Flushing NY

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA

Alexandra Taylor    Naples FL
***

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 in the 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 men in art song & oratorio for 2016, 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.

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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, professional division (men),  2016

Ryan F. Burns    Vernon CT 

James Dargan    Dorchester MA 

Carl DuPont    Charlotte NC 

Patrick Jones    Dallas TX 

Stephen Lancaster    South Bend IN 

Devon Morin    Saunderstown RI 

Nicholas Provenzale    Mattoon IL 

Chai-Lun Yueh    West Hartford CT


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, college/university division (men),  2016

Brayton Arvin   Bloomington IN

Quinn Bernegger    Essex Junction VT 

Ben Reisinger    Rochester NY  

Mitchell Sturges    Midvale UT 

Gabriel Wernick    Evanston IL 

Alexander York    Evanston IL


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song/oratorio, high school division (men),  2016

Thomas J. Litchev    Dillon CO   

Ethan Yan    Mountain View CA

Ruobing Zhang    Voorhees NJ   

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST men in opera for 2016, 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.

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The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (men), 2016

Ryan Bradford    Walnut Creek CA

Evan Bravos    Chicago IL

Keith Brown    Interlochen MI

Dominick Cicco   Lemoyne PA

Patrick Jones    Dallas TX

Peter W. Lightfoot    East Lansing MI

Hugo Vera    Tucson AZ

Andrew Wannigman    Norman OK
   

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (men), 2016

Brayton Arvin   Bloomington IN 

Quinn Bernegger    Essex Junction VT

Frank Daniel Laucerica    Miami FL

Ben Reisinger    Rochester NY

Gabriel Wernick    Evanston IL
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David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, recently reviewed Anshel Brusilow's "Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell and Ormandy," for his colleagues on the OrchestraList and in the College Music Directors Association. We are happy to reprint it here as a recommended mid-summer read.

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Dear Colleagues,

I have just finished reading *Shoot the Conductor: too close to Monteux, Szell and Ormandy,* by Anshel Brusilow and Robin Underdahl, published last year by University of North Texas Press.

Despite the politically incorrect title, no physical violence is in store, and should any conductor feel himself in a gunman's proverbial cross-hairs, the author would surely be one: fully a third of the book has to do with his own conducting career.

For those of you who don't know Brusilow, he had an extraordinary life in music. Violin student at Curtis, trained in conducting at Monteux's summer school in Maine…the same school Charles Bruck inherited…then assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under Szell, where he shared a stand with, my god, Joseph Gingold, then concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy, completing his career as music director of a number of orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony.

Despite the provocative subtitle, Brusilow has nothing but praise for the extraordinary musical gifts of the three legendary maestros with whom he had extended contact.

Personally, he has some less good things to say. Of the three, Monteux, surprisingly, comes off the worst. After the author chose love and marriage AND music instead of music alone, Monteux and his wife Doris cut off all ties, and all musical opportunities, including concerto appearances with major orchestras…a slight that clearly still stings, although it happened more than seventy years ago.

Ormandy, for his part, felt threatened by the author's podium aspirations and made life difficult, intervening with major managements to prevent him from hiring premiere soloists for his chamber orchestra in the so-called City of Brotherly Love. That rancor continued for years, up until Ormandy delivered a nasty snub at a retirement party to which Brusilow had been invited as a special guest.

As for Szell, he threw plenty of tantrums, but for anyone who has read Samuel Antek's *This was Toscanini,* or, indeed studied with Bruck, or any number of other Eastern European fire-breathers, they come off as pretty mild.

Mild, in fact, is one general criticism of the volume. There are some wonderful stories, but one misses learning much about specific experiences of the hundreds of concerts in which the author participated as leader, or any real sense of the performing styles, or indeed, the differences in feeling and technique, being led by three such great, and different, practitioners of the conductor's art.

The book seems to be aimed at a general readership. With a little more meat on its bones, it could have also better served those more musically experienced and knowledgeable. *Shoot the Conductor* comes off as not so much dumbed-down as a bit thin.

What meat there is is choice: a telling discussion with Stravinsky about the merits of the rebarring of *Rite of Spring,* and Brusilow's painful firing, for apparently no serious cause other than board politics, from the post in Dallas. The author had displayed plenty of ego throughout his life, but when that ego is bruised, and publicly, as it was in Texas, and for no artistic reason, it clearly leaves wounds, wounds that scab over, but don't ever really heal.

Brusilow ended his career as orchestra director at a number of major universities and colleges in Texas, where he was apparently remarkably successful molding young musicians. He finds satisfaction, considerable pride and a modicum of peace in these positions. His depth of experience must have been a great boon to his students.

Brusilow's was an eventful life, the kind of life that Thomas Beecham, another conductor turned writer, knew was not all pealing bells and glory, but rather, something much more interesting, a mingled chime.

A good summer read.

David Katz, chief judge
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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2016 in all 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.

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Semi-finalists are listed by ensemble name, by contact person in alphabetical order, and by city and state. 

The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: professional division


Santa Cruz Chamber Players
    Solmaaz Adeli    Los Gatos CA 
Duo Korusa
    Jacob Clark    Beaumont TX
Scott Garrison Duo
    Leonard Garrison    Moscow ID
Telos Trio
    Deborah Grohman    Rochester NY
Dunamis Piano Duo
    Soojung Jeon    Duluth GA
Music By Two
    Sharon Johnson    Caneadea NY
Vox Nova
    Darrell J. Jordan    Columbia MO
Argus Quartet
    Clara Kim    Branford CT
Quin Texas
    Laura McIntyre    Austin TX
Merdinger-Yonan Duo
    Susan Merdinger    HighlandPark IL
Pianissimo!
    Susan Merdinger    Highland Park IL
Verismo Trio
    Nicole Riner    Greeley CO
Stranded Silver
    Willie Santiago    Ellicott City MD
Meriora Trio
    Yeonwoo Seo    Savoy IL
Elan Duo
    Andrew Smith    Fairfield CT
Avery Ensemble
    Adriana Jarvis Twitchell    Provo UT 


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

Mirasol Quartet
    James Barger    Amarillo TX   
Aquila Trio
    Michael Messer    Wheaton IL   
Galestro-Smith Duo
    Jonathan L. Smith    Winchester VA


The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016: high school division

The New Amsterdam Trio
       Jane Bua    New York NY   
The Amadeus String Quartet
       Ya-Fei Hsu    Pittsburgh PA   
Salo Quartet
       Steven Oh    Pleasant Valley NY   

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