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"From small colleges to major music schools, it is clear that student orchestras in the U.S. are in good hands under these practitioners of the conductor's art. Each is worthy of additional listening and evaluation. A fine competition."

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 FINALIST conductors of college and university orchestras. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners 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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FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university orchestra division

Reuben Blundell   
    The Hunter Symphony    New York, NY
Kalena Bovell   
    Hartt Orchestra    West Hartford, CT
Henry E. Duitman   
    Grand Valley State University Symphony Orchestra
    Allendale, MI
Kevin M. Geraldi   
    UNCG Symphony Orchestra     Greensboro, NC
Chris Younghoon Kim   
    Cornell Chamber Orchestra    Ithaca, NY
Jeffrey Donald Klefstad   
    All University Orchestra of Carnegie Mellon
    University    Pittsburgh, PA
Ingrid Lestrud   
    Hope College Orchestra    Holland, MI
Boon Hua Lien   
    Eastman Philharmonia    Rochester, NY
Jaemi Loeb   
    Centre College Orchestra    Danville, KY
Joel Neves   
    Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra    Houghton, MI
Francisc "Frank" Restesan   
    Northern Kentucky U. Philharmonic Orch.
    Highland Heights, KY

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 FINALIST conductors of orchestras (all divisions). Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners 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

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional orchestra division

Jonathan Griffith   
    Distinguished Concerts Orchestra    New York, NY
Yutaka Kono   
    Burlington Chamber Orcherstra    Burlington, VT
Jason Lim   
    Odysseus Chamber Orchestra    Frisco/McKinney, TX
Paul Mauffray   
    Hradec Králové Philharmonic    Slidell, LA
Olivier Ochanine   
    Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra    Manila, Philippines


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university orchestra division

Reuben Blundell   
    The Hunter Symphony    New York, NY
Kalena Bovell   
    Hartt Orchestra    West Hartford, CT
Henry E. Duitman   
    Grand Valley State University Symphony Orchestra
    Allendale, MI
Kevin M. Geraldi   
    UNCG Symphony Orchestra     Greensboro, NC
Chris Younghoon Kim   
    Cornell Chamber Orchestra    Ithaca, NY
Jeffrey Donald Klefstad   
    All University Orchestra of Carnegie Mellon
    University    Pittsburgh, PA
Ingrid Lestrud   
    Hope College Orchestra    Holland, MI
Boon Hua Lien   
    Eastman Philharmonia    Rochester, NY
Jaemi Loeb   
    Centre College Orchestra    Danville, KY
Joel Neves   
    Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra    Houghton, MI
Francisc "Frank" Restesan   
    Northern Kentucky U. Philharmonic Orch.
    Highland Heights, KY


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community orchestra division

Reuben Blundell
    The Chelsea Symphony    New York, NY
Robert W. Butts
    The Baroque Orchestra of NJ    Dover, NJ
Anna Edwards
    Seattle Collaborative Orchestra    Seattle, WA
Matthew Hooper
    West Shore Symphony Orchestra    Carlisle, PA
Elliot Moore
    Detroit Medical Orchestra    Detroit, MI
Walter Morales
    Undercroft Opera Orchestra    Pittsburgh,PA
Ted Vives
    Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra    Los Alamos, NM


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth orchestra division

Robert Boardman
    South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
    South Bend, IN
Benjamin Firer
    Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra
    State College, PA
Eric Meincke
    The Music Education Benefit Concert Orchestra
    Little Rock, AR
Ron Polomchak
    Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra    Schaumburg, IL
Deanna Tham
    Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra    Boise, ID
Allen Tinkham
    Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras    Chicago, IL
Carolyn Watson
    Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra    Detroit, MI
Michael Webster
    Houston Youth Symphony    Houston, TX


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—high school orchestra division

Beau  Benson
    Midway Camerata    Waco, TX
Carolyn Watson
    Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra    Interlochen, MI
 Dan Whisler
    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia
    Louisville, KY

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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2015 in college/university division. Congratulations! Remaining categories in orchestral conducting will be announced next.  All finalists receive written evaluations.

To know the exact date when winners, runners-up and any citation recipients 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

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division

Sergio Bernal    Utah State Univ. Symphony Orchestra
    Logan, UT
Bruce Uchimura    Western Michigan Univ. Symphony Orchestra
    Kalamazoo, MI
Alexander Jimenez    Florida State University Symphony Orchestra
    Tallahassee, FL
Stephen Heyde    Baylor Symphony Orchestra
    Waco, TX
Hajime Teri Murai    Peabody Symphony Orchestra
    Baltimore, MD
Chris Younghoon Kim    Cornell Symphony Orchestra
    Ithaca, NY
Michael W. Moore    Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra 
    Greenville, SC
David Grandis    College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
    Williamsburg,  VA

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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.

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"Great News! (Ensemble) 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 the division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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Congratulations to all finalists.



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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST orchestras for 2015 in all divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

To know the exact date when winners, runners-up and any citation recipients 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


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional division

Jason Lim   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra
    Frisco/McKinney, TX
Elliot Moore    Blue Period Ensemble
    New York, NY
John Gordon Ross   Western Piedmont Symphony
    Hickory, NC
Maria Sensi Sellner   Resonance Works Chamber
    Orchestra   Pittsburgh, PA
Nan Harrison Washburn    Michigan Philharmonic
    Plymouth, MI

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division

Sergio Bernal    Utah State Univ. Symphony Orchestra
    Logan, UT
Bruce Uchimura    Western Michigan Univ. Symphony Orchestra
    Kalamazoo, MI
Alexander Jimenez    Florida State University Symphony Orchestra
    Tallahassee, FL
Stephen Heyde    Baylor Symphony Orchestra
    Waco, TX
Hajime Teri Murai    Peabody Symphony Orchestra
    Baltimore, MD
Chris Younghoon Kim    Cornell Symphony Orchestra
    Ithaca, NY
Michael W. Moore    Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra
    Greenville, SC
David Grandis    College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
    Williamsburg,  VA


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division

"Virtually every semi-finalist orchestra in the community division has been advanced to the final round in 2015 —not because they are all of equal quality, but because they all appear to serve their communities well, in vital ways. Each is absolutely worthy of further listening and encouragement, and of course, evaluation. Who will win? I have no idea, and that makes for a very exciting contest." — DK

Donald L. Appert    Clark College Orchestra
    Vancouver,  WA
Donald L. Appert    Oregon Sinfonietta
    Portland, OR
Robert W. Butts    The Baroque Orchestra of NJ
    Dover, NJ
Peter Wilson    Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
    Waynesboro, VA
Dominique Royem    Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
    Sugar Land, TX
Thomas Rainey    Williamson County Symphony
    Round Rock, TX
Zoe Zeniodi    Broward Symphony Orchestra
    Davie/Broward, FL
Matthew Hooper    West Shore Symphony Orchestra
    Carlisle, PA
Reuben Blundell    Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
    Lansdowne, PA
Elliot Moore    Detroit Medical Orchestra
    Detroit, MI
James Villani    Manassas Symphony Orchestra
    Manassas, VA
Anna Edwards    Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
    Seattle, WA


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (youth orchestra division)

Thomas Dickey    Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Dubuque, IA
Jonathan Handman    Stringendo Orchestra School's Vivace
   Poughkeepsie, NY 
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony 
    Houston, TX 


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (high school orchestra division)

Beau Benson    Midway Camerata 
    Waco, TX 
Jonathan Handman    Arlington HS Philharmonia 
    LaGrangeville, NY
Tanner Ledford    Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra 
    Spring, TX
Ryan Ross    Jasper Legacy Orchestra 
    Plano, TX
Timothy Verville    Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 
    Idyllwild, CA
Dr. Carolyn Watson    Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
   Interlochen, MI 
Dan Whisler    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia 
    Louisville, KY 

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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.

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"Great News! (Ensemble) 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 the division next month. 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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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citations recipients in the student chamber music divisions of The American Prize in Composition, 2015. Congratulations!

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

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


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

The American Prize winner:
Derek David    Boston MA
    String Quartet No. 1, Viola Sonata
Derek David
Praised by composer John Adams for his “masterful demonstration of technique” in his viola sonata, composer Derek David is emerging as an exciting new musical talent of contemporary concert music. Adams also went on to say that he was “dazzled by [David’s] capabilities and musicality.”

As a composer, Derek has been the recipient of the EAMA prize, Morton Gould ASCAP Award, and has received composition fellowships from the EAMA and Aspen Music Festivals. As an educator, Derek has been teaching keyboard harmony at The New England Conservatory of Music since and has held an interim faculty position at the Boston Conservatory in the fall semester of 2014 where he taught theory, musicianship, and keyboard harmony. Mr. David is a current teaching fellow at Harvard University where he teaches music theory.

He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he is completing his Doctor of Music degree in composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in the studio of Michael Gandolfi. For more information and a full biography, please visit www.derekdavid.com


2nd Place:
Bin Li    New York NY
    What I Have Forgotten
Bin Li
Bin Li (b. 1987, Fuzhou, China) is an emerging composer based in New York City. His music has been performed internationally in festivals and venues such as the Aspen Music Festival, Avanti! XXIX Suvisoitto (Finland), Palais Montcalm (Quebec), Neuen Synagoge (Berlin), Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia), the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, Midwest Composers Symposium and SoundCrawl. Bin has won prizes from SCI/ASCAP Commissioning Competition, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, International Society of Bassists Composition Competition and Cortona Prize.
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Bin holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His principle teachers at IU were P.Q. Phan, David Dzubay, Claude Baker and Jeffrey Hass (Electronic).  Additional studies include Samuel Adler in Berlin (2012), George Tsontakis at Aspen Festival (2012), Georg Friedrich Haas and Fred Lerdahl in France (2013), and Jukka Tiensuu and Jouni Kaipainen at Sävellyspaja in Finland (2014). For more information, please visit www.bindavidli.com


3rd Place:
Trevor Bumgarner    New York NY
   Everything Went Quiet
Trevor Bumgarner
From North Carolina, Trevor Bumgarner is a bassoonist who first began composing during college. He is currently in the Masters of Music Composition program at the Juilliard School studying with Robert Beaser. His first composition received the Emerging Composer mention, the first of three consecutive awards including honorable mention, from the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition. Trevor won the 2013 Edging the Cut competition and was an American Prize semi-finalist. He has had performances or recordings by groups such as the Cassatt Quartet, Dark in the Song, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Trevor has had performances at several conferences including the Society of Composers Student National Conference and the NASA region IV conference. Trevor Bumgarner graduated from UNC-Greensboro summa cum laude with a BM in Composition and Bassoon Performance studying with Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Michael Burns. Website: www.LooseCanonMusic.net


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

Jean Patrick Besingrand    Pittsburgh PA
    Et le vent murmura le nom de Sarah
Jean Patrick Besingrand
Jean-Patrick Besingrand was born in France in 1985. He has a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Bordeaux, and graduated with high honors in Analysis, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Composition, and Soundpainting from the Bordeaux Conservatory under the tutelage of Patrice DeFaccio, Laurent Soulié, Jean-Louis Agobet, and Etienne Rolin. Currently, he is enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s Advanced Certificate in Composition program under the supervision of Leonardo Balada. He is also working on his doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne in Paris. Jean-Patrick has participated in several festivals and masterclasses,  and has received recognition from composition competitions around the world.

His music has been performed by the Mivos Quartet, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, the Very Small Consortium Ensemble, the Aurae Duo, and by the soloists Thomas Piercy, Vilian Ivantchev, Elsa Seger, and Andrew White.
His music is published by Questions de Tempéraments.


Cody Brookshire    Gainesville GA
   PRISM
Cody Brookshire
Cody Brookshire's music has been performed at events and venues such as the 2015 N_SEME at Bowling Green State University, the OME Marathon Concert in Phoenix, Arizona, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Abrons Art Center, the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Symposium in Connecticut, and the Guangzhou Grand Theater in China. He has written music for So Percussion, the Athens Guitar Duo, the University of Georgia Bands, and the University of North Georgia String Orchestra. Awards include 1st place in the 2014 SCL Competition with his guitar trio, Shrapnel, and he was a semi-finalist for the 2013 American Prize in Composition with Slumbers Kiss Your Golden Eyes for flute, viola, and harp. Two of his electronic compositions have been digitally released: Harmonic Meditation, No. 1 appears on the 2014 SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures album Transients, and M3TA11UR6Y appears on Sonic Flux released by the EMPiRES label.


Daniel Despins    Wilmington DE
    Off to War, Lads
Daniel Despins
Daniel Despins (b. 1994) is a composer of contemporary classical music flavored with many different styles, including jazz, rock, folk, and traditional music, with strong influences from classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has written for choral, instrumental, and chamber ensembles, as well as duets and smaller works for solo voices and instruments. He currently resides in Newark, Delaware, where he studies music composition at the University of Delaware. His works have been performed both throughout the university’s campus and in communities throughout New Castle County. His music can be found online at http://soundcloud.com/daniel-despins.


Zachary Ploeger    Pipestone MN
    Galactic Voyage
Zachary Ploeger
Trumpeter and Composer, Zachary Ploeger is a promising up and coming musician. As a senior in high school, Zach began to experiment in composition, having his first piece for band played only months later. Zach now studies trumpet performance and composition at Western Michigan University, one of the nations premier public schools of music. Zachary’s primary teachers at Western are Scott Thornberg, trumpet, and Dr. Richard Adams, composition.

As a composer, Zach writes a wide range of works. His pieces are frequently played on recitals and composers concerts at Western Michigan University and in the surrounding Midwest area. Zach was recently named a Minnesota Public Radio Finalist in their young composers contest. Zach is also a published composer, having his pieces on the websites of both J.W. Pepper and Sons, as well as Sheet Music Plus. He also maintains a website where all of his pieces can be viewed, ordered, or heard. Zach has studied composition with Dr. Richard Adams and Dr. Lisa Coons and is a member of both The Society of Composers and ASCAP. www.zacharyploeger.com


Weijun Chen    Buffalo NY
    Canoe
Weijun Chen
Weijun Chen (b. 1990) is a Chinese-American composer of contemporary concert music. His music has been performed and read by ensembles such as Eastman Wind Ensemble, Arditti Quartet (UK), TALEA Ensemble, Momenta Quartet, Uusinta Ensemble (Finland), Deviant Septet, Freya String Quartet, Cuong Vu Trio, Ensemble Son (Sweden), and Either/OR, among others. A Presidential Fellow, Weijun is currently pursuing his PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studies composition with David Felder. He has studied composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Lisa Bielawa, David Liptak, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and Robert Morris. Weijun holds two BMs from the Eastman School of Music in both composition and music theory (Highest Distinction), as well as an Arts Leadership Certificate. For more information, please visit http://www.weijunchen.com.


Hangrui Zhang    Cincinnati OH
    A Wild Runaway
Hangrui Zhang
Hangrui Zhang (b.1989) is a Chinese student composer. Now, he is studying in College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a third-year undergraduate student. Hangrui entered the world of music much later than most of his contemporaries. At the age of 20, he found his interest in music, and began his study as a beginner. During that time, he studied music very independently, and often involving self-teaching. After two-year music study and one-year English study, in the year of 2012, he began his first formal music study in CCM. His composition teachers include Jian Feng, Mara Helmuth, Douglas Knehans and Michael Fiday. His music has been performed by such groups as the Eurydice Quartet, the Donald Sinta Quartet, the CCM Chamber Players, and by performers at the College-Conservatory of Music.


The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)
YOUNG ARTIST CERTIFICATES: 

Christopher Couling    South Lyon MI
    Apres un Reve
Christopher Couling
Christopher Couling attends South Lyon High School in South Lyon, MI. He hopes to continue composing music throughout his life, and is an avid supporter of melody. Chris can be contacted a coulingmusic@gmail.com.


Brandon Rafal Epstein    Dix Hills NY
    Code-switch

Brandon Rafal Epstein
·       Music Education:
-The Juilliard School, Private music composition student of Dr. Kyle Blaha, 2009-present.
-Piano (lessons and recitals), student of Robin Helfner: 2006-present.
-Viola (lessons and recitals), student of Siobhan Hohf: 2008-present.
·       Orchestra:
-Gemini Youth Orchestra, Symphony (viola): 2014-present.
-Gemini Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia (viola): 2012-2014.
-Half Hollow Hills Cross Campus Chamber Orchestra (viola): 2013-present.
-Half Hollow Hills Symphony Orchestra (viola): 2014-present.
·       Tri-M Music Honor Society: 2013-present.
·       Performance History:
-Concerts at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Gemini Youth Symphony Orchestra (2015), Gemini Youth Philharmonia Orchestra (2013, 2014).
·       Award History:
-Finalist in ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2014
-First Place Award and Overall Best Orchestra Award in Music in the Parks 2013 and 2014 Competitions.


Julia Riew    St.Louis MO
    Laughing Lake 
Julia Riew
Julia Riew, 15, is a sophomore at John Burroughs School.  She started playing the violin at age four and studies with Joo Kim at the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS).  Julia began composing at age 8 and recently has composed an orchestral piece as well as a quartet piece, both of which were performed during concerts at her school. Furthermore, Julia loves songwriting and has written over a dozen songs as well her first musical this year.

Julia currently sits as concertmaster of the John Burroughs Senior Orchestra. Julia has also played in the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and four orchestras at CMS. She is honored to be the recipient of three merit scholarships at the CMS.  During her free time, Julia enjoys singing, acting, playing the guitar and ukulele.  She also enjoys reading to preschool aged children in the Ready Readers Program.


Ben Vining    Flagstaff AZ
    Starry Night Over The Rhone
Ben Vining
Ben Vining is a young composer living in Flagstaff, Arizona. A high school senior aged 16, The American Prize in Chamber Music Composition is one of Mr. Vining's first major awards, for his set of impressions for string quartet inspired by the van Gogh painting "Starry Night Over The Rhone".

Mr. Vining enjoys writing concert music and performing as a cellist, but his ultimate goal is to write and stage opera.

In the fall, Ben will be attending Arizona State University to study music theory and composition.


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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST youth and high school orchestras for 2015 in separate divisions. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients 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

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (youth orchestra division)

Thomas Dickey    Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Dubuque, IA
Jonathan Handman    Stringendo Orchestra School's
    Vivace   Poughkeepsie, NY 
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony 
    Houston, TX 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (high school orchestra division)

Beau Benson    Midway Camerata 
    Waco, TX 
Jonathan Handman    Arlington HS Philharmonia 
    LaGrangeville, NY
Tanner Ledford    Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra 
    Spring, TX
Ryan Ross    Jasper Legacy Orchestra 
    Plano, TX
Timothy Verville    Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 
    Idyllwild, CA
Dr. Carolyn Watson    Interlochen Arts Academy
    Orchestra   Interlochen, MI 
Dan Whisler    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia 
    Louisville, KY 

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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! (Ensemble) 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 next month. 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 2015 FINALIST conductors of Youth Orchestras and High School Orchestras, in separate categories. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners 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

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—youth orchestra division

Robert Boardman
    South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
    South Bend, IN
Benjamin Firer
    Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra
    State College, PA
Eric Meincke
    The Music Education Benefit Concert Orchestra
    Little Rock, AR
Ron Polomchak
    Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra    Schaumburg, IL
Deanna Tham
    Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra    Boise, ID
Allen Tinkham
    Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras    Chicago, IL
Carolyn Watson
    Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra    Detroit, MI
Michael Webster
    Houston Youth Symphony    Houston, TX


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—high school orchestra division

Beau  Benson
    Midway Camerata    Waco, TX
Carolyn Watson
    Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra    Interlochen, MI
 Dan Whisler
    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia
    Louisville, KY

***

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 next month. 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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The American Prize is honored to announce the winner and runners-up in the student choral division of The American Prize in Composition, 2015. Congratulations!

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

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

The American Prize in Composition—Chorus (student division)

The American Prize winner:
KYLE RANDALL selected works
San Francisco CA
KYLE RANDALL
Kyle Randall is an internationally-performed composer, with premieres across the world from Carnegie Hall to La Schola Cantorum in Paris and Harvard's Memorial Hall, and he has received commissions from renowned groups such as the Harvard Glee Club and the Juventas New Music Ensemble. In his music, Kyle strives for vividness and sincerity, and he enjoys writing in a wide variety of styles. Listeners have commented on his directness and clarity of expression, and appreciate his willingness to draw on the past as well as the present in his writing. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kyle received a B.A. from Harvard, where he studied composition with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Richard Beaudoin, and Trevor Baca, and he is currently pursuing a Master's in composition from San Francisco Conservatory, studying with David Garner. In his spare time, he likes to read, cook, hike, and ski. www.kylerandall.com


2nd Place:
KEITH ALLEGRETTI "Three Nocturnes"
Santa Fe NM
KEITH ALLEGRETTI
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music, and even musical theater. His music has been performed in Santa Fe, Houston, Berlin, Ann Arbor, New York and elsewhere by professional and amateur ensembles, including Santa Fe New Music, Quartetto Indaco, the Rice University Chorale, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Circuit Bridges, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the American Creators Ensemble. He holds degrees in composition from Rice University and the University of Michigan. For more information, please visit www.keithallegretti.com.


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JULIA SEEHOLZER selected works
Santa Monica CA
JULIA SEEHOLZER
Julia Seeholzer (b. 1990) takes much of her compositional influence from color – intervalic relationships conjure specific hues, which in turn dictate a piece’s direction. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in composition at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Joel Hoffman. Julia received her B.M. in composition from Berklee College of Music, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Julia’s pieces have been played by the ensembles including the Esterhazy String Quartet, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Trio d’Esprit, and members of the LA Philharmonic. She has presented work in master classes with John Corigliano, Robert Carl, Craig Hella Johnson, and others. In 2011, she attended Yale’s New Music Workshop as a composition fellow to study with Martin Bresnick. Julia has had works commissioned by groups such as the Tenuto Chamber Singers, WomenSing, and the University of Chicago's Camerata. To learn more about Julia, please visit her website at www.juliaseeholzer.com.


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ANDREY STOLYAROV i won't even stop
Verona NJ 
ANDREY STOLYAROV
Andrey Stolyarov (b. 1990) is a composer, conductor, and singer, currently beginning his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. Andrey’s recent achievements in composition include a residency at the Unitarian Society of Hartford and multiple national and international premieres. His piece Ebb & Flow won first prize at the 2014 ISAM Festival Joseph Dorfman International Composition Competition in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Additionally, Andrey was a finalist in the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould competition and the Khorikos ensemble’s ORTUS competition. Andrey is currently the Director of Music at West Avon Congregational Church in Avon, CT, and is a graduate music theory teaching fellow at The Hartt School. He is an active professional choral singer in the Hartford and New Haven areas, currently performing with the CONCORA ensemble based out of New Britain, CT. www.andreystolyarov.com 

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FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—college/university division

Dr Martin H. Seggelke    Illinois State Univ. Wind Symphony
    Normal, IL 
Jaclyn Hartenberger    University of Georgia Wind Symphony
    Athens, GA 
David Vickerman    The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble
    Ewing, NJ 
Eric Wilson    Baylor University Wind Ensemble 
    Waco, TX 


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community & school division

"These are very fine bands—each with a different character, repertoire and audience focus. In a move which may be unprecedented for The American Prize, every semi-finalist in this category is being advanced to the finals. Each is worthy of further listening and evaluation. A very difficult decision awaits. Bravo to all for the vitality and musicality of the presentations."

Shelly Eager      Cinematic Symphony 
    Austin, TX 
Lewis J. Buckley    Metropolitan Wind Symphony 
    Boston, MA 
Corey Seapy    Charles River Wind Ensemble 
    Watertown, MA 
Birch P. Browning    Cleveland Winds 
    Cleveland, OH 
Trent A. Hollinger    Quincy Concert Band 
    Quincy, IL 
Jason Atha    Parkview High School Symphonic Band
    Lilburn, GA 
Ted Vives    Los Alamos Community Winds
    Los Alamos, NM 

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FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university band division

Mark Tse
    New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds   Boston, MA
Jaclyn Hartenberger
    University of Georgia Wind Symphony    Athens, GA
Jaemi Blair Loeb
    Centre College Wind Ensemble    Danville, KY
Rickey Badua
    Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble    Pomona, CA
Charlie G. Blanco III
    ASU Wind Orchestra & Wind Ensemble    Tempe, AZ
David Vickerman
    The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble    Ewing, NJ


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—school/community band division

Brian Hughes
    Quad City Wind Ensemble    Davenport, IA
Shawn Smith
    Banda Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo    Sao Paulo, Brazil 

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