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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Piano Performance, Concerto Division, 2014.

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

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The American Prize in Piano Performance (CONCERTO), 2014—PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
KASANDRA KEELING   San Antonio  TX 
(Rachmaninoff—Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini)
Kasandra Keeling
Dr. Kasandra Keeling is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Keyboard Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  As a soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher, she has traveled throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, and China.  In 2007, she was invited to be a visiting professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, as well as at Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing.  She has performed at Steinway Hall in NYC, at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, and at the Teatro de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as numerous universities, festivals, conferences, and private venues across the US.   In 2008, Dr. Keeling was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement Award by the Texas Music Teachers Association.   She received degrees in performance from the University of Houston and the University of Colorado at Boulder and her primary teachers were Janice Hodges, Nancy Weems, Alvin Chow, and Larry Graham.  

Among judges' comments: "The performance was seasoned and artistic..."



2nd Place:
WILLIAM HUME   Carlisle  PA 
Grieg A Minor Concerto, Beethoven Choral Fantasy
William Hume

17 year old William Hume is a senior at Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and has studied piano for over ten years.  He has won various awards and competitions and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and on the National Public Radio Program “From the Top.” He was recently named a 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Winner.  William has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, playing concerti by Mozart, Bach, Grieg and Beethoven.  His other interests include basketball, running and writing, and he has earned a varsity letter in Cross Country and a Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers as pianist at area nursing homes and the Salvation Army.  He is a student of Dr. Jennifer Blyth.      http://williamhume.com/

Among judges' comments: "Beautiful tone and projected melody..."



3rd Place
HYUNKI YOON   Kansas City  MO  
Prokofiev First Concerto
Hyunki Yoon
Hyunki Yoon, pianist, is a native of Seoul, Republic of Korea.  He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance as a scholarship recipient at Chugye University for the Arts in Seoul.  Winner of the 1999 Eumyun Piano Competition and the 1998 Music Education Newspaper Competition, he has participated in concerts as soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in Germany, Korea, and the United States.  He completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance as a full scholarship recipient at University of Missouri-Columbia.  As a graduate teaching assistant there he accompanied Show-Me Opera productions and taught applied piano class.  He performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 with the MU Philharmonic Orchestra at the Missouri Theatre in 2011 and received Runner-up in the Missouri Music Teachers Association's (MMTA) Collegiate Honors Auditions in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was featured an Emerging Artist Competition winner at the Missouri Theatre.

He is currently pursuing a Doctor or Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studies with Dr. Robert Weirich and receives full support for his entire doctoral program.

Among judges' comments: "performed...with much aristocratic musical spirit..."

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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST conductors in the orchestra division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

"Many orchestral conductors have been advanced to the finals, all worthy of additional consideration and evaluation when taking into account their individual circumstances and performing forces. There are a number very fine conductors among them, technically assured and musically inspired—making for an exceptional competition."—DK

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The American Prize in Conducting (Professional Orchestra Division) 

Jonathan Griffith   New York, NY
   Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
   Tin—The Drop of Dawn
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA
   Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra
   Copland, Barber
Reona Ito   New York, NY
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra
   Schumann, Shostakovich, Honegger
Jason Lim   McKinney & Frisco, TX
   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra
   Stravinsky, Piazzolla
Paul Mauffray   Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
   Hradec Kralove Philharmonic
   Janacek, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky/Ravel
Miran Vaupotich   Pecs, Hungary
   Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
   Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla


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

Tiffany Chang   Boston, MA
   New England Repertory Orchestra
   Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Schumann, Elgar
Jason Hong   Austin, TX
   Univ. of Texas University Orchestra
   Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky/Ravel
Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY
   Cornell Orchestras
   Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4
Jeffrey Donald Klefstad   Pittsburgh, PA
   All Univ. Orchestra—Carnegie Mellon University
   Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart
Yutaka Kono   Burlington, VT
   The Univeristy of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
   Rossini, Mussorgsky, Wagner  
Ching-Chun Lai   Potsdam, NY
   Crane Symphony Orchestra
   Mussorgsky/Ravel, Dvorak
Joel Neves   Houghton, MI
   Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra
   Brahms, Debussy, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov
Kevin Sutterlin   Memphis, TN
   University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra
   Debussy, Beethoven, Britten

The American Prize in Conducting (Community Orchestra Division)

David Bernard   New York, NY
   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
   Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven
Reuben Blundell New York, NY
   The Chelsea Symphony
   Copland, Henze
Anna Edwards   Seattle, WA
   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
   Bruch, Higdon
Lois Ferrari   Austin, TX
   Austin Civic Orchestra
   Tckaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gottschalk
Thomas E. Rainey   Round Rock, TX
   Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
   Anderson, Bizet, Grainger
Edward Leonard   Pittsburgh, PA
   Pittsburgh Philharmonic
   Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Stravinsky
Bryce Seliger   Forest Grove, OR
   Pacific Philharmonic
   Bruch, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Holst
Toru Tagawa   Tucson, AZ
   Tucson Repertory Orchestra
   Dvorak, Strauss, Beethoven

The American Prize in Conducting (Youth & High School Division)

Thomas Dickey   Dubuque, IA
   Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA
   YPO Soloist Ensemble
Angel Velez   Santa Monica, CA
   Santa Monica HS Symphony
Michael Webster   Houston, TX
   Houston Youth Symphony

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Marilyn Miller
The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST Musical Theater Ensembles for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

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The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance
"Fine productions—a very difficult decision ahead."—DK

Heather Davidson, Betty Walpert   Augusta, GA
   Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
   The Music Man
Kristina Keener Ivy   Covina, CA
   Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy
   The Music Man
Rolando Sanz   Bethesda, MD
   Young Artists of America
   The Phantom of the Opera
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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST stage directors for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations.

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 Directing

Heather Davidson, Betty Walpert   Augusta, GA
   Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
   The Music Man
Daniel Ellis   Minneapolis, MN
   Project Opera
   Griffelkin
Kristina Keener Ivy   Covina, CA
   Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy
   The Music Man  
Linda Lister   Las Vegas, NV
   UNLV Opera
   Sancta Susanna, Suor Angelica
Rick Piersall   Abilene, TX
   ACU Opera
   Carmen
Rolando Sanz   Bethesda, MD
   Young Artists of America
   The Phantom of the Opera

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

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The American Prize in Opera Performance (professional division)

Vicki Fogel Mykles   Fort Collins, CO
   Opera Fort Collins
   The Daughter of the Regiment
Maria Sensi Sellner   Pittsburg, PA
   Resonance Works Pittsburgh
   Macbeth
Lidiya  Yankovskaya   Boston, MA
   Juventas New Music Ensemble
   The Magic Mirror

The American Prize in Opera Performance (college/university division)

Beau Gabriel   New Haven, CT
   Opera Theatre of Yale College
   The Marriage of Figaro
Tracelyn Gesteland   Vermillion, SD
   University of South Dakota Opera
   The Medium
Rebecca Renfro Grimes   Huntsville, TX
   Sam Houston State University
   Dido and Aeneas
Dawn Padula   Tacoma, WA
   Univ. of Puget Sound Opera Theatre
   The Pirates of Penzance
Rick Piersall   Abilene, TX
   ACU Opera
   Carmen

The American Prize in Opera Performance (community division)

Mary Beth Sederburg   Pittsburgh, PA
   Undercroft Opera
   Carmen
Lidiya  Yankovskaya   Cambridge, MA
   Lowell House Opera, Harvard University
   A Midsummer Night's Dream
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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."

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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."

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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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