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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.

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 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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Marilyn Miller
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.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

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.

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 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."

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com


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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