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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, citation recipients and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo), 2016, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

(This listing was revised on December 1, 2016 to reflect the addition of two FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION recipients in the College/University category.)

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (solo), 2016
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
JEREMY SAMOLESKY
Auburn AL
JEREMY SAMOLESKY
Jeremy Samolesky, a native of Manitoba, Canada, currently serves as Professor of Piano at Auburn University, where he teaches piano performance majors and serves as Piano Area Coordinator. Known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances, Samolesky has appeared in concert as a soloist and chamber pianist throughout the North America, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Serbia, Colombia and Ecuador, including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., which was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

Dr. Samolesky achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in New York: a feat permitted just once before in the school’s history. In the summer of 2013, he was featured as a lecturer and soloist at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, and in 2014 gave a series of concerts and taught at music conservatories in Colombia and Ecuador, South America. Samolesky’s debut solo CD was released on the Centaur label in early 2015.


2nd PLACE:
MIROSLAVA KISILEVITCH
Santa Barbara CA
MIROSLAVA KISILEVITCH
Miroslava Kisilevitch's extensive performance experience includes solo and chamber performances and as soloist with many orchestras throughout the Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and the United States. In 1999, Miroslava won first prize in the Thursday Musical Competition and made her Chicago debut in a concert sponsored by the Ukranian Museum of Chicago. In 2000, she was invited to perform a chamber recital as part of the Smithsonian Institution Recital Series by the Embassy of the Ukraine in Washington, D.C.

Miroslava received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, teaching, accompanying from Drohobych State College, Ukraine; Master of Music in piano performance, ensemble, pedagogy from Lviv Higher State Music Institute, Ukraine; Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Minnesota; D.M.A. piano performance, from Lviv Higher State Music Academy, Ukraine; and D.M.A. piano performance, University of Minnesota.


3rd PLACE:
ARTINA MCCAIN
Memphis TN
ARTINA MCCAIN
Described as a pianist with “power and finesse”, Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer. She has performed in the Czech Republic, Italy, China, Croatia and throughout the United States. Recent honors and guest artist appearances include: Austin Critics Table Award, Global Music Award and performances at the TAMIU Master Performers Series, Desoto Uptown/Downtown Concert Series and Zagreb Brass Festival. Upcoming 2016-2017 season performances include Saint-Saens Second Piano Concerto and a tour of works by American composers for cello and piano.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University (BM), Cleveland Institute of Music (MM) and University of Texas at Austin (DMA). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Memphis. More info at www.artinamccain.com


SPECIAL CITATION: "Excellence in the Performance of The Indian Character Piece"
STEPHANIE BRUNING
Catonsville MD
STEPHANIE BRUNING
Dr. Bruning has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Unites States.  She holds degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Drake University and University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  In demand as an instructor and adjudicator, she often conducts master classes and has adjudicated numerous competitions.

An expert in Native-American-influenced music from the early Twentieth Century, she frequently performs and lectures on the subject at venues such as The State Department in Washington, DC, and the 2007 College Music Society National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  In November 2009 Ludwig Masters published the first in a series of piano books compiled and edited by Dr. Bruning entitled The Indian Character Piece: Native-American Influenced Piano Works from the Early Twentieth Century, Volume I.  Volume II was published in 2012.

Dr. Bruning serves as a reviewer for the journal Clavier Companion where she reviews new teaching and performance scores.  Additionally, Dr. Bruning maintains an interest in helping students address issues of performance anxiety.  Currently, Dr. Bruning is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. 


SPECIAL CITATION: "Championing Classical Piano Music from Los Angeles"
ANDREE-ANN DESCHENES
Los Angeles CA
ANDREE-ANN DESCHENES
Currently based in Los Angeles, Canadian born pianist Andree-Ann Deschenes has had the opportunity to perform extensively across North American and Europe.
Pursuing a strong interest in Latin American classical repertoire, Andree-Ann Deschenes’ graduate thesis reflected on piano music of Cuba and Brazil, and is accompanied by a recording currently available on Amazon and iTunes. This album was featured on the New & Noteworthy page for “world music” album releases of iTunes Canada and the piece Los Tres Golpes can be heard on KXLU 88.9FM.

Ms. Deschenes holds a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, where she obtained several Friends of Music scholarships and is currently serving as adjunct faculty. She is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to relocating to Southern California, she graduated with honors from the prestigious Humber College in Toronto, Canada.


SPECIAL CITATION: "Exceptional Performance—Baumgardner's Eight Preludes"
JESSICA KOEBBE
Leawood KS
JESSICA KOEBBE
Jessica Koebbe is Instructor of Piano at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is an active soloist and collaborative pianist, performing frequently with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and with internationally recognized instrumentalists including those from the Fort Worth, Kansas City, Omaha, Topeka, and Santa Fe Symphonies as well as with singers from the Fort Worth, Nashville, and Cincinnati opera companies.

A proponent of new music, Ms. Koebbe has premiered and recorded works by several US and Taiwanese composers, recordings of which have been released on the albums Collage by Harbor House Records and Voices From the Middle by BRC Audio Productions. In addition to her current position, Ms. Koebbe has held faculty and graduate teaching positions at Texas Wesleyan University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Koebbe holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas (summa cum laude) and a Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University.


SPECIAL CITATION: "Artistry in the Performance of Religious Music—Songs for My Father"
NAN CHILDRESS
Orchard Union NJ
NAN CHILDRESS
Nan Childress Orchard, professor of piano at Caldwell University, received her DMA in piano performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She actively performs in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Solo and chamber performances have included music by Libby Larsen, Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Nkeiru Okoye. In an effort to support the work of women composers she has commissioned and performed works by New Jersey women composers. One of those pieces is featured on the Beauport Classics CD In Concert: Composers in Collaboration. She has performed for, and with, international artists including Jean Pierre Rampal and Lukas Foss. Childress Orchard is a founding member of Terzetta, a flute/cello/piano trio and also performs 4-hand keyboard music.  Her solo CDSongs for my Father, released in 2013, celebrates the tradition of the Christian faith through hymns.


SPECIAL CITATION: "Championing the Music of Camargo Guarnieri"
ROSANGELA YAZBEC SEBBA
Mississippi State MS
ROSANGELA YAZBEC SEBBA
Rosângela Sebba combines an active concert and teaching schedule, and is noted for her lecture-recitals and research in Brazilian music. Her CD album, Sonata and Sonatinas by M. Camargo Guarnieri, became a reference to Brazilian music researchers and has been featured at WWFM and WQXR radio station. She has performed, given lectures and master classes in the United States, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England and Taiwan. As a sought-after chamber musician, she has accompanied master classes and concerts of renowned artists. Her articles and book reviews were published in magazines and journals in Brazil, United States and England. As the founder and coordinator of the Mississippi State Piano Pre-College Program, she has provided undergraduates teaching opportunities while being supervised. She serves as Professor of Piano, Theory-Ear Training and the Piano Area and Performance Division Chair. Rosângela Sebba is a Mississippi Artist Commission Fellow and a Steinway Artist. http://www.music.msstate.edu/faculty/bio/rosangelasebba/


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
SEKYEONG SEONG
Columbus OH
SEKYEONG SEONG
A Native of South Korea, Dr. Seong is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, educator and scholar. Her performances have been televised and broadcasted through The Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), the Columbus Ohio radio station, Classical 101 and WOSU television. Dr. Seong received her Master and Doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. She is the winner of many competitions including but not limited to the Wonkwang concerto competitions (2001 and 2002), the Korea-Germany Brahms association competition (2006), and the American Protégé international competition (2013). Her engagements as a collaborative pianist include Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra at The Ohio State University, Opera and musicial for the Departments of Theatre, Dance and Music and Choral Art Society at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Christian University and Columbus Women Chorus.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (solo), 2016
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
EUNSUN SO
Lansing MI
EUNSUN SO
Eunsun So, a native of South Korea and award winning pianist, has a bachelor of music in piano performance from Kyungwon University, South Korea.  She received her master’s in piano pedagogy from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul. Eunsun is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University under Deborah Moriarty, chair of piano, and serving as a teaching assistant after completing her second master’s in piano pedagogy under Derek Polischuk.

As a performer, Eunsun So has won several competitions in Korea and performed in Tody, Italy and the United States. Her other work includes being a soloist and accompanist for Seoul International Choir, the Community Music School of Michigan State, and as a presenter at the Michigan Music Teachers Association Conference of 2011.  As a performer, she was part of a piano duo titled “Day for the Disabled” in 2003. In 2007, she performed, as a scholarship recipient, at the master class of noted composer and educator Randall Faber in Ann Arbor, MI. Eunsun continues to pursue her interests as a pianist and professional educator. As her artistic career unfolds, her achievements and accomplishments are limitless.


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
AURELIEN BOCCARD
Kansas City MO
AURELIEN BOCCARD
A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Aurélien Boccard is currently completing his DMA in Piano Performance with Dr. J. Solose as well as a Masters in Musicology at UMKC Conservatory. He previously obtained degrees in German, Music Education, and Musicology at the Geneva Conservatory, the University of Geneva, and the Bern Conservatory. He also holds a Masters and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

As a performer, Aurelien has been an active soloist and collaborator in Europe as well as in the United States. His love for languages has brought him to work with many singers. He has played for opera productions for the Opera Theater in Fayetteville, AK. As an experienced pedagogue, Aurélien has taught music to children and young adults for over ten years in the U.S. and internationally.

In his desire to transmit and help others through music, Aurélien's interests have brought him to study and seek knowledge outside of the scope of music performance in fields such as biomechanics, human anatomy, somatic education, psychology and coaching. He has been working in the field of keyboard injury prevention with some of todays’ leading methods such as the Lister-Sink method, the Taubman approach and Alan Fraser’s approach to technique.


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
AHYEON YUN
Tempe AZ
AHYEON YUN
Ahyeon Yun was born and raised in South Korea. She earned a bachelor's degree in a piano performance at Sookmyung Women's University, a master's degree in piano performance pedagogy at Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing a DMA degree in solo performance. Ahyeon was granted a 'Special Talent Award' at ASU, and recently won the second prize at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, the third prize at the I Future Stars International Piano Competition, the second prize at The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, third prize at the International London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, and the third prize at Haneum Music Competition in Korea. She has performed in New York City's Weill Recital Hall and will release a compact disc of Walter Saul's music in 2017. She is currently a student of Professor Walter Cosand.


3rd PLACE:
TYLER RAMOS
Waipahu HI
TYLER RAMOS
Pianist Tyler Ramos is a Junior in the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree program at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. He started his piano musical studies with legendary pedagogue Ellen Masaki, while studying cello with her daughter Nancy Masaki. His current teachers for piano and cello are Thomas Yee and I-Bei Lin, respectively. Tyler's accolades include winning top prizes at the Aloha International Piano Competition, the Hawaii state MTNA competition, as well as the MTNA Southwest Division competition for piano solo, piano duet, and chamber music. Most recently, Tyler won the MTNA Southwest Young Artist Piano competition, and will be one of seven national finalists invited to compete at the National MTNA competition in April 2016.  In 2009, he won the Aloha International Piano Competition concerto division, which resulted in a performance of Bartok's Second Piano Concerto with the Hawaii Youth Symphony.


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
JAE YOUNG KIM
New York NY
JAE YOUNG KIM
Jae Young Kim, a senior at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal, started his piano studies at the age of five in South Korea. Mr. Kim has garnered prizes in national and international competitions including the Teenager National Competition, Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition, Cooper International Competition, and MTNA New York State Competition, where he became the winner in 2012. Moreover, he was nominated as the Piano Winner of the prestigious 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Mr. Kim has appeared in major concert venues such as Kumho Art Hall, Yamaha Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Hahn Hall and has performed masterclasses for Jerome Lowenthal, Jeremy Denk, and Stephen Hough. He was one of the eight solo pianists to attend Music Academy of the West on full scholarship in summer of 2014 and was one of the six pianists at the Sarasota Music Festival this summer.


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
FRANCISCO MONTERO
New York NY
FRANCISCO MONTERO
Pianist Francisco Montero has performed in some of the most important halls in the USA (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Festival Ubuntu organized by Carnegie Hall and 4th Texas State International Piano Festival playing as a Rising Star artist. Some of these concerts have been reviewed by The New York Times with great acclaim); in United Kingdom (concerts at Dukes Hall, Purcell Room and Constance Pilkington Hall in London which was broadcasted by BBC Radio 4); Germany, Austria, Italy and most of the cities in Spain. Francisco´s most recent competitive awards include Grand Prize at New York Artists International Competition, making his debut at Carnegie Hall- Weill Recital Hall this year as part of the award. Francisco Montero studied his Master of Music at The Juilliard School in New York under the guidance of Julian Martin.


HONORABLE MENTION:
WILLIAM HUME
Carslisle PA
WILLIAM HUME
Pianist William Hume is a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree as a piano performance major. He has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, and in 2014 was recognized by The American Prize as the 1st Place Winner in the High School Solo Division, and 2nd Place Winner in the Concerto Division.  He has won local and national awards, including first prize in the 2014 Enkor Piano Competition, where he later served as a juror in the Enkor Academy, and from 2013-2015 he received various National Federation of Music Clubs awards and scholarships.  William has attended summer programs to include the Aspen and Bowdoin Festivals, performed in numerous master classes, and actively volunteers in community outreach programs. He also enjoys exploring his interests in composition, writing and business. Visit him at www.williamhume.com


HONORABLE MENTION:
LUKE RHODES
Lawrence KS
LUKE RHODES
Luke Rhodes is a concert pianist, recording artist, and pedagogue.

In 2015, his debut solo album, Luke Rhodes: Piano Recital, was honored with the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Award, which recognizes outstanding creativity among University of Kansas students. Rhodes was selected in 2012 to participate in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival’s Young Artist Program. His orchestral debut was with the International Music Festival Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed concertos by Mozart and Saint-Saëns.

He is currently pursuing a degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas where he studies with Dr. Steven Spooner. Some of his other esteemed instructors include Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, and Dr. Leonard Richter. Rhodes has also participated in masterclasses with notable pedagogues such as Ádám György, Dr. Logan Skelton, Luiz de Moura Castro, and John Perry. For more information, please visit www.lukerhodespiano.com


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (solo), 2016
(high school division)

The American Prize winner:
RUOBING ZHANG
Voorhees NJ
RUOBING ZHANG
Ruobing Zhang, age 18, has made a name for himself both as a pianist, singer, and martial arts specialist, winning serious prizes in all areas. He continues to study voice and piano in New York, and is currently a student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Matti Raekallio (piano) and Doc White (voice). At the age of 14, he performed Prokofieff's Concerto No. 3 at the World Piano Competition's ‘Go for the Gold’ concerto competition, winning first place and theGrand Prize for levels 9 -12. During that same year, Ruobing competed in the 2012 US Youth Talent and Art Competition, receiving first place and Grand Prize as well. Other competitions he has won include the Metropolitan International and the 2nd Catholic University of America International. He has performed in the winners’ concerts at Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, and The Kennedy Center. As a soloist with the Philadelphia Boys Choir from 2006 to 2010, he traveled to Argentina and Uruguay. Ruobing has performed in concerts in the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, Drexel’s Irvine Auditorium, and has also appeared on FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC's Good Morning America.


2nd PLACE: 
LEYLA KABULI
Davis CA
LEYLA KABULI
Leyla Kabuli, 16,­ a high school junior, studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, and is the pianist of SF Symphony Youth Orchestra. She received a 2016 National YoungArts Award and performed on NPR’s From the Top. Leyla won competition first prizes including Mindell, Ghiglieri, Classical Masters, CAPMT, Berkeley Etude, MTAC, US Open, American Protége, MTNA Piano Duet, Wildflower Music International, second prize and best contemporary award in Los Angeles International, second prize in Enkor International, third prize in Virginia Waring International, and other top prizes in Seattle International, MTAC Panel, Pacific Musical Society, McKee, SF Chopin, Zeiter competitions. Her piano studies include masterclasses and summer programs at BU Tanglewood Institute, Southeastern Piano Festival, and Colburn Academy. Her performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Benaroya Hall. She performed with Ensemble SF, Waring Festival Orchestra, and has upcoming performances with Solano Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, and Sonoma Philharmonic.


3rd PLACE:
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Willmette IL
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Jarrett Takaki, age 17, is a Junior at New Trier High School, and a student of Sueanne Metz.  He received first place awards at the American Fine Arts Festival International Piano Competition, The Young Artist Piano Competition in Tennessee, The Walgreens National Competition, The De Paul Concerto Festival, the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, The Lee Piano Competition, and the Cardinal Stritch University Piano Festival.  Jarrett was a semifinalist at the Yamaha International Piano Competition, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, and won second place in the Junior Division of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  He has received prizes in the Bradshaw Buono International Piano Competition, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. He has performed the Bach D minor Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante at the 2015 Music Fest Perugia, the Prokofiev Piano Concerto in C Major, Mvt. 1 with the Harper College Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart Concerto #20 in D Minor, Mvt 1 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.



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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera and operetta), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in professional, and college/university divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
KEITH BROWN
Interlochen MI 
KEITH BROWN
Praised by Opera News for his “warm" baritone, KEITH BROWN is quickly making a name for himself as an exciting artist-to-watch on stages throughout the United States and abroad.  His upcoming engagements include Ping in Turandot with Virginia Opera and the Duke of Verona in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Carolina, and Virginia Opera.  Other highlights from recent seasons include Colline in La bohème (Virginia Opera; Opera on the Avalon), Myles Brodrib in Hanson’s Merry Mount (Carnegie Hall), Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Circle), Zuniga in Carmen (Finger Lakes Opera), the Émir in Verdi’s Jérusalem (Sarasota Opera), and First Soldier in Salome, Grenville in La traviata, and Bob Becket in HMS Pinafore (Virginia Opera).  Currently based in Interlochen, MI, he holds degrees in voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, where his teachers were William McGraw and Kenneth Shaw."


2nd PLACE:
EVAN BRAVOS
Chicago IL

EVAN BRAVOS
Chicago native, Evan Bravos was marked as “a young talent to watch” (Chicago Tribune). A 2015-2016 Emerging Artist of Virginia Opera, he covered the roles of Paris/Gregorio (Roméo et Juliette). Other notable performances include Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), at Central City Opera, Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Outreach, Martin (Candide) at the Aspen Music Festival and Tom Joad (The Grapes of Wrath) with Northwestern University Opera Theater. Concert works: Macmillan: St. John Passion, Orff: Carmina Burana, Copland: Old American Songs, Brahms: Requiem, Faure: Requiem and Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel. Symphony credits: Colorado, Madison, Lake Geneva, Elmhurst and Elgin Symphonies. Upcoming concert engagements include Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs (Wilmington, DE) and Faure: Requiem with the Colorado Symphony Chorus (Paris, Strasbourg, Munich). Awards include the Apprentice Artist Award at Central City Opera and the Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan National Council Auditions. www.evanbravos.com


3rd PLACE:
ANDREW WANNINGMAN
Norman OK

ANDREW WANNINGMAN
Currently a DMA student at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Wannigman has performed with a number opera companies throughout the United States: Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera North, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, American Lyric Theater, Mill City Summer Opera and Boston Opera Collaborative.  During the 2015-16 season, he performs the baritone role in The Wound-Dresser by John Adams, the Father in Ragtime and the title role in Eugene Onegin at OU, the baritone solos for Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and with Tulsa Opera as Alvaro in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas as well as Gandolf in The Hobbit with Tulsa Youth Opera.


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
QUINN BERNEGGER
Essex Junction VT
QUINN BERNEGGER
Quinn Bernegger will be appearing this season as Oronte in Handel’s Alcina at The Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a graduate diploma in opera performance. He was seen most recently as Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado this summer at Chautauqua Opera, where he was also featured as an Apprentice Artist in concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Last year he made his professional debut as a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, singing roles in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Beadle Bamford), Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (the Jazz Trio), and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (Alméric). Equally at home in musical theater repertoire, Mr. Bernegger has also performed the roles of Jack and Cinderella's Prince in Sondheim's Into the Woods and Jean Valjean in Schönberg's Les Misèrables. He has been a Young Artist at both the Opera Company of Middlebury and the Seagle Music Colony, where he made his operatic debut as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff. Mr. Bernegger has also enjoyed performing oratorio and concert work with the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival and the Voices of Cooperstown. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and has received numerous honors, including selection as a finalist for the FAVA Grand Concours competition.


2nd PLACE:
BRAYTON ARVIN
Bloomington IN
BRAYTON ARVIN
Baritone Brayton Arvin is in his post-graduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned his Master of Music. Operatic roles have included Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, David in L’amico Fritz, Le Balli in Werther, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Maximilian in Candide, Notary/Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and Jack Scott in the premiere of The King in Yellow. He has been a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and Ash Lawn Opera. As a concert artist, Arvin has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Duruflé’s Messe cum Jubilo, and dozens of premieres of vocal-orchestral and chamber music. Later this year, he will be a soloist in John Stainer’s The Crucifixion and perform the role of Andrew Carnes in IU Opera’s production of Oklahoma! Arvin is a student of Heidi Grant Murphy. wix.com/braytonarvin


3rd PLACE:
FRANK DANIEL LAUCERICA
Miami FL
FRANK DANIEL LAUCERICA
Cuban-American tenor, Frank Daniel Laucerica is completing a bachelor's degree in music for Voice & Opera Performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music under Kurt R. Hansen.

Laucerica appeared recently as Don Curzio in Northwestern University Opera Theater's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Previously, he played Mayor Upfold (and the cover of Albert) in the Miami Summer Music Festival's production of Albert Herring. Laucerica was also seen playing the Younger brother in Northwestern University Opera Theater’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking.

Laucerica is very excited to be playing the role of Elder Hayes and covering Little Bat with Northwestern University’s production of Susannah, covering Albert as part of the Chicago Summer Opera’s production of Albert Herring, as well playing the role of Tamino at the Miami Summer Music Festival’s production of Die Zauberflöte in the coming months.

http://www.franklaucericatenor.com/


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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song and oratorio), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
STEPHEN LANCASTER
South Bend IN
STEPHEN LANCASTER
Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. Winner and Audience Favorite in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition, he has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chiang-Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Centro Cultural de Belém, Petit Palau de la Música Catalana, and Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. Recent concert and operatic appearances include the South Bend Symphony, University Musical Society Choral Union, Atlantic Music Festival, and Eugene Opera. A passionate recitalist, he has performed programs in Paris, Frankfurt, and Gstaad; at the Eure-et-Loire Festival; and for the Brooklyn Art Song Society in New York. He has recorded an album of French art songs with Martin Katz (Centaur Records) and currently serves as Associate Professor of the Practice in voice at the University of Notre Dame.


2nd PLACE:
CARL DUPONT
Charlotte NC
CARL DUPONT
Bass-Baritone Carl DuPont is a vocalist equally engaged in performing, teaching, and research. A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, he sang in the Stetson’s Children’s Choir and made his debut in the title character in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Seaside Music Theater. Lately, he has been celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones” (South Florida Classical Review) as Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea, and Jim in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Miami, and currently serves as assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte of applied voice and lyric diction. His scholarly interest focuses on equity and inclusion in higher music education, specifically the contributions of black musicians, composers, and educators to the discipline.


3rd PLACE:
NICHOLAS PROVENZALE
Mattoon IL
NICHOLAS PROVENZALE
Nicholas Provenzale’s international appearances have delighted audiences and critics alike.  This year he was a featured soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2013, Nicholas made his Hong Kong City Hall debut as Silvio in Pagliacci with Musica Viva Hong Kong. Also in 2013, Nicholas won the Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Competition, and was the baritone soloist in The Messiah with the Bangkok Combined Choir and Orchestra.

Nicholas’s operatic engagements include performances with Indianapolis Opera, Kentucky Opera, San Diego Opera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Bronx Opera.  As a soloist, he has appeared with the China National Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Nicholas’ recordings include the roles of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Beau Braxton in the world premiere of Pasatieri’s God Bless Us, Every One, both released by Albany Records.

An enthusiastic educator, Nicholas is currently on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University.  He previously served as Chair of the Classical Voice Department at Mahidol University in Thailand.  He has been a guest teacher and performer at Burapha University in Thailand, the Myanmar Institute of Theology, and Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. www.nicholasprovenzale.com



The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
QUINN BERNEGGER
Essex Junction VT
QUINN BERNEGGER
Quinn Bernegger will be appearing this season as Oronte in Handel’s Alcina at The Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a graduate diploma in opera performance. He was seen most recently as Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado this summer at Chautauqua Opera, where he was also featured as an Apprentice Artist in concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Last year he made his professional debut as a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, singing roles in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Beadle Bamford), Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (the Jazz Trio), and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (Alméric). Equally at home in musical theater repertoire, Mr. Bernegger has also performed the roles of Jack and Cinderella's Prince in Sondheim's Into the Woods and Jean Valjean in Schönberg's Les Misèrables. He has been a Young Artist at both the Opera Company of Middlebury and the Seagle Music Colony, where he made his operatic debut as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff. Mr. Bernegger has also enjoyed performing oratorio and concert work with the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival and the Voices of Cooperstown. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and has received numerous honors, including selection as a finalist for the FAVA Grand Concours competition.


2nd PLACE:
ALEXANDER YORK
Evanston IL
ALEXANDER YORK
Baritone Alexander York, from Muskego, Wisconsin, recently made his professional debut, going on in a last-minute cover situation, as Don Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha with Central City Opera in Colorado, where he appeared as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist. Last winter, York made the Chicago-area fully-staged premiere of Joseph DeRocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Northwestern University. A 2014 graduate of Lawrence University and the studio of Steven Paul Spears, York was featured there as Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring, Harry Easter in Weill’s Street Scene, and Cinderella’s Prince in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, among other things. Last year, York was the recipient of the second-place Josephina L. LiPuma Scholarship, an Encouragement Award from the Wisconsin Met Council auditions, and the Evanston Music Club Scholarship. He currently studies with W. Stephen Smith in the master’s program at Northwestern, where he recently played the Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.


3rd PLACE:
BRAYTON ARVIN
Bloomington IN
BRAYTON ARVIN
Baritone Brayton Arvin is in his post-graduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned his Master of Music. Operatic roles have included Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, David in L’amico Fritz, Le Balli in Werther, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Maximilian in Candide, Notary/Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and Jack Scott in the premiere of The King in Yellow. He has been a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and Ash Lawn Opera. As a concert artist, Arvin has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Duruflé’s Messe cum Jubilo, and dozens of premieres of vocal-orchestral and chamber music. Later this year, he will be a soloist in John Stainer’s The Crucifixion and perform the role of Andrew Carnes in IU Opera’s production of Oklahoma! Arvin is a student of Heidi Grant Murphy. wix.com/braytonarvin


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song and oratorio), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(high school division)

The American Prize winner:
RUOBING ZHANG
Voorhees NJ
RUOBING ZHANG
Ruobing Zhang, age 18, has made a name for himself both as a pianist, singer, and martial arts specialist, winning serious prizes in all areas. He continues to study voice in New York with Juilliard graduate and professor Badiene Magaziner. At the tender age of 11, Ruobing received rave reviews as the boy soprano soloist Philadelphia Orchestra’s concert titled “Jurowski Conducts Mahler” in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. The Philadelphia Inquirer review of the concert led off with a description of Ruobing’s performance: “The most powerful solo vocal passages fall to the amazing boy soprano, Ruobing Zhang." Brought to our attention by his performance of the lead role in Amahl and the Night Visitors, his powerful voice is unexpected and unique. He has a charismatic aura about him and sings with deep soulfulness." In 2014, Ruobing was awarded Platinum for voice and 1st place for Piano at ICEPN TV’s “My Great Stage” Talent Show broadcasted on Times Warner Cable in NJ and NY. Recently, Ruobing advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition, to be held in May 2016 in Boston, MA.


2nd PLACE:
ETHAN YAN
Mountain View CA
ETHAN YAN
Ethan is a 9th grader at Menlo School, California. He has received awards from American Protégé International Competitions, New York Lyric Opera Theatre National Vocal Competition, Junior Bach Festival, and the Bay Area NATS Singing Festival. He has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center—on the violin, singing, and singing while self-accompanying on the piano. As a boy soprano soloist, he has performed with Monterey Symphony, Marin Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, and Los Angeles Opera; and as a chorister, with San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony. He is a 2015 Caroline Bradley Scholar, state-level math competitor, member of the Junior Mensa Honor Society, and award winner in national essay competitions. In the 2016 International History Olympiad, he was awarded five medals. Ethan also serves in a church music ministry. His wonderful voice teacher is Ms. Angelique Zuluaga.


3rd PLACE:
THOMAS LITCHEV
Dillon CO
THOMAS LITCHEV
Thomas Litchev (bass-baritone), 17, was born in Chicago, Illinois to Bulgarian parents and is currently studying Voice in his third year at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. At the Academy, he studies with John Bragle. He frequently recieves vocal coachings from Susan Snyder and Donna Brunsma, who also serves as the Italian diction teacher. In 2014 he received the Merit Scholarship Award from the YoungArts Foundation. In the summer of 2015 he attended the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy; here he took lessons with Stephen West and received vocal coaching from Jane Klaviter, Joana Pons, and Robert Morrison. He has given recitals at Interlochen and has been part of a recital given in Florence. This coming summer, in July of 2016, Mr. Litchev will be performing in "L'incoronazione di Poppea", one of the main-stage productions with the Oberlin in Italy Program in Arezzo, Italy.


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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, and runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

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The American Prize LORIN HOLLANDER AWARD celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Lorin Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of over 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor. For more about the extraordinary life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit http://lorinhollander.com/

The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
THOMAS YEE
Honolulu HI
Tchaikovsky: Concerto in B minor
THOMAS YEE
Thomas Yee has won First Prizes in over 20 national and international competitions. Dr. Yee earned an unprecedented distinction from his alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland: he was presented with the Horizon Award for Lifetime Achievement under the age of 35 for extraordinary professional, volunteer, and academic achievement. Highlights of his career include winning top prizes at the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition where he was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of the imposed piece, Ludmilla Kneskova International Piano Competition where he also won a special prize for best etude, Le Tremplin International where he also won a special prize for best contemporary work, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association Schubert Recital Competition, Concours de Musique du Canada, Young Artists Concert Tour Series Competition, and the Eastman-Hamamatsu Piano Competition among others.


2nd PLACE:
ANNETTE DIMEDIO
Philadelphia PA
Prokofiev: 3rd Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Concerto in B minor
ANNETTE DIMEDIO
Annette DiMedio, PhD is the first person in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra to win auditions in all three categories (children, junior, senior).  She has studied with Clement Petrillo, Philippe Entremont, Claudette Sorel, and Angelica Morales von Sauer.  Her interesting performance venues in recital include the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence, Italy), the Moscow Conservatory in the Tschaikowsky Competition, the Rathaus (Vienna, Austria), the Philippines (performing for Imeda Marcos) as well as venues in Central America and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has appeared as guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Robin Hood Dell Orchestra (summer Philadelphia Orchestra), Colombian Philharmonic (South America), Toulouse Orchestra (France), Varna Philharmonic (Bulgaria), Moravian Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Philharmonic of South Jersey, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Houston Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Waukesha Symphony, Orchestra 2001, Atlantic Symphony among others. Annette has won the International Recording Competition, the Liberace Talent Search appearing with Liberace at the Las Vegas Hilton (ventriloquist-pianist), the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition, was an Astral awardee and the grand prize winner of the Christian Artist Competition performing with Michael W. Smith and John Michael Talbot.  She also performed as keyboardist with the World Festival Orchestra and the Moody Blues. She is producer of the televised Mass for The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is Professor at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in music history (PhD in musicology).


3rd PLACE:
KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA
Austin TX
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major (K. 503)
KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA
KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, as well as Europe and Asia. He concertized with the late violinist Eugene Fodor in over thirty recitals, and recorded a CD of violin and piano music with him, “Witches’ Brew.” Other notable appearances include the Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York, and Wigmore Hall in London. He has made three Asian tours with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng. Dr. Tamagawa received his early musical training in Connecticut, where he made his debut with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. Currently he is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He is the 2013 recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
NATHAN CHEUNG
Pleasanton CA
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
NATHAN CHEUNG
Nathan Cheung, 24, born in Berkeley, California, is currently pursuing MM degrees in Piano Performance and Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Nelita True and Jean Barr. Nathan completed his Bachelors at Stanford University where he studied with Thomas Schultz. He has won the Aspen Concerto Competition, Music Teacher’s Association of California Solo Competition, and the Stanford Concerto Competition. A composer as well, Nathan has had his piano miniatures featured in the United States Open Music Competition and his String Quartet premiered in 2012 by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Nathan is also a member of Happy Dog Duo with Eric Tran. Happy Dog Duo has appeared with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and Vallejo Symphony.


2nd PLACE:
CONGCONG CHAI
Lawrence KS
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 
CONGCONG CHAI
Hailed as a “most gifted” and “individualistic, effective with formidable technique” pianist by TheaterJones and DallasMorning News, Congcong Chai has established himself as one of the genuine pianists in his generation. As a soloist, Mr. Chai is the 1st Place of American Fine Arts International Concerto Competition (New York, 2015), Grand Prize winner of Metropolitan International Piano Competition (New York 2014), the top winner of 22nd IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition (Italy, 2013), the 1st prize winner of Dallas International Piano Competition (Dallas, 2013). Mr. Chai has performed throughout the U.S., China, Austria and Italy. He enjoys an association with the conductors Richard McKay, Robert Ward, Benjamin Cline and Yondani Butt, performed as a soloist with Dallas Chamber Symphony, Vienna International Orchestra, Hays Symphony Orchestra, Guang Dian Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Symphony in the Valley. ?For more information, please visit www.congcongchai.com


3rd PLACE:
YOONSOOK SONG
Athens, GA
Chopin: Concerto in E minor
YOONSOOK SONG
Yoonsook Song studied with professor Jaehee Hyun at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea where she graduated magna cum laude. During her tenure at Sejong University, she was invited to perform at the “2008 Debut Concert” for the most talented pianists in Seoul. Her successful performances reinforced her passions in piano, which led to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received a master’s degree in piano performance under the direction of Dr. John Steele Ritter. She also holds a master’s degree in piano pedagogy and performance at the Ohio University and studied with Dr. Youmee Kim for performance and Dr. Christopher Fisher and professor Gail Berenson for piano pedagogy. She has received numerous prizes and awards, including the The Piano Society of Korea Competition, Ohio University Soloist Competition, the Graves Piano Competition, University of Georgia Concerto Competition and United States International Duo Piano Competition. Currently, she is studying a doctoral degree in piano performance at UGA under the direction of Dr. Martha Thomas.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (concerto), 2016—The Lorin Hollander Award
(high school division)

The American Prize winner:
JAROD YAP
Clarence Center, NY
Schumann: Concerto in A minor
JAROD YAP
Jarod Yap is a frequent medalists and scholarship winner who plays both piano and violin.  He holds the LRCM (Licentiate) and ARCT (Associate) Piano Performance degree from Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto (RCM).  He's selected to perform at Carnegie Hall (2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016) at RCM's Tri-State Excellence Award Ceremony.  Jarod performed with the Ithaca College and Genesee Symphony Orchestra respectively (2016) as concerto competition winner.  Jarod also won National Gold Medals from RCM (2013 and 2015), MTNA Empire State Junior High Piano Competition (2011), Jacquelene Dingman Concert Cup at Stamford Music Festival (2013), CCC Toronto Piano Competition (2015), and was finalist in the American Prize High School Division for Solo Piano Performance (2014, 2015, 2016) and runner-up for the Ness Piano Award at the RPO YAA (2016). Jarod is currently enrolled at Eastman School of Music for chamber music ensembles.  He also participates at BRAVO Chamber Music Workshop and frequently accompanies string players at competitions.  Jarod organizes the "Vision Possible" Charity Concert series to benefit local charity organizations.  He has appeared in many master classes with prominent musicians such as Fabio Bidini, Boris Berman, and key BPO members.  


2nd PLACE:
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Willmette IL
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Jarrett Takaki, age 17, is a Junior at New Trier High School, and a student of Sueanne Metz.  He received first place awards at the American Fine Arts Festival International Piano Competition, The Young Artist Piano Competition in Tennessee, The Walgreens National Competition, The De Paul Concerto Festival, the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, The Lee Piano Competition, and the Cardinal Stritch University Piano Festival.  Jarrett was a semifinalist at the Yamaha International Piano Competition, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, and won second place in the Junior Division of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  He has received prizes in the Bradshaw Buono International Piano Competition, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. He has performed the Bach D minor Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante at the 2015 Music Fest Perugia, the Prokofiev Piano Concerto in C Major, Mvt. 1 with the Harper College Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart Concerto #20 in D Minor, Mvt 1 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.


3rd PLACE:
ALEXANDER LU
Redmond WA
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
ALEXANDER LU
Born in Seattle, Washington in 2000, Alexander Lu began piano studies at age five and has been a student of Sasha Starcevich since April 2012.  Lu gave his debut concert at the age of eight performing the two piano version of Mozart Concerto No. 24 and has since received top awards at the regional, national and international level. Lu was a Gold Medalist of 2009 Seattle International Piano Competition, the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural “KING FM Ten Grands” Young Artist Awards competition in 2010, and captured the first prize and Judges Distinction Award at the 2011 American Protégé International Competition In May of 2013, Lu made his orchestral debut with Philharmonia Northwest as a winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival Concerto Competition, performing the Grieg Concerto in A minor. His debut with the Seattle Symphony followed only several months later after winning the Symphony’s Young Artist Audition Competition with a performance of the Mozart Concerto No. 21. In between the two concerto performances in the United States, Lu also performed with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra from Israel during the “Music Fest Perugia” in Italy.??In 2014, Lu became one of the 30 young talents chosen from around the world to participate in the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Piano Competition in Cleveland. In 2015 Lu was one of the six semi-finalists of the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert, and competed in the International e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota as one of the 25 contestants chosen worldwide.  Also in 2015, Lu was the Washington State Alternate in the MTNA Senior Piano competition, and a National YoungArts merit winner. In 2016, Lu was awarded the Grand Prize in the “King FM Young Artist” competition for the second time and was also received the Monika Clowes Memorial award sponsored by the Seattle Chamber Music Society.  Most recently, Lu became the first classical pianist receiving a Grand Prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition.


HONORABLE MENTION:
VICTOR SHLYAKHTENKO
Los Angeles CA
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
VICTOR SHLYAKHTENKO
Victor Shlyakhtenko, 14, has been studying piano at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA under the direction of Teresa de Jong Pombo since the age of five. An accomplished pianist, he is the winner of many local and state competitions including first places at the CAPMT State Concerto Competition as well as State Honors Auditions (2014), the Elvin S. McGaughey Music Foundation’s Glendale Piano Competition (2015), Southwestern Youth Music Festival (2014, 2015), the Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition (2015), and at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (2012-2015). Victor has appeared as a piano soloist with the Orange County Symphony, the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. An avid musician, Victor also studies violin with Tamara Chernyak and music theory and composition with Doug Dutton. Victor is on the roster of Classics Alive Foundation and is a Merit Scholarship recipient at the Colburn school.

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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, and runners-up and citation recipient of The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2016, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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The American Prize 
in Chamber Music Performance, 2016
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
AVERY ENSEMBLE
Provo, UT
AVERY ENSEMBLE
Now in its sixteenth season, the Avery Ensemble is a piano quartet praised by Audiophile Audition as "marvelous," and by the Classical Voice of New England as "committed. . . excellent. . . amazing and persuasive. . . . . simply outstanding."  Recent engagements include the Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky, Coe Hall in New York, and the Auditório Jurerê Classic in Florianopolis, Brazil. The Avery Ensemble has been sought out for premieres of music by living composers, and commercial recordings of Avery premieres are available on Ablaze (2011) and Parma Records (2014). Avery also excels in historically informed performance of early music, and in 2016 will launch a new CD including Mozart's Quartet in g minor performed as originally published with harpsichord as the keyboard instrument. Further Avery recordings include piano trios by Mendelssohn and Copland (2000), and piano quartets by Brahms, Mahler and Schnittke (Zephyr, 2007). www.averyensemble.org.


2nd PLACE:
ARGUS QUARTET
Branford, CT
ARGUS QUARTET
The Argus Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through new and innovative concert presentations of diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission.

Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, Encinitas’ Music By The Sea, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Birdfoot Festival, and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam.

The Argus Quartet believes that today’s ensembles must honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon, but also a large number of pieces by living composers.

Argus recently began an appointment as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, and is the first ensemble to be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity. Please visit www.ArgusQuartet.com for more information.


3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
THE SCOTT/GARRSON DUO
Moscow, ID
THE SCOTT/GARRSON DUO
The Scott/Garrison Duo, featuring clarinetist Shannon Scott, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Washington State University, and flutist Leonard Garrison, Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Idaho, has performed together since 1988. They have been featured at national conventions of the National Flute Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors and have released two critically acclaimed CDs. The Instrumentalist wrote of Perennials, “The Scott/Garrison Duo accompanied by Rajung Yang brings this music to life and sets the bar high for outstanding chamber music performance.” Fanfare Magazine wrote of Barn Dances, “In the hands of these two wonderful artists, more colors are evoked than one might believe possible… The consummate artistry and polished ensemble playing of the Scott/Garrison Duo as heard on this disc ought to win them many admirers.”


3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
QUINTEXAS
Austin, TX
QUINTEXAS
In the fall of 2014, QuinTexas formed as a group of doctoral performance candidates within the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. The group was awarded the 2015 Coleman-Saunderson Prize in Winds, Brass, and Percussion at the 69th Annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena, California, granted the Odyssey Chamber Music Series Honorable Mention at the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, Missouri, and received an invitation to compete in the 2015 Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Enthusiastic educators, the ensemble has worked with the Austin Chamber Music Center to present educational concerts in public schools throughout the Austin Independent School District, and have been featured guests in recitals and master classes at Baylor University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Visit www.quintexas.com for more information about QuinTexas.


SPECIAL CITATION RECIPIENT:
"Sustained Excellence in the Performance of Beethoven Violin Sonatas"
ELAN DUO
Fairfield, CT
ELAN DUO
The Elan Duo was formed in 2010 by British violinist Andrew Smith and Bulgarian pianist Elina Christova. The duo immediately launched Project Beethoven, performing the composer's ten violin sonatas in a cycle of concerts throughout the US and recording them in 2012 at Radford University in Virginia for the PnOVA Recordings label. Outside of their collaborative work, the musicians enjoy multi-faceted careers. Andrew is executive director of a non-profit music school, and records over 50 projects for television and film each year; Elina teaches in her private studio and is currently realizing her Scriabin Project, performing the composer’s entire published piano works in a cycle of seven concerts with a planned recording in the upcoming summer. Elan Duo’s interests represent an eclectic range of repertoire, with works by Grazyna Bacewicz, Guillame Lekeu, Arvo Pärt, as well as more classical composers.

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

The American Prize winner:
MIRASOL QUARTET
Amarillo, TX
MIRASOL QUARTET
Formed in the fall of 2013 at Texas Tech University, Mirasol quartet consists of James Barger, Andrew Reinhart, Ben Still, and Ben Donnell. Recently, Mirasol Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2015/2016 ENKOR Chamber Music Competition and the Gold Medal in the Wind Division at the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Additionally, they performed as guest artists at the Midwest Clinic and presented a session on chamber music education at the Texas Music Educators Conference. In October of 2015, the quartet presented concerts and master classes at Andrews University, Ivy Tech Community College, Wabash College, Culver Academies, and public schools in Mishawaka, Indiana as a part of Fischoff's Double Gold Medal Winner’s Tour. Committed to musical and educational outreach, the group frequently performs at public schools as advocates of arts education and chamber music. Mirasol Quartet are Conn-Selmer Artists and perform on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively.


2nd PLACE:
GALESTRO-SMITH DUO
Winchester, VA
GALESTRO-SMITH DUO
The award winning Galestro-Smith Duo formed in early 2010 during their undergraduate classical studies at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. Flutist Angela Galestro and guitarist Jonathan Smith have delighted audiences across the Southeast and Midwest United States and in concert as far away as Assisi and Cervo, Italy. Both highly accomplished artists, the duo offers a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin American and popular music. Eager to advance their careers as a substantial component to the musical world, the Galestro-Smith Duo has studied under and participated in master classes with internationally renowned artists. The duo has performed for international events and festivals including GuitarSarasota, Suonare in Italia, and the Mediterranean Guitar Festival. Most recently, June 2014, the GS Duo was awarded 1st prize in the ensemble division at the Southern Guitar Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. Both Angela and Jonathan received their Master of Music degrees from University of Akron and Bachelor of Music degrees from Stetson University. They currently reside in the pleasant city of Winchester, Virginia and are pursuing their doctoral studies at Shenandoah Conservatory as of Fall 2014. http://www.GalestroSmithDuo.com


3rd PLACE:
AQUILA TRIO
Wheaton, IL
AQUILA TRIO
The Chicago-based Aquila Trio has been making music together for less than one year. Samantha Kruger (violin), Mark Allen (clarinet), and Michael Messer (piano) are students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and enjoy performing many styles of music written for their ensemble’s unique instrumentation. Their goal is to continue to spread this wonderful music throughout the many communities of Chicago and the surrounding areas.


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

The American Prize winner:
THE NEW AMSTERDAM TRIO
New York, NY
THE NEW AMSTERDAM TRIO
Jane Bua (piano), Daniel Rafimayeri (violin) and John Skiera (cello) met at the Manhattan School of Music’s PreCollege program and formed The New Amsterdam Trio in the fall of 2014. Described as possessing a “Beautiful sense of balance, cohesion and group vision”, these dedicated and dynamic young musicians have received recognition for solo, ensemble and orchestral work and have performed at major concert venues in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and The Great Hall Balcony of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other highlights include Manhattan School of Music’s 2016 Chamber Music Competition winners’ concert and appearances with Decoda Chamber Music Institute, Heifetz Institute, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Center of New York, Greenwood Music, Lighthouse Chamber Players, Manhattan in the Mountains and Forum Musikae Madrid. Additionally, the members are active performers with Concerts-in-Motion, an outreach organization which brings music to the homebound.


2nd PLACE:
THE AMADEUS STRING QUARTET
Pittsburgh, PA
THE AMADEUS STRING QUARTET
The Amadeus Quartet is a string ensemble of four, 16-year old musicians from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Its members are Joseph Comella (violin; PA Leadership Charter School), Minori Hayakawa (violin; Upper St. Clair High School), Yosen Wang (viola; North Allegheny High School), and Chris Fedor (cello; North Allegheny High School).  Each of the musicians is a member/alumnus of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Coached by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Dennis O'Boyle, this quartet was organized in September 2015 under the Youth Chamber Connection program managed by Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras. Dedicated to promoting chamber music within the community, the ensemble has performed live on local radios, provided pre-concert recitals in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, and entertained at local museums.  Other venues include the Pittsburgh Speakers Series and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra fundraising. Recently, Amadeus was selected to be featured at the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Tiffany concert in April of 2016.


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SALO QUARTET
Pleasant Valley, NY
SALO QUARTET
The Salo quartet began rehearsing every day at Arlington high school starting in early September, 2015. The quartet consists of four students from Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, NY: Steven Oh (violin), Ellen Li (violin), Adam Cooper (Cello), and Sara Truncali (viola). They have enjoyed coachings from their incredible music director, Mr. Jonathan Handman, members of the Jasper String Quartet, and faculty of SUNY Purchase and the Boston Conservatory. Each member of the quartet has been involved in chamber music programs for the last five years. Outside of music, hobbies of the quartet include theatre, ping-pong, basketball, and more music! They are very excited about numerous musical opportunities and have enjoyed working hard to make their music come to life.


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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Instrumental Performance, 2016, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. (This is a new contest offered in 2016 for the first time.) Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right hand column to find specific results.

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

The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2016 (professional division)

The American Prize winner:
Adelya Shagidullina, viola
Philadelphia, PA
Adelya Shagidullina
Adelya Shagidullina is a prizewinning Russian-American  violist; she is an active chamber, solo, and orchestra musician. Ms. Shagidullina performed in such venues as Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Tchaikovsky concert hall in Moscow, among others. As a soloist and a chamber musician Ms. Shagidullina was honored to appear in the New York Benefactors Series at the residence of Charles Avery Fisher.

Ms. Shagidullina collaborated with such prominent musicians as Dmitry Berlinsky, Branford Marsalis, Julius Berger, Svetlana Smolina, Timothy Fain, Luiza Borac.

 Ms. Shagidullina studied in the international studio of a world-renowned violin professor Eduard Schmieder, as well as with Daniel Avshalomov, the violist of American Quartet.


2nd PLACE:
Kumiko Shimizu, collaborative piano
Cleveland, MS
Kumiko Shimizu
Kumiko Shimizu is Associate Professor of Music at Delta State University. As a collaborative pianist, she has played for competitions (including National Opera Association, District Metropolitan) and has been invited to perform at conferences (including the College Music Society International Conferences in Korea and Finland). She received further training in vocal collaborative piano and vocal coaching from Graham Johnson and Martin Katz at the SongFest summer program and from Malcolm Martineau at the Malcolm Martineau Masterclass in Scotland.

Her recording of Sy Brandon’s “Phantasie on Singaporean Folk Songs” has been released on the Emeritus Recordings label and available at CDBaby. She is the co-editor of “Japanese Art Song Anthology Volume 1” published by Classical Vocal Reprints.

She received the James Ronald Brothers Distinguished Achievement in Collaborative Piano Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing Southern Region and the Favorite Professor Award from the Mu Phi Epsilon-Gamma Zeta Chapter.


3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
Leonard Garrison, flute
Moscow, ID
Leonard Garrison
Flutist Leonard Garrison’s basic sound is extraordinary—uncommonly rich, pure, and true,” wrote Fanfare Magazine. Garrison is Associate Professor of Flute and Associate Director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at The University of Idaho, flutist in the Scott/Garrison Duo, principal flutist in the Walla Walla Symphony, and former President of the National Flute Association. He teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana. Winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, he has performed in the Chicago Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk have published his articles. He has released eight CDs on major labels to critical acclaim.


3rd PLACE (there was a tie):
Christopher Nichols, clarinet
Newark, DE
Christopher Nichols
Christopher Nichols, Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Delaware, is a versatile clarinetist with international performances as a solo and ensemble musician. He regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Christiana Winds and New Music Delaware and regularly collaborates with established chamber ensembles such as the Serafin String Quartet and the Taggart-Grycky Duo.

Dr. Nichols has appeared as a featured soloist at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association and College Music Society. Live performances have been selected for the Audio Performance Archive of College Music Symposium and broadcast on Kansas and Michigan Public Radio. In 2015, he received an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. As an endorsing artist clinician, Dr. Nichols performs exclusively on Légère Signature Series reeds and Buffet clarinets. More information is available at his professional website www.christophernicholsclarinet.com


The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2016 (college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
Laura McIntyre, bassoon
Austin, TX
Laura McIntyre
Described as possessing “an amazing technical virtuosity, a lovely musical approach, and a wonderful sense of confidence,” Laura McIntyre performed as soloist with the Mid Texas Symphony as winner of their 2015 concerto competition, received second prize at the 2013 T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition, and has been a finalist in both the Tucson Symphony Concerto Competition and the U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition. She enjoys teaching a private studio of young bassoonists in the Austin area and is a new recipient of a University of Texas Continuing Fellowship--a competitive award granted by The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts--to pursue extensive research on beginning bassoon instruction. Laura's major teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Albie Micklich.


2nd PLACE:
Joe Broom, euphonium
McLean, VA
Joe Broom
Joe Broom is a euphonium player with a number of unique accomplishments. He was both a 2015 U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2015 Davidson Fellow, the first euphonium player to earn either honor.

He performed as soloist with the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Air Force Band and as a guest member of the United States Army Orchestra and the United States Navy Band. He was also a featured soloist on NPR’s From the Top. Joe has performed in many venues including the United Kingdom’s Royal Northern College of Music; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, Terrace Theater, and Millennium Stage; and the United States Air Force Memorial.

Joe is a Buffet Crampon Wind Instrument performing artist, and a member of the acclaimed University of Michigan Symphony Band.


3rd PLACE:
Sean Mix, saxophone
Allston, MA
Sean Mix
Sean Mix has performed at the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, France), the 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (Bangkok, Thailand), and venues throughout North America. Recent highlights include recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Goethe-Institut, The Stone and Metropolitan Playhouse in New York City, and conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. He has also appeared as soloist with the New England Conservatory Bach Ensemble, performing J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.

He has performed and recorded as saxophonist for many of New England’s orchestras and contemporary music ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Monadnock Music, Atlantic Symphony, and Glens Falls Symphony.

Sean holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (MM, GD) and the University of Southern California (BM). He is completing doctoral coursework at the Boston University.

Sean is a Conn-Selmer Artist. He performs on Selmer Paris saxophones.


The American Prize 
in Instrumental Performance, 2016 (high school division)

The American Prize winner:
Joshua Brown, violin
Gurnee, IL
Joshua Brown
Joshua Brown studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy as the 2015/2016 Alexandra and John Nichols Laureate Fellow.  Joshua has won First Place in many competitions, including the MIC Young Artist Competition, the Luminarts Competition, the Sejong Competition, the Asian American International Competition, the Alexander and Buono International Competition, the Confucius Competition, the DePaul Concerto Festival, the Stanger Young Artist Competition, and the Rockville Competition.  He won many awards, including the Audience Award, at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Russia, was named a 2016 YoungArts Winner, was featured on NPR's "From the Top,"  and was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition.  Joshua has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Orchestra, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  He plays on a 1910 Vincenzo Postiglione violin generously on loan to him by the Virtu Foundation.


2nd PLACE:
Daniel Rafimayeri, violin
New York, NY
Daniel Rafimayeri
Daniel Rafimayeri is currently a student of Patinka Kopec at The Manhattan School of Music Pre-college Division where he won Alternate in the School Concerto Competition, was selected to perform the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins, participated in a master class with Deborah Buck and has risen to the Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Manhattan School of Music, Greenwood Chamber Music Camp, Lighthouse Chamber Players, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Center of New York and The Senior Orchestral Society of New York.  Additionally, Daniel is an active performer with Concerts-in-Motion, a volunteer organization which brings music to the homebound.

Daniel is a sophomore at Hunter College High School in New York City where he sits Concertmaster of the school orchestra and plays in a piano trio, winners of the 2016 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians competition.


3rd PLACE:
John Skiera, cello
Armonk, NY
John Skiera
John Skiera is 16 years old and is currently a Sophomore at Byram Hills High School. He has been a dedicated Cello player since age 7.  At age 11, he earned the best String Technique Award at the Forte International Music Competition.  At age 13, he won the 2nd prize at the New York International Music Competition ,  and another 2nd prize at the YWCA Music Competition. At age 14,  John won the 1st prize at the Korea Radio Broadcasting Competition.   He has attended master classes with such renowned Cellist  as Pam Davenport in 2009, Tony Stuart in 2012, Amit Peled in 2013, and Alisa Weilerstein in 2014. John has been receiving scholarships to attend the Manhattan School of Music Pre- college Program since 2013. He has been selected as a recipient of the scholarship award by named scholarship fund by the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship Committee.

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST opera ensembles for 2016. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance

Opera Theatre of Yale College
    Emma Clarkson    New Haven CT
University of South Dakota Opera
    Tracelyn Gesteland    Vermillion SD
The University of NC at Greensboro Opera
    David Holley    Greensboro NC
University of Michigan Opera
    Kathleen Kelly    Ann Arbor MI
Bob Jones University Opera
    Darren P. Lawson    Greenville SC
University of Michigan-Flint
    Joshua May    Flint MI
FSU Student Opera Society
    Justin John Moniz    Tallahassee FL
Texas State University Opera
    Samuel Mungo    San Marcos TX
The University  of Texas at Tyler
    Sooah Park    Tyler TX
Messiah College Opera
    Damian Savarino    Mechanicsburg PA
Undercroft Opera
    Mary Beth Sederburg    Pittsburgh PA
Conservatory Opera of Music (SUNY—Purchase)
    Jacque Trussel    Purchase NY

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST orchestras for 2016 in all categories. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional division

Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
    Jonathan Griffith   New York NY
River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
    Anna Harris    Houston TX
Odysseus N. Texas Chamber Orchestra
    Jason Lim    McKinney TX
Michigan Philharmonic
    Nan Washburn    Plymouth MI

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

University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra
    James Allen Anderson    Newark DE
Miami University Symphony Orchestra
    Ricardo Averbach Oxford OH
West Texas A&M Orchestra
    Mark Bartley    Canyon TX
College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra
    David Grandis    Williamsburg VA
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
    Stephen Heyde    Waco TX
IL Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra
    Lev Ivanov    Bloomington IL
Cornell Chamber Orchestra
    Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca NY
Dudley House Orchestra
    Aaron Kuan    Cambridge MA
Centre College Symphony
    Jaemi Loeb    Danville KY
Peabody Symphony Orchestra
    Hajime Teri Murai    Baltimore MD
Texas State Symphony
    Carolyn Watson    San Marcos TX


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

Oregon Sinfonietta
    Donald L. Appert    Portland OR
Clark College Orchestra
    Donald L. Appert    Vancouver WA
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
    Patricia Brown    Houston TX
Austin Civic Orchestra
    Lois Ferrari    Austin TX
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
    Thomas Rainey    Round Rock TX
West Shore Symphony Orchestra
    Matthew Hooper    Mechanicsburg PA
Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra/Oliver Ames HS Chamber Orchestra
    Michael Korn    Sharon/Easton MA
Dudley House Orchestra
    Aaron Kuan    Cambridge MA
Midwest Chamber Ensemble
    Steve Nelson Lewis Jr.    Prairie Village KS
Detroit Medical Orchestra
    Elliot Moore    Detroit MI
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
    Charles Salembier    Waynesboro VA
The Parthenon Chamber Orchestra
    David P. Sartor    Nashville TN
Tucson Repertory Orchestra
    Toru Tagawa    Tucson AZ


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division (corrected)

Allen HS Symphony Orchestra
    David DeVoto    Allen TX
Reagan Chamber Orchestra
    Sixto Elizondo IV   San Antonio TX
Arlington HS Philharmonia
    Jon Handman    LeGrangeville NY
Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra
    Shira Katsman    Bellevue WA
Klein Oak Chamber Orchestra
    Tanner Ledford    Spring TX
Plano West Chamber Orchestra
    Ryan Ross    Plano TX
Canyon del Oro High School
    Toru Tagawa    Oro Valley AZ
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
    Carolyn Watson  Interlochen MI


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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST choruses for 2016. Congratulations! As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—professional division

The Choir of St. David's
    Douglas Buchanan    Baltimore MD
Sacra/Profana
    Krishan Oberoi and Juan Carlos Acosta    San Diego CA
Pro Arte Singers
    Gilbert Mett    Ridgefield CT
Chorosynthesis Singers
    Wendy K. Moy, Jeremiah Selvey   Seattle WA
Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
    Linda L. Ryder    St. Louis MO
South Dakota Chorale
    Brian A. Schmidt Sioux Falls SD


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community chorus division
Pasadena Master Chorale
    Jeffrey Bernstein   Pasadena CA
Voices of Fort Worth
    Jerome M. Bierschenk   Fort Worth TX
Canticum Novum Chamber Chorus
    Douglas Buchanan   Baltimore MD
Denison University Concert Choir
    Wei Cheng   Granville OH
Choral Arts Esemble of Portland
    David DeLyser   Portland OR
eVoco Mixed Ensemble
    David Fryling   Lynbrook NY
The Weddington United Methodist Chancel Choir
    Reginald M. Houze   Charlotte NC
Cumberland Oratorio Singers
    Michael David Martin   Fayetteville NC
Eugene Vocal Arts
    Diane Retallack   Eugene OR
Duke Vespers Ensemble
    Brian A. Schmidt   Durham NC
Tallahassee Community Chorus
    Andre Thomas   Tallahassee FL
Voices In Harmony
    Steven Szalaj   Crystal Lake IL
Northwest Choral Society
    Alan Wellman   Park Ridge IL


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—college/university chorus division

University of Redlands Chapel Singers
    Nicholle Andrews   Redlands CA
Mansfield University  Comncert Choir
    Peggy Dettwiler   Mansfield PA
Hofstra Chamber Choir
    David Fryling   Hempstead NY
Buena Vista University Choir
    Merrin Guice   Storm Lake IA
Wichita State University Concert Chorale
    Michael Hanawalt   Wichita KS
Marywood University  Chamber Singers
    Rick Hoffenberg   Scranton PA
West Chester University Concert Choir and Mastersingers
    Ryan Kelly West Chester PA
Rutgers University Voorhees Choir
    Elian Kujawinski   New Brunswick NJ
Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
    Nancy Menk   Notre Dame IN
St. Paul Christus Chorus, Concordia University
    David Mennicke   St. Paul MN
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West
    Richard Nance   Tacoma WA
The Wartburg Choir
    Lee Nelson   Waverly IA
Frostburg State University Chamber Singers
    James M. Reddan   Cumberland MD
Frostburg State University University Chorale
    James M. Reddan   Cumberland MD
University of Denver Lamont Chorale
    Catherine Sailer   Denver CO
University of AZ Symphonic Choir
    Elizabeth Schauer   Tucson AZ
Wheaton College Concert Choir
    John William Trotter   Wheaton IL
Anderson University Concert Choir
    Richard A. Williamson   Anderson SC
The College of Wooster Chorus
    Lisa Wong   Wooster OH
Bob Jones University Singers
    Eliezer G. Yanson Jr.   Greenville SC


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—youth and high school chorus division

Cane Bay High School Cobra Chorale
    William Bennett    Summerville SC
Bexley HS Vocal Ensemble
    Amy Johnston Blosser    Bexley OH
Hopkins High School Concert Choir
    Philip Brown    Minnetonka MN
Sprague High Concert Choir
David Brown    Salem OR
Brookline HS Camerata & Chamber Orchestra
    Michael Driscoll    Brookline MA
New Jersey Youth Chorus
    Patricia Joyce    Chatham NJ
Columbus International Children's Choir
    Tatiana Kats    Columbus OH
Olympia HS Concert Choir
    Debbie Aurelius Muir    Stanford IL
Windham Chamber Singers
    Richard Nickerson    Windham ME
Charles M. Russell HS Chanteur Choir
    Lynn R. Ryan    Great Falls MT
Delphian Choir
    Patrick Ryan    Great Falls MT
Reedsburg Area HS Chamber Singers
    Kristen Sporakowski    Reedsburg WI
The Davidson Chorale
    Phillip Rogers Streetman    Augusta GA
Longmeadow Lyrics
    Kayla Werlin    Longmeadow MA


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

Capital University Symphonic Winds
    Jeffrey D. Gershman    Columbus OH
Hodgson Wind Symphony
    Jaclyn Hartenberger    Athens GA
IL Wesleyan Wind Ensemble
    Lev Ivanov    Bloomington IL
Centre College Wind Ensemble
    Jaemi Loeb    Danville KY


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community division

Quad City Wind Ensemble
    Brian Hughes Davenport IA
St. Norbert Community Band
    Michael Knight    De Pere WI
The Valley Winds
    Brian Messier    Amherst MA
Eastern Wind Symphony
    Todd Nichols    Princeton NJ


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—school division

North Hills HS Wind Ensemble
    Leonard Lavelle   Pittsburgh
Belchertown HS Wind Ensemble
    Brian Messier    Belchertown MA
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
    Bradley Morrison    Ossining NY
Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra
    Elijah Wirth    Baltimore MD

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