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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2015. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Stage Direction

David Ward    Univ. of AZ Fred Fox School of Music
    Opera Theater   Tucson, AZ 
Sarah Hutchings    Houghton Lyric Theater 
    Houghton, NY 
Kristina Keener Ivy    Top Billing Entertainment
    Performance Academy   Covina, CA 
Tracelyn Gesteland   University of South Dakota Opera 
    Vermillion, SD 
George Cederquist    Chicago Fringe Opera 
    Chicago, IL 
George Cederquist    Pittsburgh Opera 
    Chicago, IL 
Tania Arazi Coambs    Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
    Indiana, PA 
Stephen Carr    Eastman School of Music 
    Rochester, NY 
Daniel B. Ellis    Theatre in the Round 
    Minneapolis, MN  

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST theater and musical theater ensembles for 2015. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Theater & Musical Theater Performance

Kristina Keener Ivy    Top Billing Entertainment
    Performance Academy   Glendora, CA 
Kyle J. Weary    Barbara Ingram School for the Arts 
    Hagerstown, MD 
Jo Lynn Burks    Belmont University Musical Theatre 
    Nashville, TN 
Nicole Pedroche    Royal Oak School 
    Covina, CA 

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST opera ensembles for 2015. Congratulations!

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance

Mitchell Hutchings    Houghton Lyric Theater 
    Houghton, NY 
David Holley    Univ. of NC-Greensboro 
    Greensboro, NC 
Maria Sensi Sellner    Resonance Works Pittsburgh 
    Pittsburgh, PA 
Tian Hui Ng    Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra 
    South Hadley, MA 
Tracelyn Gesteland    University of South Dakota 
    Vermillion, SD 
Brooke Lamell   Opera Theatre of Yale College 
    New Haven, CT 
Tania Arazi Coambs    Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
    Indiana, PA 
Rebecca Renfro Grimes    Sam Houston State University 
    Huntsville, TX 
Brian DeMaris    Mill City Summer Opera 
    Ithaca, NY 
Mary Beth Sederburg    Undercroft Opera 
    Pittsburgh, PA 

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST orchestras for 2015 in all categories. Congratulations!

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

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

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

Sergio Bernal    Utah State Univ. Symphony Orchestra 
    Logan, UT 
Bruce Uchimura    Western Michigan Univ. Symphony
    Orchestra   Kalamazoo, MI 
Alexander Jimenez    Florida State University Symphony
    Orchestra   Tallahassee, FL 
Stephen Heyde    Baylor Symphony Orchestra 
    Waco, TX 
Hajime Teri Murai    Peabody Symphony Orchestra 
    Baltimore, MD 
Chris Younghoon Kim    Cornell Symphony Orchestra 
    Ithaca, NY 
Reuben Blundell    The Hunter Symphony 
    New York, NY 
Chaowen Ting    Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra 
    Atlanta, GA 
Jaemi Loeb    Centre College Orchestra 
    Danville, KY 
Michael W. Moore    Bob Jones University Symphony
    Orchestra    Greenville, SC 
David Grandis    College of William & Mary Symphony
    Orchestra   Williamsburg,  VA 


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

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


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth and high school orchestra division

Dan Whisler    Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia 
    Louisville, KY 
Thomas Dickey    Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
    Dubuque, IA 
Michael Webster   Houston Youth Symphony 
    Houston, TX 
Ryan Ross    Jasper Legacy Orchestra 
    Plano, TX 
Tanner Ledford    Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra 
    Spring, TX 
Dr. Carolyn Watson    Interlochen Arts Academy
    Orchestra   Interlochen, MI 
Beau Benson    Midway Camerata 
    Waco, TX 
Jonathan Handman    Arlington HS Philharmonia 
    LaGrangeville, NY 
Jonathan Handman    Stringendo Orchestra School's
    Vivace   Poughkeepsie, NY 
Timothy Verville    Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra 
    Idyllwild, CA 

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST bands for 2015 in all categories. Congratulations!

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

Dr Martin H. Seggelke    Illinois State Univ. Wind
    Symphony   Normal, IL 
Jeffrey Renshaw    Univ. of Connecticut Wind Ensemble 
    Storrs, CT 
Jaclyn Hartenberger    University of Georgia Wind
    Symphony   Athens, GA 
Jaemi Loeb    Centre College Wind Ensemble 
    Danville, KY 
David Vickerman    The College of New Jersey Wind
    Ensemble   Ewing, NJ 
Eric Wilson    Baylor University Wind Ensemble 
    Waco, TX 


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

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

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST choruses for 2015 in all categories. Congratulations!

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

Robert Simpson   Houston Chamber Choir 
    Houston, TX 
Darrell Jordan    Vox Nova 
    Columbia, MO 
Jean-Sebastien Vallee    Inspiravi 
    Los Angeles, CA 


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Choral Performance—community chorus division
Martin Benvenuto   Peninsula Womens Chorus 
    Palo Alto, CA 
Ryan Brandau    Princeton Pro Musica 
    Princton, NJ 
Cathy R. Deitz    Susquehanna Chorale 
    Hershey, PA 
Loren W. Ponten    Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble 
    Seattle, WA 
Jean-Sebastien Vallee    Mountainside Master Chorale 
    Pamona, CA 
Steven Szalaj    Voices In Harmony 
    Crystal Lake, IL 
Mark Shapiro    Cantori New York 
    New York, NY 


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

David Holdhusen    USD Chamber Singers 
    Vermillion, SD 
Anthony J. Maglione    William Jewell College Concert
    Choir   Liberty, MO 
Trent A. Patterson    Webster University Chamber Singers 
    Saint Louis, MO 
Peggy Dettwiler    Mansfield Univ. Concert Choir 
    Mansfield, PA 
Ethan Sperry    The Portland State Chamber Choir 
    Portland, OR 
Jo-Michael Scheibe    USC Thornton Chamber Singers 
    Los Angeles, CA 
Hingrid Kujawinski    Voorhees Choir 
    New Brunswick, NJ 
Michael Hanawalt    Wichita State Univ. Concert Chorale 
    Wichita, KS 
Richard A. Williamson    Anderson University Concert
    Choir   Anderson, SC 
John William Trotter    Wheaton College Concert Choir 
    Wheaton, IL 
Trent R. Brown   Chamber Choir of Bower School of Music 
    Fort Myers, FL 
Giselle Wyers    University of Washington Chorale 
    Seattle, WA 
Lisa Wong    The College of Wooster Chorus 
    Wooster, OH 


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

Robyn Lana    Cincinnati Children's Choir 
    Cincinnati, OH 
Debbie Aurelius-Muir    Olympia HS Concert Choir 
    Stanford, IL 
Richard Ingram   Huron HS A Cappella Choir 
    Ann Arbor, MI
Lynn R. Ryan    Chanteur Choir 
    Great Falls, MT 
Kyle J. Weary    Cantala Women's Choir 
    Hagerstown, MD 
Timothy  Powell    The Davidson Chorale 
    Augusta, GA 
Karyn Joaquino    The Brearley B-Naturals 
    New York, NY 

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in orchestral programming, The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award

Donald L. Appert   Vancouver, WA

David A. Rahbee   Seattle, WA

Michael Griffith   Laramie, WY

Thomas E. Rainey   Round Rock, TX

Tian Hui Ng   South Hadley, MA

Robert Boardman   South Bend, IN

Allen Tinkham   Chicago, IL

Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY

Kevin M. Geraldi   Greensboro, NC

Michael Korn   Waltham, MA

Jaemi Loeb   Danville, KY

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in the opera/music theater division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—opera and music theater division

Robert W. Butts
    Eastern Opera of NJ    Warren, NJ
Walter Morales
    Undercroft Opera     Pittsburgh, PA
Kyle J. Weary
    Barbara Ingram School for the Arts    Hagerstown, MD
Nancy Allen
    Belmont University    Nashville, TN
Jun Kim
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee    Milwaukee, WI
Michael Sakir
    Northwestern University Bienen School of Music 
    Evanston, IL
Justin C. Davis
    Houghton College Lyric Theater    Houghton, NY
Brian DeMaris
    Mill City Summer Opera    Ithaca, NY

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in band divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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

Mark Tse
    New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds
    Boston, MA
Brian Diller
    CCM Wind Orchestra    Cincinnati, OH
Jaclyn Hartenberger
    University of Georgia Wind Symphony    Athens, GA
Michael Hart
    California Lutheran Univ. Wind Ensemble 
    Thousand Oaks, CA
Jaemi Loeb
    Centre College Wind Ensemble    Danville, KY
Rickey Badua
    Cal Poly Pomona University Band    Pomona, CA
Charlie G. Blanco III
    ASU Wind Orchestra & Wind Ensemble    Tempe, AZ
David Vickerman
    The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble    Ewing, NJ


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

Brian Hughes
    Quad City Wind Ensemble    Davenport, IA
Kaleb Benda
    Tri Fraternal Winds    Denton, TX
Shawn Smith
    Banda Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo 
    Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Ryan Yahl
    New Bremen High School Symphonic Band 
    New Bremen, OH

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in choral divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional chorus division

Robert Simpson
    Houston Chamber Choir    Houston, TX
Jean-Sebastien Vallee
    Inspiravi    Los Angeles, CA
Timothy Mount
    San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and Vedantic Arts
    Ensemble    San Luis Obispo, CA

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

Hingrid Kujawinski
    Voorhees Choir    New Brunswick, NJ
Zebulon M. Highben
    Muskingum Concert Choir & Chamber Singers 
    New Concord, OH
Andrew Minear
    Andrew Minear's DMA Recital Choir    East Lansing, MI
Timothy Mount
    Stony Brook Camerata Singers    Stony Brook, NY
Kevin M. Geraldi
    UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs 
    Greensboro, NC
Cory Alexander
    UF Women's Chorale & Mens's Glee Club 
    Gainesville, FL
Eliezer Yanson
    Jr. Combined Choirs of Bob Jones University
    Greenville, SC


SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—school and community chorus division

Kyle J. Weary
    Barbara Ingram School for the Arts    Hagerstown, MD
Timothy Michael Powell
    The Davidson Chorale    Augusta, GA
Frank Martignetti
    Mystic River Chorale    Mystic, CT
Matthew Phelps
    West End UMC Chancel Choir    Nashville, TN
Emily Isaacson
    Oratorio Chorale    Brunswick, ME

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