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The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALIST pianists for 2014 in the concerto division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Piano Performance
—concerto division


Michael Angelucci   Owings Mills MD
    Grieg: A minor Concerto, 
    Saint-Saens: Second Concerto (G minor)
Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
    Chopin: E minor Concerto
William Hume   Carlisle PA
    Grieg: A minor Concerto
    Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Kasandra Keeling   San Antonio TX
    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Hyunki Yoon   Kansas City MO
    Prokofiev: First Concerto
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In a very strong field of candidates, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance:

Audrey Chen   Redmond WA   
     Trio Reverie: Darren Leung, Audrey Chen, 
     Christopher Lu
Lillia Keyes   Berlin Germany   
     Duo Nuage: Lillia Keyes, Andrea Marie Baiocchi
Nathanael May   St. Joseph MO
     Musicians From Soundscape: Tony Arnold, 
     Thomas Rosenkranz, Aiyun Huang 
Hannah Porter Occena   Overland Park KS   
     The Occena-Chen Duo: Hannah Porter Occeña, 
     Belle Chen
Paula Peace   Atlanta GA   
     Atlanta Chamber Players
Lauren Wasynczuk   Bellflower CA   
     La'Ventus Quartet: Alyssa Hoffert, 
     Lauren Wasynczuk, Ben Carraher, Li-Chun Hsiao
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The American Prize is very pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST composers in opera/theater/film. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—Opera/Theater/Film (professional division)

Jesse Ayers Canton OH
   Rahab 
Robert J. Bradshaw  Glouster MA
   The Girl in White
Matthew Burtner  Charlottesville VA
   Auksalaq
Robert Fruehwald  Cape Girardeau MO
   Double Blind Sided
Todd Goodman  Midland PA
   Night of the Living Dead: the opera
Peter Van Zandt Lane  Belmont MA
   HackPolitik 
Eric Sawyer  Amherst MA
   The Garden of Martyrs
Tyler Goodrich White  Lincoln NE
   O Pioneers
1 year ago | |
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The American Prize is very pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST composers in the orchestra division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division)

Lee Actor  Monte Sereno CA
   Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra
Steven Amundson  Northfield MN
   Handprints
Gary Aubry  Cudahy WI
   Affirmation
David Avshalomov  Santa Monica CA
   Elegy 
Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
   Central Coast Concerto
Arthur Gottschalk  Houston TX
   Fantasy Variations
Kenneth A. Jacobs  Knoxville TN
   Approaching Northern Darkness
Fredrick Kaufman  Miami Beach FL
   Guernica Piano Concerto
Darin Lewis  Stamford CT
   Oboe Concerto/Clarinet Concertino
Paul Lombardi  Vermillion SD
   Piano Concerto
James Joseph Ogburn  Wenatchee WA
   Singularity: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
David P. Sartor  Hermitage TN
   Reveries, Black Ball Counts Double
Michael Sidney Timpson  Atherton CA
   Outlier: Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra
Julius P. Williams  Boston MA
   Myths of History
Gregg Wramage  Atlantic Highlands NJ
   La tristesse durera
Yoko Wylegala  Suquamish WA
   B isst Eis

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division)

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar  Miami FL
   Depois da Chuva (after the rain)
Texu Kim  Bloomington IN
   Toccata Inquieta
Texu Kim  Bloomington IN
   Monastic Sceneries
Stefanie Lubkowski  Cambridge MA
   Bliss Whispers
Patrick O'Malley  Auburn IN
   Superimpose
Zachary Sheets  Norwich VT
   Stata and the Dancing House
Jamie Whitmarsh  Tallahassee FL
   For Many Chairs


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The American Prize is very pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST composers in the choral music division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—Choral (professional division)

Mark Dal Porto  Portales NM
   Spring, the Sweet Spring
R. Michael Daugherty  Jacksonville NC
   selected works
Dominick DiOrio  Bloomington IN
   selected works
Daniel Elder  Nashville TN
   Three Themes of Life and Love
William P. Gorton  Decatur IL
   Prayer to the Mother World, The Lord is My Shepherd, 
   The Night Whispers Fair
Jocelyn Hagan  Minneapolis MN
   Sanctus
Samuel R. Hazo  McMurray PA
   GLORIFICARE: Newtown Requiem
Zebulon M. Highben  New Concord OH
   selected works
Elise Letourneau  Orleans ON
   selected works
Timothy S. McDonnell  Immokalee FL
   Sub tuum praesidium, Gaudete
Rebecca Oswald  Eugene OR
   Pied Beauty, Reciprocity, Wise Words of Love
Sheena Phillips  Los Gatos CA
   selected works
Wayland Rogers  Chicago IL
   selected works
Robert Wendel  New York NY
   This is Chanukah

The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division)

Saunder Choi  Cambridge MA
   selected works
Edward F. Davis  Chicago IL
   My Sun and Song and Spring, Requiem AEternam, 
   Silver Bells
Brian Mark  Holbrook NY
   Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Zachary J. Moore  Wind Lake WI
   I Will Lift My Eyes
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The American Prize is very pleased to announce 2014 FINALIST composers in the concert band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

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The American Prize in Composition—Band (professional division)

David Avshalomov  Santa Monica CA
   The Last Stand
Jesse Ayers  Canton OH
   Jericho
Laurence Bitensky  Lancaster KY
   Fearsome Critters
Gregory Fritze  Sharon MA
   Flor De Azahar
Kyle Kindred  Humble TX
   Variations on a Tango
John Mayrose  Oshkosh WI
   Bending Light
David P. Sartor  Hermitage TN
   Veni Emmanuel-Fantasy of Abstractions
Kevin Wilt  Boca Raton FL
   Nevermore

The American Prize in Composition—Band (student division)

Weijun Chen  Buffalo NY
   Distance
Theodore King-Smith  Kansas City MO
   Manhattan: I. Grand Central II. Central Park
Matthew LaRocca  Sommerville MA
   Arctic Voices
Shuying Li  Ann Arbor MI
   Slippery Slope
Patrick O'Malley  Auburn IN
   Trees Without Leaves, Against the Cloudy Sky


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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2014. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in July, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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The American Prize in Directing

Heather Davidson   Augusta, GA  
   Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
Daniel Ellis   Minneapolis, MN  
   Project Opera
Kristina Keener Ivy   Covina, CA  
   Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy  
Linda Lister   Las Vegas, NV  
   UNLV Opera
Rick Piersall   Abilene, TX  
   ACU Opera
Rolando Sanz   Bethesda, MD  
   Young Artists of America
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Vytautas Marijosius
The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 SEMI-FINALISTS in Orchestral Programming, the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in July, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community. 

The American Prize in Orchestral Programming
Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award 

Donald L. Appert   Vancouver, WA  
   Clark College Orchestra
Donald L. Appert   Portland, OR  
   Oregon Sinfonietta
Robert W. Boardman   South Bend, IN  
   South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
Kevin M. Geraldi   Greensboro, NC  
   UNCG Symphony Orchestra
Thomas E. Rainey   Round Rock, TX  
   Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Collin G. Heade   Cannon Beach, OR  
   North Oregon Coast Symphony
Tara Villa Keith   Sanford, NC  
   Lee County Community Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith   Davidson, NC  
   Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY  
   Cornell Orchestras
Andrew Koehler   Kalamazoo, MI  
   Kalamazoo Philharmonia
Steven Larsen   Rockford, IL  
   Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Jaemi Blair Loeb   Danville, KY  
   Centre College Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng   South Hadley, MA  
   Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Bryce Seliger   Forest Grove, OR 
   Pacific Philharmonic
Nan Harrison Washburn   Plymouth, MI  
   Michigan Philharmonic
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The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2014 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in many categories. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in July, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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The American Prize in Conducting (Opera Division)

Beau Gabriel   New Haven, CT  
   Opera Theatre of Yale College/ Tiny Baroque Orch.of Pierson College    
Walter Morales   Pittsburg, PA  
   Undercroft Opera
Kira Omelchenko   Burgas, Bulgaria  
   Bulgarian State Opera Company
Steven Ward   Abilene, TX    
   ACU Opera
Maria Sensi Sellner   Pittsburg, PA  
   Resonance Works Pittsburgh
Lidiya  Yankovskaya   Boston, MA      
   Juventas New Music Ensemble
Lidiya  Yankovskaya   Cambridge, MA  
   Lowell House Opera, Harvard Univ.

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The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2014 SEMI-FINALIST conductors in many categories. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in July, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

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

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

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT 
   Southern Utah Univ. Concert Chamber Choir
Meredith Bowen   East Lansing, MI 
   Meredith Bowen Recital Choir
Dominick DiOrio   Bloomington, IN 
   NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA 
   Georgia State University Singers
Timothy S. McDonnell   Naples, FL 
   Ave Maria Univ. Combined Choirs
Colleen Phelps   Cincinnati, OH 
   CCM Chamber Singers
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL 
   Wheaton College Concert Choir

The American Prize in Conducting (Community/Youth Choral Division) 

Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA 
   Choral Arts Initiative
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD 
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Reona Ito   New York, NY 
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA 
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
Robert Bode   Seattle, WA 
   Choral Arts

The American Prize in Conducting (Band/Wind Ensemble Division)

Charlie G.(Trae) Blanco III     Bloomington, IN
   Indiana U. Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band
Jaclyn Hartenberger   Athens, GA    
   Univ. of Georgia Wind Symphony
Joseph E. Higgins   Evanston, IL  
   Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble
Brian Hughes  Davenport, IA  
   Quad City Wind Ensemble
Kristin Lin   Fairfield, OH  
   Fairfield Freshman Band
Corey Seapy   Ithaca, NY    
   Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
Thanapol Setabrahmana   Cincinnati, OH
   CCM Wind Orchestra/Chamber Players
Teren Shaffer   Santa Ana, CA  
   Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble

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