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The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2014 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the orchestra division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Composition—Orchestra (professional division)

Mark Ackerley  San Francisco CA
   Agony/Ecstasy 
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
Jesse Ayers  Canton OH
   Jericho
Jose Bevia  Guttenberg NJ
   Noit-Alimissa
Robert J. Bradshaw  Glouster MA
   Canticum Sacrum: Canticle of Zechariah
Christopher Buchenholz  New York NY
   Elegy and Dance, in Just
Daniel M. Cavanagh  Arlington TX
   Divining Reverence on the Far Eighty
Mark Dal Porto  Portales NM
   Song of Eternity
M. L. Daniels  Round Rock TX
   The Return (of David to Jerusalem)
Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View CA
   The Transit of Venus, Central Coast Concerto
Duilio Dobrin  Traverse City MI
   Of All Things Lost
Kenneth D. Froelich  Fresno CA
  Symphony No.1: Dream Dialogs
Arthur Gottschalk  Houston TX
   Fantasy Variations
Jocelyn Hagan  Minneapolis MN
   Solar
Kenneth A. Jacobs  Knoxville TN
   Approaching Northern Darkness
Fredrick Kaufman  Miami Beach FL
   Guernica Piano Concerto
Damon Lee  Lincoln NE
   Undercurrent, Blue Note
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
Rebecca Oswald  Eugene OR
   Man of Oregon, Finding the Murray River
William Popp  Loveland CO
   Concerto for Accordion and String Orchestra
James Poulsen  Des Moines IA
   Heartland Poem
David P. Sartor  Hermitage TN
   Reveries, Black Ball Counts Double
Max Simoncic  Stockton CA
   Concerto for Accordion and String Orchestra
Max Simoncic  Stockton CA
   Petit Cirque
Geoffrey Stanton  Ann Arbor MI
   Aurora
Martha Stoddard  San Francisco CA
   Points of Reference, Gait Changes, Cowgirl Rondo
Marilyn Taft Thomas  McKeesport PA
   Nuclear Winter
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)

Landon Andresen  San Pedro CA
   Three Movement
Nicolas Bizub  Appleton WI
   Rise
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar  Miami FL
   Depois da Chuva (after the rain)
Alex Cooke  Cleveland OH
   Descent
Mari Funabashi  Phoenix AZ
   Finis Origine Pendet
Texu Kim  Bloomington IN
   Toccata Inquieta, Sketches for Contredanse
Texu Kim  Bloomington IN
   Splash!!, Monastic Sceneries
Stefanie Lubkowski  Cambridge MA
   Bliss Whispers
Peter Nostrand  Mason Neck VA
   Symphony #1 (The Schubertian)
Younjae Ok  Madison WI
   Mi-Ryen
Patrick O'Malley  Auburn IN
   Superimpose
Jakub Polaczyk  Lexington KY
   Fanfares Procession
Sabrina Raber  Whitefish Bay WI
   A Luctum ad Pacem
Sid Richardson  Durham NC
   Terraforming
Zachary Sheets  Norwich VT
   Stata and the Dancing House
Jamie Whitmarsh  Tallahassee FL
   For Many Chairs


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The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2014 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the chamber music division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Composition—Chamber Music (professional division)

Lee Actor  Monte Sereno CA
   String Quartet No.1
Adrienne Albert  Los Angeles CA
   Doppler Effect
David Avshalomov  Santa Monica CA
   Torn Curtain
John Beall  Morgantown WV
   Piano Quintet
Steve and Julie Bernstein  West Hills CA
   Snapshots
Seth Boustead  Chicago IL
   String Quartet no.1
Suzy Born  Highland Park IL
   Sonatine
Robert J. Bradshaw  Glouster MA
   At the Root of Identity
Oliver Caplan  Somerville MA
   Is There a Word That Means Return?
I'lana S. Cotton  Medford OR
   Women's Voices,Women's Words
David Crowe  Lee MA
   Dreams of Wisdom
Greg Danner  Cookeville TN
   Partita
Jay Derderian  Portland OR
   Outside the Eyes
Gregory Fritze  Sharon MA
   String Quartet
David Garner  El Cerrito CA
   Cuadro Cuadrangulos
David Garner  El Cerrito CA
   Vilna Poems
Burton Goldstein  Santa Monica CA
   String Quartet #2- Kwasi's Revenge
Arthur Gottschalk  Houston TX
   Western Sonata
Lisa Hogan  Jersey City NJ
   Pierrot
Tetsuro Hoshii  Boston MA
   The Colors of the Morning
Ching-chu Hu  Newark OH
   Spheres of Influence
Sarah D. Hutchings  Houghton NY
   Prismatic
Gregory J. Jackson  Montgomery AL
   Mark of Cain, Op 77
Ruth Lomon  Cambridge MA
   ReWeaving(s)
Marcia Marchesi  Littleton CO
   Paean, Wind Trio: Or What You Will
Timothy Lee Miller  Mahwah NJ
   Divinitus
Stephen Murray  Richmond MA
   selected works
Rebecca Oswald  Eugene OR
   Field Report: News from Rural Oregon, Barbara, 
   Aesop's Fables 
Paul Reale  Canoga Park CA
   Seven Deadly Sins
David P. Sartor  Hermitage TN
   Affectations for Brass Quintet
Mary Simoni  Troy NY
   Piano Trio 
Greg Steinke  Depoe Bay OR
   Suspended
Martha Stoddard  San Francisco CA
   Outbursts: an Homage to Johannes Brahms
Piotr Szewczyk  Jacksonville FL
   Piano Trio No.1, Twisted Dances, Three Episodes
Hainu Tan  Boston MA
   selected works
Marilyn Taft Thomas  McKeesport PA
   The Elements
Danny Ursetti  Simi Valley CA
   The Quarter
Jay Vilnai  Brooklyn NY
   Shakespeare Songs
Kevin Wilt  Boca Raton FL
   Forest Bagatelles, Groove Incubation
John Winsor  Virginia Beach VA
   Caribbean Sunset
Gregg Wramage  Atlantic Highlands NJ
   in shadows, in silence

The American Prize in Composition—Chamber Music (student division)

Daniel Caputo  Mercer Island WA
   Music for Strings, Marimba and Trombones
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar  Miami FL
   La Couleur de L'invisible
Jiyoun Chung  Merriam KS
   Arirang Fantasie
Alex Cooke  Cleveland OH
   Wistful Musings
Ethan Cypress  Oneonta NY
   Night Music
Edward F. Davis  Chicago IL
   Canticum Elementorum, A Shining Road, Starstuff
Simon Frisch  New York NY
   Provost, Red Book
Ian Gayford  Warsaw NY
   Hubble Quartet
Daniel Godsil  Monmouth IL
   Zed One Three
Shuying Li  Ann Arbor MI
   For Lutoslawski
Arash Majd  Northridge CA
   String Quartet #1
Aaron Mencher  Johns Creek GA
   In the Forest
Ian Ng  Long Island City NY
   Grand Jete on a Violin
Patrick O'Malley  Auburn IN
   Trio for Violin, Alto Sax and Cello: Changes
Jakub Polaczyk  Lexington KY
   Cosas que pudieron ser
Amar Talia  New York NY
   Obsession
Brandon Thibodeau  Holt MO
   A Collaborative Conversation
Jamie Whitmarsh  Tallahassee FL
   Animal Songs
Kevin Yang  Hudson OH
   Nocturne of the Ash

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2014 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the concert band/wind ensemble division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Composition—Band (professional division)

David Avshalomov  Santa Monica CA 
   The Last Stand 
Jesse Ayers  Canton OH 
   ...and they gathered on Mount Carmel
Jesse Ayers  Canton OH 
   Rahab
Jesse Ayers  Canton OH 
   Jericho
Laurence Bitensky  Lancaster KY 
   Fearsome Critters
Mark Dal Porto  Portales NM 
   Galactica
Greg Danner  Cookeville TN 
   SEVEN WONDERS
Paul Elwood  Marseille France 
   Angelus
Gregory Fritze  Sharon MA 
   Flor De Azahar
Kyle Kindred  Humble TX 
   Variations on a Tango
Peter Van Zandt Lane  Belmont MA 
   Slant Apparatus
Samuel A. Livingston  Hopewell NJ 
   Three American Scenes
John Mayrose  Oshkosh WI 
   Bending Light
David P. Sartor  Hermitage TN 
   Veni Emmanuel-Fantasy of Abstractions
Kevin Wilt  Boca Raton FL 
   Song of the Phoenix, Nevermore
Scott L. Wise  Suisun City CA 
   Octet for Winds
Roger Zare  Fairfield CT 
   Bennu's Fire

The American Prize in Composition—Band (student division)

Weijun Chen  Buffalo NY 
   Distance
David Cooper  Salt Lake City UT 
   Metropolis
David Ikard  Norman OK 
   Ventus et Unda, Timor et Tremor
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
Hangrui Zhang  Cincinnati OH 
   Color Drops

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The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive group of 2014 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the choral music division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Composition—Choral (professional division)

David Avshalomov  Santa Monica CA
   Bend the Knee of My Heart
Mark Dal Porto  Portales NM
   Spring, the Sweet Spring
R. Michael Daugherty  Jacksonville NC
   selected works
David Horace Davies  Houghton NY
   Cantate Domino
David DeLyser  Portland OR
   Trees
Dianna Robin Dennis  Athenry Co, Galway Ireland
   Center of the Atom
Kevin Desire  Miami Gardens FL
   selected works
Dominick DiOrio  Bloomington IN
   selected works
 Christina Brice Dolanc  Davis CA
   Rocking Softly
Daniel Elder  Nashville TN
   Three Themes of Life and Love
Brian T. Field  Fairfield CT
   Remember
Peter M. Frost  Hawthorne NY
   The Blue Top
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
Darin Lewis  Stamford CT
   Veritas!
David Lipten  Tallahassee FL
   How To
Anthony Maglione  Liberty MO
   selected works
Marcia Marchesi  Littleton CO
   There is No Rose, Gabriel's Song
Timothy S. McDonnell  Immokalee FL
   Sub tuum praesidium, Gaudete
Carol A. Nicholeris  Rockland MA
   The Mass "Ancestral Remembrances"
Rebecca Oswald  Eugene OR
   Pied Beauty, Reciprocity, Wise Words of Love
Sheena Phillips  Los Gatos CA
   selected works
Denice Rippentrop  Scottsdale AZ
   selected works
Wayland Rogers  Chicago IL
   selected works
Timothy C. Takach  Minneapolis MN
   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
Joy DeCoursey-Porter  Bellevue WA
   Mondnacht
Dayton L. Kinney  Plympton MA
   Life
Matthew LaBerge  South Portland ME
   Guiding Light
Brandon Maahs  Sanger TX
   Arctic Flower
Brian Mark  Holbrook NY
   Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Zachary J. Moore  Wind Lake WI
   I Will Lift My Eyes
Brandon Stewart  Ridgefield WA
   I Shall Not Care, Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Stephen Sullivan  Greenwood IN
   Black Bird
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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST composers for 2014 in the Opera/Theater/Film division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 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
Augusta Cecconi-Bates  Cape Vincent NY
   Molly of the Mohawks
Richard Chiarappa  West Hartford CT
   The Miraculous Staircase
Dante De Silva  Tarzana CA
   Gesualdo, Prince of Madness
Wallace E. DePue  Bowling Green OH
   Something Special
Robert Fruehwald  Cape Girardeau MO
   Double Blind Sided
Todd Goodman  Midland PA
   Night of the Living Dead: the opera
Raymond Horton  Floyds Knobs IN
   Samaritan
Peter Van Zandt Lane  Belmont MA
   HackPolitik 
Ray Leslee  New York NY
   A Chamber Christmas Carol
Eric Sawyer  Amherst MA
   The Garden of Martyrs
Tyler Goodrich  White Lincoln NE
   O Pioneers

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera and art song for 2014. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
—professional opera division (women)


Karen Archbold   Glen Ellyn IL
Robin Bradley   Chicago IL
Danielle Buonaiuto   Baltimore MD
Jessica Rose Cambio   Modena Italy
Joan Marie Dauber   Chicago IL
Annie Gill   Baltimore MD
Audrey Grieme   Lafayette IN F
Katie Hannigan   Rochester NY
Aumna Merie Iqbal   Newport Coast CA
Laura Kay   New York NY
Megan Marino   New York NY
Joann Martinson   Rolette ND
Yelka Milanova   Flushing NY
Susan Nelson   Chicago IL
Natasha  Novitskaia   New York NY
Christina Pecce  Hingham MA
Meghan Picerno   New York NY
Kathryn Scavone Pitts   Tustin CA
Megan Roth   Bloomington IN
Josefien Stoppelenburg   Evanston IL
Zoe Vandermeer   Gaylordsville CT

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
—college/university opera division (women)


Karen Amlaw   Westborough MA
Lillian Bethany Bailey-Brooks   Plainfield VT
Julie Lyn Barber   Parker City IN
Kasia Bitner Aliso   Viejo CA
Katherine Bourne   Riverdale IL
Alice Burton   Chicago IL
Alba Cancel   Kansas City MO
Tara Cooper   Prairie Village KS
Kelsey Debner   Austin TX
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Monica Dewey   Stone Mountain GA
Abigail Dock   Medford OR
Lauren K. Frey   Pittsburgh PA
Abigail Jackson   Dallas TX
Melissa Krueger   Kingwood TX
Lindsay Mecher   Chicago IL
Erika Mitchell   Somerville MA
Vanessa Naghdi   Manassas VA
Jessica Rose Nelson   Blackwood NJ
Julia Wolcott   State College PA

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
—professional art song division (women)


Ashley Becker   New York NY
Danielle Marcelle Bond   Los Angeles CA
Courtney Ellen Bray   Bainbridge WA
Danielle Buonaiuto   Baltimore MD
Jessica Rose Cambio   Modena Italy
Jessica Louise Coe   Chicago IL
Farah Darliette   Boston MA
Joan Marie Dauber   Chicago IL
Sarah Davis   Seattle WA
Julianne Gearhart   Charlestown MA
Annie Gill   Baltimore MD
Katie Hannigan   Rochester NY
Elizabeth Kling   Erie CO
Lindsey Sandham Leonard   Hudson OH
Susanne Mentzer   Carmel CA
Courtney Miller   Boston MA 
Susan Nelson   Chicago IL R
Clara Osowski   Brooklyn Center MN
Roselin Osser   Watertown MA
Jennifer Piazza-Pick   San Antonio TX
Rebecca Rapoport-Cole   Somerville MA
Jamie Reimer   Papillion NE
Stella Dayrit Roden   Warrensburg MO
Megan Roth   Bloomington IN
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn   Wichita KS
Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL
Josefien Stoppelenburg   Evanston IL
Sonja Tengblad   Jamaica Plain MA
Stephanie Tingler   Athens GA
Emily Truckenbrod   Edwardsville IL
Zoe Vandermeer   Gaylordsville CT
Nicole Warner   Hudson WI
Dana Zenobi   Austin TX

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
—college university art song division (women)


Julie Lyn Barber   Parker City IN U F
Katherine Bourne   Riverdale IL
Tara Cooper   Prairie Village KS
Abigail Dock   Medford OR
Keeley Hooker   Ledbetter TX
MaryAnn Keeline   Redding CA
Lindsay Mecher   Chicago IL
Claudia Dawon Oh   Los Angeles CA
Kelsey K. Rogers   Tuscon AZ
Kimberly M. Twesme   Walnut Creek CA

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
—high school division


Kresley Figueroa   Flagstaff AZ
Emily Rose Perry   Powell OH
Madison Williams   Dublin OH

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!







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

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The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera division (men)

Dominick Cicco   Harrisburg PA
Mitchell Hutchings   Houghton NY
Daniel Kamalic   Watertown MA
Kevin Kell   Chicago Il
Victor Khodadad   Brooklyn NY
Joseph Ryan   Sarasota FL
Rocky Sellers   Memphis TN
Sean Stanton   Chicago IL 
Jonathan Story   London UK
Jack Swanson   Stillwater MN 

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—art song division (men) 

H.Conner Angell   Upland IN
Andrew Bawden   Harrisonburg VA
Anton Belov   Sherwood OR
Daniel Kamalic   Watertown MA
Christian Ketter   Chicago IL
Peter Lightfoot   East Lansing MI
Nils Neubert   New York NY
Stephen Ng   Philadelphia PA
Michael Orlinsky   Chicago IL
Leo Radosavljevic   Willmette IL
Andrew Sauvageau   Baltimore MD 
Victavious Wilson   Burlington NC

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school division (men) 

Matthew Bishop Burn   Greenville SC
Nathan Kessel   Worcester MA
Thomas West   Lookout Mountain TN

Congratulations!


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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber music ensembles for 2014. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Chamber Music Performance:

Audrey Chen   Redmond WA   
     Trio Reverie
Alyse  Hashi   Denton TX   
     Palm Trio
Lillia Keyes   Berlin Germany   
     Duo Nuage
Nathanael May   St. Joseph MO
     Musicians From Soundscape
Christopher Nichols   Newark DE   
     Payton and the Pipes
Hannah Porter Occena   Overland Park KS   
     The Occena-Chen Duo
Paula Peace   Atlanta GA   
     Atlanta Chamber Players
Mark  Sheldon   Sacramento CA   
     Sheldon and Tree
Lauren Wasynczuk   Bellflower CA   
     La'Ventus Quartet

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!
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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST pianists for 2014. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced in June, 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 Piano Performance (solo)—professional division

Valentin M. Bogdan   Columbus MS
Jason Chiu   El Cerrito CA
Catherine Quillen Dornin   Concord NH
Choah Kim   Newton MA
Mirna Lekic   Brooklyn NY
David McArthur  Fort Collins CO
Miroslava Mintcheva   Fort Collins CO
Peter Miyamoto   Columbia MO
Julia Mortyakova   Columbus MS
Nassib Nassar   Chapel Hill NC
Alessandra Tiraterra   Hillsborough NJ

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

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
YoonJin Kim   Dekalb IL
Inhyun Lee   Brookline MA
Hyunki Yoon   Kansas City MO 

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


Benjamin Gittens   Mason OH
William Hume   Carlisle PA
Olivia Long   St. Louis  MO
Christopher Son Richardson   Lake Forest Park WA
Jarod Yap   Clarence Center NY

The American Prize in Piano Performance
—concerto division


Michael Angelucci   Owings Mills MD
Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
William Hume   Carlisle PA
Kasandra Keeling   San Antonio TX
Inhyun Lee   Brookline MA
Hyunki Yoon   Kansas City MO

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!





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The American Prize is pleased to announce the WINNERS of the Chicago Oratorio Award, 2014.
Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), have been awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing the solo portions of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and the Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago.

This additional opportunity, offered as part of 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition, is judged entirely independently from the rest of the contests.

Tickets for the performance may be purchased by clicking here.

The 2014 winners are:

JULIANNE GEARHART, soprano

Soprano Julianne Gearhart is quickly becoming known on both sides of the Atlantic for her remarkable theatrical presence as well as the crystalline quality of her singing. She started her career as a devoted singer of Strauss, singing Zerbinetta for numerous companies including The Grand Theatre de Geneve and the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, and Der Rosenkavalier’s Sophie for the Seattle Opera and in her German debut for Theater Lübeck.

Gearhart's relationship with Seattle has been close and longstanding. A graduate of their Young Artist Program, she made her mainstage debut in Seattle as Helen Niles in the premiere of the revised Mourning Becomes Electra. Other roles followed, including Woglinde and the Waldvogel in their Ring Cycle as well as a relationship with the Seattle Symphony, where she most recently sang Poulenc’s Gloria, and for whom she has also sung Bach's notoriously difficult Cantata #51, Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen.  She reprised the Bach for the White Mountain Bach Festival last season.

Gearhart made her Italian debut at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia, as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also sang Blonde for the Vlaamse Opera’s 2010 production. She has  performed with the Edinburgh Festival, Opera North, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Seattle Symphony, The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York, Port Angeles Symphony, Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy, Grieg Choral Festival in Bergen, Norway, Chamber Music Amarillo, New Israeli Opera, and the Grand Theatre Geneve. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing under the baton of Maestro Rutter in Handel’s Messiah and Rutter’s Magnificat.
 
COURTNEY MILLER, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-Soprano Courtney Miller is the 2013 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Competition in Women’s Voice and and First Place winner of the American Prize in Art Song.  Ms. Miller returns to Virginia Opera as an Emerging Artist for the 2014-15 season singing Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, Page in Salome, and Flora in La Traviata.  During Virginia Opera’s 2013-14 season, Ms. Miller sang Meg Page in Falstaff, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos while covering the Composer, and Mercédès in Carmen.  Recent highlights include Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking, the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Concepción in L’heure Espagnole.  Ms. Miller has worked with the Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and Seagle Music Colony.  A Wisconsin native, Ms. Miller holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory. www.courtneyallycemiller.com


DANIEL KAMALIC, lyric tenor
Lyric tenor Daniel Kamalic has been praised for the “exciting, tremendous force and burnished tonal quality” of his voice. He has performed regularly with Connecticut Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, as well as with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and the International Rachmaninoff Festival. He was recently selected by Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler of the Metropolitan Opera to receive a full scholarship to attend the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute. In addition to the repertoire standards, he champions new and rarely performed works. Mr. Kamalic has created roles in operas by composers Eric Sawyer, Charles David Younger, Thomas Oboe Lee, and Sarah Meneely-Kyder.  The Croatian-American tenor has also reveled in the opportunity to explore and present the music of Croatia. He made his European debut in 2012 with Kvartet Veljak in Valun, Croatia and returns in 2014 to sing at the Rijeka Festival of Chamber Music in Rijeka, Croatia.


PETER LIGHTFOOT, dramatic baritone
Dramatic baritone Peter Lightfoot performed Falstaff in Verdi’s Falstaff in Cagli and Mercatello, Italy.  His performance of Marbuel at the Wexford Festival in The Devil and Kate is on DVD.   Lightfoot was Bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Sir John Rutter at Carnegie Hall. His operatic roles include Verdi's Macbeth; Tonio in Il Pagliacci; Scarpia in Tosca and Rigoletto in Verdi's Rigoletto.  His orchestral credits include the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Radio Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony. Mr. Lightfoot was born in New York and holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Tufts University. He is winner of a National Opera Institute Grant, a Sullivan Foundation Grant and a Harp Grant.  He is associate professor of voice Michigan State University's College of Music. Lightfoot's "An American Tapestry" with pianist Dr. Deborah Moriarity, can now be heard on Blue Griffin Records.


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