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The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and citation recipients of The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013.




Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.

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

The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2013—PROFESSIONAL DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
PETRONEL MALAN     Waukesha, WI
Petronel Malan
An unmistakably creative force in classical music, Petronel’s recording "Transfigured Bach." (Hänssler Classic) received three Grammy® nominations, including "Best Instrumental Solo Album." "Transfigured Mozart," "Transfigured Beethoven," and "Transfigured Tchaikovsky" followed. Petronel performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Cortot, Mozarteum, Liszt Museum (Budapest), as well as the Levoca, Ravinia and Gilmore Festivals. Petronel has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe, the UK, USA and South Africa. She was the gold medal winner at the Louise McMahon, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt "Budapest Concert" and Hilton Head Piano Competitions, Web Concert Hall Competition, Grace Welsh Prize and the Entergy Young Artist Award. South African-born Petronel studied with Adolph Hallis and Joseph Stanford, Steven de Groote, Ralph Votapek, Joseph Banowetz, and Earl Wild. She received the "Prestige Award" as one of the "10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa," and an annual music scholarship ise awarded in her name. www.petronelmalan.com 

Among judges' comments: "Beautiful playing that includes the element of breathing, boldness, and suppleness of sound as resources to music-making."



2nd Place:
Hye kyeong Cho     Lacey, WA
Hye kyeong Cho

Hye kyeong Cho is a popular piano performer throughout Korea and the Northwest U.S., as well as a soloist, an accompanist, a worship pianist and pedagogue.

She holds the Piano performance degrees B.M.M.M and S.M.E from Dong-A university and P. Vladigerov National Music Academy in Bulgaria with Prof. Anton Dikov and Elena Dikova. She won first prizes in several competitions including the Kyung-Hyang Piano Competition and Korea Music Association piano Competition – college division. And also she has had numerous concerts as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician, as an accompanist in Korea, Bulgaria, Japan and the U.S. She has been invited several times to perform at the Korea-Bulgaria Music Festival as a piano soloist. She also has been gave numerous benefit concerts with her performance group (HCMC) every year. Through these benefit concerts, in 2009 she earned a certificate of appreciation from the Governor of Washington State. Currently, she is working as a piano faculty member in St. Martin's University, WA.

Among judges' comments: "Very crisp, clean, elegant playing that carries grace right from the start."



3rd Place (there was a tie):
Richard Fountain     Plainview, TX
Richard Fountain

Richard Fountain enjoys a uniquely enriching career as a teacher, adjudicator, solo performer, choral, vocal and chamber collaborator, and orchestral keyboardist.  Fountain is Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX, where he teaches applied piano and accompanying.  Fountain holds both DMA and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Taylor University.

Recent performance highlights include the College Music Society National Conference, the American Liszt Festival, the International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, Texas Music Teachers Association Convention and the Midwest Historical Keyboard Society.  He also participated in the inaugural Westfield International Fortepiano Competition.  In 2012, Fountain released his debut solo album “American Ivory,” available on iTunes and Amazon.com as well as through www.richardfountainpianist.com.  Fountain holds the positions of Principal Keyboard with both Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Among judges' comments: "You display a wonderful ability to express sensitivity of melodic phrasing, contrapuntal, harmonic, and formal considerations in your playing."




3rd Place (there was a tie):
Stephen Wilber     Chattanooga, TN
Stephen Wilber

Pianist Stephen Wilber has been hailed for the "freshness and refinement" of his playing and for his "force, imagination, feelings, and lyricism" (Edita de Arad, Romania).
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Wilber also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He holds a Master's degree from The Peabody Institute and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland.
Some highlights of Dr. Wilber’s solo and concerto engagements have been; The Festival Orchestra of Zurich,  The Great Hall, Saratov Russia; The Cultural Palace, Arad Romania; Merkin Hall, NYC; The Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia; The Academy of Art and Music, Honolulu Hawaii. He has been a guest artist in the Music Festival of the Hamptons, NY, Gina Bachauer Foundation in Salt Lake City, Shandelee Music Festival in New York City, The American Liszt Society in Washington DC, Celebrate the Arts in Atlanta and the Festival of Nations in Rome Italy

Among judges' comments: "A good singing tone and balance of sound prevails throughout all your playing."





The American Prize in Piano Performance (SOLO), 2013—STUDENT  DIVISION:

The American Prize winner:
Alice Burla     Ossining, NY
Alice Burla
Alice Burla, 16, has been called an "extraordinary talent" by The New York Times. She made her orchestral debut at 5 and has performed two piano concertos within the same evening at ages 8, 10 and 12. Alice won 1st prize at Canadian National Music Competition, the 8th New York Music Competition and was the youngest finalist at the 13th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition. She also was one of the youngest students ever accepted to The Juilliard School. Alice was featured on PBS telecasts of "Live from Carnegie Hall" and on WQXR as part of “From the Top" national radio broadcast. Since the age of 10, Ms. Burla has performed internationally playing solo and with many orchestras. Alice has played a wide repertoire, including Bach’s Goldberg Variations, suites by Rachmaninoff, 12 etudes by Chopin and 15 piano concertos. In 2010, Alice Burla appeared as a piano prodigy in the 20th Century Fox’s film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Among judges' comments: "Alice is a tremendous talent, both pianistically and musically."



2nd Place:
Anthony Michael Cornet     Altoona, PA
Anthony Michael Cornet

Anthony Michael Cornet, originally from Altoona, PA, is a recent graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. He received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance while studying under acclaimed pedagogue Harvey Wedeen on a full-tuition scholarship. Anthony is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Duquesne University. Attending on a full-tuition assistantship, he studies with renowned pianist, David Allen Wehr. Other principal mentors have included pianists Steven Herbert Smith, Arthur Goldstein, and his father, Richard Cornet.

Anthony is a prize winner in many nationally and internationally recognized piano competitions. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a First Prize Winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. His performance was praised for its “confidence, spontaneity, and brilliance”. Maestro Istvan Jaray, a student of both Kodaly and Ligeti, proclaims, “In spite of his young age, Mr. Cornet is indeed an excellent, mature artist with a warm musicianship and an admirable talent.”

Among judges' comments: "Extremely gifted as a pianist and musician."



3rd Place:
Hwayoung Noh     Macomb, IL

Hwayoung Noh
Hwayoung Noh is from South Korea and is currently studying with Dr. Tammie Walker for a Master of Music in Piano Performance at Western Illinois University, where she is a graduate assistant in piano accompanying. She received her Bachelor's degree from Hanyang University in Seoul and attended the Kaywon High School of Arts during her pre-college years. She was placed 3rd at the ISMTA in 2012.

Among judges' comments: "A very sensitive and clear-playing young musician."


The American Prize in Piano Performance, CONCERTO DIVISION, 2013

The American Prize winner:
Anthony Michael Cornet     Altoona, PA


Anthony Michael Cornet
Anthony Michael Cornet, originally from Altoona, PA, is a recent graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. He received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance while studying under acclaimed pedagogue Harvey Wedeen on a full-tuition scholarship. Anthony is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Duquesne University. Attending on a full-tuition assistantship, he studies with renowned pianist, David Allen Wehr. Other principal mentors have included pianists Steven Herbert Smith, Arthur Goldstein, and his father, Richard Cornet.

Anthony is dedicated to merging his artistic ambitions with humanitarian efforts. In recent years, he has been able to raise thousands of dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Miracle League, the Shropshire Music Foundation, and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra through his own concert series, A Special Evening with Pianist Anthony Michael Cornet. The series has received high acclaim and has established Anthony as a dynamic and engaging recitalist. In addition to music, Anthony enjoys
casual reading and writing. Subjects of particular interest include philosophy, theology, and science.

Among judges' comments: Liszt: Totentanz"Very solid, well prepared performance. The moods of each variation are diverse, with a fine sense of dynamics differentiating the many sections."



2nd Place:
Sung-Eun Park     Austin, TX
Sung-Eun Park

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Sung-Eun Park began her piano study at the age of five. She made her orchestra debut in 2003 with Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. Since then, she has performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician throughout Korea and the United States.

SungEun has won several piano competitions including Seoul Asia International Music Competition, Tammora Music Competition, The Music Association of Korea Competition, Texas State University Concerto Competition (2010), and The University Concerto Competition at UT Austin (2012).

She has earned degrees from Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary (BM) and Texas State University at San Marcos (MM). While attending TSU, she served as staff accompanist in the Opera Department. Her principle teachers include Kyung-Ae Lee, Su-yeon Lee, Jason Kwak, and Nancy Garrett.

SungEun is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Professor Nancy Garrett.

Among judges comments: Prokofiev: Concerto no. 3 in C Major—"You have tremendous command with relative ease in the physical performance of this work. You interact very well with the orchestra."



3rd Place:
Graciella Kowalczyk     Alvaton, KY
Graciella Kowalczyk

French-born, Polish-raised pianist Graciella Kowalczyk has appeared in concerts and recitals as a soloist in over fifteen countries and four continents. She has won first prizes in numerous international piano competitions in Germany, Italy, Poland and the United States, among others, and has
received scholarships and prestigious awards from internationally acclaimed institutions. Graciella received her doctorate in piano performance from the University of Kansas. She is presently enjoying a very successful musical career and also serves as Artistic Director for the international non-profit foundation,
Doctors for Music...Where Medicine Meets the Arts. Graciella previously studied at the Chopin School of Music in Warsaw, Poland; Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia; Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; and Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

Among judges' comments: Chopin: Concerto no. 2 in f minor—"Very fine playing throughout…You have a commanding presence and deliver exceptional performance demeanor."




SPECIAL CITATION: "MUSICAL ADVOCACY THROUGH PERFORMANCE"
Michael Rector     Ridgeland, MS
Michael Rector
Michael Rector's mission is to save classical music. As a pianist, he invigorates and expands the repertoire through innovative programming that re-contextualizes familiar pieces and makes vivid new and neglected works. His repertoire ranges from Haydn to Harbison and from Couperin to Carter. He is also a dedicated teacher, writer and advocate for the arts, committed to making the language of classical music vivid for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and a concerto appearance in Chattanooga, TN. In May 2012, Michael embarked on a four-city tour of Korea that included duo concerts with pianist Sylvia Hong and lecture-recitals in local universities.

Michael holds the doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music. His dissertation was an investigation of Chopin's harmonic practice as influenced by the music of Louis Spohr and Romantic philosophy. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, where he majored in comparative literature.

Among judges' comments: "Fine spirited "Allegro" with excellent Mozartian wit. Bravo on your broad dynamic contrast...what a rollicking good time to hear you perform this piece with such energy and technical clarity."





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Next week at The American Prize, we begin to announce winners of the piano competitions, then voice and composition as those results are known in the days and weeks ahead. Here's the procedure:

1. After the judges weigh-in with rankings in the various categories, we contact the winner(s) by email and ask them to accept their prize designation(s).

2. Once we hear back positively from a winner, we post to facebook and also tweet when we will announce the winners and runners-up in that category. The announcement will be made here on our blog and will include photos and bios of the winners and runners-up, and notification of any special Citations or Honorable Mentions.

3. After all the winners have been announced in all categories, we assemble and send packets of awards, evaluations and certificates.

Please be patient—sometimes we are waiting to hear from an individual on our judging panel, or for an acceptance. We will announce winners as soon as we possibly can.

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Below are links to announcements of 2013 FINALISTS in COMPOSITION, VOICE and PIANO, all in one place. Click on the link to be taken directly to the story.

FINALIST COMPOSERS, 2013: CHAMBER MUSIC
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/06/finalist-composers-chamber-music_10.html

FINALIST COMPOSERS, 2013: CHORAL MUSIC
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/06/finalist-composers-choral-professional.html

FINALIST COMPOSERS, 2013: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/05/finalist-composers-american-prize-in.html

FINALIST COMPOSERS, 2013: BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/05/finalist-composers-bandwind-ensemble.html

FINALISTS in OPERA, 2013: WOMEN
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/06/finalist-vocalists-opera-professional.html

FINALISTS in ART SONG, 2013: WOMEN
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/05/finalists-in-art-song-women-all.html

FINALISTS in OPERA and ART SONG, 2013: MEN
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/05/opera-art-song-finalists-men-2013.html

FINALISTS in PIANO, 2013: SOLO PERFORMANCE
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/05/finalists-in-piano-performance-2013-solo.html

FINALISTS in PIANO, 2013: CONCERTO PERFORMANCE
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/05/finalists-in-piano-performance-2013.html

CHICAGO ORATORIO AWARD WINNERS, 2013

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/04/chicago-oratorio-award-winners-2013.html
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The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the chamber music category.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Chamber, Professional Division
    
Sy Brandon   Cottonwood AZ
   Divertissement for Oboe, Piano and Percussion
Michael Deak   Gig Harbor WA
   Introspections—for two guitars
Nicholas DeMaison   Brooklyn NY
   Three Years of Light—for piano and two percussion
Nancy Bloomer Deussen   Mountain View  CA
   Woodwind Quintet
Matthew H. Fields   Ann Arbor MI
   Fireheart—for flute, clarinet, mallet percussion,
   piano, violin and cello
David Heuser   Potsdam NY
   Small Blue Marble—for string quartet
Doron Kima   Albany CA
   As from a Dream—for flute, clarinet, violin, cello
   and piano
Joseph Koykkar   Madison WI
   Musica per Due—for piano and percussion
Patricia Elizabeth Martinez   Buenos Aires, Argentina
   Volar—string quartet; Presente—for bass clarinet, 
   electric guitar and accordion
Lansing McLoskey   Miami FL
   Specific Gravity: 2.72—for flute, clarinet, sax, violin, 
   cello and percussion
William Price   Birmingham AL
   Hook, Line, & Sinker—for clarinet, saxophone 
   and piano
David P. Sartor   Hermitage TN
   Polygon—for brass quintet
Andrew Sigler   Austin TX
   Sparrows Jump Nine Sandpipers—for flute, clarinet, 
   violin, cello and piano
Greg A. Steinke   Depoe Bay OR
   Expressions II on the Paintings of Wassily Kandinsky
   for two saxophones with piano and two percussion 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Chamber, Student Division
    
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Miami FL
   "Urizen (The Chain of Reason)"
    —for c flute, bass flute, guitar
Chin Ting Chan   Kansas City MO
   "Icebergs"—for violin cello and piano
Melissa  Dunphy   Philadelphia PA
   "Tesla's Pigeon"—for soprano and piano
Shuying Li   Hartford CT 
   "Prejudice and Pride"
    —for violin, cello, percussion and piano
Yangzhi Ma   New York NY
   "Off"—for soprano, flute, alto flute, clarinet, 
    alto saxophone, cello and piano
Tudor Dominik Maican   Bethesda MD
   Clarinet Quintet—for solo clarinet and string quartet
Elizabeth Nonemaker   Baltimore MD
   "Quite Natural Things"—for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 
    2 horns, harp and cello
Scott Steele   Kansas City MO
   Music for Three Percussionists

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The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the chamber music category, student division.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Chamber, Student Division
    
Rodrigo Bussad Cesar   Miami FL
   "Urizen (The Chain of Reason)"
    —for c flute, bass flute, guitar
Chin Ting Chan   Kansas City MO
   "Icebergs"—for violin cello and piano
Melissa  Dunphy   Philadelphia PA
   "Tesla's Pigeon"—for soprano and piano
Shuying Li   Hartford CT 
   "Prejudice and Pride"
    —for violin, cello, percussion and piano
Yangzhi Ma   New York NY
   "Off"—for soprano, flute, alto flute, clarinet, 
    alto saxophone, cello and piano
Tudor Dominik Maican   Bethesda MD
   Clarinet Quintet—for solo clarinet and string quartet
Elizabeth Nonemaker   Baltimore MD
   "Quite Natural Things"—for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 
    2 horns, harp and cello
Scott Steele   Kansas City MO
   Music for Three Percussionists
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The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the choral music category.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral, Professional Division
    
David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA
   Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Greg  Bartholomew   Seattle WA
   selected choral works
Susan LaBarr   Cleveland TN
   selected choral works
Elise Letourneau   Orleans, ON Canada
   selected choral works
David Lipten   Tallahassee FL
   Time’s Dream
Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
   Song of Summer
John Muehleisen   Mukilteo WA
   selected choral works
Richard Rice   Alexandria VA
   Mental Cases (Wilfred Owen)
Paul John Rudoi   Minneapolis MN
   selected choral works
Jake Runestad   Minneapolis MN
   selected choral works
Jonathan Santore   Plymouth NH
   selected choral works
Ted  Vives   Los Alamos NM
   The Soldier (1914); Premonition

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral, Student Division

Luke Flynn   Dubuque IA
    Beneath the Wave
Joseph Gregorio   West Chester PA
   Love, thricewise; The Maid of Culmore
Elizabeth Lim   New York NY
   Tempest; Sisyphean
Brian Mark   Holbrook NY
   Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Steven Serpa   Coventry RI
   Of Birds; Psalm 30
Liza Sobel   Cresskill NJ
   Requiem

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Friedrich Schorr as Wotan
The American Prize is pleased to announce vocal FINALISTS for 2013 in the opera category, women.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, professional division, women

Alyssa Bowlby   Norwalk CT
Elyse Kakacek   Chicago IL
Arietha Lockhart   Decatur GA
Sarah McIntyre   Chicago IL
Sophie Michaux   Cambridge MA 
Joanna Porackova   Lexington MA
Heidi Sauser   New York NY
Claire Stadtmueller   Westport CT
Kimberly States   Jamaica Plain MA
Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL
Josefien Stoppelenburg   Evanston IL
Suzanne Vinnik   New York NY
Anneliese von Goerken  Port Hadlock WA


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, university/community division, women
     
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Aumna Iqbal   Newport Coast CA
Vanessa Naghdi   Manassas VA
Rachel Policar   New York NY
Diana Yodzis   Matthews NC
Courtney Miller   Jamaica Plain MA
Meghan Ryan   West Hartford CT
Jennifer Sin   New York NY
Lilla Heinrich Szasz   Princeton NJ

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, high school division, women

     
Hayley Boggs   Oakland MI
Emily Rose Perry   Powell OH
Emily Pogorelc   Whitefish Bay WI

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The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the choral category, student division.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in early June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—Choral, Student Division

Luke Flynn   Dubuque IA
    Beneath the Wave
Joseph Gregorio   West Chester PA
   Love, thricewise; The Maid of Culmore
Elizabeth Lim   New York NY
   Tempest; Sisyphean
Brian Mark   Holbrook NY
   Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Steven Serpa   Coventry RI
   Of Birds; Psalm 30
Liza Sobel   Cresskill NJ
   Requiem

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The American Prize is pleased to announce composer FINALISTS for 2013 in the orchestral music category.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.  

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in early June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: he American Prize in Composition—Orchestra, Professional Division
    
Lee Actor   Monte Sereno CA
   "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra"
Adrienne Albert  Los Angeles, CA
   "Western Suite"
David Avshalomov   Santa Monica CA  
   "Songs of Life & Songs of Death" (E. Dickinson)
Ofer Ben-Amots   Colorado Springs CO  
   "From Darkness to Light" concertino for clarinet, mandolin, and chamber orchestra
Matthew H. Fields   Ann Arbor MI
   "Sages of Chelm"
Daniel McCarthy   Akron OH
   "Turn the Page" (for orchestra and electric guitar solo)
Alessandra  Salvati   Miami FL
   "Tektosyne" Three Architectures for Orchestra
Robert Tomaro   Beloit  WI
   "The Bridge of Souls" (Part I)

The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra, Student Division
    
Christopher Chandler   Rochester NY 
     “deep in liquid indigo”
Kyle Duffee   Pueblo West CO 
     “Paean”
Michael-Thomas Foumai   Ann Arbor MI
     “Concerto for Orchestra”
Geoffrey Pope   Denver CO
     “Votive”
Liza  Sobel   Cresskill NJ 
     “Piano Concertino”
Youngwoo Yoo   Champaign IL 
     “Honbul (Re-creation from above)”

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Friedrich Schorr at Bayreuth
The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards is pleased to announce FINALISTS in opera (women, university/community and high school divisions), 2013.

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

To know the exact day and time when winners will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

SPECIAL NOTE to SEMI-FINALISTS: Even if you were not advanced to the final round, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award honorable mentions and citations to any candidate, at their discretion, and have honored semi-finalists in the past for further recognition. Additional information about honors and opportunities for semi-finalists will be included in the upcoming edition of "On TAP," our e-newsletter, which will be sent in early June to the email addresses of all contestants we have on file.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, university/community division, women
     
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Aumna Iqbal   Newport Coast CA
Vanessa Naghdi   Manassas VA
Rachel Policar   New York NY
Diana Yodzis   Matthews NC
Courtney Miller   Jamaica Plain MA
Meghan Ryan   West Hartford CT
Jennifer Sin   New York NY
Lilla Heinrich Szasz   Princeton NJ

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, high school division, women

     
Hayley Boggs   Oakland MI
Emily Rose Perry   Powell OH
Emily Pogorelc   Whitefish Bay WI

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