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From a very strong field of works representing a great diversity of styles and compositional approaches, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2015 in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

The American Prize in Composition—professional choral division

Travis Alford    West Newton MA
   O Fragile Human, Speak...

Jeffrey Bernstein    Altadena CA
   Pablo Neruda In Love

Stephen R. Bernstein    West Hills CA
   To Speed Them All

Doug Brandt    New York NY
   Where the Bee Sucks,  While You Do Here Snoring Lie

Steve Cohen    Larchmont NY
   selected works

Ian David Coleman    Liberty MO
   Leitourgia—A Choral Symphony

Shawn Crouch    Miami Beach FL
   Paradise

Christina Brice Dolanc    Erie PA
   Silence, the New Moon

David Feurzeig    Huntington VT
   Songs of Love and Protest on Traditional Texts

Joshua Fishbein    Rockville MD
   A Prep-School Boy

Danny Gray    Briarcliff Manor NY
   Under the Night Sky

Elise Letourneau    Orleans ON
   Sanctus Benedictus, Psaume 23

Anthony J. Maglione    Kansas City MO
   The Mystic Trumpeter

Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch   Parkville, Australia
   Street Requiem

John Orfe    Peoria IL
   Fire

Rebecca Oswald    Eugene OR 
   selected works

Eric Sawyer    Amherst MA
   Anterooms

Ken Walicki    Fullerton CA
   just like a dream experience

Robert Wendel    New York NY
   Holiday Greetings

The American Prize in Composition—student choral division

Keith  Allegretti    Santa Fe NM
   Three Noturnes

Krists Auznieks    New Haven CT
   I Exist as I Am

Ed Frazier Davis    Chicago IL
   Madrigal (The Juggler of Day), Libera Me

Natalie Dietterich    New Haven CT
   Conversations with Strangers

William Carson Graham    Orange Park FL
   Markings

Daniel Knaggs    Jackson MI
   Hic est discipulus ille, I Baptize You, Sunset, Ego Sum, Joseph, Son of David

Kyle Randall    San Francisco CA
   Kyrie, When to the sessions of sweet silent thought, When You Are Old

Julia Seeholzer    Santa Monica CA
   Wildfire, Old Wooden Joints, Answer to the Inquiry Why I Sighed, Ave Maria, Alien

Phillip Sink    Bloomington IN
   Fire & Ice

Tiange Zhou    New Haven CT
   Lament for Adonis 

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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

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"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of choral music for 2015 in the student division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

The American Prize in Composition—student choral division

Keith  Allegretti    Santa Fe NM
   Three Noturnes

Krists Auznieks    New Haven CT
   I Exist as I Am

Ed Frazier Davis    Chicago IL
   Madrigal (The Juggler of Day), Libera Me

Natalie Dietterich    New Haven CT
   Conversations with Strangers

William Carson Graham    Orange Park FL
   Markings

Daniel Knaggs    Jackson MI
   Hic est discipulus ille, I Baptize You, Sunset, Ego Sum, Joseph, Son of David

Kyle Randall    San Francisco CA
   Kyrie, When to the sessions of sweet silent thought, When You Are Old

Julia Seeholzer    Santa Monica CA
   Wildfire, Old Wooden Joints, Answer to the Inquiry Why I Sighed, Ave Maria, Alien

Phillip Sink    Bloomington IN
   Fire & Ice

Tiange Zhou    New Haven CT
   Lament for Adonis
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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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Congratulations to all finalists.
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From a very strong field representing a great divergence of styles and compositional approaches, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of chamber music for 2015 in the professional and student divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

The American Prize in Composition—professional chamber music division

Sahba Aminikia    San Francisco CA
    Tar o Pood (Warp and Weft)

David  Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
    Sacred Winds

Bjorn Berkhout    Sunnyside NY
    Glitz

Robert J. Bradshaw    Gloucester MA
    Tableau No.3: The Miracle of Lascaux

Stephen Cohn    Burbank CA
    Sea Change

Dante  DeSilva    Tarzana CA
    Mr. Distinguished

Nancy Bloomer Deussen    Mountain View CA
    Solstice Circle

Matthew H. Fields    Ann Arbor MI
    Progeny of Memory

David Garner    El Cerrito CA
    String Quartet No. 2

John Heins    Broomfield CO
    String Quartet No. 2

Michael Kaulkin    Oakland CA
    City Walks

Jonathan N. Kupper    La Miranda CA
    Life Cycle, Moods of Rejection

Daniel McCarthy    Akron OH
    Visions of the Anointed

Rebecca Oswald    Eugene OR
    Theseus and the Minotaur

Kurt Sander    Cincinnati OH
    Ella's Song

Filippo Santoro    New Haven CT
    Duplum

Greg A. Steinke    Depoe Bay OR
    Random Blackouts I

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn    Witchita KS
    Sonata for Bassoon

Judith Stillman    Providence RI 
    Phoenix from the Ashes

Nick Vasallo    Eastvale CA
    When the War Began 

Judith Lang Zaimont    Maricopa AZ
    String Quartet "The Figure"


The American Prize in Composition—chamber music, student division

Trevor Bumgarner    New York NY
   Everything Went Quiet

Derek David    Boston MA
    String Quartet No. 1, Viola Sonata

Ted King-Smith    Kansas City MO
    Colors

Bin Li    New York NY
    What I Have Forgotten

Phillip Sink    Bloomington IN
    Flowers of Salt

DeLong Wang    Boston MA
    Impressions, Four-character Poetry

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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 FINALIST composers of music for theater, opera, or film. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

2015 FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—opera, theater, film

Michele Cheng    San Jose CA
    Lost, am I

John Grimmett    New York NY
    Rain Down The Ruin


Sarah  Hutchings    Houghton NY
    Rodman in North Korea

Jonathan N. Kupper    La Miranda CA
    The Monkey's Paw, an opera of Gothic Horror

Paul  Paccione    Macomb IL
    The World is Round

Ronnie Reshef    New York NY
    Something to Live For

Yiguo Yan    New York NY
    Colors of Obsessions

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"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 FINALIST composers of orchestra music in both student and professional divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

The American Prize in Composition—orchestra music, professional division

David Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
   Pangs of Love
Elizabeth Bell    Tarrytown NY
    Spectra
B.P. Herrington    Conroe TX
   Hast'ning Home
Douglas Knehans    Cincinnati OH
   Cascade
Keith Lay    Oviedo FL
   Children on the Playground (violin concerto)
Feng-Hsu Lee    Hartford CT
   Meteor Impacts 
Daniel McCarthy    Akron OH
   Gothica
Jonathan B. McNair    Chattanooga TN
   Hopyard Overture
James Joseph Ogburn     Wenatchee WA
   Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra
Angelique Poteat    Seattle WA
   Beyond Much Difference
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn    Witchita KS
   Jokers Wild 

The American Prize in Composition—orchestra music, student division

Dylan Arthur Baker    Kansas City MO
   Tumultuous Voyage

Dongryul Lee    Champaign IL
   Circular Simulacrum

Brian Mark    Holbrook NY
   The Persistence of Time

Patrick O'Malley    Los Angeles CA
   Symphonic poem "Even in Paradise"

Charles Peck    Philadelphia PA
   Metropolitan  

Philip Rice    Lansing MI
   The Souls of Ancient Bells

Benjamin D. Whiting    Champaign IL
   Tempus Imperfectum 


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Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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Congratulations to all finalists.
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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of chamber music for 2015 in the student division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

The American Prize in Composition—chamber music, student division

Trevor Bumgarner    New York NY
   Everything Went Quiet

Derek David    Boston MA
    String Quartet No. 1, Viola Sonata

Ted King-Smith    Kansas City MO
    Colors

Bin Li    New York NY
    What I Have Forgotten

Phillip Sink    Bloomington IN
    Flowers of Salt

DeLong Wang    Boston MA
    Impressions, Four-character Poetry

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We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of band music for 2015. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement this fall. 

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

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—band/wind ensemble division

David  Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
   Vignettes for Concert Band

Jennifer Bellor    Henderson NV
   Uprising

Oren Boneh    Montreal, QC Canada
   Doors That Lead to Doors

Vaibhav Mohanty    Charleston SC
   Altitude

Kyle Simpson    Washington PA
   Look To This Day

Timothy C. Takach    Minneapolis MN
   Frost Giant

Nick Vasallo    Eastvale CA
   Antares Rising 

Ken Walicki    Fullerton CA
   Jane Goodall Dances

Kyle Wernke    Fishers  IN
   Formations

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The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS in arts marketing for 2015. This is a new competition. 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 Arts Marketing

Mitchell Hutchings    Houghton Lyric Theater-Opera and
    Music Theater Ensemble   Houghton, NY 
Iris Derke    General Director and Co-Founder  DCINY, and the DCINY team
    New York, NY


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"Great News! We've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in the division in several weeks. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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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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