Thursday, July 31, 2014

CHORAL FINALISTS: conductors

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

David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:  
"Never in the five year history of The American Prize, to my recollection, has such a large percentage of semi-finalists in the choral conducting and ensemble categories been advanced to the final round. Even accounting for differences in the size, make-up, location and repertoire of the groups these conductors lead, there is excellence here, albeit of different kinds, deserving of finalist status, additional scrutiny and further evaluation. 

However much the media may try to tell us that classical music is "dead," it is clear that is simply incorrect. If this year's finalists for The American Prize are any indication, the choral art is thriving all over the county, worthy of our attention and our support. Bravi, tutti."

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, 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 (College/University Choral Division)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT
   Southern Utah Univ. Concert Chamber Choir
   Faure—Cantique de Jean Racine, carols, more   
Meredith Bowen   East Lansing, MI
   Meredith Bowen Recital Choir
   Barnett, Diemer, von Bingen, Tavener
Dominick DiOrio   Bloomington, IN
   NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
   Muhly, Howells, Shaw, Argento
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA
   Georgia State University Singers
   Schnittke, Brahms, Lauridsen, Tallis
Timothy S. McDonnell   Naples, FL
   Ave Maria Univ. Combined Choirs
   Brahms—Ein Deutsches Requiem
Colleen Phelps   Cincinnati, OH
   CCM Chamber Singers
   Sullivan—Priates of Penzance (in concert)
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL
   Wheaton College Concert Choir
   Mozart—Requiem

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

Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA
   Choral Arts Initiative
   Runestad, Warland, Corlis, Dunphy, more
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
   "Christmas with Choral Arts"
Reona Ito   New York, NY
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
   Puccini—Messa di Gloria, Handel—Te Deum
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
   von Bingen, La Rocca, Barnum, more
Robert Bode   Seattle, WA
   Choral Arts
   Brahms—Ein deutsches Requiem



CHORAL FINALISTS: ensembles

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST choruses for 2014 in all categories. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

David Katz, chief judge of the competitions, writes:  
"Never in the five year history of The American Prize, to my recollection, has such a large percentage of semi-finalists in the choral conducting and ensemble categories been advanced to the final round. Even accounting for differences in the size, make-up, location and repertoire of the groups these conductors lead, there is excellence here, albeit of different kinds, deserving of finalist status, additional scrutiny and further evaluation. 

However much the media may try to tell us that classical music is "dead," it is clear that is simply incorrect. If this year's finalists for The American Prize are any indication, the choral art is thriving all over the county, worthy of our attention and our support. Bravi, tutti."

To know the exact date when WINNERS, runners-up and any citation recipients will be announced next month, 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 Choral Performance (college/university)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT
   Southern Utah Univ. Opus Chamber Choir
   Durufle, Barber, Hennagin, more
Dr. Joshua Bronfman   Grand Forks, ND
   Univ. of North Dakota Concert Choir
   "Of the Valley" (Antognini, Gjeilo, Miskinis, more)
David Holdhusen   Vernillion, SD
   Univ. of South Dakota Chamber Singers
   Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Schlenker, more
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA
   Georgia State U. University Singers
   Dove "The Passing of the Year," more
Karen Kenaston-French   Arlington, TX
   Univ. of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir
   "The Road Home" (Paulus, Mendelssohn, Debussy, more)
Dr. Amanda Quist   Princeton, NJ
   Westminster Choir College Kantorei
   Schutz, Handel, Buxtehude, Isaac, more
James Reddan  Albany, OR
   Linn-Benton Comm. College Re-Choired Element
      Chamber Choir      
   Poulenc, Whitacre, Hogan, more
Jeffrey R. Sandborg   Salem, VA
   Roanoke College Choir
   Howells, Houkom, Brahms, Christiansen, more
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe   Los Angeles, CA
   USC Thornton Chamber Singers
   Lauridsen "Nocturnes," more
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL
   Wheaton College Concert Choir
   Handel "Dixit Dominus," more
Lisa Wong   Wooster, OH
   Wooster Chorus from the College of Wooster
   Whitacre, Robinovitch, Ticheli, more

The American Prize in Choral Performance (community)

Emilie Amrein   Chicago, IL
   Peregrine Vocal Ensemble
   "Music to Mark the Day of the Dead"
Ryan Brandau   Princeton, NJ
   Princeton Pro Musica
   Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Van, Finzi
Becky Durham/Barlow Bradford   Salt Lake City, UT
   Utah Chamber Artists
   Stanford, Miskinis, Barnum, more
Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA
   Choral Arts Initiative
   Runestad, Warland, Dunphy, more
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
   "Christmas at American's First Cathedral" 
Nancy Menk   South Bend, IN
   South Bend Chamber Singers
   "Christmas at Loretto"
Robert Bode  Seattle, WA
   Choral Arts
   "Life Stories"—The Music of  Eric Barnum

The American Prize in Choral Performance (youth & high school)

Patrick Ryan   Great Falls, MT
   The Delphian Choir
   Kallmen, Vaughan Williams, Forrest, more
Susan McMane  San Francisco, CA
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
   von Bingen, La Rocca, Swingle, Barnum
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA
   The Accidentals
   Elgar, Gjeilo, Mendelssohn, more
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA
   Lyrics
   Britten, Finzi, Schutz, more


Monday, July 14, 2014

VOCAL FINALISTS: women (art song/oratorio)

In a very strong field of excellent candidates, The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in art song and oratorio for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in August, 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 art song / oratorio division (women)


Courtney Ellen Bray   Bainbridge WA
Danielle Buonaiuto   Baltimore MD
Sarah Davis   Seattle WA
Julianne Gearhart   Charlestown MA
Susanne Mentzer   Carmel CA
Courtney Miller   Boston MA 
Clara Osowski   Brooklyn Center MN
Jennifer Piazza-Pick   San Antonio TX
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn   Wichita KS
Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL
Sonja Tengblad   Jamaica Plain MA
Emily Truckenbrod   Edwardsville IL
Nicole Warner   Hudson WI
Dana Zenobi   Austin TX

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


Julie Lyn Barber   Parker City IN U F
Tara Cooper   Prairie Village KS
Abigail Dock   Medford OR
Lindsay Mecher   Chicago IL
Claudia Dawon Oh   Los Angeles CA

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


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

Congratulations to all finalists!







Saturday, July 12, 2014

VOCAL FINALISTS: women (opera)

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in opera for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in August, 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
—professional opera division (women)


Karen Archbold   Glen Ellyn IL
Danielle Buonaiuto   Baltimore MD
Jessica Rose Cambio   Modena Italy
Audrey Grieme   Lafayette IN F
Katie Hannigan   Rochester NY
Aumna Merie Iqbal   Newport Coast CA
Megan Marino   New York NY
Joann Martinson   Rolette ND
Susan Nelson   Chicago IL
Meghan Picerno   New York NY
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)


Julie Lyn Barber   Parker City IN
Katherine Bourne   Riverdale IL
Alba Cancel   Kansas City MO
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Monica Dewey   Stone Mountain GA
Abigail Dock   Medford OR
Lauren K. Frey   Pittsburgh PA
Melissa Krueger   Kingwood TX
Lindsay Mecher   Chicago IL
Vanessa Naghdi   Manassas VA
*Kimberly M. Twesme   Walnut Creek CA
Julia Wolcott   State College PA

*category reallocation: application moved to correct contest category

Congratulations to all finalists!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

VOCAL FINALISTS: men in all categories

The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALIST men in opera and art song for 2014. Congratulations! All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in August, 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)

Mitchell Hutchings   Houghton NY
Daniel Kamalic   Watertown MA
Joseph Ryan   Sarasota FL
Rocky Sellers   Memphis TN
Sean Stanton   Chicago IL 
Jack Swanson   Stillwater MN 

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

H. Coner 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
Leo Radosavljevic   Willmette IL
Andrew Sauvageau   Baltimore MD 

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!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PIANO FINALISTS: all divisions

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

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in July or August, 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 

Jason Chiu   El Cerrito CA
   Chopin Ballades 
Catharine Quillen Dornin  Concord NH
   Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, more
Mirna Lekic   Brooklyn NY
   Haydn, Liszt, Villa-Lobos, more
David McArthur  Fort Collins CO
   Bolcom, Bach/Busoni, Haydn, more
Miroslava Mintcheva   Fort Collins CO
   Scarlatti, Haydn Beethoven, Rachmaninoff
Peter Miyamoto   Columbia MO
   all-Brahms program, including 
   Handel Variations & Fugue
Nassib Nassar   Chapel Hill NC
   Brahms Third Piano Sonata (f minor)
Alessandra Tiraterra   Hillsborough NJ
   Bach, Haydn, Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, op 13)

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

Gabrielle Chou   Pembroke Pines FL
   Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven
Inhyun Lee   Brookline MA
   Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Bartok (Sonata)
Hyunki Yoon   Kansas City MO
   Schumann, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Bach

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


Benjamin Gittens   Mason OH
   Liszt, Scriabin, Beethoven, Rochberg (Toccata-Rag)
William Hume   Carlisle PA
   Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn (Variations Serieuses), 
   Lutolawski (Etude No. 2), more
Christopher Son Richardson   Lake Forest Park WA
   Haydn, Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, more
Jarod Yap   Clarence Center NY
   Beethoven, Chopin, Moszkowski 

*****

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

COMPOSER FINALISTS: chamber music

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

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced later in July or in August, 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—Chamber Music (professional division)

Lee Actor  Monte Sereno CA
   String Quartet No.1
David Avshalomov  Santa Monica CA
   Torn Curtain (viola and piano)
Seth Boustead  Chicago IL
   String Quartet no. 1
*Christopher Buchenholz  New York NY
   in Just (soprano, fl, cl, vln, vc, pno)
Robert J. Bradshaw  Glouster MA
   At the Root of Identity (laptop and ensemble)
I'lana S. Cotton  Medford OR
   Women's Voices, Women's Words  
    (voice and 4 percussion)
David Crowe  Lee MA
   Dreams of Wisdom (cl, vln, vc, pno, perc)
David Garner  El Cerrito CA
   Vilna Poems (soprano, cl, vc, pno)
Burton Goldstein  Santa Monica CA
   String Quartet #2- Kwasi's Revenge
Lisa Hogan  Jersey City NJ
   Pierrot (voice and piano)
Ching-chu Hu  Newark OH
   Spheres of Influence (string sextet)
Ruth Lomon  Cambridge MA
   ReWeaving(s) (Native American flute, cl, vc, pno, perc)
Marcia Marchesi  Littleton CO
   Paean (fl, ob, cl, fg, vln, vc)
Timothy Lee Miller  Mahwah NJ
   Divinitus (chamber sextet)
Stephen Murray  Richmond MA
   The Blueberry Lesson, and other songs
   (voice and piano)
Rebecca Oswald  Eugene OR
   Field Report: News from Rural Oregon (cl, pno) 
   Aesop's Fables (woodwind quintet and narrator)
David P. Sartor  Hermitage TN
   Affectations for Brass Quintet
Greg Steinke  Depoe Bay OR
   Suspended (bassoon and string quartet)
Piotr Szewczyk  Jacksonville FL
   Piano Trio No. 1
   Twisted Dances (ob, vln, vc, pno)
Hainu Tan  Boston MA
   Hunting Fireflies (fl, cl)
   Hunting Fireflies (duet for mallet percussion)
Jay Vilnai  Brooklyn NY
   Shakespeare Songs (string trio and solo voice)
Kevin Wilt  Boca Raton FL
   Forest Bagatelles (wind quintet)
   Elemental Dances (ob, vln, vc, pno)
John Winsor  Virginia Beach VA
   Caribbean Sunset (cl, vln, vc, pno)
   Trio (cl, vc, pno)
*Scott Wise  Suisun, CA
   Octet for Winds
Gregg Wramage  Atlantic Highlands NJ
   in shadows, in silence (chamber ensemble)

*category reallocation: application moved from different contest category

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

Rodrigo Bussad Cesar  Miami FL
   Loin (amplified chamber ensemble)
Alex Cooke  Cleveland OH
   Wistful Musings (cello and piano)
Simon Frisch  New York NY
   Provost (string quartet)
   Red Book (clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello)
Daniel Godsil  Monmouth IL
   Zed One Three (violin, cello, piano)
Shuying Li  Ann Arbor MI
   For Lutoslawski (string quartet)
Arash Majd  Northridge CA
   String Quartet #1
Ian Ng  Long Island City NY
   Grand Jete on a Violin (violin and piano)
Patrick O'Malley  Auburn IN
   Trio for Violin, Alto Sax and Cello: Changes
Jakub Polaczyk  Lexington KY
   Cosas que pudieron ser
   (prepared piano and soprano voice)
Jamie Whitmarsh  Tallahassee FL
   Animal Songs (reed quintet)



Saturday, July 5, 2014

PIANO FINALISTS: concerto

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.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in July or August, 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
—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

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE finalists, 2014

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.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced later in July, or in August, 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: 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 Occe├▒a, 
     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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

COMPOSER FINALISTS: opera/theater/film

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.

To know the exact date when WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP will be announced in July or August, 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
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

Monday, June 30, 2014

COMPOSER FINALISTS: orchestra

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


Friday, June 27, 2014

COMPOSER FINALISTS: Chorus

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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

COMPOSER FINALISTS: band/wind ensemble

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


Friday, June 13, 2014

STAGE DIRECTOR SEMI-FINALISTS announced

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

ORCHESTRAL PROGRAMMING SEMI-FINALISTS announced

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

OPERA CONDUCTING SEMI-FINALISTS announced

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.

CHORAL & BAND CONDUCTING SEMI-FINALISTS announced

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 (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

ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING SEMI-FINALISTS announced

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 (Professional Orchestra Division) 

Jonathan Griffith   New York, NY 
   Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA 
   Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra
Reona Ito   New York, NY 
   The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra
Jason Lim   Frisco, TX 
   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra
Paul Mauffray   Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic 
   Hradec Kralove Philharmonic
Miran Vaupotich   Pecs, Hungary 
   Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
Julius P. Williams 
   Dvorak Symphony

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

Tiffany Chang   Boston, MA 
   New England Repertory Orchestra
Jason Hong   Austin, TX 
   Univ. of Texas University Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY 
   Cornell Orchestras
Jeffrey Donald Klefstad   Pittsburgh, PA
   All Univ. Orchestra—Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Yutaka Kono   Burlington, VT 
   The Univ. of Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Ching-Chun Lai   Potsdam, NY 
   Crane Symphony Orchestra
MeeAh Lo   Denton, TX 
  Univ. of North Texas Symphony
Joel Neves   Houghton, MI 
   Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Sutterlin   Memphis, TN 
   Univ. of Memphis Symphony Orchestra

The American Prize in Conducting (Community Orchestra Division)

David Bernard   New York, NY 
   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Reuben Blundell New York, NY 
   The Chelsea Symphony
Thomas Dickey   Platteville, WI 
   UW Platteville Symphony Orchestra
Anna Edwards   Seattle, WA 
   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Lois Ferrari   Austin, TX 
   Austin Civic Orchestra
Thomas E. Rainey   Round Rock, TX 
   Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Tara Villa Keith   Davidson, NC 
   Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Edward Leonard   Pittsburgh, PA 
   Pittsburgh Philharmonic
Kira Omelchenko   Tampa, FL 
   The University of Tampa Orchestra
Dr. Bryce Seliger   Forest Grove, OR 
   Pacific Philharmonic
Toru Tagawa   Tucson, AZ 
   Tucson Repertory Orchestra

The American Prize in Conducting (Youth & High School Division)

Thomas Dickey   Dubuque, IA 
   Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA 
   YPO Soloist Ensemble
Angel Velez   Santa Monica, CA 
   Santa Monica HS Symphony
Michael Webster   Houston, TX 
   Houston Youth Symphony

Thursday, June 12, 2014

OPERA & MUSICAL THEATER ENSEMBLE SEMI-FINALISTS announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST opera and musical theater ensembles for 2014 in all categories. Congratulations!

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The American Prize in Opera Performance (professional division)

Vicki Fogel Mykles   Fort Collins, CO  
   Opera Fort Collins
Maria Sensi Sellner   Pittsburg, PA  
   Resonance Works Pittsburgh
Lidiya  Yankovskaya   Boston, MA  
   Juventas New Music Ensemble

The American Prize in Opera Performance (college/university division)

Beau Gabriel   New Haven, CT  
   Opera Theatre of Yale College
Tracelyn Gesteland   Vermillion, SD  
   University of South Dakota Opera
Rebecca Renfro Grimes   Huntsville, TX  
   Sam Houston State University
Linda Lister   Las Vegas, NV  
   UNLV Opera
Dawn Padula   Tacoma, WA  
   Univ. of Puget Sound Opera Theatre
Rick Piersall   Abilene, TX  
   ACU Opera

The American Prize in Opera Performance (community division)

Mary Beth Sederburg   Pittsburgh, PA  
   Undercroft Opera
Lidiya  Yankovskaya   Cambridge, MA  
   Lowell House Opera, Harvard Univ.
 
The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance

Heather Davidson   Augusta, GA  
   Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
Kristina Keener Ivy   Covina, CA  
   Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy  
Rolando Sanz   Bethesda, MD  
   Young Artists of America

CHORAL ENSEMBLE SEMI-FINALISTS announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST choruses for 2014 in all categories. Congratulations!

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The American Prize in Choral Performance (college/university)

Kevin L. Baker   Cedar City, UT 
   Southern Utah Univ. Opus Chamber Choir
Dr. Joshua Bronfman   Grand Forks, ND 
   Univ. of North Dakota Concert Choir
Patrick K. Freer   Atlanta, GA 
   Georgia State Univ. Choral Union
David Holdhusen   Vernillion, SD 
   Univ. of South Dakota Chamber Singers
Deanna Joseph   Atlanta, GA 
   Georgia State U. University Singers
Karen Kenaston-French   Arlington, TX 
   Univ. of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir
Dr. Amanda Quist   Princeton, NJ 
   Westminster Choir College Kantorei
James Reddan   Albany, OR 
   Linn-Benton Comm. College Concert Choir
James Reddan  Albany, OR 
   Linn-Benton Comm. College Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir      
Jeffrey R. Sandborg   Salem, VA 
   Roanoke College Choir
Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe   Los Angeles, CA 
   USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Dr. John William Trotter   Wheaton, IL 
   Wheaton College Concert Choir
Lisa Wong   Wooster, OH 
   Wooster Chorus from the College of Wooster

The American Prize in Choral Performance (community)

Emilie Amrein   Chicago, IL 
   Peregrine Vocal Ensemble
Ryan Brandau   Princeton, NJ 
   Princeton Pro Musica
Becky Durham   Salt Lake City, UT 
   Utah Chamber Artists
Brandon Elliott   Orange County, CA 
   Choral Arts Initiative
Tom Hall   Baltimore, MD 
   Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Nancy Menk   South Bend, IN 
   South Bend Chamber Singers
Robert Bode  Seattle, WA 
   Choral Arts

The American Prize in Choral Performance (youth & high school)

Patrick Ryan   Great Falls, MT 
   The Delphian Choir
Susan   McMane  San Francisco, CA 
   Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA 
   The Accidentals
Kayla Werlin   Longmeadow, MA  
   Lyrics


BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE SEMI-FINALISTS announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST bands for 2014 in all categories. Congratulations!

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The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance (college/university)

Daniel A. Belongia   Normal, IL  
   Illinois State University Wind Symphony
Jaclyn Hartenberger   Athens, GA  
   Univ. of Georgia Wind Symphony
Jaemi Loeb   Danville, KY  
   Centre College Wind Ensemble
Louis A. Menchaca   Mequon, WI  
   Concordia Univ. Wisconsin Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Dr. Chad R. Nicholson   Newark, DE  
   University of Delaware Wind Ensemble
Stephen Peterson   Ithaca, NY  
   Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
Scott Weiss   Columbia, SC  
   Univ. of South Carolina Wind Ensemble

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance (community)

Harvey H. McIntyre   Hot Springs Nat'l Park, AR  
   Hot Springs Concert Band
Ted Vives   Los Alamos, NM  
   The Los Alamos Community Winds
King Wiemann   Binghamton, NY  
   Southern Tier Concert Band

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance (high school)

Len Lavalle Pittsburgh, PA  
   North Hills High School Wind Ensemble
Stephen Meyer   League City, TX  
   Clear Creek Wind Ensemble
Teren Shaffer   Santa Ana, CA  
   Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble





ORCHESTRA SEMI-FINALIST ensembles announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST orchestras for 2014 in all categories. Congratulations!

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The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (professional division)

Jason Lim   Frisco, TX
   Odysseus Chamber Orchestra  
Nan Harrison Washburn   Plymouth, MI 
   Michigan Philharmonic  
Diane Wittry   Allentown, PA 
   Allentown Symphony Orchestra

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (college/university division)

Reuben Blundell   New York, NY 
   The Hunter Symphony
Tiffany Chang   Boston, MA 
   New England Repertory Orchestra
Stephen Heyde   Waco, TX 
   Baylor Symphony Orchestra
Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY 
   Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Ruth Lin   St.Peter, MN 
   Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
Jaemi Loeb   Danville, KY 
   Centre College Orchestra
Hajime Teri Murai   Baltimore, MD 
   Peabody Concert Orchestra
Robert H. Olson   Kansas City, MO 
   Conservatory Orchestra, UMKC
Bruce Uchimura   Kalamazoo, MI 
   Western Michigan U. Symphony Orchestra

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (community orchestra division)

Donald L. Appert   Vancouver, WA 
   Clark College Orchestra
Donald L. Appert   Portland, OR 
   Oregon Sinfonietta
David Bernard   New York, NY 
   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony  
Youngkey Chung   Detroit, MI 
   Detroit Medical Orchestra
Thomas  Dickey   Platteville, WI  
   UW Platteville Symphony Orchestra
Anna Edwards   Seattle, WA 
   Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Lois Ferrari    Austin,TX 
   Austin Civic Orchestra
John B. Gordon   Round Rock, TX 
   Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Howard  Hsu   Valdosta, GA 
   Valdosta Symphony Orchestra
Ivan Shulman   Los Angeles, CA 
   Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra
Charles Salembier   Waynesboro, VA 
   Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Bryce Seliger   Forest Grove, OR 
   Pacific Philharmonic
Toru Tagawa   Tucson, AZ 
   Tucson Repertory Orchestra
Janet Wagner   Ithaca, NY 
   Ithaca Community Orchestra
Zoe Zeniodi   Miami, FL 
   Alhambra Orchestra
Zoe Zeniodi   Fort Lauderdale, FL 
   Broward Symphony Orchestra

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (high school orchestra division)

David DeVoto   Allen, TX 
   Allen High School Orchestra
Jonathan Handman   LaGrangeville, NY 
   Arlington HS Philharmonia
Dr. Shira Katsman   Bellevue, WA 
   Interlake HS Chamber Orchestra

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (youh orchestra division)

Suzette Battan   Tucson, AZ 
   Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra
Thomas Dickey   Dubuque, IA 
   Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling   San Diego, CA 
   YPO Soloist Ensemble
Jonathan Handman   Poughkeepsie, NY 
   Vivace of Sringendo
Ralph T. Jackson 
   Bridle Park/Montgomery Select String Ensemble
Michael Webster   Houston, TX 
   Houston Youth Symphony
  

Monday, May 19, 2014

COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS: orchestra

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.

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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


COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS: chamber music

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.

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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

COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS: band

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.

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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

COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS: chorus

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.

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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

COMPOSER SEMI-FINALISTS: opera/theater/film

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