Wednesday, July 29, 2015

COMPOSER semi-finalists (CHORAL) student division

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST composers of choral music in the student division. 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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The American Prize in Composition—Choral (student division)

Keith  Allegretti    Santa Fe NM
   Three Noturnes
Krists Auznieks    New Haven CT
   I Exist as I Am
Danielle Bees    Yucca Valley CA
   Be Still
Trevor Bumgarner    New York NY
   Breath is Enough 
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
Philip Rice    Lansing MI
   The Unspeakable Names of Stars
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
Andrey Stolyarov    Verona NJ
   i won't even stop
Stephen Sullivan    Greenwood IN
   New Song
Tiange Zhou    New Haven CT
   Lament for Adonis 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

COMPOSER semi-finalists, 2015 (ORCHESTRA) professional division

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of 2015 SEMI-FINALIST composers for orchestra (professional division). 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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The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (professional division)

Lee Actor Monte    Sereno CA
   Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Donald L. Appert    Vancouver WA
   Fantasy for Contrabass Solo and String Orchestra
David Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
   Pangs of Love
Elizabeth Bell    Tarrytown NY
    Spectra, Symphony #1
Robert W. Butts    Madison NJ
   Symphony No.1, The Joshua Symphony
Oliver Caplan    Medford MA
   Lunastella Fuga, Journey to the West
Augusta Cecconi-Bates    Cape Vincent NY
   Essences of the North Country
M.L. Daniels    Round Rock TX
   Where is Love? 
Nancy Bloomer Deussen    Mountain View CA
   Peninsula Suite, Concerto for Clarinet & Small Orchestra
Kim Diehnelt    Chicago IL
   Montegar 
Karim Elmahmoudi    Los Angeles CA
   ORBIT: A Symphonic Fantasy
Matthew H. Fields    Ann Arbor MI
   Space Sciences
Burton Goldstein    Santa Monica CA
   Ommateum II, Concert Suite
Ryan M. Hare    Pullman WA
   Chamber Concerto
B.P. Herrington    Conroe TX
   Hast'ning Home
Daniel Hughes    Newark CA
   A Distant Hearth
Douglas Knehans    Cincinnati OH
   Cascade
Keith Lay    Oviedo FL F
   Four Dimensions, Children on the Playground (violin concerto)
Feng-Hsu Lee    Hartford CT
   Meteor Impacts  
Philip Manos    Los Angeles CA
   A Serenade for Letty
David W. Maves    Charleston SC
   Timpani Concerto
Daniel McCarthy    Akron OH
   Gothica, Spectral Affects
Jonathan B. McNair    Chattanooga TN
   Hopyard Overture
Michael Murray     Springfield MO
    Four Songs of Solomon
James Joseph Ogburn     Wenatchee WA
   Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra
Angelique Poteat    Seattle WA
   Beyond Much Difference
James V.  Poulsen    Des Moines IA
   Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Paul Reale    Canoga Park CA
   Caldera with Ice Cave
Emilio Solla    Brooklyn NY
   A Galician Voyage: Concerto for Bagpipe, Piano and Orchestra
Greg A. Steinke    Depoe Bay OR
   All in a Moment's Time
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn    Witchita KS
   Jokers Wild
Larry Tuttle    Van Nuys CA
   Chorale and Fiddle Tune
William Vollinger    Woodcliff Lake NJ
   An Empty Swing
P. Kellach Waddle    Austin TX
   A Walk Through the Vampire's Garden
Ken Walicki    Fullerton CA
   Serendipity, The Diamond Cutter
Yoko Wylegala    Squamish WA
   Iluminacion de la Rana (Enlightenment of the Frog)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

COMPOSER semi-finalists, 2015 (ORCHESTRA—student division)

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST composers for orchestra (student division.) 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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The American Prize in Composition—Orchestra (student division)

Keith  Allegretti    Santa Fe NM
   Carceri d'Invenzione
Dylan Arthur Baker    Kansas City MO
   Tumultuous Voyage
Jean Patrick Besingrand   Pittsburgh PA
   L'echo d'un lointain souvenir
Nicolas Bizub Mukwonago WI
   Schism
Kai-Young Chan    Philadelphia PA
   Fall of Paulownia
John Hennecken    Martinez GA
   Everything Beautiful in its Time
William Charles Horsley    Reno  NV
   Orchidstra
Dongryul Lee    Champaign IL
   Circular Simulacrum
Kenneth Lim    Anyang Gyeonggi Korea
   Intended Intension
Brian Mark    Holbrook NY
   The Persistence of Time
Marlene Miller    West Grove PA
   Gypsy
Patrick O'Malley    Los Angeles CA
   Symphonic poem "Even in Paradise"
Sin Young Park    Madison WI
   Un Homme Qui est Devenu une Etoile
Charles Peck    Philadelphia PA
   Metropolitan  
Philip Rice    Lansing MI
   The Souls of Ancient Bells
Kyle Simpson    Washington PA
   Fanfare Overture
Joseph Sowa    Boston MA
   Summer Has Ten Thousand Stars
Benjamin D. Whiting    Champaign IL
   Tempus Imperfectum
Hangrui Zhang    Cincinnati OH
   Cloudy Ground 

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Monday, July 20, 2015

COMPOSER semi-finalists, 2015 (OPERA/THEATER/FILM) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the OPERA/THEATER/FILM division. 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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The American Prize in Composition—OPERA/THEATER/FILM

Wayne Fredrick Anthony   Maumee OH
    Snow White: a Ballet in 9 scenes
David Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
    The Pearl
Jennifer Bellor    Henderson NV
    Christabel
John G. Bilotta    Concord CA
    Trifles
Robert W. Butts    Madison NJ
    Mark Twain and the General
Augusta Cecconi-Bates    Cape Vincent NY
    Molly of the Mohawks
Michele Cheng    San Jose CA
    Lost, am I
Wallace De Pue, Sr.    Bowling Green OH
    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
John Grimmett    New York NY
    Rain Down The Ruin
Sarah  Hutchings    Houghton NY
    Rodman in North Korea
Dana Kaufman    Brookline MA
    Diary of a Madman
Eva  Kendrick    Providence RI
    The Break-up 
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
Mira J. Spektor    New York NY
    Villa Diodati
Gregory Vajda    Huntsville AL
    Georgia Bottoms: A Comic Opera of the Modern South
Yiguo Yan    New York NY
    Colors of Obsessions 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

COMPOSER semi-finalists, 2015 (BAND) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 SEMI-FINALIST composers in the band division. 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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The American Prize in Composition—BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE

Adrienne Albert    Los Angeles CA
   Courage

David  Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
   Vignettes for Concert Band

Jennifer Bellor    Henderson NV
   Skylark Lullaby, Uprising

Oren Boneh    Montreal, QC Canada
   Doors That Lead to Doors

Adam Levowitz    New York NY
   Sandstone & Marble

Stan Martin   Tarzana CA
   Call to Duty

Vaibhav Mohanty    Charleston SC
   Altitude

Ketty  Nez    Brookline MA
   "thresholds"

Kyle Simpson    Washington PA
   Look To This Day

Timothy C. Takach    Minneapolis MN
   Frost Giant

Nick Vasallo    Eastvale CA
   Antares Rising 

Ted Vives Los Alamos NM
   Kllmartin Glen- a Sculpture in Stones, The New Mexico Firefighters March,
   ...and they named it Trinity

Ken Walicki    Fullerton CA
   Jane Goodall Dances

Kyle Wernke    Fishers  IN
   Formations 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

VOCAL semi-finalists, 2015 (WOMEN—OPERA: professional division) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2015 in the professional division. 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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The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (women)

Betsy Archer    Munster IN
Elizabeth Baldwin    Sylvania OH
Ashlee Bickley    Ft.Wayne IN
Adelaide Boedecker    Sarasota FL
Samantha Britt    New York NY
Joanie Brittingham    New York NY
Gwendolyn Brown    Chicago IL
Alice Burton    Chicago IL
Becca Conviser   New York NY
Kelly Curtin    Alexandria VA
Joan Marie Dauber    Chicago  IL
Rosa D'Imperio    New York NY
Annie Gill    Baltimore MD
Kristin Gornstein    Brooklyn NY
Dena Holland    Hawley PA
Jeni Houser    Chicago IL
Marci Jackson    Indianapolis IN
Jodi Karem    Brooklyn NY
Yelka Milanova    Flushing NY
Jessica Elizabeth Mirshak    Sherman Oaks CA
Amy Mitchell    Hopkinton NH
Aundi Marie Moore    Bowie MD
Lisa Newill-Smith    Berlin Germany
Benedetta Orsi    New York NY
Rebecca Rapoport-Cole    Somerville MA
Anne Slovin    Chicago  IL
Rachel Sparrow    Evanston IL

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Friday, July 10, 2015

VOCAL semi-finalists, 2015 (WOMEN—OPERA: college/university & high school) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2015 in the college/university and high school divisions. 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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The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (women) 

Tascha Anderson    Helena MT
Lillian Bailey-Broderick    Plainfield VT
Sarah Bauer    Bossier City LA
Megan Benjamin    Oneonta NY
Kelsey Debner    Austin TX
Clare Demer    Tucson AZ
Julia  DiFiore    Gainesville FL
Natalie Erskine    Aptos CA
Laura Ethington    Boston MA
Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA
Melissa Krueger    Kingwood TX
Janese Lewis    Jackson MS
Brianna Meese    Franklin Lakes NJ
Lydia Pion    Gibsonville NC
Olivia St. Clair    Evanston IL
Samantha Simon    Hawthorne NJ
Shana Soriano    Tucson AZ
Stacey Trenteseaux    Hattiesburg MS

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

Sarah Aaldering    Los Gatos CA
Gwyneth Campbell    New York NY 
Nicole Koh    Daly City CA
Taryn Surratt    Houston TX 
 
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

VOCAL semi-finalists, 2015 (WOMEN—ART SONG) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce an extensive list of SEMI-FINALIST women in art song for 2015. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced later this 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 Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional art song division (women)

Karen Archbold    Glen Ellyn IL
Betsy Archer    Munster IN
Gwendolyn Brown    Chicago IL
Tania Coambs    Champaign IL
Jessica Louise Coe    Grand Rapids MI
Sarah Nelson Craft    Brooklyn NY
Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber    Hollidaysburg PA
Beena David    Chicago IL
Kathryn Findlen    Austin TX
Leslie Giammanco    New York NY
Annie Gill    Baltimore MD
Dena Holland    Hawley PA
Michelle E. Jarrell    Marietta GA
Elizabeth Kling    Auburn AL
Evangelia Leontis    Greensboro NC
Laura Loge   Bellevue WA
Kimberly Prins Moeller    Tucson AZ
Clara Osowski    Brooklyn Center MN
Jung Hwa Park    New York NY
Tami Petty    New York NY
Jennifer Piazza-Pick    Chester VA
Rebecca Rapoport-Cole    Somerville MA
Penelope Shumate    Macomb IL
Kimberly States    Brooklyn NY
Christine Steyer    Oak Park IL
Alexandra Whitfield    Lexington MA
Dana Zenobi    Austin TX

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

Tascha Anderson    Helena  MT 
Clare Demer    Tucson  AZ 
Abigail Jackson    Dallas  TX 
Janese Lewis    Jackson  MS 
Brianna Meese    Franklin Lakes  NJ 
Paulina Nastasha Yeung    New York  NY 

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

Sarah Aaldering    Los Gatos  CA
Larisa Bell    McHenry  IL
Gwyneth Campbell    New York  NY
Mabel Furutsuki    Palo Alto  CA
Nicole Koh   Daly City  CA
Taylor See  Las Vegas  NV 

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Monday, July 6, 2015

VOCAL semi-finalists, 2015 (MEN in art song & opera) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST men in opera and art song 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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The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (men)

Curtis  Bannister    Chicago  IL
Don O'Neal  LeBlanc    Denton TX
Peter Lightfoot    East Lansing MI
Ian McEuen    Bethesda MD
Andrew McLaughlin    Chicago IL
Dan Richardson    Chicago IL
Johnathan Riesen    Westland MI
Joseph P. Ryan    Sarasota FL
Jorell Williams    New York NY 


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

Calvin Griffin   Columbus OH
Nicholas Lobenthal   New York NY
Galeano Salas    Philadelphia PA
Christopher Sokolowski    Hurley, NY
Jonathan Story   London, UK
DelShawn Taylor    South Bend IN 
Terriq White    Charlotte NC
Nicholas Yaquinto    Atlanta GA 
 

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

Derrell Acon    Chicago IL 
David John Davani    Sea Cliff NY 
Wesley Dunnagan    Wabash IN 
Austin-Sinclair Harris    Missouri City TX 
Darrell J. Jordan    Columbia MO 
Christian Ketter    Chicago IL 
Justin John Moniz    Lake Ronkonkoma NY 
Christopher Sokolowski    Bloomington IN 
DaShawn Williams    Hutto TX 
Jorell Williams    New York NY 
Ethan Yan    Mountain View CA 
Chai-Lun Yueh    West Hartford CT  

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

PIANO semi-finalists, 2015 (SOLO) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce an impressive list of SEMI-FINALIST pianists for 2015 in professional, college/university and high school SOLO divisions. 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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The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo)—professional division

Michael Angelucci    Baltimore MD
Matthew Bengtson    Wynnewood PA
Louise Billaud    Dublin VA
Valentin M. Bogdan    Columbus OH
Kris Carlisle    Rome GA
Susan Chan    Tigard OR
Yufen Chou    Alexandria VA
Kevin Class    Knoxville TN
Jovanni-Rey de Pedro    Moscow ID
Ruilong Fan    Tianjin China
Brendan Michael Kinsella    McAllen TX
You Ju Lee    Dahlonega GA
Solee Lee-Clark    Muskegon MI
Mikyung Lim    Anaheim CA
Susan Merdinger    Highland Park IL
John Mortensen    Cedarville OH
Bill John Newbrough    Houghton NY
Yoon-Wha Roh    North Reading MA
Daria Scarano    Hanover MD
Joel Schoenhals    Ann Arbor MI
Maria Sumareva    Coral Gables FL
Garnet Ungar    Boonville IN


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

Li-Hsin Chen    Kansas City MO
Dion Cunningham    College Park MD
Kelly Cuppett    Tampa FL
Anna Dmytrenko    Newark DE
Jae Young Kim    New York NY
Minjae Kim    East Lansing MI
Anthony Lee    Cary NC 
Dongyul Lee   Los Angeles CA
Tae Yeon Lim    Los Angeles CA
Evan Pensis    Phoenix AZ


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


Trenton Chang    Logan UT
Heather Hsun Chang    Palo Alto CA
Michael Hong    Northridge CA
Allison Kirkegaard    Downers Grove IL
Christopher Son Richardson    Danville CA
Jarod Yap    Clarence Center NY 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PIANO semi-finalists, 2015 (CONCERTO) announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST pianists for 2015 in the CONCERTO division. 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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The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2015
—concerto division


Aleksandra Kasman    Vestavia Hills AL
   Prokofiev—Piano Concerto No. 1
  
Susan Merdinger    Highland Park IL
   Gershwin—Rhapsody in Blue

Bill John Newbrough    Houghton NY
   Beethoven—Choral Fantasy

Yoon-Wha Roh    North Reading MA
   Tchaikovsky—Piano Concerto No. 1

Christopher Son Richardson    Danville CA
   Beethoven—Piano Concerto No. 1

Garnet Ungar    Boonville IN
   Brahms—Piano Concerto No. 2

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE semi-finalists, 2015

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST chamber music 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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The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2015:

Semi-finalists are listed by ensemble name, contact person, city and state.

Duo Striata 
   Timothy Archbold    Glen Ellyn, IL

Balletik Duo
   Laurel Black   Athens, GA

Mira Walker and Sebastian Black, duo-pianists
   Mindy Black    Birmingham, AL

Mortyakoya/Bogdan Piano Duo
   Valentin M. Bogdan    Columbus, MS

Volta Piano Trio
   Jennifer Caine    Seattle, WA

Roberta Carpenter/Sharon Goodrum Duo
   Roberta Carpenter    Hartland, WI

I the Siren 
   Darci Gamerl    Omaha, NE

The Prairie Song Project
   Katharine Goeldner    Richfield, MN

Kontras Quartet 
   Francois Henkins    Evanston, IL

Rosco String Quartet 
   Jakob Hofer    Salt Lake City, UT

Chapman Duo
   Nickolas Kaynor    Melrose, MA

Duo Davvero 
   Hyan Jung Kim    Boston, MA

Merdinger-Greene Piano Duo
   Susan Merdinger    Highland Park, IL

The New Consort
   Brian Mummert    Baltimore, MD

Synaesthesia Saxophone Quartet
   Todd  Oxford    Austin, TX

Ivy Street Ensemble
   Catherine Peterson    Denver, CO

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Semi-finalists: make the most of your selection by announcing it on your facebook page, tweet the news, and include a link to this announcement on your website or blog.

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"Great News! I'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 my division late in July. 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 "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2014 CONDUCTOR & ENSEMBLE winning links

Below, please find links to all 2014 CONDUCTOR and ENSEMBLE winners and runners-up. Each link accesses an earlier blog post which includes an individual or ensemble bio, photo, and short evaluation comment. We congratulate all our 2014 laureates.

For winners in earlier years, or to discover COMPOSER, PIANO, CLASSICAL VOCALIST and CHAMBER MUSIC ensemble winners, please follow this link:
http://www.theamericanprize.org/winners2014.html


2014 CONDUCTOR & ENSEMBLE LAUREATES

ORCHESTRAS

professional orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/professional-orchestra-winner-runners-up.html

college/university orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/orchestra-winners-collegeuniversity.html

community orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/community-orchestra-winner-runners-up.html

youth orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/orchestra-winners-youth-orchestra.html

high school orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/orchestra-winners-high-school-division.html

BANDS

college/university bands
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/band-winners-collegeuniversity.html

high school bands
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/band-winners-high-school-division.html

community bands
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/band-winners-community-division.html

OPERA COMPANIES

professional opera companies
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/opera-companies-professional-division.html

college/university opera companies
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/opera-companies-collegeuniversity.html

community opera companies
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/opera-companies-community-division.html

CHORUSES

college/university choruses
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/chorus-winner-runners-up.html

community choruses
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/chorus-winner-runners-up-community.html

high school and youth choirs
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/chorus-winner-runners-up-high-schol.html

MUSICAL THEATER:

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/musical-theater-winners-runners-up.html

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CONDUCTING

orchestral conducting—professional orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winners-runners-up.html

orchestral conducting—college/university orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winners-runners-up_27.html

orchestral conducting—community orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winner-runners-up-community.html

orchestral conducting—youth and high school orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winners-runners-up-youthhigh.html

orchestral programming—professional orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/collegiate-division-vytautas-marijosius.html

orchestral programming—community orchestras
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/community-divsion-vytautas-marijosius.html

choral conducting—community & youth choruses
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winner-runners-up_15.html

choral conducting—college/university choruses
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winner-runners-up.html

band/wind ensemble conducting
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winner-runners-up-band.html

opera conducting
http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/conductor-winner-runners-up-opera.html

STAGE DIRECTORS

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2014/10/stage-director-winner-runners-up.html



Monday, April 27, 2015

AMAZING NIGHT at Symphony Center, Chicago, for The American Prize

An amazing night at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, Sunday, April 26, 2015: eight winners of The American Prize Chicago Musical Theater Award (from left: Kate Ryan, Justin John Moniz, Elizabeth Kling, DelShawn Taylor, Karen Archbold, Tania Coambs, Christian Ketter and Dan Richardson), following the shouting, whistling, rhythmic-clapping standing ovation for "Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein" with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Elgin Master Chorale, all under the direction of TAP chief judge David Katz.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Will "SOMETHING WONDERFUL", featuring eight soloists from THE AMERICAN PRIZE in the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, sell out at Orchestra Hall, Chicago?

The American Prize-winning soloists Tania Coambs, Kate Ryan, Justin Moniz, and DelShawn Taylor entertain with "Do Re Mi"
Will "SOMETHING WONDERFUL" sell out at Orchestra Hall / Symphony Center, Chicago on April 26th?
It certainly should!
 
If the reaction of the sold-out crowd at Elgin, Illinois' Blizzard Theater a couple of weeks ago—where the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the Elgin Master Chorale and soloists performed "Something Wonderful: the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein" under the baton of TAP chief judge David Katz—is any indication, the Chicago audience for SOMETHING WONDERFUL on Sunday, April 26th at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, is going to have a terrific time!

The huge Elgin audience was tumultuous from the first note of the "Carousel Waltz" to the last chord of the "Oklahoma" encore an hour and a half later: they stood, and cheered, and sung along, and even did the hand gestures in "Do, Re, Mi!"

The eight soloists featured in the concerts are all winners of The American Prize in Voice Chicago Musical Theater Award. They are sopranos Tania Coambs and Elizabeth Kling (cover); mezzos Kate Ryan and Karen Archbold (cover); tenors Justin Moniz and Christian Ketter (cover); and baritones DelShawn Taylor and Dan Richardson (cover.)

Click here to purchase tickets.

Here are some photos from the Elgin concert, to give you an idea.
David Katz conducts the "Something Wonderful" Wall of Sound!
Soloists Elizabeth Kling & Karen Archbold join in "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Soloists Dan Richardson & Christian Ketter join in "You'll Never Walk Alone."
DelShawn Taylor convinces everyone "It's a Grand Night for Singing."

Justin Moniz tells Kate how he'd be "If I Loved You."

Kate Ryan sings the concert title song, "Something Wonderful."

Tania Coambs is happy "Getting to Know You."

CBASO low strings, brass and percussion.
CBASO winds with members of the CBA Chorus and the Elgin Master Chorale.

All photos courtesy of Mark Bergeron.

Monday, March 2, 2015

WINNERS of the CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATER AWARD announced

The American Prize is pleased to announce the solo quartet and four cover artists for "SOMETHING WONDERFUL—the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein," 2015 winners of the Chicago Musical Theater Award.


The winning vocal quartet and cover artists will participate in two performances of SOMETHING WONDERFUL, presented by The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and the CBA Chorus, David Katz, conductor, in partnership with the Elgin Master Chorale, Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm in the Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, and again on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Symphony Center/Orchestra Hall, Chicago.

PURCHASE Elgin tickets here.
PURCHASE Chicago tickets here.

The FOUR WINNERS of the Chicago Musical Theater Award, 2015 are:
TANIA ARAZI COAMBS, soprano
Born in Cumaná, Venezuela, Tania Arazi Coambs is a passionate and versatile performer, stage director, and writer.  Recognized for her “searing and intense acting and singing”, she has appeared internationally at the Shaw Theatre in London; St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the Urbania City Theater in Italy; the Errol Hill Theater in Bridgetown, Barbados; Muson Centre in Lagos, Nigeria; and with the Amadeus Opern Ensemble in Salzburg, Austria.  She has also performed with the Allerton Music Barn Festival, Opera Venezuela, the Pittsburgh Savoyards, Station Theatre, Illinois Opera Theater, and with the Danville Symphony Orchestra.  Previous roles include Aldonza in The Man of La Mancha, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Aline in The Sorcerer, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Linfea in La Calisto, Arsena in Der Zigeunerbaron, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Annie in The Game of Love, Wren in A Body of Water, Nurse Ruth Kelley in Harvey, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town, as well as originating the role of Dr. Vivian Watson in an international tour to Barbados, England, and Nigeria of the play Preemptive.

With her strong interest in Spanish music and art song, as well as in jazz, French cabaret, and tango music, she has performed in concerts around the Midwest with groups such as the George Turner Trio, Tango Espejo, Tempest Performers, as well as presented recitals at the Mid-America Guitar Festival, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Tania’s recent directing projects include The Tender Land, Trouble in Tahiti, and Signor Deluso at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as workshopping and directing scenes from her own opera, Catatumbo, based on her own libretto and composed by Griffin Candey at the University of Illinois.  Other previous directing projects include productions of Stop Kiss, Roméo et Juliette, Feeding the Moonfish, The Informer, Brundibár, A Canoe on the Lake, and co-director of Don Giovanni.  Tania currently serves at the Director of Opera/Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a doctoral candidate in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois.


KATE RYAN, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Ryan is a versatile singer/actress who returns to Chicago after ten years in California. This December, she debuted as the mezzo-soprano soloist with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for Handel's Messiah, and performed as a soloist with choir and orchestra at several sold-out performances of DePaul University’s Christmas at DePaul. Kate works as a singer/pianist for Howl at the Moon Chicago’s Howl2Go Program, and has performed for Chicago Dueling Piano’s, and in regular cabaret at Davenport’s Piano Bar. Recent musical theater credits include A Christmas Carol, at San Jose Repertory Theater, Hairspray at Coastal Rep and Cabrillo Stage, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Broadway by the Bay, The Light in the Piazza with Palo Alto Players, and the title role in the National Tour of Strega Nona the Musical. Ms. Ryan has served as an Adjunct Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre at Santa Clara University, and has worked on the Bay Area’s biggest stages as an actor and musical director. Kate was a print and commercial model for Marla Dell Talent in San Francisco, and has performed on tour as a backup vocalist for Ben Folds. She currently studies voice with international and Metropolitan Opera performing artist Jane Bunnell. Kate is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory, and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Kate would like to extend her gratitude to Maestro Katz, the members of the chorus and orchestra, and the American Prize for this incredible opportunity. www.katesingingryan.com



JUSTIN JOHN MONIZ, tenor
American tenor Justin John Moniz has earned great acclaim for his “comic chops and huge voice”. Lauded by the South Florida Classical Review as a "superb high tenor" and a "vocal standout", his "refined" work has also been praised by the Miami Herald and Cape Cod Times. His unique style and versatility has afforded him an active career in concert, opera, and musical theatre. Mr. Moniz began the 2014/15 season with his debut as Gastone in La traviata, with the Opera Company of Middlebury, where he also covered the role of Alfredo. He returned for a second season with Sarasota Opera in   Pagliacci and The Hobbit, where he “turned Old Bilbo (Moniz) into an unforgettable creation bound to turn youthful audiences into future opera lovers” (The Observer). Moniz made a triumphant return to Miami this winter, where he joined the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami in Handel’s Messiah, and made his company debut in DreamCatcher Theatre’s production of Into the Woods at the Adrienne Arsht Center, in the roles of Cinderella's Prince and The Wolf. Mr. Moniz garnered critical acclaim for his “rich tenor” (The Miami Hurricane), “commanding stage presence” (TalkinBroadway.com) and “comic chops and huge voice” (The Miami Herald). He most recently made his role and company debut as Nanki-Poo in Gulfshore Opera's production of The Mikado. In previous seasons, Moniz has appeared with Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera New Jersey, Center Stage Opera (CA), Orchestra Miami, and the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, where he made a triumphant debut as Cassio in Otello, with less than ten minutes notice. Mr. Moniz holds degrees from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he was recently selected as the recipient of the 2015 Rising Star Award. He is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). For more information: www.justinjohnmoniz.com


DELSHAWN TAYLOR, baritone

Delshawn Taylor is a junior at Indiana University South Bend where is he studying Psychology with a Spanish minor. He has musically directed and accompanied over 10 musical productions. He has performed lead operatic roles such as Chevalier de la Force in Dialogue of the Carmelites (Opera Notre Dame), Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus Tartuffe (UE Opera), The Pig in Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, and currently learning the role of Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi (St. Mary’s Opera). He was a Top 5 Finalist in Michiana’s Rising Star and placed second in LaPorte Symphony Orchestra’s Hoosier Star Vocal Competition in the fall of 2014. As a young musician, Delshawn has been mentored by Maestro Tsung Yeh of the South Bend Symphony, Maestro Thomas Wilkins of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Marvin Curtis, Dean of the Ernestine Ranclin School of the Arts. He has served as Director of Music at Zoar United Church of Christ and currently serves as the Music Director at Sacred Heart Parish. As an aspiring choral composer, Delshawn is on the rise to success with growing commissions. He will be premiering his own setting of The Songs of Solomon for soprano, baritone, tenor, women’s chorus and chamber orchestra in February of 2016 and setting of seven poems by Emily Dickinson for voice and piano. To give back to his community, Delshawn recently started a thriving children’s choir at the Boys & Girls Club. He is the founder of Music for the Soul, an organization that annually unites an entire musical community across two states to raises money in a benefit concert for The Memorial Children’s Hospital and is dedicated to encouraging young singers from elementary to high school, that their voice can make a difference. Delshawn will compete in the second round of Classical Singer Magazine Musical Theatre Competition this May in Chicago. He is studies privately with Ms. Paula Harris.

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Winners of the Chicago Musical Theateer Award (cover) for "SOMETHING WONDERFUL" will participate in the finales of the concerts in both locations and are available to assist if needed.

ELIZABETH KLING, soprano
Praised for her “delightful” (The Boston Globe) and “delicately compassionate” (Times Herald Record) singing, soprano Elizabeth Kling is recognized as a dynamic and versatile performer.  In her Carnegie Hall début, she created the title role of Lucy by Tom Cipullo, and her performance was acclaimed as “excellent” (The Big City). Other roles include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Jessie (Mahagonny Songspiel), Áljana (A Little Princess), and Hope (Anything Goes). Elizabeth has been a guest artist in song recitals at the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Cal Poly Pomona.  She is a 2015 finalist in the G. Gershwin International Competition.  Elizabeth holds a DMA from The City University of New York Graduate Center and a MM from New England Conservatory.  She is Assistant Professor of Music Theatre at Auburn University. www.elizabethkling.com


KAREN ARCHBOLD, mezzo-soprano
Karen Archbold is poised to launch an exciting career as a promising young singer.  She studied at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany.  She currently appears as a part of the Duo Striata, a cello and voice ensemble focusing on new music.  Karen has been a member of the Washington Chorus, the Chicago Chorale, the Bremen Kammerchor, and the Symphonic Chorus at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.  Karen has appeared as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore as Buttercup and as Berthe in the Barber of Seville.  She has also participated in the opera choruses of Die Zauberflöte and L’Enfant Sortilege at the Kennedy Center.  Karen’s solo appearances include Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Soloist in John Rutter’s Magnificat, Mezzo soloist in Lili Boulanger’s Psalm Profundis, Alto soloist in the Verdi Requiem, and the Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the MasterWorks Festival Orchestras.



CHRISTIAN KETTER, tenor
Tenor, Christian Ketter, recently made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marilyn Horne’s festival: “The Song Continues." 2013: Tenor soloist, Bruckner Te Deum, Chicago Bar Symphony and Orchestra; DuBois’ Les sept paroles du Christ; Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël. Willy Loman: Rizzer’s Death of a Salesman, Chicago Cultural Center. 2011: Mr. Ketter performed under Carlisle Floyd in a concert of Floyd's operatic works. Evita (Che) Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; Tosca (Cavaradossi) Calumet City Chamber-Ensemble; Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights (Edgar) in its televised Chicago premiere; ShowBoat (Ravenal). 2010: At Ravinia, Mr. Ketter gave a recital benefitting the Misericordia Foundation.

2013: International-Finalist: Lotte Lenya Competition. Friedrich Schorr/The American Prize winner; National-Winner: Chicago Oratorio Award;  2nd National-Winner: Hal Leonard Art Song; The American Prize in Art Song; Shirley Rabb-Winston Grand Prize. For release summer 2014: Recording, "Beloved", a collection of classical arrangements spanning many languages, styles, and genres with violinist, Cara Schlecker and pianist, Myron Silberstein. For more information visit: www.christianketter.com


DAN RICHARDSON, bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Dan Richardson is known for his "clean, clear, declarative" tone and "lovely core sound and earnest musicianship." Recently, Mr. Richardson appeared as Elijah with Choral Union in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, as Papageno with Candid Concert Opera, and performed with the New Millennium Orchestra as Death in Viktor Ullmann's the Emperor of Atlantis on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park.
He has also performed with the Florentine Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Louisiane, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he performed the role of Don Bartolo for their “Opera in the Neighborhoods” production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. As a concert soloist Mr. Richardson has performed with the Fox Valley Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Virginia Consort, the Milwaukee Ballet, Music by the Lake, and the Grant Park Chorus.

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Congratulations to these fine artists.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

VOCALISTS: questions & answers and the Chicago Musical Theater Award

YES—The opera/operetta and art song/oratorio contests are separate competitions, judged independently, requiring two application forms and two fees, but all materials may be sent (or emailed) together (or separately) as you wish, by the extended deadline of March 10th. Only the Chicago Musical Theater Award requires video and has an earlier deadline of February 17th. The opera and/or art song contests may be audio or video, as is your preference.

YES—you may submit materials at two separate times, if you wish. You can send recordings (or links) for the Chicago Musical Theater Award (including applications and fees) by the February 17th deadline for the musical theater award and send the rest of the recordings (for the art song and/or opera contests) later. Just be sure everything else you are submitting is postmarked by the extended deadline of March 10th.

YES—you may mix formats. The audition materials for the Chicago Musical Theater Award must be video (on disc or by sending online links) but the recordings for the other contests (opera/operetta, art song) need not be. They can be audio recordings.

REMEMBER—the Chicago Musical Theater Award is an additional opportunity for those who live within driving range of Chicago or can make their own travel and housing arrangements. It is judged separately from the other contests, and is not a required part of the competitions. If you wish to apply for the opera/operetta and/or art song/oratorio prizes and not for the music theater award, you can certainly do so.

MORE questions? Happy to help. Write to us at theamericanprize@gmail.com

Sunday, January 4, 2015

TAP honors FOUR JUDGES for five years of continuing service to the competitions



The American Prize has recognized four members of its national panel of judges for five years of continuing service to the organization. "We are grateful for the time, expertise and enthusiasm these four musicians have displayed since the competitions were founded," said David Katz, chief judge of the national nonprofit competitions. "Their belief in The American Prize idea, unbiased evaluations and thoughtful commentary to applicants is part of the reason The American Prize is recognized as a unique and valuable resource for performing artists across the country."

The four judges below received certificates for their years of continuing service:

Leonard Atherton

Muncie, IN



Leonard Atherton (instrumental performance, conducting) joined the Ball State University School of Music Faculty in 1982. Now retired, he is Music Director Emeritus of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and former director of the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and conducting teacher. Atherton has held music director positions among which are the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Young Artists Choral Program of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia and the University of Pennsylvania Choruses. He has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Atherton has conducted in Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, Canada and England. Leonard Atherton served as the Cover Conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana's civilian award, for his service in music to the State. He is a member of the Mentoring Committee of the Conductors Guild and has just handed over the position of Treasurer of the College Orchestra Directors Association.



Allen Cohen

Madison, NJ

Allen Cohen (instrumental performance, conducting, composition) received a doctorate in composition from the City University of New York, where he studied with Thea Musgrave, Bruce Saylor, and David Del Tredici. Currently Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, he has taught at Hunter College, New York University, and Manhattanville College. He has received a Meet the Composer residency grant and many ASCAP Plus awards. Five of his compositions have been released on commercial compact discs. He has written incidental scores for films and off-Broadway plays, arranged dance music for five Broadway musicals, conducted on Broadway and elsewhere, and performed extensively as a pianist. He is the author of Howard Hanson in Theory and Practice (Praeger/Greenwood) and the popular children's book That's So Funny I Forgot to Laugh! (Scholastic), and co-author of Writing Musical Theater (Palgrave Macmillan). He has also written critical introductions to new editions of orchestral scores by Dvorak, Gounod, Janacek, and Liadov, published by Repertoire Explorer in Munich. Website: www.allenlcohen.com





David B. Gardner

Winfield, KS

David B. Gardner (choral performance, conducting) (DMA, The University of Arizona) is Director of Choirs at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a second-place finish in the graduate division of the 2001 American Choral Directors Association National Student Conducting Awards Competition. Dr. Gardner's Carnegie Hall conducting debut was in March of 2005, and he appeared there most recently in March of 2010 under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International, New York. In 2008, the Southwestern College choir sang under his direction during Easter Sunday Mass at the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice. In 2002, he was selected to lead the Grammy Award winning Oregon Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra under the tutelage of Maestro Helmuth Rilling in the Oregon Bach Festival Masterclass in Conducting. Dr. Gardner is the President-Elect for the Kansas chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and is a charter member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.




Julia Vasquez

Missoula, MT

Julia Vasquez (instrumental performance, conducting), of Missoula, Montana, has played flute and piccolo in the Missoula Symphony since 1986. Earlier she was piccoloist in Orchestra Iowa and taught at Cornell College. In 2000, she won the Convention Performers Competition and performed Gunther Schuller's Concerto at the National Flute Association's Columbus convention. She was also a winner in this competition in 2007. Vasquez played in the Professional Flute Choir at conventions in Los Angeles and Boston, and was a guest soloist at the National Organ Convention in Chicago in 2006. Most recently, she was guest soloist at two concerts for the Pacific NW Composer's Conference in April 2014. Vasquez has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist. She teaches flute privately and is principal flutist with the Missoula Children's Community Theatre. She received flute performance degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Northern Illinois University.

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Thanks and congratulations!