"Wow, what great competitions. Many semi-finalists have been advanced, leading many different kinds (and strengths) of programs, in a variety of repertoire. All those listed below are worthy to receive further consideration for the fine work they are doing. Bravi, tutti."—DK
Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results 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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"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK
If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.
We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university band division, 2017-18
OCU Wind Philharmonic
Oklahoma City OK
Michael Scott Butler
UWSP Wind Ensemble
Stevens Point WI
Recital Chamber Winds
University of Redlands Symphonic Band
The University of Texas Bands
William L. Lake, Jr.
UNCG Casella Sinfonietta
Los Angeles CA
Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic
Oklahoma City OK
Rhodes College Wind Ensemble, U-Memphis Symphonic Band
Sixto F. Montesinos
Rutgers Wind Ensemble
New Brunswick NJ
University of Michigan Concert Band
Ann Arbor MI
Mason St. Pierre
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony
University of Washington Wind Ensemble
Peabody Wind Ensemble
Ryan M. Yahl
Indiana University Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble
Chee Weng Yim
Frost Wind Ensemble
Coral Gables FL
Conservatory Wind Ensemble
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—school and community band division, 2017-18
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Legacy HS Wind Ensemble
North Las Vegas NV
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester
University of Washington Concert Band
Richard J. Whitley
The Blacksburg Community Band
Gregory X. Whitmore
Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble
We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.
Here is a sample announcement:
"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing results in my division soon. 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.