Thursday, January 25, 2018

ERNST BACON AWARD: semi-finalists, 2017-18

The American Prize is very pleased to announce SEMI-FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2017-18 in all divisions. Congratulations!

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school age solo artists, chamber ensembles or conducted ensembles, competing in separate divisions, and from composers with excellent recordings of their works. Beginning in 2017-18, categories were expanded to encompass performances of American music in practically any instrumentation or genre, with very few repertoire restrictions.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide. To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. 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.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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.


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, PROFESSIONAL division, 2017-18

In most cases, and especially for those applicants who entered with multiple works, only the applicant, organization, city and state are listed.


Aaron Alter
New Mexico Bach Society Chorale
Santa Fe NM


Heather C. Barclay
Palomar/YPO Percussion Ensemble
San Diego CA
   Mercury Rising—Nathan Daughtrey  


Reuben Blundell
Gowanus Arts Ensemble
Brooklyn NY


Luke Cissell
New York NY
   String Quintet—Luke Cissell  


Nse Ekpo
Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra
Pazardjik Bulgaria
   Lyric for Strings—George Walker  


Richard Gordon Flauding
Richard Flauding Studio Orchestra
Arlington TX  


Rebecca Grimes
Lone Star Lyric Opera
Houston TX  


Michael S. Horwood
Sinfonia Varsovia
Warsaw Poland
   Intravariations— Horwood


Roger McVey
pianist
Moscow ID
   Suite From the Cloud Forest (1992)—Eric Ewazen  


Ryan Murray
Townsend Opera
Modesto CA  


Christopher Nichols
clarinet
Newark DE  


Phoenix Park-Kim
Soprani Compagni
Marion IN  


William Popp
composer, accordion
Denver CO


Sarah Richardson
soprano
Milwaukee WI  


Peter Seivewright
Glasgow Scotland
   Piano Sonata "Keltic"—MacDowell


Christine Steyer
soprano
Oak Park IL


Hainu Tan
composer
Ablaze Records
Boston MA


Nick Vasallo
Elevate Ensemble and ZOFO Duet
San Francisco CA  


Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn
Ann Maire Wilcox-Daehn and Elizabeth Avery
Springfield MO
   The Forgotten Songs of Sergius Kagen 


Rain Worthington
Missouri State University Symphony
Springfield MO  


Giselle Wyers
Solaris Vocal Ensemble
Seattle WA


Judith Lang Zaimont
Elizabeth Moak, pianist
Hattiesburg MS
   Sonata for Piano: Nocturne—La fin de siecle—Zaimont



The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY division, 2017-18

In most cases, and especially for those applicants who entered with multiple works, only the applicant, organization, city and state are listed.

Micheal Barnes
Norman OK
   Tongue and Groove—Robert Paterson  


Jennifer Bellor
UNLV Wind Orchestra
Las Vegas NV
   Bordello Nights—Jennifer Bellor  


Rod N. Chestnutt
FGCU Wind Orchestra
Fort Myers FL
   Concertino for Tenor Saxaphone—James Hovlik  


Jessica Crowell
Malone University Opera Theater
Canton OH
   Beneath Suspicion—Jesse Ayers  


Thomas Dickey
Oklahoma State University. Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK  


Natalie Dietterich
Yale Camerata
New Haven CT
   conversations with strangers—Natalie Dietterich
  

Natalie Dietterich
Yale Philharmonia 
New Haven CT
   aeolian dust—Natalie Dietterich  


David Hahn
Eastman Repertory Singers
Rochester NY  


Lynda Hasseler
Capital University Chapel Choir and Choral Union
Columbus OH


Jesse Henkensiefken
Kansas Wesleyan University String Orchestra
Salina KS
   Strings and Threads Suite—Mark O'Connor


Stephen Heyde
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
Waco TX


Inmo Kang
University of SC Symphony Orchestra
West Columbia SC
   Symphonette No. 2—Morton Gould  


Christopher Kelts
Missouri State University Symphony
Springfield MO
   Tracing a Dream—Rain Worthington  


Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Orchestra
Ithaca NY
   Clarinet Concerto—Joan Tower  


William L. Lake, Jr.
University of NC at Greensboro Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble
Greensboro NC  


Harris Malasky
NEC Symphonic Winds
Boston MA  


Vaibhav Mohanty
Cambridge MA
   Rhapsody No. 1—Vaibhav Mohanty  


Zachary Ploeger
composer
Kalamazoo MI  


Marguerite Richardson
Jacksonville University Orchestra
Jacksonville FL
   Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 2—Howard Hanson  


Corinne Rydman
San Francisco CA  
   Art Songs by Florence Price

Catherine Sailer
Universitty of Denver Lamont Chorale
Denver CO


Jennifer Trost
The PSU Piano Quartet
State College PA
   Beethoven's Slippers: A Monodrama—Judith Cloud  


Adam Waller
Peabody Wind Ensemble
Baltimore MD


Chris David Westover
Denison University New Music Ensemble
Granville OH  


Chee Weng Yim
Frost Chamber Winds/Frost Wind Ensemble
Coral Gables FL



The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, COMMUNITY division, 2017-18

In most cases, and especially for those applicants who entered with multiple works, only the applicant, organization, city and state are listed.

Donald L. Appert
Clark College Orchestra
Vancouver WA
   Sacred Song Cycle—Appert


Donald L. Appert
Oregon Sinfonietta
Vancouver WA
   Concerto for Viola and Orchestra—Appert


Patricia Brown
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Houston TX
   Appalachian Spring—Copland 


Otter Dreaming
composer
Decorah IA


John B. Gordon / Thomas Rainey
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX
   Gershwin & All That Jazz   


William P. Gorton
Members of Philadelphia Orchestra & friends
NJ Master Chorale, Philadelphia Boys Choir
Haddonfield NJ   


Darrell J. Jordan
Vox Nova
Columbia MO


Walter Morales
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh PA   


Nicholas Simonelli
The Putnam Chorale, Ltd.
Carmel NY
   Casey at the Bat—William Schuman 



The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, semi-finalists, YOUTH & HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA division, 2017-18

In most cases, and especially for those applicants who entered with multiple works, only the applicant, organization, city and state are listed.

Michael Isadore
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra  
Sugar Land TX


Robert Truan
Decatur HS Wind Ensemble
Decatur GA  


Robert Boardman
South Bend Youth Symphony
South Bend IN
   Motown Dreamer—Jorge Muniz


Carolyn Watson
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Interlochen MI
   The Improvised Violin Concerto—Mark O'Connor


Carolyn Watson
Conservatorium HS Symphony
Sydney Australia
   Star Wars Suite—John Williams




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We invite semi-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.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2017-18. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists 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.

1 comment:

  1. As these results are posted, each of us readers becomes more deeply aware of the breadth and depth of musicians and ensembles in America, encountering some we know and many we don’t. It’s such a valuable venue for celebrating and acknowledging what’s happening. Thank you, TAP!

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