Friday, February 2, 2018

Semi-finalists: ORCHESTRAS, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST orchestras for 2017-18 in all categories. Congratulations!

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:

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.

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—professional division,

Sheila Evans
Allentown Symphony
Allentown PA
Diane Wittry, music director

Jonathan Griffith
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra
New York NY

Mark Mandarano
Sinfonietta of Riverdale
Bronx NY

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—college/university division,  2017-18

Reuben Blundell
The Hunter Symphony
New York NY

Thomas Dickey
OK State University Symphony Orchestra
Stillwater OK

Kevin M. Geraldi
UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
Greensboro NC

David Grandis
College of William & Mary Symphony Orchestra.
Williamsburg VA

Stephen Heyde
Baylor Symphony Orchestra
Waco TX

James A. Holleman
Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra
Hillsdale MI

Tara Villa Keith
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Davidson NC

Chris Younghoon Kim
Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Ithaca NY

Mark Mandarano
Macalester Symphony Orchestra
Saint Paul MN

Daniel O'Bryant
NAU Symphony
Flagstaff AZ

David A. Rahbee
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA

Marguerite Richardson
Jacksonville University Orchestra
Jacksonville FL

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—community orchestra division, 2017-18

Donald L. Appert
Clark College Orchestra
Vancouver WA

Donald L. Appert
Oregon Sinfonietta
Portland OR

Michael Avagliano
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Branchburg NJ

Reuben Blundell
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra
Lansdowne PA

Patricia Brown
Texas Medical Center Orchestra
Houston TX
Libi Lebel, conductor

Orlando Cela
Arlington Philarmonic Orchestra
Arlington MA

Anna Edwards
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Seattle WA

John B. Gordon
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
Round Rock TX
Dr. Thomas E. Rainey, conductor

Tara Villa Keith
Lee County Community Orchestra
Sanford NC

Steve N. Lewis, Jr.
Midwest Chamber Ensemble
Prairie Village KS

Ulli Reiner
Poway Community Symphonette
Poway/San Diego CA

Charles Salembier
Waynesboro Symphony
Waynesboro VA
Peter Wilson, conductor

David P. Sartor
Parthenon Chamber Orchesttra
Nashville TN

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—youth orchestra division, 2017-18

Jennifer Harrell
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Knoxville TN
James Fellenbaum, conductor

Ralph T. Jackson
Bridle Path/Montgomery Select String Ensemble
Lansdale PA

Sarah Loudermilk
Houston Youth Symphony
Houston TX
Michael Webster, conductor

Joanne Walle
Oakland Youth Orchestras
Rochester MI
Zeljko Milicevic, conductor

Kelly Waltrip
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
Denver CO
Wes Kenney, conductor

Thomas Dickey
OSU String Academy
Stillwater OK

Enrique Lasansky
Denver School of the Arts Symphony
Denver CO

SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance—high school orchestra division, 2017-18

Kalena Bovell
The Loomis Chaffee Orchestra
Windsor CT

David DeVoto
Allen HS Symphony Orchestra
Allen TX

Nse Ekpo
Lakeside School Symphony Orchestra
Seattle WA

Katharine Hafner
Iolani Orchestra
Honolulu HI

Michael Isadore
Dulles HS Honors Orchestra
Sugar Land TX

Tanner Ledford
Klein Oak Symphony Orchestra
Spring TX

Matthew Moreno
Jasper Legacy Orchestra
Plano TX

Desiree Overree & John Mays
Seven Lakes HS Symphony Orchestra
Katy TX

Desiree Overree
Sinfonia Orchestra
Katy TX

Ulli Reiner
Poway Unified School District-Bernardo Heights
and Twin Peaks Middle School Orch.
Poway/San Diego CA


We invite semi-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! Our ensemble has just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in the division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.


1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful honor to have the community chamber orchestra I founded in 2009, the Poway Symphonette as a Semi-Finalist in the American Prize!