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The American Prize

The American Prize is a series of non-profit US national competitions in the performing arts, founded in 2009 and providing cash awards, professional adjudication and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year at various levels: professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school.

Various winners for 2013 have just been announced.

Conducting (band/wind ensemble division): Christopher Unger from the Eastman Wind Ensemble / Eastman Wind Orchestra; conducting (community orchestra division): David Bernard, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony; conducting (youth orchestra division): Jonathan Handman, Vivace Arlington HS Philharmonia.

Choral performance (community): Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, director Loren Pontén; extraordinary commitment to the community through music: Singers of the Street (SOS) and conductor Kathleen McGuire; Pinecrest High School Chamber Ensemble, director Erin E Plisco (youth/high school).

Opera: Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre, director Alan E Hicks for The Turn of the Screw. (Second prize to University of South Dakota Opera, director Tracelyn Gesteland, for Dido and Aeneas and third prize to Undercroft Opera, director Mary E Sederburg, as reviewed in M&V by Kelly Ferjutz, for Susannah).

Ensemble: Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, director David Thomas Kehler (band/wind ensemble performance).

Orchestral: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, music director David Bernard (community orchestra); Vivace, music director Jonathan Handman (youth orchestra).

Congratulations to them all.

Information: theamericanprize.blogspot.com

Posted: 9 September 2013

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