From David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize:
"The second annual contest for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, attracted some of the country's most persuasive and creative music directors—individuals who would be no more likely to program a concert with a standard overture followed by a standard concerto, followed by a standard intermission, followed by a standard symphony as they would be to conduct standing on their heads. These are conductors who recognize program-planning as central to the growth of their ensembles, the enrichment of their audiences and the future of the art.
In 2012, The American Prize has selected one national winner, three runners-up, a citation recipient and four honorable mentions. Each of these music directors is worthy of special recognition; each creates programs with the unique circumstances of ensemble and constituency clearly in mind. I hope to elaborate on their strengths in a future blog post. I applaud them all.
For nearly thirty five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School, Vytautas Marijosius programmed concerts that were alive in every sense—not programming for novelty’s sake alone, nor neglecting the great masters of the past—but always bringing to the awareness of his students and his audiences great composers of the current time and potential masters of the future. I believe he would be pleased in different ways with each of this year's honorees." —DK
The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award
The American Prize Winner:Lawrence Golan, music director, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima, WA for "A Titanic Season"
2ND PLACE:Tara Towson Villa, music director Lee County Community Orchestra, Sanford, NC for "The Elements"
3RD PLACE:Timothy Hutto, music director, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, New York, NY for "Mahler: Aspects"
HONORABLE MENTION:Ken Selden, music director, Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Portland, OR for 2010-11 Season
Richard Chiarappa, founding music director, West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, West Hartford, CT for 2010-11 Season
HONORABLE MENTION:Donald Appert, music director, Oregon Sinfonietta, Portland, OR for 2010-2011 Season
HONORABLE MENTION:Alyze Dreiling, artistic director/conductor, YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra and Soloist Ensemble, San Diego, CA for 2010-11 Season and Bartok Birthday Celebration
for UNIQUE PATRIOTIC SERVICE through MUSIC
Victor Wahby, music director, Musical Medical Group Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC "Veterans Commemoration—Healing for the Nations"
Congratulations to all honorees. Information about the 2013 contests of The American Prize will be posted to our website soon.