|Maestro Vytautas Marijosius|
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From David Katz, chief judge: "The third annual contest for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, attracted more 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 2013, The American Prize has selected one national winner and two runners-up. Each of these music directors is worthy of special recognition; each creates programs with the unique circumstances of their ensemble and their 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
For more about Maestro Marijosius, please visit the companion blog here.
The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award
The American Prize Winner:Jason Love Columbia Orchestra Ellicott City, MD
Love has guest conducted a wide variety of ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Sinfonietta, Hopkins Chamber Orchestra, and the new music ensemble RUCKUS. He is the 2008 Winner of the “Howie” Outstanding Artist Award, recognizing achievement in the arts in Howard County, Maryland.
Among judges' comments: "A courageous programmer with a clear vision for his audience and his ensemble...Impressive."
Tara Villa Keith Lee County Community Orchestra Sanford, NC "An Orchestral Bouquet"
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Among judges' comments: "delightfully creative programming and marketing ideas...absolutely charming, effective and appropriate."
Alyze Dreiling YPO Soloist Ensemble San Diego, CA
Among judges' comments: "Working in an educational setting, Dreiling mixes ancient masters and modern music in ways that cannot but help embolden her students for a lifetime of musical exploration."