|Vytautas Marijosius / Berlin State Orchestra|
Winners will be announced next month.
The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.
The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming recognizes the music director(s) in America who, in the opinion of the judges, have created the best season(s) of orchestral concerts during the past year in the United States. The winner(s) may not necessarily be the conductor(s) who have programmed the most new music (although premieres and commissions may work to a music director’s advantage.) Rather, the judges seek evidence of inspiration and creativity from concert to concert, a balance of the familiar with the less well-known in interesting combinations, creating what appears to be a unified whole.
John Stickler Gulf Coast Symphony
Donald L. Appert Clark College Orchestra
Jason Love Columbia Orchestra
Ellicott City, MD
Tara Towson Villa Lee County Community Orchestra
Tara Towson Villa Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling YPO Soloist Ensemble
San Diego, CA
Congratulations to the finalists!