Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MARIJOSIUS AWARD: 2015 finalists for The American Prize

Vytautas Marijosius
David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, writes about this year's Marijosius Finalists: 

"It is obvious that someone who would apply for an award in orchestral programming probably has a serious interest in the subject, and is likely already very good at it. That is certainly the case here. Hardly a concert in the fifty or so submitted by these applicants does not display something truly interesting. There are premiers, of course, and revivals of unusual works by familiar names, and thought provoking juxtapositions. But perhaps most intriguing are the number of performances of known literature written since 1980. Is it possible that a real "repertoire of the modern" is slowly revealing itself? If so, that is very good news for the art."

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2015 FINALIST conductors in orchestral programming, The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming / Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award

Donald L. Appert   Vancouver, WA
    Clark College Symphony Orchestra, Jewish Community Orchestra

David A. Rahbee   Seattle, WA 
    University of Washington Symphony Orchestra

Michael Griffith   Laramie, WY
    University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Thomas E. Rainey   Round Rock, TX 
    Williamson County Symphony Orchestra

Tian Hui Ng   South Hadley, MA 
   Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra

Robert Boardman   South Bend, IN 
    South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra

Allen Tinkham   Chicago, IL 
   Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Chris Younghoon Kim   Ithaca, NY 
   Cornell Chamber Orchestra

Michael Korn   Waltham, MA 
    The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra


We encourage 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! I've just been selected as a 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 winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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Congratulations to all finalists.