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THE AMERICAN PRIZE choral ensemble & conducting finalists, 2012

Location: Connecticut, USA
The American Prize national competitions in the performing arts is pleased to announce CHORAL ENSEMBLE and CONDUCTING FINALISTS for 2012.

For more about The American Prize, please visit

Information about 2013 contests will be published later this summer.


The American Prize in Conducting—Choral Division, 2012—Community 

Richard Hynson—Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee, WI—Mozart: Requiem

Jonathan Palant—Partners In Harmony, Dallas, TX—Mozart: Requiem

Matthew Phelps—Chancel Choir of the Reformed Church of Bronxville,
NY—Bach: Cantata 106, Lauridsen

Karen P. Thomas—Seattle Pro Musica, Seattle, WA—Bach: St John Passion / Mendelssohn: Elijah


The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012— Community Division

The Vocal Art Ensemble, Tracia Barbieri, director, Davis, CA—Solstice: Dance of Light

Ensemble Companio, Joseph Gregorio, conductor, West Chester, PA—Greetings and Farewells

National Philharmonic Chorale, Stan Engebretson & Piotr Gajewski, conductors, North Bethesda, MD—Verdi: Requiem, Handel: Messiah

South Bend Chamber Singers, Nancy Menk*, conductor, South Bend, IN—Millennium: Choral Music of Today

Turtle Creek Chorale, Jonathan Palant, conductor, Dallas, TX—Childs, Whitacre, Lauridsen, more

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Eric Stark, conductor, Indianapolis, IN—Mendelssohn: Elijah

Cantori New York, Mark Shapiro, artistic director, New York, NY—Ferko: Stabat Mater

Bel Canto Chorus, Richard Hynson, director, Milwaukee, WI—Baber: An American Requiem, more


The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012—College/University Division

East Carolina University Chamber Singers, Greenville, NC, Dr. Andrew Crane, conductor—Antognini, Gonzales, Azura, Bach, more

Utah Valley University Chamber Choir, Orem, UT, Dr. Reed Criddle, conductor—Martin: Mass for Double Choir, Brahms, Whitacre, more

Marywood University Chamber Singers, Scranton, PA, Rick Hoffenberg, conductor—Bennett: Missa Brevis, O'Regan: Triptych, more

University of South Dakota Chamber Singers, Vermillion, SD, Dr. David Holdhusen, director, Priano, Albright, Memley, more

Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Shepherdstown, WV, Dr. Erik Jones, director—Finzi, Nystedt, Spencer, Martin, more

Saint Mary's College Women's Choir, Notre Dame, IN, Nancy Menk*, conductor—Orban: Mass No. 6 for Treble Voices, Stroope, Dicie, more

LIU Post Chamber Singers, Brookville, NY, Dr. Mark Shapiro, director—Flecha, Rautavaara, Elgar, more

University of Washington Chorale, Seattle, WA, Giselle Wyers, conductor—Alexander, Lauridsen, Vandervelde, more


The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012—Youth and High School Division

Lawrence Academy Girl Choir—Bel Canto, Appleton, WI, Karen Bruno, conductor—Bambara, Rimski-Korsakov, Monteverdi, Morley, more

Columbus International Children's Choir, Columbus, OH, Tatiana Kats, conductor—Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Raminsh, Eshpai, more

The Davidson Chorale, Augusta, GA, Dr. Timothy Powell, conductor—Whitacre, Powell, Rachmaninoff, more


David Katz, chief judge
The American Prize