The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts recently announced its HONORED ARTISTS for 2020, completing the 2020 season of contests.
Honored Artists are individuals (or ensembles) who have proven themselves to be artists of “sustained excellence” over a number of seasons as laureates in the competitions.
Honored Artists are highlighted in a separate section on The American Prize website and on the competition’s Facebook pages, receive expanded listings on The American Prize blog, are featured in individualized press releases sent to local, regional and national media, and receive a special, framed certificate. Honored Artists also receive an application fee waiver for a future competition.
The 2020 HONORED ARTISTS of The American Prize:
Jennifer Bellor, composer,
Las Vagas, NV
Gerald Gurss, composer and conductor,
St Paul, MN
Wes Kenney, conductor,
Christine Steyer, soprano, arts producer,
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra,
Peter Wilson, conductor, Waynesboro, VA
Clare Demer, soprano,
Tucson, AZ—Career Encouragement Award
Photos and biographies of these artists, and the list of previous Honored Artist designees, may be found here: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2021/01/honored-artists-of-american-prize-2020.html
Links to the complete list of 2020 contest results in all categories may be found here: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-american-prize-winning-links-all.html
We continue to send certificate packages to 2020 Laureates. If a contestant’s U.S. mailing ADDRESS has changed recently, please send us an update by putting “NEW ADDRESS” in the subject line of an email to us at
The announcement of 2021 SEMI-FINALISTS has begun on our blog. Follow the announcements here: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com
Updated 2022 contest information, including many relaxed requirements and rule changes in response to the pandemic, will be posted to our website later this month: http://theamericanprize.org
Lastly, if you are not a contestant and wish to receive “What’s on TAP,” our e-newsletter, sign up here: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001KYrzQAAWKXnHlI8dcIxB7Km6UQHzSFgwMLc5H8lbrJAmNz4R43FN0kml65IWEnelrWugoo28hj9uuI7mS4Rlpw%3D%3D
We anticipate the January edition of “What’s on TAP” will be sent early next week.
We wish all our contestants, laureates, friends, and judges, safety and health during this difficult time.
—David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge and the The American Prize Team