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Faculty and Students Named Semi-Finalists in American Prize!

October 10, 2016 9:30 AM
Faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Music were recently named semi-finalists and finalists in various divisions of The American Prize.  The American Prize is a series of competitions encompassing the areas of solo and chamber music performance, composition, and conducting on both the student and professional level.  Applicants submit recordings from all over the country and are adjudicated through a series of reviews by multiple panels of judges.

Below is a list of people from our department who were nominated as semi-finalists and finalists:

Samuel Winnie (Music Composition '16) - Semi-Finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in Composition for his piece Nightfall in Lothlorien, performed by the UMBC Wind Ensemble conducted by faculty member Brian Kaufman and recorded by director of recording Alan Wonneberger.     

Dr. Joshua Fishbein (Adjunct Faculty) - Semi-Finalist in the Composers of Choral Music Division for his work Psalms; Songs and Blues.

UMBC Symphony Orchestra - Semi-Finalist in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the Performance of American Music for their recording of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony conducted by faculty member Dr. Michael Richards and recorded by director of recording Alan Wonneberger.

Willie Santiago (Staff) - Finalist in the Professional Chamber Ensemble Division with his flute quartet Stranded Silver 

Congrats to everyone from our department on this fantastic achievement and best of luck in the coming rounds! 

The complete list of results can be found on The American Prize's website.

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