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The American Prize in Choral Composition, 2014

Location: Connecticut, USA
If you're a composer, or teach composition,
you and your students have recordings.
    The American Prize wants to hear them.
The American Prize judges works that have already been performed.
Since 2010, The American Prize has provided evaluation, recognition and reward to America’s finest performing artists and composers. The American Prize is unique—the only national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts based solely on the evaluation of commercial and noncommercial CD and DVD recordings. The American Prize has awarded more than $25,000 in prize money in all categories since 2010.
  • No age limits.
  • Previously read or performed works only.
  • Separate divisions for professional and student composers.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • Expert written evaluations to all contestants who rank “finalist” or higher.
  • Personalized certificates to all participants.
  • Cash prizes.
  • Published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
  • 1-page application form.
  • Low application fees.
  • Not-for-profit organization.
Complete information, application forms, biographies of judges and past winners:
Winners of The American Prize receive cash awards, award certificates, and unbiased written evaluations from our national panel of distinguished judges, but more importantly, laureates of The American Prize at all levels of achievement derive local, regional and national recognition to help them generate jobs, build audiences and sustain careers.
In an age when the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides its contestants with the visibility and recognition they need to stand out from the rest.
2014 National Competitions for Composers:
The American Prize in Composition:
    Five divisions:    
  • music for orchestra
  • music for chorus
  • music for band/wind ensemble
  • chamber music
  • opera, musical theater, theater or film        
Postmark Deadline Thursday, February 13, 2014
Automatic extensions (until February 25) are available to those who need more time. Simply email the office directly to let us know of your intention to apply:

1-page application form (on website—see "competitions" menu to download)
Send bio and photo by email.
Send CD, DVD or VHS tape by mail. All applications are acknowledged upon receipt.
You need not prepare a special recording for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual or ensemble limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners. The competitions are open to US citizens living in this country or abroad and others studying or working in the U.S. There is no restriction against previous winners re-applying.
Complete information:
Questions: please email
David Katz, chief judge
HCMT—The American Prize
25 Hamilton Drive, Suite 100
Danbury, CT  06811
203 746-2694
The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
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