The American Prize in Conducting, 2017

The American Prize in Conducting recognizes and rewards the best orchestral, choral, band/wind ensemble, opera and musical theater conductors in America, based on submitted recordings. There is no live competition.


The American Prize also awards the annual Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming.
NEW: The Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. (See links below.)


WHAT CONTESTANTS WIN:
The American Prize is more than monetary. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners are announced to national arts media and on our websites, where winners are profiled. Semi-finalists, finalists and winners earn the right to use The American Prize logo and official seal on printed programs and other documents, and on the web.

SEMI-FINALISTS: All semi-finalists receive official certificates.

FINALISTS and RUNNERS-UP: All finalists and runners-up receive certificates and written, unbiased evaluations from our distinguished national panel of judges. When winners are announced on The American Prize blog, RUNNERS-UP are also profiled on the blog with their photos, biographies and website links.

WINNERS: A single winner in each category and/or division is selected. Winners receive certificates, written evaluations, personalized press releases sent by us to local media and other contacts you provide as part of your application, and cash prizes up to $500, depending on the year, the category and the number of entrants.
Only with your explicit permission, excerpts of winning performances may be posted to The American Prize channel on .

The judges reserve the right to award citations and honorable mentions as warranted, and to combine categories when necessary. The decision of the judges is final.


CLICK the competition names below for APPLICATION FORM and REQUIREMENTS.


categories: professional, community or faith based, college/university, secondary school, youth orchestra


categories: professional, community, college/university


categories: professional, community, college/university, secondary
This new contest for orchestras, choruses, bands, conductors and composers, offered for the first time in 2016, recognizes the finest performances of American Music from any age and in practically any style.



categories: professional, community or faith based, college/university, secondary school, youth chorus, children's chorus


categories: professional, community or faith based, college/university, secondary school, youth wind ensemble


categories: professional, community or faith based, college/university


categories: professional, community or faith based, college/university, secondary school