University Chorale, conductor named semi-finalists in American Prize song competition

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University Chorale, conductor named semi-finalists in American Prize song competition

April 28, 2010

 University Chorale
Members of the University Chorale at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been named as semi-finalists in the choral category of The American Prize song competition. 
Members of the University Chorale at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been named a semi-finalist for The American Prize song competition. The Chorale’s director and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, was named as a semi-finalist in the choral conducting category.

The American Prize, according to their Web site, is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, hopes the winners will be as geographically diverse and varied in background and experience as the panel of judges deciding on the prize.

“Most artists will probably never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or ever even be nominated,” Katz said. “But that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward.”

 Dr. Stephen Kingsbury
Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and director of choirs at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was named a semi-finalist in The American Prize choral conducting competition. 
“Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, to the familiar names, or only to graduates of the most famous schools. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

Katz also said the winners of The American Prize will come away with world-class bragging rights.

“If The American Prize builds local pride, helps increase the audience, grows the donor base, or stimulates recruitment for winning ensembles and their conductors, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz said.

Kingsbury said the University Chorale is extremely excited to have received this honor.

“It is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and extremely high level of artistry that characterize our choral ensembles,” Kingsbury said. “I am extremely proud of our students and everything that they have achieved.”

Both the University Chorale and Kingsbury will find out in June if they have been named as finalists in the choral and choral conducting categories, respectively.

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