Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The VYTAUTAS MARIJOSIUS MEMORIAL AWARD in ORCHESTRAL PROGRAMMING, 2013

Maestro Vytautas Marijosius
The American Prize is pleased to announce the WINNER and runners-up for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, 2013. (For other 2013 ensemble and conducting winners, please scroll up or down or use the archive feature to the right.)

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From David Katz, chief judge: "The third annual contest for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, attracted more of the country's most persuasive and creative music directors—individuals who would be no more likely to program a concert with a standard overture followed by a standard concerto, followed by a standard intermission, followed by a standard symphony as they would be to conduct standing on their heads. These are conductors who recognize program-planning as central to the growth of their ensembles, the enrichment of their audiences and the future of the art.

In 2013, The American Prize has selected one national winner and two runners-up. Each of these music directors is worthy of special recognition; each creates programs with the unique circumstances of their ensemble and their constituency clearly in mind. I hope to elaborate on their strengths in a future blog post. I applaud them all.

For nearly thirty five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School, Vytautas Marijosius programmed concerts that were alive in every sense—not programming for novelty’s sake alone, nor neglecting the great masters of the past—but always bringing to the awareness of his students and his audiences great composers of the current time and potential masters of the future. I believe he would be pleased in different ways with each of this year's honorees." —DK

For more about Maestro Marijosius, please visit the companion blog here.

The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award

The American Prize Winner:
Jason Love   Columbia Orchestra   Ellicott City, MD

Jason Love
As Music Director of the Columbia Orchestra, Jason Love has been praised for his “intelligent and innovative programming” by the Baltimore Sun, who noted that “Love has the musicians playing not only with verve and passion, but with an awareness to enter into the emotional core of the works they perform.” During his tenure with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestras he forged community partnerships, led concert tours of Austria, Japan, and Russia and helped create its Bridges program to provide instruments and lessons for hundreds of Baltimore children. Love has premiered dozens of works and was co-founder of Baltimore’s new music group, the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble.
Love has guest conducted a wide variety of ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Sinfonietta, Hopkins Chamber Orchestra, and the new music ensemble RUCKUS. He is the 2008 Winner of the “Howie” Outstanding Artist Award, recognizing achievement in the arts in Howard County, Maryland.

Among judges' comments: "A courageous programmer with a clear vision for his audience and his ensemble...Impressive."

2nd Place:
Tara Villa Keith  Lee County Community Orchestra   Sanford, NC "An Orchestral Bouquet"
Tara Villa Keith
Tara Villa Keith is in her tenth season as music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra in Davidson, North Carolina, and in her fourth season with the Lee County Community Orchestra in Sanford, North Carolina.  Keith has conducted various orchestras across the south, including the Union Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, and Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra.  Abroad, Keith has worked with several orchestras across Europe and in Brazil.  She has won conducting competitions and contests in Bulgaria and Germany with the help of grants from the Global Partners Project and the League of American Orchestras, and won North Carolina’s Metrolina Theatre Association’s Award for Outstanding Musical Direction/Conducting in 2011.

Among judges' comments: "delightfully creative programming and marketing ideas...absolutely charming, effective and appropriate." 

3rd Place:
Alyze Dreiling   YPO Soloist Ensemble   San Diego, CA

Alyze Dreiling
Presently Ms. Dreiling is on the adjunct faculty at University of San Diego and faculty for the USD Chamber Music Festival and is adjunct faculty at Grossmont College. She is the violinist with Trio Licenza, the piano trio, in residence at USD, she also performs as violist with Grossmont Symphony String Quartet, and she is the violinist with The California Consort, founded by legendary contrabassist, Bertram Turetzky. Violinis/Violist, Alyze Dreiling was born in Detroit, Michigan. She began her studies with Mischa Mischakoff. Ms. Dreiling graduated from Indiana University where she studied with Josef Gingold. Since then she has appeared as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Philharmonica Hungarica at the Vienna Summer Festival, the Florida Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra to name a few. Ms. Dreiling was founding Artistic Director/ Conductor of Classics for Kids. Alyze also served as the Violinist/Conductor of the International Chamber Players at USIU. She has played concertmaster for Donna Summers, Smoky Robinson, Dionne Warwick and Tom Scott, and for shows at the Old Globe, Civic Auditorium, LaJolla Playhouse, Lawrence Welk and Starlight Theater. She has also played with San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and Hutchins Consort.
 

Among judges' comments: "Working in an educational setting, Dreiling mixes ancient masters and modern music in ways that cannot but help embolden her students for a lifetime of musical exploration."

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Congratulations!

Monday, July 29, 2013

The American Prize—Vytautas MARIJOSIUS programming award FINALISTS for 2013

Vytautas Marijosius / Berlin State Orchestra
The American Prize is pleased to announce the 2013 finalists for the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming. For a complete list of conductor finalists in all categories, please follow this link to The American Prize blog: http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2013/07/conductor-finalists-2013-in-all.html

Winners will be announced next month.

The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.    

The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming recognizes the music director(s) in America who, in the opinion of the judges, have created the best season(s) of orchestral concerts during the past year in the United States. The winner(s) may not necessarily be the conductor(s) who have programmed the most new music (although premieres and commissions may work to a music director’s advantage.) Rather, the judges seek evidence of inspiration and creativity from concert to concert, a balance of the familiar with the less well-known in interesting combinations, creating what appears to be a unified whole.

Vytautas Marijosius
FINALISTS: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, 2013

John Stickler   Gulf Coast Symphony  
   Biloxi, MS

Donald L. Appert   Clark College Orchestra  
   Vancouver, WA

Jason Love   Columbia Orchestra  
   Ellicott City, MD

Tara Towson Villa   Lee County Community Orchestra  
   Sanford, NC

Tara Towson Villa   Davidson College Symphony Orchestra  
   Davidson, NC

Jeffery Meyer   Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra  
   Ithaca, NY

Alyze Dreiling   YPO Soloist Ensemble  
   San Diego, CA

Congratulations to the finalists!

Friday, March 15, 2013

MARIJOSIUS AWARD honors CREATIVE PROGRAMMING—2013 deadline approaching

Maestro Vytautas Marijosius (right) in audience with Pope Paul VI.Darbininkas, September 1, 1970.
The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.    

The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming recognizes the music director(s) in America who, in the opinion of the judges, have created the best season(s) of orchestral concerts during the past year in the United States. The winner(s) may not necessarily be the conductor(s) who have programmed the most new music (although premieres and commissions may work to a music director’s advantage.) Rather, the judges seek evidence of inspiration and creativity from concert to concert, a balance of the familiar with the less well-known in interesting combinations, creating what appears to be a unified whole.

EXTENDED POSTMARK DEADLINE for APPLICATIONS: Thursday, April 4, 2013. Complete information on the website: http://www.theamericanprize.org/orchprog.html 

Scroll down for recent winners profiled in earlier posts.

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.

For more about Maestro Marijosius, please scroll down.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

2012 Vytautas MARIJOSIUS Programming WINNERS ANNOUCNED

The American Prize is pleased to announce the WINNER and runners-up for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, 2012. (For other 2012 The American Prize ensemble and conducting winners, please visit our campanion websites: The American Prize blog, and The American Prize.

From David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize: 

"The second annual contest for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, attracted some of the country's most persuasive and creative music directors—individuals who would be no more likely to program a concert with a standard overture followed by a standard concerto, followed by a standard intermission, followed by a standard symphony as they would be to conduct standing on their heads. These are conductors who recognize program-planning as central to the growth of their ensembles, the enrichment of their audiences and the future of the art.

In 2012, The American Prize has selected one national winner, three runners-up, a citation recipient and four honorable mentions. Each of these music directors is worthy of special recognition; each creates programs with the unique circumstances of ensemble and constituency clearly in mind. I hope to elaborate on their strengths in a future blog post. I applaud them all.

For nearly thirty five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School, Vytautas Marijosius programmed concerts that were alive in every sense—not programming for novelty’s sake alone, nor neglecting the great masters of the past—but always bringing to the awareness of his students and his audiences great composers of the current time and potential masters of the future. I believe he would be pleased in different ways with each of this year's honorees." —DK

The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award

The American Prize Winner:
Lawrence Golan, music director, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima, WA for "A Titanic Season"
Lawrence Golan, 3-time Global Music Award winner, is currently in his second season as the Helen N. Jewett Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is a tenured full professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he is Music Director and Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre. Golan guest conducts professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the United States and around the world. Having conducted in 25 U.S. states and 16 countries, recent engagements include performances in Boulder, Macon, Memphis, Tucson, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Korea, and Taiwan.

2ND PLACE:
Tara Towson Villa, music director Lee County Community Orchestra, Sanford, NC for "The Elements"
Tara Towson Villa is in her ninth season as music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra in Davidson, North Carolina, and in her third season with the Lee County Community Orchestra in Sanford, North Carolina.  Villa has conducted various orchestras across the southeast, including the Union Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, and Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra.  Abroad, Villa has worked with several orchestras across Europe and in Brazil.  She has won conducting competitions and contests in Bulgaria and Germany with the help of grants from the Global Partners Project and the League of American Orchestras.

3RD PLACE:
Timothy Hutto, music director, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, New York, NY for "Mahler: Aspects"
Timothy Hutto was appointed the music director of the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. His New York conducting debut came with NYSAE in 2000, and subsequently he appeared annually as a guest conductor. Raised and educated in Texas, he holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of North Texas, and Sam Houston State University. From 1996-97, he was music director of the Huntsville Texas Youth Orchestra. In 2000, he was a fellow at the Conductors Institute at Bard College, where his teachers included Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Ken Selden, music director, Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Portland, OR for 2010-11 Season
In the fall of 2006, Ken Selden was appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra at Portland State University. Since arriving in Portland, he has appeared as guest conductor of the Oregon Symphony, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Newport Symphony. Most recently, his recording of Mahler and Debussy arrangements with the newly established Martingale Ensemble was released on MSR Classics.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Richard Chiarappa, founding music director, West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, West Hartford, CT for 2010-11 Season 
Richard Chiarappa is the founding music director and conductor of the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra of Connecticut (2002). As a composer, he completed his first opera in August, 2011, titled The Miraculous Staircase. His work prior to that was “Uncle Sal’s Cello,” a piece for orchestra and narrator. That was preceded by “The Gettysburg Address” for orchestra and narrator, published by Robert Wendel Music of New York City. Chiarappa studied orchestral conducting with Vytautas Marijosius at The Hartt School. Since 1979 he has been a faculty member at the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford. His music can be heard at www.cmpub.com.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Donald Appert, music director,  Oregon Sinfonietta, Portland, OR for 2010-2011 Season
Donald Appert has been Music Director/Conductor of the Clark College Orchestra since 1990. He has guest conducted orchestras in Europe, Central America, Japan and Australia. Currently he is a Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. In addition he is the Music Director/Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta in Portland, Oregon.  He received The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius  Memorial Award in 2011 for his work with the Oregon Sinfonietta. He has received the  ASCAPLUS Award numerous times. His music may be heard via the Internet on his web site at www.maestroappert.com.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Alyze Dreiling, artistic director/conductor, YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra and Soloist Ensemble, San Diego, CA for 2010-11 Season and Bartok Birthday Celebration
Ms. Dreiling is honored to have been awarded second prize in The American Prize Competition for her conducting of the YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra and Soloist Ensemble in the 2011 Competition. Presently Ms. Dreiling is on the faculty at University of San Diego and USD Chamber Music Festival and is violinist with Trio Licenza, the piano trio, in residence at USD,she also performs a violinist with Quartetto Sorrento ,and she is the violinist with The California Consort, founded by legendary contrabassist, Bertram Turetzky. Violinist, Alyze Dreiling was born in Detroit, Michigan.  She began her studies with Mischa Mischakoff. Ms. Dreiling graduated from Indiana University where she studied with Josef Gingold. Since then she has appeared as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, Philharmonica Hungarica at the Vienna Summer Festival, the Florida Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Dreiling was founding Artistic Director/ Conductor of Classics for Kids. Alyze served as the Violinist/Conductor of the International Chamber Players at USIU. She has played concertmaster for Donna Summers, Smoky Robinson, Dionne Warwick and Tom Scott, to name a few and for shows at the Old Globe, Civic Auditorium, LaJolla Playhouse, Lawrence Welk and Starlight Theater. She has also played with San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Hutchins Consort.

SPECIAL CITATION
for UNIQUE PATRIOTIC SERVICE through MUSIC
Victor Wahby, music director, Musical Medical Group Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC "Veterans Commemoration—Healing for the Nations"
Victor Wahby, MD, Ph.D., FACP is a Renaissance man. Trained in medicine and music, he studied conducting with Joseph Sissi, the Vienna-trained conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. At Mayo Clinic he conducted the Mayo Medical Chorale and Orchestra, and while on Yale Medical School faculty he conducted the Yale Medical Musical Group, the forerunner of the current national group he founded. The Washington Post praised Dr. Wahby for his "sincere interpretations of music."  Dr. Wahby composed the award-winning Veterans Hymn.  He is the recipient of many recognitions, a Congressional Tribute and, dearest to his heart, awards by various veterans organizations.

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Congratulations to all honorees. Information about the 2013 contests of The American Prize will be posted to our website soon.



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award FINALISTS, 2012

The American Prize Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community. Congratulations to this year's finalists.

Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award FINALISTS, 2012
  
Donald L. Appert—Oregon Sinfonietta, Portland, OR      

Richard Chiarappa—West Hartford Symphony, West Hartford, CT       

Alyze Dreiling—YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra, San Diego, CA       

Lawrence Golan—Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima, WA          

Timothy Hutto—New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, New York, NY

Ken Selden—Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, Portland, OR
   
John W. Strickler—Topeka Symphony, Topeka, KS

Tara Towson Villa—Lee County Community Orchestra, Sanford, NC
 
Daniel Alfred Wachs—Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orange, CA
   
Daniel Alfred  Wachs—Chapman Chamber Orchestra, Orange, CA

Victor S. Wahby, MD—Medical Musical Group, Washington, DC

Monday, March 26, 2012

Gift establishes MARIJOSIUS PROGRAMMING AWARD in Perpetuity

The American Prize non-profit competitions in the performing arts is honored to announce that it has received a generous gift from the family of Maestro Vytautas Marijosius to fund in perpetuity its unique award in orchestral programming. The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian Maestro who taught at the Hartt School of Music for more than thirty years.

The Marijosius Award recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community. It was first presented in 2011.

The postmark deadline for the 2012 programming competition is Monday, April 2, 2012. Complete information, including requirements and application forms, may be found on the website The American Prize.  

For more about the Marijosius Award (including profiles of previous winners) and to discover the brilliance and the wit of the man for whom the award is named, please read below.

Friday, March 23, 2012

WIT: on CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS


For many years, the Hartt School sponsored the Institute for Contemporary American Music (ICAM), bringing to campus legendary, great and near great composers. Among the many who shared their gifts with students were Aaron Copland, William Schuman, George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Carlisle Floyd.

Marijosius, who championed the works of some of these modern masters (and many others) had choice words when faced with new music that looked better on the page than it sounded to the ear: 

"This is not so much contemporary music as just temporary..."

or this about a celebrated guest who could answer questions in perfectly formed paragraphs, but whose music was, well... 

"He is a composer more brilliant like talented."

or this, when examining a new score by a composer more interested in complexity than communication:

"He writes music with a rhythmical ruler."

And when a Hartt graduate composition major, within earshot of the Maestro, dared to deride Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols for being so popular, VM turned, smiled and said, but with the sweetest sarcasm: 

"In your whole life may you write even one such a "popular" piece."