School of Music students and alumni took top honors among 2017-18 American Prize winners, announced recently by the nonprofit Hat City Music Theater in Danbury Connecticut. Shayna Stahl, DMA student in the Wind Conducting program, was first place winner in the Conducting, Community Band Wind Band/Wind Ensemble Division for her work with the UW Concert Band.
Anna Edwards, alumna of the Orchestra Conducting program, received first place wins in both the conducting and orchestral performance categories of the community orchestra division for her work with the Seattle-based Collaborative Orchestra.
Choral Conducting alums Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey shared a second place award and special judges citation in the Choruses category for their “extraordinary commitment to new music” in their work as co-directors of Chorosynthesis Singers.
Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually, providing cash awards, professional adjudication, and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances in the nation by ensembles and individuals at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.