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Maestro Ricardo Averbach wins The American Prize


Ricardo Averbach
Maestro Ricardo Averbach, director of orchestral studies at Miami University and president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Northeast division, has won The American Prize in Conducting in the college/university orchestra division. Averbach, at Miami since 2002, conducts the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra. He was one of 19 finalists for the prize.

Averbach previously has served as music director of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and the São Paulo Municipal Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. His discography includes several world premiere recordings, which have sold more than half a million copies around the globe.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the best in the performing arts in the United States. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and will be awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts starting in 2010. Complete information online:

Winners of The American Prize receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on submitted recordings of their performances. In addition to monetary rewards and commentary from judges, winners will be profiled on The American Prize website, with video and audio links to winning performances.

David Katz, chief judge of The American Prize, is a professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, who founded and for 12 years was chief judge of the international Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice competition. Other judges on the panel include choral and orchestral conductors of professional, school, community and faith-based ensembles, tenured professors and orchestra and choral musicians from across the country.

Additional competitions in 2010 have recently been announced for wind ensembles, concert bands, opera and music theater companies and their conductors, for pianists, vocalists and composers. The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization.


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