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Miami Oxford Chamber Orchestra first runner-up


Miami University’s Oxford Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Averbach, has been selected as the first runner-up (second place) in the competition for The American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the college/university division.

The Texas Chamber Group Orchestra of the University of Texas at Austin received first place. The Oxford Chamber Orchestra and the Miami University Symphony Orchestra were among eight finalists for the Prize. Miami was the only university in the country that had two finalists for The American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

Maestro Ricardo Averbach, director of orchestral studies at Miami and president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Northeast division, 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.

The Oxford Chamber Orchestra combines members of Miami’s music performance faculty with advanced music students. 

The American Prize is a series of new non-profit national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States. Founded in 2009, The American Prize rewards the best-recorded performances of music by individuals and ensembles in the United States at the professional, community/amateur, college/university, church and school levels. 


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