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The American Prize in Conducting
—community orchestra division
The American Prize winner:
ANNA EDWARDS, music director
Seattle Collaborative Orchestra
Among judges' comments: "clear, musically and emotionally involved, expressive…Higdon especially impressive."
DAVID BERNARD, music director
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
New York, NY
Devoted to the music of our own time, Bernard has presented world premières of scores by Bruce Adolphe, Chris Caswell, John Mackey and Ted Rosenthal, while distinguished concert collaborators include Carter Brey, David Chan, Catherine Cho, Pedro Díaz, Bart Feller, Whoopi Goldberg, Judith Ingolfsson, Christina Jennings, Jessica Lee, Jon Manasse, Todd Phillips and James Archie Worley.
Prior to the 1999 founding of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, David Bernard served as Music Director of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island and Theater Three. He also held the post of Assistant Conductor of both the Jacksonville and Stamford symphony orchestras.
Bernard is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Stony Brook University, Tanglewood and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and studied with Sergiu Celibdache, David Lawton, Roger Nierenberg and Arthur Weisberg.
Among judges' comments: "The entries of orchestral ‘solos’ were clear and their character was matched by the conductor who was able to ‘accompany’ the soloists and then take charge of new aspects of the work."
REUBEN BLUNDELL, conductor
The Chelsea Symphony
New York, NY
Among judges' comments: "Watching the conductor at rehearsal showed The Chelsea Symphony’s desire to get it right while in a respectful but ‘easy going’ manner."