We’re honored to see our artists honored, and this year many of our artists have been selected as finalists in The American Prize.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is described as “the nation’s most comprehensive series of online contests in the musical and theater arts. The American Prize is nonprofit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings.”

More artists will be added as results flow in. We’re proud to see the following PARMA artists selected as finalists:


COMPOSERS (major choral works)
Jeffrey Derus

COMPOSERS (shorter choral works)
Colin Kemper
Edward D. Messerschmidt
Laurence R. Mumford
Denice Rippentrop

Chamber Music Performance — Professional Division
Dana Zenobi
Oliver Worthington
Chuck Dillard

COMPOSERS (pops/light music)
Nan Avant
Joseph T. Spaniola

WOMEN IN ART SONG — The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
Dana Zenobi

COMPOSERS (vocal chamber music) — Professional Division
Bruce Babcock
Deon Nielsen Price
Wieslaw Rentowski
Benjamin Shorstein

Congratulations to all artists involved.