Interlochen Arts Academy Band wins The American Prize

Dr. Matthew Schlomer and the 2017-18 Interlochen Arts Academy Band have been awarded The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance.

The band received first prize in the youth division of the competition. “The Interlochen Arts Academy Band presents frequent concerts of unparalleled quality and diversity,” reads the band’s mission statement. “The Academy Band is at the forefront of exploring new collaborative performance formats with artists from dance, visual arts, creative writing, theater, film, scientists and the culinary arts.”

Founded in 2009, The American Prize is a series of national competitions that honors the best recorded performances by individuals and ensembles in the United States. The American Prize includes professional adjudication, a cash award and regional, national and international recognition.

The American Prize’s chief judge is award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate David Katz. Previously Katz was the founder and for 12 years chief judge of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice international competition. Katz is joined each year by a panel of national judges including professional, community and faith-based musicians and educators, selected for their interest and expertise.

The band’s victory is the school’s second recognition from The American Prize. The Interlochen Arts Academy won the Orchestral Performance prize in 2015.