Kennesaw State School of Music performance groups receive national recognition
KSU Wind Ensemble wins The American Prize
and KSU Symphony Orchestra is named a finalist

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The KSU Wind Ensemble

The KSU Symphony Orchestra

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2013)

The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, David Thomas Kehler, conductor, has been named the winner of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance for 2013.


Formed in 1996, the Wind Ensemble performs encompassing chamber music, wind ensemble repertoire and works for large bands.


"This is a well-deserved recognition of the outstanding musicianship and artistry of our students and their leadership," says Patricia Poulter, dean

of the College of the Arts. "Every experience — from the foundational courses of theory, aural skills, history and techniques, to the private studio and varied ensemble opportunities — plays a role in developing our students."


The Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, Michael Alexander, conductor, has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the college/university orchestra division for 2013. The winner for this division has not yet been announced.


The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.


David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, he is author of MUSE of FIRE, the acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting. Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience as the winners of The American Prize are. Made up of distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country, the group includes professional vocalists, conductors, composers and pianists, tenured professors and orchestra, band and choral musicians.


Finalists for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on their recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners and runners-up are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to winners' websites.


By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive bragging rights to use in promotion right at home. “If The American Prize helps build careers, or contributes to local pride, or assists with increasing the audience for an artist or ensemble, builds the donor base, or stimulates opportunities or recruitment for winning artists and ensembles, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz says.


The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut. For more information on The American Prize, visit their website at


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.




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