Baltimore Choral Arts Society :

Tom Hall and Baltimore Choral Arts win 2014 American Prize

Oct 16, 2014

Baltimore Choral Arts Music Director Tom Hall has won the 2014  American Prize in Conducting, in the community chorus division, it was announced yesterday. The prize is awarded based on the artistic quality of recordings.   Among the judges' comments about Tom: "The energy and enthusiasm were of the best recorded performances of Christmas music I have seen in many years." 


In the chorus category of the community chorus division, the Baltimore Choral Arts Chorus was awarded second prize and was cited for "great dynamics,  lyric articulation, balanced parts, and musical  excellence."   Both prizes were awarded in recognition of Baltimore Choral Arts’ recording of “Christmas at America’s First Cathedral,” recorded in the Baltimore Basilica and released by Gothic Records in 2010.


The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts, providing cash awards, and regional, national and international recognition. Each year, The American Prize rewards the best recorded performances by individual artists and ensembles in the United States. 

The voices rang out with resplendent confidence, and the sopranos had no apparent difficulty reaching the cruel and challenging high B's in the piece. The chorus's performance was the best part of the concert….the thunderous power of this unique masterpiece never fails to stir the blood, and the ovation was loud, long and well deserved.

— On Beethoven's Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony 2012
The Washington Post

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