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DYAO is a National Finalist for TWO American Prize Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Denver Young Artists Orchestra has been selected as a National Finalist in not one, but two categories of the 2019-2020 American Prize:  The American Prize in Orchestral Performance and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, both in the youth orchestra division.

The American Prize is a series of nonprofit performing arts competitions that were established in 2009. Competition submissions are by recording only and evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges. Performances across the United States are judged at the professional, collegiate, church, community, and secondary school levels. It is awarded every year by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.

DYAO had the distinction on winning the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in 2017. This prestigious award, which recognizes music performances by American composers only, includes a cash prize.

For more information about the organization as well as the other finalists, check out The American Prize.

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