The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra has been awarded third prize in the American Prize competition.
"The American Prize is a series of national competitions in the performing arts that provides cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels."
"The WMU orchestra is under the direction of Bruce Uchimura, cellist and professor of music. The WMU group placed third in its division, with the Baylor University Symphonic Orchestra capturing first place, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra placing second."
"Competition results are based on audio recordings of orchestra performances. Uchimura said all of the works submitted for WMU were recordings of live performances at Chenery Auditorium, Miller Auditorium or the Dalton Center Recital Hall. They included compositions by Bernstein, Revueltas, Beethoven, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky."