Kennesaw State awarded The American Prize for musical performances

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Band/wind ensemble earns top honor, symphony conductor among national finalists KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept…

Georgia (Sep 5, 2013)Band/wind ensemble earns top honor, symphony conductor among national finalists

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 5, 2013) —The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, David Thomas Kehler, conductor, (pictured at right) has been named the winner of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance for 2013.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of the outstanding musicianship and artistry of our students and their leadership,” said 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.

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

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 American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit-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, Katz 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 distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country.

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




Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.

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