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CHS CHAMBER WINDS Achieves Third Place in The American Prize in CHAMBER MUSIC Performance Contest, 2021

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Below, please find the official national announcement for our band’s win!

Band Director Todd Ebert said, “The Cuthbertson band program strives to represent our school, county, and state with excellence and achievement.  I am so proud of all the musicians involved in this school ensemble.  We will continue to work and provide positively life-changing musical opportunities for our students. 

Thank you to all the admin at Cuthbertson schools and to our wonderful support staff at the board office for continuing to support music education in Union County.”   

Go Band Go!!!   

Official Press Release:

CUTHBERTSON HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER WINDS of Waxhaw NC, Todd Ebert, director, has achieved Third Place in The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance competition, 2021, in the high school division. CUTHBERTSON HS CHAMBER WINDS was selected from applications reviewed recently from all across the United States. 

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of non-profit competitions in the musical and theater arts, 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. Applications for the 2022 contests are being accepted through the covid-extended deadline of September 9, 2021. (

Link to official announcement:

The artists provided this biographical sketch:

The Cuthbertson Chamber Winds are an ensemble of students selected from the Cuthbertson High School Blue Note Winds.  These students represent the top performing members at Cuthbertson High School.  The chamber program at Cuthbertson was selected to represent our school and state at the Music For All National Chamber festival in 2020.  The performance was cancelled due to COVID-19 on the day before our departure.  The recordings submitted represent the ensemble's last performance of the repertoire before the quarantine.  The ensemble performed two selections.  In concert order is an original arrangement commissioned by the Cuthbertson Chamber Winds of “Wayfaring Stranger” by Bill Locklear and the “Symphonies of Wind Instruments” (1947 edition) by Igor Stravinsky.  The Cuthbertson Chamber Winds and their director would like to recognize the performing members of this ensemble, the supportive school faculty and administration, and our wonderful parent booster organization who all help make this program possible. 

Additional information about the competitions on the

For other runners-up in this category and for additional winners announced in 2021 in other competitions, please follow this link:

Runners-up of The American Prize receive certificates, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of artist performances.


The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.

With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.

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 we hope the winners of The American Prize will be. 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.

“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps ever even be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of a few schools. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive world-class 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 said.

The American Prize is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.


Posted August 13, 2021