All three of CUAA’s large music ensembles have been awarded finalist status in the 2024 American Prize competition.

CUAA music ensembles have received recognition from the American Prize in past years, but this is the first time all three ensembles have been awarded finalist status. In 2023, the Concordia Choir was a finalist and the Concordia Orchestra received second place in the smaller program division. In 2021 the Wind Ensemble received third place in the smaller program division.

American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts

The American Prize is a renowned performing arts competition, celebrating excellence in various categories across professional, college, community, and high school levels. Established in 2010, it recognizes top talent through submitted recordings. Thousands of artists from all fifty states have benefited from participation, representing diverse communities and arts organizations nationwide.

The American Prize will be announcing winners in the division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here:


These honors round out a tremendously successful year for the CUAA music department. This includes our largest ever enrollments in each of our primary musical ensembles; an invited performance to the 2024 Washington D.C. International Music Festival at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and our third annual Concordia at Hill Concert in April.

Dr. Bill Perrine, Director of Instrumental Music


If you want to watch the performances recognized by the American Prize this year, click on the links for each ensemble: Choir Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.

Kennedy Center Photos

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Concordia University Ann Arbor offers a diverse range of ensembles catering to various musical preferences. Whether you’re drawn to choral harmony, instrumental arrangements, contemporary worship, or classical melodies, there’s an ensemble tailored to your interests. Explore and select the ensemble that resonates most with you.