Maria Sensi Sellner, who has conducted several local ensembles, won the American Prize in conducting in the opera division. Congratulations to Maria! From the presser:
Maria Sensi Sellner, is the 2013 winner of The American Prize in Conducting in the opera division, for her conducting of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's production of La Traviata. Ms. Sellner was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, 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. Complete information on the website:www.theamericanprize.org
The artist provided this autobiographical sketch:
Maria Sensi Sellner is recognized for her versatility as a conductor of opera, orchestras, and choruses. Praised for leading with "flexible assurance" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Ms. Sellner's performances have been described as "sterling" (The Boston Globe), "adept" (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and "first class all the way" (Berkshire on Stage). A winner of the 2012 American Prize in Opera Conducting, she has conducted productions for Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, the Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Solon Center for the Arts, and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. She is the Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and was Music Director of the All University Orchestras at Carnegie Mellon University for ten years. Ms. Sellner earned masters degrees in conducting (a student of Robert Page), composition, and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.