Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor,
Conservatory of Music
, and music director and conductor of the Chapman University Chamber Orchestra and the
Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra
(OCYSO), has been named a semi-finalist for two American Prizes.
The American Prize, founded in 2009, is an annual competition providing regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and soloists at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Professor Wachs was nominated twice for the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Programming, for his programming for the Chapman Chamber Orchestra and also for his programming for OCYSO, which is affiliated with Chapman and rehearses and performs here.
Finalists for the prizes are expected to be announced within the next few weeks. For more information on the American Prize visit