Two American Prize nominations for Professor Wachs, orchestras’ recorded music

Daniel Alfred Wachs, pictured here conducting Chapman's annual Sholund Concert, made a debut appearance in Disney Hall as a concert pianist.

Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor, nominated for two American Prizes.

Daniel Alfred Wachs, assistant professor 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 finalist for two American Prizes.

The American Prize 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 organization’s Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Programming, for his programming for the Chapman Chamber Orchestra and also for his programming for OCYSO. The youth symphony is affiliated with Chapman and rehearses and performs at the university.

Founded in 2009, The American Prize rewards the best recorded performances of music by individuals and ensembles in the United States at the professional, community/amateur, college/university, church and school levels. Prize winners are expected to be announced within the next few weeks.  For more information, visit

Dawn Bonker

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