Texarkana College’s professor of music, Marc-Andre Bougie, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Choral Music Division of The American Prize National Nonprofit Competition in the Performing Arts for a requiem he composed during the pandemic. The competition is the nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts and is designed to evaluate, recognize, and reward the best performers, ensembles, and composers in the United States. Bougie said he is very excited about the selection of his piece as a semi-finalist.

Bougie said he is grateful for the chance to represent the Texarkana community on such a large stage. “I am proud to put our community’s name out there!” said Bougie. “We have so much talent here locally and there are excellent student composers at Texarkana College. It is a dream of mine to leave a legacy through music, and to have the opportunity to debut the composition on the Carnegie Hall stage is such a huge honor. My hope is that I can leave behind a piece that will generate a life of its own for generations to come.”

The American Prize has attracted thousands of qualified contestants from all fifty states since its founding in 2010. The competition has awarded nearly $100,000 in prizes in all categories and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.

The American Prize will be announcing finalists later this spring. More information about this prestigious national competition can be found online at http://www.theamericanprize.org/, or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize

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