Frank Martignetti, choral director and a music professor at the University of Bridgeport, has been named a finalist for The American Prize in the national competition’s Choral Conducting Division. He is in the running for his work with the Mystic River Chorale, an auditioned community choir he’s led as its Artistic Director since 2008.

The American Prize is a series of annual nonprofit national competitions that celebrate excellence in the arts. Since its founding in 2009, the prestigious competition has awarded more than $35,000 in cash prizes as well as professional adjudication and regional, national, and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community, and secondary school levels.

At UB, Martignetti leads the University Singers and Chamber Singers. Under his direction, those groups have performed throughout the region, collaborating with a variety of other organizations, and have made their Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall debuts.

Says Martignetti, “I have long admired my friends and colleagues recognized in this competition. I am very grateful for the recognition I’ve received this year!”

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