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2016 Hans Schmelzer Music Award
Hans Schmelzer
(1919-2014)
The Hans Schmelzer Music Award was established in 2010 by the Alemannia Music Foundation to promote the study by musicians in the So. California area of music from the German speaking regions of Central and Eastern Europe. And through this study, to better connect student and advanced musicians with the roots of music development. It is our belief that by knowing where the music of today has come from, musicians will be better able to develop their own talents and apply their knowledge to the development of music as a whole.
The award was named in honor of Mr. Schmelzer who founded the German-American Brass Band of So. California. Because of his support of the local ethnic community through his work with the German-American Brass Band, he was recognized with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany. More information about Mr. Schmelzer can be found in the award’s 2016 Information Brochure.
The award includes a monetary grant, the amount of which may vary dependent upon the funding received for the year. For 2016, the grant is $1,000.00. Complete information and the criteria for the award can be found in the 2016 Information Brochure.
The Hans Schmelzer Music Award is administered and primarily funded by the AMF. Additional funding for 2016 has been generously provided by the German-American League of Los Angeles, Inc., Ltd., which is an organization representing 22 affiliated social, cultural, and business organizations in the So. California area. More information about the German-American League can be found on the League website at www.germanleague.us.
The following are now available for downloading:
•  2017 Information Brochure
(letter size / pdf)
Available Now  
•  Nomination / Application Form
(on-line fillable & print – letter size / pdf)
Available Now Accepted thru Dec. 1, 2017
•  Nomination / Application Form
(printout only – letter size / pdf)
Available Now Accepted thru Dec. 1, 2017
Recipients:   
2016  California State University, Northridge, Opera Ensemble (Northridge, California)
Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
2015  Notre Dame High School Irish Knights Band (Sherman Oaks, California)
German Christmas by Jan Hadermann
2014  Huntington Beach High School Oilers Band (Huntington Beach, California)
Slavonic Dance No. 1 (Op. 46, No. 1) by Antonín Dvořák
2013  Granada Hills Charter High School Concert Band (Granada Hills, California)
Psalm 46 by John Zdechlik (based on A Mighty Fortress is Our God, a hymn by Martin Luther)
2012  Valencia High School Wind Ensemble (Santa Clarita, California)
Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr.
2011  Don Bosco Technical Institute Concert Band (Rosemead, California)
Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms
2010  California State University, San Bernadino Symphonic Band (San Bernadino, California)
Processional: Three Marches and Progression by Moritz Eggert (North American Premier)
(Special Award)
For questions about the Hans Schmelzer Music award please e-mail to: schmelzeraward@alemanniamusic.org.