Bel Canto, the high school level choir of the Academy Girl Choir program, has been named one of three semi-finalists  for the Youth/High School choral division of The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012.

 The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, 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. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.