Thursday, December 1, 2016

ERNST BACON AWARD finalists, 2016

The American Prize is very pleased to announce FINALISTS for the ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, 2016, in all divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

TAP has honored many semi-finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement.

Among the many contests of The American Prize, the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music is unique. It recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by orchestras and choruses worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Applications are accepted from professional, college/university, community and high school orchestras, competing in separate divisions, from choruses performing with orchestra, from orchestra and choral conductors, and from composers of orchestral or choral/orchestral music with excellent recordings of their works.

Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.

Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship (for his Symphony in D minor) and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country.

It is fitting, and with honor, that The American Prize creates an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide.

To learn more about the music & legacy of Ernst Bacon, please visit the website of the Ernst Bacon Society.

We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to the announcement below on their website or blog.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com
 

The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, PROFESSIONAL division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.
Christina Brice Dolanc, composer, Erie Chamber Orchestra & Erie Renaissance Singers Erie PA
   Dolanc—Stars Alone

Arthur Gottschalk, composer, Houston TX
    Gottschalk: Requiem—for the Living

Tim Huling, composer, Saratoga Orchestra of Widbey Island, Anna Edwards, conductor, Whidbey Island WA
    Huling—The American Northwest


Farkhad Khudyev, composer, Monterey Symphony,  Farkhad Khudyev, conductor, Monterey CA
   Khudyev—The Sounds of Eternity

Jason Lim, conductor, Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra, McKinney TX
    Russell Peck—Signs of Life II


Bryan Percoco, composer, Janacek Philharmonic, Ostrava, Czech Republic
    Percoco—Involutions of an Abyss


Nan Washburn, conductor, Michigan Philharmonic, Plymouth MI
    Michael Daugherty—Ladder to the Moon
    Carter Pann—Slalom
    Kareem Roustom—Hewar



The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.
Peter Askim, conductor, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, NYC & Falls Village CT   
    Pierre Jalbert—Autumn Rhapsody
    Lisa Bielawa—The Trojan Woman

Mark Bartley, conductor, West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, Canyon TX
    Libby Larsen—Four on the Floor

Maxwell Karmazyn composer, University Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor MI
    Karmazyn—Le Voyage d'une Vie

Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca NY
    Steven Stucky—Second Concerto

Kyle Kindred, composer, Sam Houston State University Choruses and Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville TX
    Kindred—Canciones de Alfaro

Michael W. Moore, conductor, Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, Greenville SC
    Ernest Bloch—Schelomo

Hugh Murphy, conductor, SUNY Purchase Opera/Purchase Orchestra, Purchase NY
    Robert Ward—The Crucible

Samuel Winnie, composer, UMBC Chamber Ensemble, Catonsville MD
    Winnie—Nightfall in Lothlorien


 

The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, COMMUNITY division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.
Donald L. Appert, conductor, Clark College Orchestra, Vancouver WA
    Eric Ewazen—Palmetto Suite for Alto Trombone and Orchestra

Libi Lebel, conductor, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Houston TX
    Bernstein—Candide Overture
    Ron Nelson—Savannah River Holiday
    Grofe—Mississippi Suite

Steve Nelson Lewis, Jr., music director, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Prairie Village KS
    Joseph Kern—Chamber Symphony

Diane Retallack, artistic director, Eugene Vocal Arts Chamber Choir, Eugene OR
    Joan Szymko—Shadow & Light (an alzheimer’s journey in sixteen movements)
 


The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD in the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, finalists, YOUTH ORCHESTRA division, 2016

Finalists are listed by applicant, ensemble (when applicable), composer and name of work(s) submitted for consideration.
Orlando Cela, conductor, NC Governor's School Orchestra, Winston-Salem NC
   Ken Ueno—On the Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis
   Libby Larsen—What the Monster Saw
   Ives—Three Places in New England, Putnam’s Camp, Redding, Connecticut
   Ives—The Fourth of July
   Dulaney—The Old Harp, version 3
   John Luther Adams—Dark Waves
   Armando Bayolo—A Shelter that Filters the Sun

Wes Kenney, conductor, Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Denver CO
    Copland—Billy the Kid Suite
 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

COMPOSER FINALISTS, 2016: band

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST composers of band music for 2016-17. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement.

TAP has honored many semi-finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach.

Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement.

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We encourage finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to the announcement below on their website or blog. 

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—band/wind ensemble (professional division)

David Avshalomov    Santa Monica CA
   Hill Dance—for concert band (featuring the clarinet choir)

Jesse Ayers    Canton OH
   The Fire of the Living God—for wind orchestra / symphonic band

Jennifer Bellor    Henderson NV
   Bordello Nights—for wind orchestra and jazz band

Ethan Cypress    Oneonta NY
   Railway Bridge—for wind ensemble

Gregory Fritze    Daytona Beach Shores FL
   A Day in Valencia
   Pershing


Jack Gallagher    Wooster OH
   Proteus Rising from the Sea—for wind ensemble or Symphonic Band

Jason Huffman    Malden MA
   Alleles—for Symphonic Band

Miguel A. Roig-Francoli    Cincinnati OH
   Perseus—for wind ensemble

Kenyon Wilson    Chattanooga TN
   Five

James Young    Baltimore MD
   Shouting at the Gates to the Neon Wasteland—for wind ensemble


FINALISTS: The American Prize in Composition—band/wind ensemble (student division)

Dinah Bianchi    Belleville MI
   The Jackal’s Palace

Derek M. Jenkins    Kansas City MO
   We Seven—for wind ensemble

Aaron Mencher    Johns Creek GA
   New—for wind ensemble

Zachary Ploeger    Pipestone MN
   Poem—for symphonic band

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Congratulations to all finalists.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Voice (women in opera)

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in opera and operetta), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
SAMANTHA BRITT
New York NY
SAMANTHA BRITT
Samantha Britt expressively performs Art Songs and Opera around the world. Samantha recently portrayed tempestuous Carla in the World Premiere of A Certain Quiet (Elisha), and soft-hearted Leslie in Companionship, by Rachel Peters, at The Virginia Arts Festival. The Huffington Post described Samantha in Rappaccini’s Daughter (Cohen/Abrams) as “compellingly poignant…with lovely floated tones and plangent high notes.” As Mag in Ballymore (Wargo) at Chelsea Opera, Opera News called her “sparkling and playful… fully capturing the audience’s love and empathy”. Samantha has performed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with San Antonio Opera, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. A New England Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Samantha earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MM from Manhattan School of Music. www.samanthabritt.com.


2nd PLACE:
JESSICA SATAVA
Baltimore MD
JESSICA SATAVA
“Soprano Jessica Satava lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015) Ms. Satava has appeared as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Inez in Il Trovatore, Voce dal Cielo in Don Carlo, Julie in Carousel, Laurey in Oklahoma!, and as Mimí and Micaëla in concert performances of La bohème and Carmen.  While at Peabody Conservatory, she performed the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Polly in The Threepenny Opera. Ms. Satava was the soprano soloist in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Rutter’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion and Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1. Please visit www.jessicasatava.com


3rd PLACE:
MANNA KNJOI
Stallings NC
MANNA KNJOI
Manna KnJoi embodies the quality and natural endowment to conquer a wide range of repertoire from Mozart to verismo to modern works for the concert and opera stage. Most recently, Ms. KnJoi made her international debut as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy and appeared at Lincoln Center in concert with Opera Ebony of New York. This season also brought her world premier performance in the role of Essie Robeson in Adolphus Hailstork’s new biopic opera Robeson: The Opera with Trilogy Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Previous season have seen Manna Knjoi in debuts as Pamina in The Magic Flute with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall, Micaëla in Carmen at Lincoln Center, the title role in Suor Angelica and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the California Opera. Manna KnJoi has received numerous award recognitions from: Paris Opera Awards, The Benjamin Mathews competition, and Opera Birmingham, the Elaine Malbin Vocal Competition, Mid-South District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Palm Springs Opera Guild, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. When Manna sang for Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano pronounced her voice, “An incredible instrument.”


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
KISMA JORDAN
Detroit MI
KISMA JORDAN
Recognized by The New York Times for her “shimmering soprano voice” and soul-stirring  communicative ability, Kisma has proven to be a vocal powerhouse of great versatility.  The Baltimore Sun praised excitedly, “Kisma Jordan steals the show, vocally…with her truly lovely soprano. She sounds wonderful in the house, the tone ripe and well-supported, the phrasing lively, the diction superb.  I can't prove any great powers of prognostication, but I sure do feel there's a good chance we could all be hearing more from this singer in time.”

The Detroit, Michigan native is a recipient of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship.  For the 2015-16 season Kisma presented her fusion project Beyond Classical to Detroit Performs Live from Carr Center, then appeared with Annapolis Opera in Angels & Demons a concert showcasing the saints and sinners of the operatic repertoire.  She presented recitals of songs and arias as part of Music at St. Paul’s Flint Concert Series, then headlined with Black Women Rock 2016.



FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
LINDSEY MCKEE
Tulsa OK
LINDSEY MCKEE
A graduate of the GuildHall School of Music in London, Lindsey has a diverse career,which includes Opera, Oratorio and Musical Theatre. She has performed all over the world,making her London debut singing the role of 'Mary' in Elgar's The Kingdom, and in recital at The Leighton House. She has been heard in recital in South Africa on the SABC.She has performed with orchestras and opera companies across the USA, including The St.Louis Symphony(Sheldon Series), The Saint Louis Philharmonic,The Asheville Symphony,and The Kansas City Symphony (Lacy Requiem World Premiere). Recent Engagements include Three Songs for Soprano, Oswaldo Golijov,and Henrick Gorecki's Third Symphony.


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
RACHELE SCHMIEGE
Jamaica Plain MA
RACHELE SCHMIEGE
RACHELE SCHMIEGE has been praised for her “incredibly crystalline voice” and “absolutely thrilling” portrayals. This season, she appears as Lucette in Cendrillon with Resonance Works and Soprano II in Hydrogen Jukebox with Nashville Opera. On the concert stage, Ms. Schmiege will be singing Soprano solos in Ein Deutsches Requiem, Brahms (Chatham Chorale) and Messa da Requiem, Verdi (Midcoast Symphony). Recent appearances include: Elle, La Voix Humaine and Amy, Little Women (Opera on the James); Violetta, La Traviata (Hubbard Hall Opera Theater); Gilda, Rigoletto (Cape Cod Opera Outreach); Valencienne, The Merry Widow (Opera Providence); Dortchen Wilde, The Brother’s Grimm (Nashville Opera, US premiere).  Recent concert appearances include: Soprano soloist, Requiem, Verdi (Cape Cod Symphony and Pioneer Valley Symphony); Mass in C minor, Mozart (Newburyport Chorale Society); Magnificat, Bach (Akron Symphony Chorus); Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Mozart (Chatham Chorale); new work in collaboration with composer Mohammad Fairouz.  For more information, visit: www.racheleschmiege.com


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
NATALIE LOGAN
Dallas TX
NATALIE LOGAN
Natalie Logan, soprano, is a native of Dallas, Texas. Her full operatic roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro,  Contoller in Flight, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Clorinda in La cenerentola, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw. She has performed with The Dallas Opera, The Boston Conservatory, Louisiana State University, Opera in the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, Opéra Louisiane, First United Methodist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas, and St. Josheph’s Cathedral in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Logan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University (May 2014) under the tutelage of Robert Grayson and earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at The Boston Conservatory (May 2016) under the tutelage of Patty Thom.


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
BEIBEI GUAN
Fresh Meadow NY
BEIBEI GUAN
Praised for her "Intense focus, riveting delivery, beautiful singing" by New York Times, Chinese soprano Beibei Guan recently won Marcello Giordani Foundation 5th International Vocal Competition, Orpheus National Vocal Competition, New York Lyric Opera Theatre National Vocal competition. Ms. Guan has most recently performed the role of La Donna in Rinaldo; Countess in Le nozze di; Nancy in Albert; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi; the cover role of Liù in Turandot; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; Mimì in La Bohème. Ms Guan sang in the U.S. Premier of "Sonic Blossom" by the renowned artist, Lee Mingwei, in Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In fall, 2015, Ms. Guan was invited again to sing in Metropolitan Museum of Arts, NYC for "Sonic Blossom New York Premier", which later received the award of "The Best Classical Event of 2015" by New York Times. Ms. Guan completed her Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory, under the tutelage of Kathryn Wright.


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
ELIZABETH MORAN
New York NY
ELIZABETH MORAN
Elizabeth Moran most recently performed as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also recently sung the roles of Suor Genovieffa and Morgana with New York Lyric Opera. Ms. Moran has performed Juliette with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. She sang Queen of the Night and Polissena (cover) with Manhattan Opera Studio and was a young artist with La Lingua Della Lirica, performing in scenes as Angelica in Orlando, Norina in Don Pasquale, Cunegonde in Candide and Lisette in La Rondine. As a studio artist with Anchorage Opera, Ms. Moran performed in Eugene Onegin, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica and Don Carlos, and she was featured in solo recitals throughout Alaska. Other roles include Laetitia, Zerlina, Rosina, and Adina. Ms. Moran is a frequent soloist with the Baldwin Festival Chorus and the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She currently resides in New York City. www.elizabeth-moran.com
 

3rd PLACE:
ALYSSA BRODE
Los Angeles CA
ALYSSA BRODE
Alyssa Brode is a Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based soprano whose performance experience and training span both coasts. Her opera credits include La Fée (Massenet's Cendrillon), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte). Alyssa holds a Master of Music in voice performance from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College where, as a member of the renowned Westminster Symphonic Choir, she had the privilege of performing symphonic masterworks with some of the world's most prominent conductors (Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel) and orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin). Alyssa is a recipient of the Robert Barbera Scholarship in Voice, the Village Voices Scholarship and the Rachel Ketchie Memorial Award as well as being a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. Visit alyssabrode.com for more information.


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
KSENIA BERESTOVSKAYA
Boston MA
KSENIA BERESTOVSKAYA
Growing up in her native Omsk, Russia, mezzo-soprano Ksenia Berestovskaya remembers a childhood punctuated by her family’s deep respect of science and poetry. After exploring jazz and popular music with working bands, she tried performing Tchaikovsky’s “Polina’s” aria and a love of opera began. Soon after, she left to pursue her musical dreams in the United States. The recipient of several merit-based scholarships, including the Sylvia C. Segal Voice Scholarship, Ksenia completed her Bachelor’s in Vocal Music at the University of Tennessee and her Master’s in Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA Ksenia has performed in Russia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and across the United States. Her most recent opera roles include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fliedermaus and Principessa in Suor Angelica with New England Conservatory’s Opera Theatre.


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
SAMANTHA SCHMID
Boston MA
SAMANTHA SCHMID
Samantha Schmid, lyric soprano—dedicates herself to exploring culture and communication. This season, Schmid makes her debut with Juventas New Music Ensemble as Constance in the premiere of Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic. She also appears as Donna Elvira with Opera in the Ozarks. A champion of contemporary and Slavic music, Schmid has recently performed with Russian Opera Workshop, Lowell House Opera, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Previous engagements include Tina (Flight), Iolanta (Iolanta), Liza (The Queen of Spades), Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte). Recognition for her artistry includes inauguration into the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society and multiple awards from NATS. A student of Dr. Kerry Deal, Schmid recently received her Professional Studies Certificate and M.M. in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory. She also holds a B.A. from Webster University. For more information, visit www.samanthaschmid.com.


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (women in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(high school division)

The American Prize winner:
ALEXANDRA TAYLOR
Naples FL
ALEXANDRA TAYLOR
Alexandra Taylor,soprano, is from Naples, Florida. She is a 18 year old high school senior at Barron Collier High School and is a member of the school choir.   She has taken private voice lessons since the age of 15. She has been involved with Opera Naples in the children’s and adult choirs since she was 12 years old.  The productions that she has participated in with Opera Naples are as follows:  Carmen, A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream, La Boheme, Pirates of Penzance, Il Pagliacci, Rudigore, Patience and Tosca. She has performed as a soloist in many of the Opera Naples concerts. In 2015, she was a winner of the Naples Music Club Vocal Competition.  In February 2016, she was a 1st place winner of the Tampa Bay Chapter NATS Vocal Auditions in the Upper High School Category for Classical Music.


2nd PLACE:
CAITLIN CHISHAM
Holts Summit MO
CAITLIN CHISHAM
Caitlin Chisham is 14 years old and a 8th Grader at Fatima Junior High. Last spring, she won 3rd Place in the Hal Leonard National Art Song Competition Ages 12 and Under Category.  She has performed with the American Choral Directors’ Association National Boychoir and Community Youth Honor Choir in Dallas, TX as well as the Missouri Choral Directors’ Association State 4-6 Grade Honor Choir in Jefferson City, MO. She has also sung in the Southwestern American Choral Directors’ Regional 4-6 Grade Honor Choir in Little Rock, AR as well as in Kansas City, MO. Most recently, Caitlin was a guest soloist with the Columbia College Choir's rendition Dan Forrest's "Requiem"  under the direction of Nollie Moore.  Caitlin sang the lead role of Amahl in Gian Carlos Menotti’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” in December of 2014 with the Show Me Opera and Columbia Civic Orchestra under the direction of Christine Seitz and Dr. Julian Freund. Caitlin was also a featured singer in the Missouri Symphony’s “Symphony of Toys” concert in December of 2013 under the direction of Maestro Kirk Trevor. Caitlin is a member of the Missouri Symphony Society Children's Chorus and Junior Sinfonia.  Caitlin is a voice student of Dr. Michael Straw of Columbia, an oboe student of Dr. Allison Robuck of Columbia  and piano student of Gretchen Huedepohl of Jefferson City. Caitlin Chisham recently won 1st Place with the New York Lyric Opera Junior Division Vocal Competition.


3rd PLACE:
LILITH SARKAR
Los Altos CA
LILITH SARKAR
Lilith Sarkar is a senior at Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. Most recently, she received the Leon Winters Scholarship Award. She participated in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a young artist, where she performed in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and in the Festival’s Liederabend recital. In 2015, Lilith received honorable mention for the Martha Marcks Mack Vocal Award, was the Western Regional winner of the Joyce Walsh Vocal Award, and was a semi-finalist in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. She is active in her community, performing concerts at senior centers and giving voice lessons to young children. Lilith plans to attend conservatory and pursue a career in opera. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the Oberlin in Italy summer program in 2016! Lilith studies with Iris Fraser (Palo Alto, CA) and coaches with Russell Norman (Palo Alto, CA) and Robert Ashens (Eugene, OR).


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Congratulations!

Monday, November 28, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Piano (solo), 2016 (REVISED)


The American Prize is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, citation recipients and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Piano Performance (solo), 2016, in professional, college/university and high school divisions. Congratulations!

(This listing was revised on December 1, 2016 to reflect the addition of two FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION recipients in the College/University category.)

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

Please make us aware of any misprints: theamericanprize@gmail.com


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (solo), 2016
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
JEREMY SAMOLESKY
Auburn AL
JEREMY SAMOLESKY
Jeremy Samolesky, a native of Manitoba, Canada, currently serves as Professor of Piano at Auburn University, where he teaches piano performance majors and serves as Piano Area Coordinator. Known for his passion for both solo and collaborative performances, Samolesky has appeared in concert as a soloist and chamber pianist throughout the North America, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Serbia, Colombia and Ecuador, including a full recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., which was broadcast nationally on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

Dr. Samolesky achieved the rare distinction of graduating with two doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in New York: a feat permitted just once before in the school’s history. In the summer of 2013, he was featured as a lecturer and soloist at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, and in 2014 gave a series of concerts and taught at music conservatories in Colombia and Ecuador, South America. Samolesky’s debut solo CD was released on the Centaur label in early 2015.


2nd PLACE:
MIROSLAVA KISILEVITCH
Santa Barbara CA
MIROSLAVA KISILEVITCH
Miroslava Kisilevitch's extensive performance experience includes solo and chamber performances and as soloist with many orchestras throughout the Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and the United States. In 1999, Miroslava won first prize in the Thursday Musical Competition and made her Chicago debut in a concert sponsored by the Ukranian Museum of Chicago. In 2000, she was invited to perform a chamber recital as part of the Smithsonian Institution Recital Series by the Embassy of the Ukraine in Washington, D.C.

Miroslava received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, teaching, accompanying from Drohobych State College, Ukraine; Master of Music in piano performance, ensemble, pedagogy from Lviv Higher State Music Institute, Ukraine; Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Minnesota; D.M.A. piano performance, from Lviv Higher State Music Academy, Ukraine; and D.M.A. piano performance, University of Minnesota.


3rd PLACE:
ARTINA MCCAIN
Manchaca TX
ARTINA MCCAIN
Described as a pianist with “power and finesse”, Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and lecturer. She has performed in the Czech Republic, Italy, China, Croatia and throughout the United States. Recent honors and guest artist appearances include: Austin Critics Table Award, Global Music Award and performances at the TAMIU Master Performers Series, Desoto Uptown/Downtown Concert Series and Zagreb Brass Festival. Upcoming 2016-2017 season performances include Saint-Saens Second Piano Concerto and a tour of works by American composers for cello and piano.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University (BM), Cleveland Institute of Music (MM) and University of Texas at Austin (DMA). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. More info at www.artinamccain.com


SPECIAL CITATION: "Excellence in the Performance of The Indian Character Piece"
STEPHANIE BRUNING
Catonsville MD
STEPHANIE BRUNING
Dr. Bruning has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Unites States.  She holds degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Drake University and University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  In demand as an instructor and adjudicator, she often conducts master classes and has adjudicated numerous competitions.

An expert in Native-American-influenced music from the early Twentieth Century, she frequently performs and lectures on the subject at venues such as The State Department in Washington, DC, and the 2007 College Music Society National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.  In November 2009 Ludwig Masters published the first in a series of piano books compiled and edited by Dr. Bruning entitled The Indian Character Piece: Native-American Influenced Piano Works from the Early Twentieth Century, Volume I.  Volume II was published in 2012.

Dr. Bruning serves as a reviewer for the journal Clavier Companion where she reviews new teaching and performance scores.  Additionally, Dr. Bruning maintains an interest in helping students address issues of performance anxiety.  Currently, Dr. Bruning is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. 


SPECIAL CITATION: "Championing Classical Piano Music from Los Angeles"
ANDREE-ANN DESCHENES
Los Angeles CA
ANDREE-ANN DESCHENES
Currently based in Los Angeles, Canadian born pianist Andree-Ann Deschenes has had the opportunity to perform extensively across North American and Europe.
Pursuing a strong interest in Latin American classical repertoire, Andree-Ann Deschenes’ graduate thesis reflected on piano music of Cuba and Brazil, and is accompanied by a recording currently available on Amazon and iTunes. This album was featured on the New & Noteworthy page for “world music” album releases of iTunes Canada and the piece Los Tres Golpes can be heard on KXLU 88.9FM.

Ms. Deschenes holds a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, where she obtained several Friends of Music scholarships and is currently serving as adjunct faculty. She is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to relocating to Southern California, she graduated with honors from the prestigious Humber College in Toronto, Canada.


SPECIAL CITATION: "Exceptional Performance—Baumgardner's Eight Preludes"
JESSICA KOEBBE
Leawood KS
JESSICA KOEBBE
Jessica Koebbe is Instructor of Piano at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She is an active soloist and collaborative pianist, performing frequently with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and with internationally recognized instrumentalists including those from the Fort Worth, Kansas City, Omaha, Topeka, and Santa Fe Symphonies as well as with singers from the Fort Worth, Nashville, and Cincinnati opera companies.

A proponent of new music, Ms. Koebbe has premiered and recorded works by several US and Taiwanese composers, recordings of which have been released on the albums Collage by Harbor House Records and Voices From the Middle by BRC Audio Productions. In addition to her current position, Ms. Koebbe has held faculty and graduate teaching positions at Texas Wesleyan University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Koebbe holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas (summa cum laude) and a Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University.


SPECIAL CITATION: "Artistry in the Performance of Religious Music—Songs for My Father"
NAN CHILDRESS
Orchard Union NJ
NAN CHILDRESS
Nan Childress Orchard, professor of piano at Caldwell University, received her DMA in piano performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She actively performs in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Solo and chamber performances have included music by Libby Larsen, Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Nkeiru Okoye. In an effort to support the work of women composers she has commissioned and performed works by New Jersey women composers. One of those pieces is featured on the Beauport Classics CD In Concert: Composers in Collaboration. She has performed for, and with, international artists including Jean Pierre Rampal and Lukas Foss. Childress Orchard is a founding member of Terzetta, a flute/cello/piano trio and also performs 4-hand keyboard music.  Her solo CDSongs for my Father, released in 2013, celebrates the tradition of the Christian faith through hymns.


SPECIAL CITATION: "Championing the Music of Camargo Guarnieri"
ROSANGELA YAZBEC SEBBA
Mississippi State MS
ROSANGELA YAZBEC SEBBA
Rosângela Sebba combines an active concert and teaching schedule, and is noted for her lecture-recitals and research in Brazilian music. Her CD album, Sonata and Sonatinas by M. Camargo Guarnieri, became a reference to Brazilian music researchers and has been featured at WWFM and WQXR radio station. She has performed, given lectures and master classes in the United States, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, England and Taiwan. As a sought-after chamber musician, she has accompanied master classes and concerts of renowned artists. Her articles and book reviews were published in magazines and journals in Brazil, United States and England. As the founder and coordinator of the Mississippi State Piano Pre-College Program, she has provided undergraduates teaching opportunities while being supervised. She serves as Professor of Piano, Theory-Ear Training and the Piano Area and Performance Division Chair. Rosângela Sebba is a Mississippi Artist Commission Fellow and a Steinway Artist. http://www.music.msstate.edu/faculty/bio/rosangelasebba/


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
SEKYEONG SEONG
Columbus OH
SEKYEONG SEONG
A Native of South Korea, Dr. Seong is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, educator and scholar. Her performances have been televised and broadcasted through The Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), the Columbus Ohio radio station, Classical 101 and WOSU television. Dr. Seong received her Master and Doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. She is the winner of many competitions including but not limited to the Wonkwang concerto competitions (2001 and 2002), the Korea-Germany Brahms association competition (2006), and the American Protégé international competition (2013). Her engagements as a collaborative pianist include Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra at The Ohio State University, Opera and musicial for the Departments of Theatre, Dance and Music and Choral Art Society at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Christian University and Columbus Women Chorus.


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (solo), 2016
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
EUNSUN SO
Lansing MI
EUNSUN SO
Eunsun So, a native of South Korea and award winning pianist, has a bachelor of music in piano performance from Kyungwon University, South Korea.  She received her master’s in piano pedagogy from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul. Eunsun is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University under Deborah Moriarty, chair of piano, and serving as a teaching assistant after completing her second master’s in piano pedagogy under Derek Polischuk.

As a performer, Eunsun So has won several competitions in Korea and performed in Tody, Italy and the United States. Her other work includes being a soloist and accompanist for Seoul International Choir, the Community Music School of Michigan State, and as a presenter at the Michigan Music Teachers Association Conference of 2011.  As a performer, she was part of a piano duo titled “Day for the Disabled” in 2003. In 2007, she performed, as a scholarship recipient, at the master class of noted composer and educator Randall Faber in Ann Arbor, MI. Eunsun continues to pursue her interests as a pianist and professional educator. As her artistic career unfolds, her achievements and accomplishments are limitless.


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
AURELIEN BOCCARD
Kansas City MO
AURELIEN BOCCARD
A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Aurélien Boccard is currently completing his DMA in Piano Performance with Dr. J. Solose as well as a Masters in Musicology at UMKC Conservatory. He previously obtained degrees in German, Music Education, and Musicology at the Geneva Conservatory, the University of Geneva, and the Bern Conservatory. He also holds a Masters and Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

As a performer, Aurelien has been an active soloist and collaborator in Europe as well as in the United States. His love for languages has brought him to work with many singers. He has played for opera productions for the Opera Theater in Fayetteville, AK. As an experienced pedagogue, Aurélien has taught music to children and young adults for over ten years in the U.S. and internationally.

In his desire to transmit and help others through music, Aurélien's interests have brought him to study and seek knowledge outside of the scope of music performance in fields such as biomechanics, human anatomy, somatic education, psychology and coaching. He has been working in the field of keyboard injury prevention with some of todays’ leading methods such as the Lister-Sink method, the Taubman approach and Alan Fraser’s approach to technique.


2nd PLACE (there was a tie):
AHYEON YUN
Tempe AZ
AHYEON YUN
Ahyeon Yun was born and raised in South Korea. She earned a bachelor's degree in a piano performance at Sookmyung Women's University, a master's degree in piano performance pedagogy at Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing a DMA degree in solo performance. Ahyeon was granted a 'Special Talent Award' at ASU, and recently won the second prize at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, the third prize at the I Future Stars International Piano Competition, the second prize at The American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, third prize at the International London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, and the third prize at Haneum Music Competition in Korea. She has performed in New York City's Weill Recital Hall and will release a compact disc of Walter Saul's music in 2017. She is currently a student of Professor Walter Cosand.


3rd PLACE:
TYLER RAMOS
Waipahu HI
TYLER RAMOS
Pianist Tyler Ramos is a Junior in the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree program at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. He started his piano musical studies with legendary pedagogue Ellen Masaki, while studying cello with her daughter Nancy Masaki. His current teachers for piano and cello are Thomas Yee and I-Bei Lin, respectively. Tyler's accolades include winning top prizes at the Aloha International Piano Competition, the Hawaii state MTNA competition, as well as the MTNA Southwest Division competition for piano solo, piano duet, and chamber music. Most recently, Tyler won the MTNA Southwest Young Artist Piano competition, and will be one of seven national finalists invited to compete at the National MTNA competition in April 2016.  In 2009, he won the Aloha International Piano Competition concerto division, which resulted in a performance of Bartok's Second Piano Concerto with the Hawaii Youth Symphony.


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
JAE YOUNG KIM
New York NY
JAE YOUNG KIM
Jae Young Kim, a senior at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal, started his piano studies at the age of five in South Korea. Mr. Kim has garnered prizes in national and international competitions including the Teenager National Competition, Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition, Cooper International Competition, and MTNA New York State Competition, where he became the winner in 2012. Moreover, he was nominated as the Piano Winner of the prestigious 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Mr. Kim has appeared in major concert venues such as Kumho Art Hall, Yamaha Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Hahn Hall and has performed masterclasses for Jerome Lowenthal, Jeremy Denk, and Stephen Hough. He was one of the eight solo pianists to attend Music Academy of the West on full scholarship in summer of 2014 and was one of the six pianists at the Sarasota Music Festival this summer. 


FINALIST / HONORABLE MENTION:
FRANCISCO MONTERO
New York NY
FRANCISCO MONTERO
Pianist Francisco Montero has performed in some of the most important halls in the USA (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Festival Ubuntu organized by Carnegie Hall and 4th Texas State International Piano Festival playing as a Rising Star artist. Some of these concerts have been reviewed by The New York Times with great acclaim); in United Kingdom (concerts at Dukes Hall, Purcell Room and Constance Pilkington Hall in London which was broadcasted by BBC Radio 4); Germany, Austria, Italy and most of the cities in Spain. Francisco´s most recent competitive awards include Grand Prize at New York Artists International Competition, making his debut at Carnegie Hall- Weill Recital Hall this year as part of the award. Francisco Montero studied his Master of Music at The Juilliard School in New York under the guidance of Julian Martin.


HONORABLE MENTION:
WILLIAM HUME
Carslisle PA
WILLIAM HUME
Pianist William Hume is a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree as a piano performance major. He has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, and in 2014 was recognized by The American Prize as the 1st Place Winner in the High School Solo Division, and 2nd Place Winner in the Concerto Division.  He has won local and national awards, including first prize in the 2014 Enkor Piano Competition, where he later served as a juror in the Enkor Academy, and from 2013-2015 he received various National Federation of Music Clubs awards and scholarships.  William has attended summer programs to include the Aspen and Bowdoin Festivals, performed in numerous master classes, and actively volunteers in community outreach programs. He also enjoys exploring his interests in composition, writing and business. Visit him at www.williamhume.com


HONORABLE MENTION:
LUKE RHODES
Lawrence KS
LUKE RHODES
Luke Rhodes is a concert pianist, recording artist, and pedagogue.

In 2015, his debut solo album, Luke Rhodes: Piano Recital, was honored with the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Award, which recognizes outstanding creativity among University of Kansas students. Rhodes was selected in 2012 to participate in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival’s Young Artist Program. His orchestral debut was with the International Music Festival Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed concertos by Mozart and Saint-Saëns.

He is currently pursuing a degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas where he studies with Dr. Steven Spooner. Some of his other esteemed instructors include Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Scott McBride Smith, and Dr. Leonard Richter. Rhodes has also participated in masterclasses with notable pedagogues such as Ádám György, Dr. Logan Skelton, Luiz de Moura Castro, and John Perry. For more information, please visit www.lukerhodespiano.com


The American Prize 
in Piano Performance (solo), 2016
(high school division) 

The American Prize winner:
RUOBING ZHANG
Voorhees NJ
RUOBING ZHANG
Ruobing Zhang, age 18, has made a name for himself both as a pianist, singer, and martial arts specialist, winning serious prizes in all areas. He continues to study voice and piano in New York, and is currently a student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Matti Raekallio (piano) and Doc White (voice). At the age of 14, he performed Prokofieff's Concerto No. 3 at the World Piano Competition's ‘Go for the Gold’ concerto competition, winning first place and theGrand Prize for levels 9 -12. During that same year, Ruobing competed in the 2012 US Youth Talent and Art Competition, receiving first place and Grand Prize as well. Other competitions he has won include the Metropolitan International and the 2nd Catholic University of America International. He has performed in the winners’ concerts at Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, and The Kennedy Center. As a soloist with the Philadelphia Boys Choir from 2006 to 2010, he traveled to Argentina and Uruguay. Ruobing has performed in concerts in the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, Drexel’s Irvine Auditorium, and has also appeared on FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC's Good Morning America.


2nd PLACE: 
LEYLA KABULI
Davis CA
LEYLA KABULI
Leyla Kabuli, 16,­ a high school junior, studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, and is the pianist of SF Symphony Youth Orchestra. She received a 2016 National YoungArts Award and performed on NPR’s From the Top. Leyla won competition first prizes including Mindell, Ghiglieri, Classical Masters, CAPMT, Berkeley Etude, MTAC, US Open, American Protége, MTNA Piano Duet, Wildflower Music International, second prize and best contemporary award in Los Angeles International, second prize in Enkor International, third prize in Virginia Waring International, and other top prizes in Seattle International, MTAC Panel, Pacific Musical Society, McKee, SF Chopin, Zeiter competitions. Her piano studies include masterclasses and summer programs at BU Tanglewood Institute, Southeastern Piano Festival, and Colburn Academy. Her performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Benaroya Hall. She performed with Ensemble SF, Waring Festival Orchestra, and has upcoming performances with Solano Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, and Sonoma Philharmonic.


3rd PLACE:
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Willmette IL
JARRETT MITSUHIRO TAKAKI
Jarrett Takaki, age 17, is a Junior at New Trier High School, and a student of Sueanne Metz.  He received first place awards at the American Fine Arts Festival International Piano Competition, The Young Artist Piano Competition in Tennessee, The Walgreens National Competition, The De Paul Concerto Festival, the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, The Lee Piano Competition, and the Cardinal Stritch University Piano Festival.  Jarrett was a semifinalist at the Yamaha International Piano Competition, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, and won second place in the Junior Division of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  He has received prizes in the Bradshaw Buono International Piano Competition, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. He has performed the Bach D minor Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante at the 2015 Music Fest Perugia, the Prokofiev Piano Concerto in C Major, Mvt. 1 with the Harper College Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart Concerto #20 in D Minor, Mvt 1 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.



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Monday, November 21, 2016

WINNERS: The American Prize in Voice (men in opera), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award

The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera and operetta), 2016—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in professional, and college/university divisions. Congratulations!

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The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2016, based on submitted recordings.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(professional division)

The American Prize winner:
KEITH BROWN
Interlochen MI 
KEITH BROWN
Praised by Opera News for his “warm" baritone, KEITH BROWN is quickly making a name for himself as an exciting artist-to-watch on stages throughout the United States and abroad.  His upcoming engagements include Ping in Turandot with Virginia Opera and the Duke of Verona in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Carolina, and Virginia Opera.  Other highlights from recent seasons include Colline in La bohème (Virginia Opera; Opera on the Avalon), Myles Brodrib in Hanson’s Merry Mount (Carnegie Hall), Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Circle), Zuniga in Carmen (Finger Lakes Opera), the Émir in Verdi’s Jérusalem (Sarasota Opera), and First Soldier in Salome, Grenville in La traviata, and Bob Becket in HMS Pinafore (Virginia Opera).  Currently based in Interlochen, MI, he holds degrees in voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, where his teachers were William McGraw and Kenneth Shaw."


2nd PLACE:
EVAN BRAVOS
Chicago IL

EVAN BRAVOS
Chicago native, Evan Bravos was marked as “a young talent to watch” (Chicago Tribune). A 2015-2016 Emerging Artist of Virginia Opera, he covered the roles of Paris/Gregorio (Roméo et Juliette). Other notable performances include Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), at Central City Opera, Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Outreach, Martin (Candide) at the Aspen Music Festival and Tom Joad (The Grapes of Wrath) with Northwestern University Opera Theater. Concert works: Macmillan: St. John Passion, Orff: Carmina Burana, Copland: Old American Songs, Brahms: Requiem, Faure: Requiem and Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel. Symphony credits: Colorado, Madison, Lake Geneva, Elmhurst and Elgin Symphonies. Upcoming concert engagements include Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs (Wilmington, DE) and Faure: Requiem with the Colorado Symphony Chorus (Paris, Strasbourg, Munich). Awards include the Apprentice Artist Award at Central City Opera and the Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan National Council Auditions. www.evanbravos.com


3rd PLACE:
ANDREW WANNINGMAN
Norman OK

ANDREW WANNINGMAN
Currently a DMA student at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Wannigman has performed with a number opera companies throughout the United States: Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera North, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, American Lyric Theater, Mill City Summer Opera and Boston Opera Collaborative.  During the 2015-16 season, he performs the baritone role in The Wound-Dresser by John Adams, the Father in Ragtime and the title role in Eugene Onegin at OU, the baritone solos for Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and with Tulsa Opera as Alvaro in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas as well as Gandolf in The Hobbit with Tulsa Youth Opera.


The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in opera and operetta), 2016
The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
(college/university division)

The American Prize winner:
QUINN BERNEGGER
Essex Junction VT
QUINN BERNEGGER
Quinn Bernegger will be appearing this season as Oronte in Handel’s Alcina at The Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a graduate diploma in opera performance. He was seen most recently as Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado this summer at Chautauqua Opera, where he was also featured as an Apprentice Artist in concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Last year he made his professional debut as a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, singing roles in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Beadle Bamford), Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (the Jazz Trio), and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (Alméric). Equally at home in musical theater repertoire, Mr. Bernegger has also performed the roles of Jack and Cinderella's Prince in Sondheim's Into the Woods and Jean Valjean in Schönberg's Les Misèrables. He has been a Young Artist at both the Opera Company of Middlebury and the Seagle Music Colony, where he made his operatic debut as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff. Mr. Bernegger has also enjoyed performing oratorio and concert work with the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival and the Voices of Cooperstown. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and has received numerous honors, including selection as a finalist for the FAVA Grand Concours competition.


2nd PLACE:
BRAYTON ARVIN
Bloomington IN
BRAYTON ARVIN
Baritone Brayton Arvin is in his post-graduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned his Master of Music. Operatic roles have included Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, David in L’amico Fritz, Le Balli in Werther, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Maximilian in Candide, Notary/Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and Jack Scott in the premiere of The King in Yellow. He has been a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and Ash Lawn Opera. As a concert artist, Arvin has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Duruflé’s Messe cum Jubilo, and dozens of premieres of vocal-orchestral and chamber music. Later this year, he will be a soloist in John Stainer’s The Crucifixion and perform the role of Andrew Carnes in IU Opera’s production of Oklahoma! Arvin is a student of Heidi Grant Murphy. wix.com/braytonarvin


3rd PLACE:
FRANK DANIEL LAUCERICA
Miami FL
FRANK DANIEL LAUCERICA
Cuban-American tenor, Frank Daniel Laucerica is completing a bachelor's degree in music for Voice & Opera Performance at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music under Kurt R. Hansen.

Laucerica appeared recently as Don Curzio in Northwestern University Opera Theater's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Previously, he played Mayor Upfold (and the cover of Albert) in the Miami Summer Music Festival's production of Albert Herring. Laucerica was also seen playing the Younger brother in Northwestern University Opera Theater’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking.

Laucerica is very excited to be playing the role of Elder Hayes and covering Little Bat with Northwestern University’s production of Susannah, covering Albert as part of the Chicago Summer Opera’s production of Albert Herring, as well playing the role of Tamino at the Miami Summer Music Festival’s production of Die Zauberflöte in the coming months.

http://www.franklaucericatenor.com/


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