Laura Strickling, Alexandria, VA
Soprano Laura Strickling’s operatic roles include Mimi, Dinorah, Elvira, Josephine, Mabel, Belinda, Countess, Gretel, Micaëla, and Pamina. Concert engagements include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Handel’s Messiah. Winner of the Vocal Arts Society and Baltimore Music Club competitions, she was a finalist in the NATSAA and the Washington International competitions. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Moody Bible Institute, she studies with Elizabeth Daniels and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
THE AMERICAN PRIZE:
Maren Weinberger, soprano, Houston, TX
Maren Weinberger is a senior vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University and studies with Larry Keller and vocal coach Jan McDaniel. This summer she participated in “Si Parla, Si Canta”, an opera program in Urbania, Italy under Benton Hess, director of opera at Eastman School of Music, and worked with esteemed faculty including Bob Cowart (The Metropolitan Opera). She has also been seen in Light Opera Oklahoma’s ’09 summer season in My Fair Lady, The Gondoliers, and A Little Night Music. Her OCU credits include: Violetta in La Traviata, The Consul (as Anna Gomez), Too Many Sopranos (as Jeanette), and Bat Boy.
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:There were co-winners in the High School division in 2011. Each will receive the same honors.
Laura Corina Sanders, soprano, Hillsborough, CA
Laura Sanders is a student at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. She has performed in numerous productions including as Cis in the SF Opera Merola Program production of Albert Herring; Mary in the Lamplighters Music Theatre's The Secret Garden; Laurie in Oklahoma; and principle and ensemble roles in Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof; Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Yeomen of the Guard, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Gondoliers, Ruddygore, and A Christmas Carol.
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, soprano, Alexander, NY
Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, 16 year old, lyric coloratura soprano was showcased on the CBS Morning Show with Renee Fleming. Emily was awarded first place at the Schmidt Vocal Competition and Classical Singer’s Mannes College and Boston Conservatory, Marvin Hamlisch BPO Contest, and Rochester Oratorio Classical Idol. Emily performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC as winner of the Barry Alexander International Voice Competition She performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Viva Vivaldi Festival (four years), Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, and Cheektowaga Orchestra.