Monday, June 11, 2012

CONDUCTOR SEMI-FINALISTS, 2012


The American Prize is pleased to announce semi-finalist conductors for 2012, including those for bands & wind ensembles, orchestras, choruses, opera and musical theater companies. Please scroll down to view the different divisions.

Do let us know of any misprints or if you have questions. theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Conducting —Band/Wind Ensemble Division, 2012

College/University 
Richard Kazuhiko Henebry—New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
H. Carl Hess—Duquesne University Wind Symphony/Symphony Band
Trent A. Hollinger—Peabody Conservatory Players
David Wacyk—University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

The American Prize in ConductingChoral Division, 2012

Community 
Richard Hynson—Bel Canto Chorus  
Jonathan Palant—Partners In Harmony  
Matthew Phelps—Chancel Choir of the Reformed Church of Bronxville
Karen P. Thomas—Seattle Pro Musica


 The American Prize in Conducting—Orchestra Division, 2012

Community
Donald L. Appert—Clark College Orchestra
David Bernard—Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Robert W. Butts—Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey   
Lois Ferrari—Austin Civic Orchestra   
Robert J. Helmacy—South Orange Symphony   
Guido Lamell—Los Angeles Musician's Symphony   
Tara Towson Villa—Lee County Community Orchestra 


College/University
Ricardo Averbach—Miami University Symphony Orchestra   
Sicong Bian—San Francisco Conserv. Symp.Orch.   
Daniel W. Boothe—Chautauqua Summer Festival Orchestra   
Conner Gray Covington—Eastman School Symphony Orchestra   
Douglas Droste—Oklahoma State University   
Lawrence Golan—Lamont Symphony Orchestra   
Yorgos Kouritas—Boise Philharmonic and Youth Symphony   
Isaac Kramer—The Young Artists Philharmonic   
Gemma New—Peabody Recital Orchestra   
Dr. David Rudge—SUNY Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra   
Dr. Bryce Seliger—The Pacific Philharmonic   
Chaowen Ting—Cincinnati Sinfonietta   
Vlad Vizireanu—ASU Symphony Orchestra 


Youth/High School 
Beau Benson—Midway Philharmonic
Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey—Dubuque Youth Symphony Orchestra
Alyze Dreiling—YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra and Soloist Ensemble
James Feddeck—Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Jon Handman—Philharmonia/Vivace   
Christopher T.F. Hanson—S.M.A.R.T. Orchestra
Nathaniel Meyer—Belmont Festival Orchestra   
Michael Webster—Houston Youth Symphony 


Professional 
Lawrence Golan—Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Travis Jurgens—Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City   
Steven Lipsitt—Boston Classical Orchestra/Various Orchestras
Dirk Meyer—Sarasota Orchestra   
Judith Morse—Edison Symphony
Stefano Sarzani—Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiane
Nan Harrison Washburn—Michigan Philharmonic 


Programming—The Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award 
Donald L. Appert—Clark College Orchestra       
Donald L. Appert—Oregon Sinfonietta       
David Bernard—Park Avenue Chamber Symphony   
Luis Gabriel Biava—New Albany Symphony   
Richard Chiarappa—West Hartford Symphony       
Alyze Dreiling—YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra       
James Feddeck—Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Peter Freisinger—Freisinger Chamber Orchestra   
Lawrence Golan—Yakima Symphony Orchestra          
Robert J. Helmacy—South Orange Symphony   
Timothy Hutto—New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble   
Ken Selden—PSU Symphony Orchestra       
John W. Strickler—Topeka Symphony       
Tara Towson Villa—Lee County Community Orchestra
Russell Vinick—Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra       
Daniel Alfred Wachs—Orange County YSO   
Daniel Alfred  Wachs—Chapman Chamber Orchestra   
Victor S. Wahby, MD—Medical Musical Group


The American Prize in Conducting —Opera Division, 2012

Community

Robert W. Butts—BONJ Opera
Christopher Fecteau—dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
Warren Puffer Jones—Arbor Opera Theater
Maria Sensi Sellner—Hubbard Hall Opera Theater


College/University
H. Carl Hess—Duquesne University
Maria Sensi Sellner—Carnegie Mellon University School of Music
Kirk A. Severtson—SUNY Potsdam, The Crane School of Music              


The American Prize in Conducting —Musical Theater Division, 2012

High School
David Crews Moschler—Youth Musical Theater Company of Berkeley
Patrick Towey—Ken-Ton Summer Arts Theatre
Mary Jo West—George Mason High School


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Congratulations to all semi-finalists. We expect to begin to announce finalists in about two weeks.


 

 
        


                            


 

ENSEMBLE SEMI-FINALISTS, 2012

The American Prize is pleased to announce semi-finalist ensembles for 2012, including bands & wind ensembles, orchestras, choruses, opera and musical theater companies. Please scroll down to view the different divisions.

Do let us know of any misprints or if you have questions. theamericanprz@aol.com or theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance, 2012 

High School Division
Metea Valley HS Wind Ensemble
Stroudsburg 9th Grade Concert Band
 
Orange County High School of the Arts Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble


Community Division
Quad City Wind Ensemble    
Los Alamos Community Winds

College/University Division
Messiah College Wind Ensemble    
The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble
Cornell Wind Ensemble   

The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2012

Community Division
The Vocal Art Ensemble
Ensemble Companio
National Philharmonic Chorale
South Bend Chamber Singers
Turtle Creek Chorale
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Chancel Choir of the Reformed Church of Bronxville
Cantori (New York)
Medical Musical Group
Bel Canto Chorus 

College/University Division
East Carolina University Chamber Singers
Utah Valley University Chamber Choir
Georgia State University Men's Chorus
Marywood University Chamber Singers
USD Chamber Singers
Shepherd University Chamber Singers
Saint Mary's College Women's Choir
Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir
LIU Post Chorus
LIU Post Chamber Singers
University of Washington Chorale 

Youth and High School Division
Lawrence Academy Girl Choir—Bel Canto
Columbus International Children's Choir
The Davidson Chorale 

The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2012

Professional Division 
Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra
Yakima Symphony Orchestra
National Philharmonic
Boston Classical Orchestra
Michigan Philharmonic


Community Orchestra Division
Clark College Orchestra

Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey
Austin Civic Orchestra
Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra
South Orange Symphony
Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra
Los Angeles Musician's Symphony
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra
Lee County Community Orchestra
Medical Musical Group
 

College/University Division 
Miami University Symphony Orchestra
Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra
Lamont Symphony Orchestra
FSU Symphony Orchestra
UNC Symphony Orchestra
The Pacific Philharmonic
Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra (Illinois)
Chapman Chamber Orchestra


Youth Orchestra Division
Dubuque Youth Symphony Orchestra 
YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra & Soloist Ensemble
Vivace
Germantown Performing Arts Center Youth Symphony Orchestra
Orange County YSO
Houston Youth Symphony


High School Division
Midway Philharmonic
Arlington HS Philharmonia
   

The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2012

Professional Division
Guerilla Opera
Juventas New Music Ensemble

Community Division
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
Hubbard Hall Opera Theater 

College/University Division
Crane Opera Ensemble
University of Connecticut School of Music
University of Houston—Moores Opera Center

The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2012 

High School Division
East Rockaway Junior/Senior High School
Youth Musical Theater Company of Berkeley
George Mason High School


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Congratulations to all semi-finalists. We expect to begin to announce finalists in about two weeks.


Monday, June 4, 2012

WINNERS in ART SONG, 2012


Friedrich Schorr as Wotan
The American Prize is very pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012, in the art song division. 

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

Information about The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013, will be posted to our website in several weeks. In addition to competitions in art song and opera for professional, college/university, community and high school vocalists, the contests will also include an additional performance opportunity in oratorio for 2013.

Please note that the final rounds of the art song and opera competitions are judged separately and independently. Do make us aware of any misprints in the listings below: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—PROFESSIONAL ART SONG DIVISION (women) 

The American Prize winner:
SHARIN APOSTOLOU (NY)
Soprano Sharin Apostolou’s roles include Susanna, Nannetta, Gilda, Musetta, Adina, Rodelinda, Le Feu, Belinda, and Fortuna at Portland Opera, Utah Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and The Macao International Music Festival. She has been in seen in concert with the Oregon Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Chorale, Bremen Philharmoniker, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Caramoor Festival, and New England Baroque Soloists.  She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Manhattan School of Music. www.SharinApostolou.com

2nd Place:
REBEKAH AUYEUNG (TX)
Soprano Rebekah AuYeung is a versatile singer, equally at home in opera, oratorio, and recitals. Her most recent concert highlight was singing Bach’s Cantata 51 on the New York Philharmonic’s Chamber Series. Her opera roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro) and Almirena (Rinaldo). Upcoming performances include Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Grieg’s Peer Gynt. You may read more about Rebekah at her newly launched website: www.rebekahauyeung.com

3rd Place:
MAGGIE SCHWENKER (PA)
Maggie Schwenker’s recent stage credits include The Medium (Baba) and Hänsel und Gretel (The Sandman). She has competed in and won voice competitions hosted by such organizations as NATS and MTNA. Maggie’s extensive solo engagements include the alto soli in Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s  Requiem, and Handel’s  Messiah. Maggie recently completed her MM in Vocal Performance from the UNCG School of Music. She has studied under Levone Tobin-Scott, Daniel Weeks and Dr. Randall Black.



The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—PROFESSIONAL ART SONG DIVISION (men) 

The American Prize winner:
MATTHEW GARRETT (NY)
Tenor Matthew Garrett is a graduate of Brown University and the Juilliard School. Operatic engagements include Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Connecticut Opera, Eugene Opera, Syracuse Opera, Jacksonville Symphony, and others.  Recent concert appearances have included the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Philharmonics, Cincinnati May Festival, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Arion Ensemble, Basel Festival Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Virginia Symphony, and others. www.matthewgarrett.net 

2nd Place:
CHRISTIAN KETTER (IL) 
Tenor, Christian Ketter most recently had the pleasure of being musically coached and staged by composer Carlisle Floyd in a concert celebrating his works. A 2012 Shreveport Opera Semi-Finalist (3/12), Mr. Ketter has studied under and sung in masterclasses with renowned artists: Tito Capobianco; Nathan Gunn; Diana Soviero; Enrique Patrón de Rueda; Joan Dornemann; David Friedman; and Sherrill Milnes. For more information about Mr. Ketter go to www.christianketter.com 

3rd Place:
JEFFREY HILL (NC)
Jeffrey Hill, 26, tenor was a featured young artist at both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Music Academy of the West. Carnegie Hall recital debut 2011. Recital debuts in Paris and New York, and winner of several competitions, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, and The American Prize (2011). Featured in reviews as “a force to be reckoned with, [a voice] that sounds effortless but absolutely commands the listener’s attention,” “impressively rich and full-bodied” and “a born entertainer.”

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ART SONG DIVISION (women) 

The American Prize winner:
RUTH HARTT (MA)
A lyric soprano with an engaging presence on stage, Ruth Hartt has been praised for her “warm and flexible” singing and genuine character portrayals. For her recent performance of Beatrice in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers she was hailed as "simply lovely." Ruth recently returned from the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she covered the role of Donna Elvira. Roles performed include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Clorinda (La Cenerentola). 

2nd Place:
ELIZABETH MARY SUTPHEN (NY)
Elizabeth Mary Sutphen, mezzo-soprano, is a fourth year undergraduate at The Juilliard School. In 2011 she won First Place National in Shirley Winston Rabb Scholarship and The National Young Musicians Showcase. Elizabeth was a soloist in The New York Festival of Song at Juilliard and appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Juilliard Opera Theater and Aspen Music Festival. She will appear as Il Cavalier Ramiro in the Juilliard Opera Theatre’s  La Finta Giardiniera.

3rd Place:
DEBORAH BLAKESLEY (WA)
Deborah Blakesley’s most recent roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur, Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw and Aunt March in Little Women (Banff Opera Centre), the Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Whatcom Symphony Orchestra), as well as several leads at Western Washington University. Upcoming roles include Bersi in Puget Sound Concert Opera’s Andrea Chénier, Mozart's Magic Flute in both the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the Astoria Music Festival, and Clotilde in a production of Norma featuring Angela Meade and Ruth Ann Swenson (Astoria). She will be attending the University of British Columbia for a Masters in Opera in the Fall.
 

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ART SONG DIVISION (men)

The American Prize winner:
MATTHEW J. DANIELS ( FL)
Baritone Matthew J. Daniels was born and raised in Ft. Pierce, FL. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Louisiana State University, where he studies with Dr. Loraine Sims. He taught as adjunct professor of voice at Florida Atlantic University and Indian River State College prior to attending LSU. He frequently performs opera and musical theatre roles. 

2nd Place:
ANDREW BAWDEN (VA)
Originally from Springfield, Illinois, Andrew Bawden, a doctoral student studying with Professor Kevin McMillan, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Urbana Center for Alexander Technique, and the Eastman School of Music. In 2007, he was the first place winner and audience favorite winner of the Rochester Classical Idol Competition. Recent credits include roles with Opera Vivente, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater and Tri-Cities Opera. Mr. Bawden was a winner of The American Prize Chicago Opera Award in 2012.

3rd Place:
MICHAEL ORLINSKY (IL)
Baritone Michael Orlinsky has performed with Nevada Opera Theatre, Opera Las Vegas, UNLV Opera Theatre, Sin City Opera, Sieur Du Luth, Opera On Tap, RagTag Entertainment, North Park University, and more.  He also produced, directed and portrayed Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief in a production that toured Las Vegas.  Michael recently started his Graduate studies at North Park University (NPU) in Chicago studying with Dr. Karen Bauer.  He will be singing the baritone solos The Seven Last Words of Christ in March 2012, Papageno The Magic Flute in April 2012 with NPU and Schlemil/Hermann in Tales of Hoffman with Katydid Productions in June of 2012.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—HIGH SCHOOL ART SONG DIVISION (women)

The American Prize winner:
CLARE DEMER (AZ)
Clare Demer is a 17 year old senior at University High School in Tucson, AZ.  Clare began her music studies with piano at age 6 and discovered her love for singing when she was 13.  In 2009 and 2010 she sang with the Youth Choral Academy, as part of the Oregon Bach Festival.  In 2011, she attended the Walnut Hill Summer Opera Intensive in Natick, MA, and Italy.  A student of Stephanie Morgan Fox, Clare is a 2012 NFAA YoungArts Honorable Mention winner.


2nd Place:
GRACE CANFIELD (IL)
Soprano Grace Canfield, won first place in the Chicago NATS competition in 2011.  A high school senior, Grace placed second in the Elgin Opera competition and performed in the 2010 Songfest season at Pepperdine University.  Last summer she participated in the Castleton Festival season, making a cameo appearance in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins under the baton of Lorin Maazel.  A student of Nancy Gustafson, Grace hopes to continue her musical studies at a conservatory next fall. 

3rd Place:
MADISON WILLIAMS (OH)
Maddie is a high school freshman who loves all kinds of music and spends every available minute learning, performing, or listening to music. She sings in her high school Chorale as well as the Columbus International Children's Choir.  Maddie is in her eighth year of piano lessons and holds certificates in piano and music theory. She is also in her high school drama club and, when time permits, participates in musicals at the community theater. www.youtube.com/user/jwwincmh

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The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012

Special Judge's Citation for Unique Achievement in Artistry and Enrichment
ALYSSA BOWLBY (CT)
Called “fearless” and “intense” by the Baltimore Sun, Alyssa Bowlby “acted as impressively as she sang” (Houston Press).  She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 singing Manon (Massenet).  Roles include: Queen of the Night, Adele, Fiordiligi, Clorinda, Nannetta, Frasquita, Marzelline, Mme. Herz, Queen of the Night, and Miss Wordsworth. She holds a BA - Haverford College (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental High Honors) and an MM - Peabody Conservatory (Pi Kappa Lambda). http://www.alyssabowlby.com


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Congratulations to all winners and runners-up.

WINNERS in OPERA, 2012

Friedrich Schorr as Wotan
The American Prize is very pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012, in the opera division. 

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

Information about The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013, will be posted to our website in several weeks. In addition to competitions in art song and opera for professional, college/university, community and high school vocalists, the contests will also include an additional performance opportunity in oratorio for 2013.

Please note that the final rounds of the art song and opera competitions are judged separately and independently. Do make us aware of any misprints in the listings below: theamericanprize@gmail.com

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—PROFESSIONAL OPERA DIVISION (women)

The American Prize winner:
SUZANNE VINNIK (PA)
During the 2011-2012 season, the rising young soprano Suzanne Vinnik will appear with Pittsburgh Opera as Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, and cover Violetta Valéry in La Traviata. In the spring she will debut with Lyric Opera of Virginia as Micaela in Carmen and sing a recital with the company. During the summer she appears with Opera Hispanica in New York City as Beatriz in Catan's La Hija de Rappaccini. Ms. Vinnik has performed the role of Musetta in La Boheme with Nevada Opera Theatre, Opera North, and most recently under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel in the 2011 Castleton Festival Production. In September she appeared on Norwegian Radio and TV as a grand finalist in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition where she sang for Her Majesty Queen Sonja. She is a recent alumna of the Opera Studio at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy where she studied under Renata Scotto and performed in concert at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She appeared in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, and various US and international orchestras. www.suzannevinnik.com
 

2nd Place:
JOANN MARTINSON (ND)
A native North Dakotan, Joann earned awards at these competitions: Orpheus, NATS, MONC Auditions, Greensboro MTNA, Coeur d'Alene Young Artists, and Symphony in the Valley. She has played Barbarina, Norina, Yum-Yum, Violetta, Adele, Le Feu, Monica, Gretel, and Lola and performed in concert with the UNCG Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minot Symphony Orchestra. Joann has her B.A. from Minot (ND) State University under Dr. DeVera Bowles and her Master's from UNCG under Dr. Robert Bracey.

3rd Place:
KATE TOMBAUGH (IL) 
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh originally hails from Streator, Illinois. She has been featured with the Santa Fe Concert Association and the Utah Symphony and has sung as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera and with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She holds dual undergraduate degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University in English Literature and Vocal Performance and earned her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from CCM. www.katetombaugh.com


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—PROFESSIONAL OPERA DIVISION (men) 

The American Prize winner:
CHRISTIAN KETTER (IL)
Tenor, Christian Ketter most recently had the pleasure of being musically coached and staged by composer Carlisle Floyd in a concert celebrating his works. A 2012 Shreveport Opera Semi-Finalist (3/12), Mr. Ketter has studied under and sung in masterclasses with renowned artists: Tito Capobianco; Nathan Gunn; Diana Soviero; Enrique Patrón de Rueda; Joan Dornemann; David Friedman; and Sherrill Milnes. For more information about Mr. Ketter go to www.christianketter.com

2nd Place:
MATTHEW GARRETT (NY)
Tenor Matthew Garrett is a graduate of Brown University and the Juilliard School.  Operatic engagements include Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Connecticut Opera, Eugene Opera, Syracuse Opera, Jacksonville Symphony, and others.  Recent concert appearances have included the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Philharmonics, Cincinnati May Festival, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Arion Ensemble, Basel Festival Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Virginia Symphony, and others. www.matthewgarrett.net 

3rd Place:
JEFFREY HILL (NC)
Jeffrey Hill, 26, tenor was a featured young artist at both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Music Academy of the West. Carnegie Hall recital debut 2011. Recital debuts in Paris and New York, and winner of several competitions, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, and The American Prize (2011). Featured in reviews as “a force to be reckoned with, [a voice] that sounds effortless but absolutely commands the listener’s attention,” “impressively rich and full-bodied” and “a born entertainer.”

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OPERA DIVISION (women) 

The American Prize winner:
DEBORAH BLAKESLEY (WA)
Deborah Blakesley’s most recent roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur, Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw and Aunt March in Little Women (Banff Opera Centre), the Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Whatcom Symphony Orchestra), as well as several leads at Western Washington University. Upcoming roles include Bersi in Puget Sound Concert Opera’s Andrea Chénier, Mozart's Magic Flute in both the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the Astoria Music Festival, and Clotilde in a production of Norma featuring Angela Meade and Ruth Ann Swenson (Astoria). She will be attending the University of British Columbia for a Masters in Opera in the Fall.

2nd Place:
RUTH HARTT (MA)
A lyric soprano with an engaging presence on stage, Ruth Hartt has been praised for her “warm and flexible” singing and genuine character portrayals. For her recent performance of Beatrice in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers she was hailed as "simply lovely." Ruth recently returned from the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she covered the role of Donna Elvira. Roles performed include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Clorinda (La Cenerentola).
 

3rd Place:
ELIZABETH MARY SUTPHEN (NY)
Elizabeth Mary Sutphen, mezzo-soprano, is a fourth year undergraduate at The Juilliard School. In 2011 she won First Place National in Shirley Winston Rabb Scholarship and The National Young Musicians Showcase. Elizabeth was a soloist in The New York Festival of Song at Juilliard and appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Juilliard Opera Theater and Aspen Music Festival. She will appear as Il Cavalier Ramiro in the Juilliard Opera Theatre’s  La Finta Giardiniera. 

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2012—COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OPERA DIVISION (men) 

The American Prize winner:
CRISTOPHER FRISCO (PA)
Cristopher Frisco’s 2011-12 season includes role debuts as Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (with both the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Philadelphia International Fringe Festival), Rodolfo in La Boheme, Laurie in Little Women, and Tebaldo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.  In concert, he has been heard as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Handel’s Messiah. 

2nd Place:
ANDREW YORK (FL)
Andrew York, baritone, originally from Arlington, Nebraska is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance.  As an undergraduate student at the University of the Pacific, Andrew was fortunate to sing the role of Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.  This opera production was selected as a finalist at both the regional and national levels in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival held in Washington D.C.  Also, during his undergraduate studies, Andrew had the opportunity to sing the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at the Museumsinsel Fest in Berlin, Germany, and the Prince in the Happy Prince composed by Malcolm Williamson at the University of the Pacific. Andrew received his Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.  

3rd Place:
MO LI (OH)
Mo Li has won critical acclaim for his “splendid voice and expressive emotion,” possessing a rich, sweet voice with distinctive warmth of timber that proves him an established performer in operatic repertoire. He recently successfully made his European debut in performing the role of Fritz in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Mo’s opera credits also include leading roles as Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Piquillo in La Perichole, Mario in Piazza Navona,  Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Leon in Signor Deluso.

Congratulations to all winners and runners-up.