Monday, April 8, 2013

CHICAGO ORATORIO AWARD WINNERS, 2013

The American Prize is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Chicago Oratorio Award. These four individuals will appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing Bruckner's Te Deum on May 15, 2013 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago.

This is the second year that the CBASO has used TAP to help select its vocal soloists, a process that is independent from the rest of The American Prize judging. You can read more about the CBASO, the unique musical ensemble made up entirely of members of Chicago's legal community, now in its 27th season: http://cbasymphonyandchorus.blogspot.com/

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CHICAGO ORATORIO AWARD WINNERS, 2013

Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano

Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano, performs frequently as soloist in the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany. In Chicago she has performed with Baroque Band, the Apollo Chorus, the Newberry Consort, Handel Week Festival, Fulcrum Point, Ars Musica and Music of the Baroque. From 2005 until 2007 Josefien was part of the Young Opera Ensemble of Cologne. Her operatic roles include Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. She sang Aci in the Haymarket Opera Company’s acclaimed premiere of Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno. Recent engagements include Bach/Pergolesi Stabat Mater (with Camerata Amsterdam), Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Stabat Mater, Handel's La Resurrezione and Dixit Dominus (Baroque Band), the Faure Requiem with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of Jacob TV’s The News, a multi-media reality opera, in Pittsburgh. See also www.josefienstoppelenburg.com

Emily Marvosh, contralto

Emily Marvosh, contralto, is gaining recognition as a skilled performer of oratorio and opera, with a “flexible technique and ripe color,” and “smooth, apparently effortless vocal display.” She has recently appeared as a soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, and Longwood Opera; she is also a frequent soloist with the Marsh Chapel Bach Cantata Series. Forays into new music include world premieres with Juventas New Music and Intermezzo Chamber Opera.  She is a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, promoting new music for women.  Of a recent Lorelei world premiere, one critic wrote, “Marvosh, whose stage presence was a joy to behold, offered a tone that had the velvety soulfulness of a cello…” Solo appearances in 2012-2013 include the Charlotte Symphony (Messiah), Handel and Haydn Society (Magnificat), Brookline Symphony (Sea Pictures), and the Chorus of Westerly (Mozart’s Requiem).  She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University.  www.emilymarvosh.com

Christian Ketter, tenor

Tenor, Christian Ketter returns in summer 2013 to Music By The Lake for a staged gala concert as Prince Karl Franz in Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince. This past year’s performances included tenor soloist in DuBois’ Les sept paroles du Christ and Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël; Willy Loman in Rizzer’s operatic adaptation of Death of a Salesman at the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition, Mr. Ketter was privileged this past year to be musically coached and staged by American composer Carlisle Floyd in a concert celebrating his operatic works. Mr. Ketter was an International Finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition. 2012, National Winner of the American Prize in Opera; Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarships in Voice Grand Prize Winner; National Finalist in the Shreveport Opera Competition; Harold Haugh finalist-young artist award; 3rd National Finalist for Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. Mr. Ketter has studied under and sung in masterclasses with renowned artists: legendary stage director Tito Capobianco; soprano, Diana Soviero; baritone, Nathan Gunn; Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda; the Metropolitan Opera’s Joan Dornemann; film conductor David Friedman; Verdi Baritone Sherrill Milnes; and heldentenor Carl Lawrenz.

Conor Angell, baritone

Born and reared in Ireland, baritone Conor Angell recently completed his doctoral degree in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This fall, he joined the faculty of the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College, where he teaches voice and directs the lyric theater. With IU Opera Theater, he appeared in performances of A View from the Bridge, Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh and Gianni Schicchi. Previously, Angell was a studio artist at Kentucky Opera, singing roles in Werther, Pirates of Penzance, Verdi’s Otello, Telemann's Don Quichotte and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Other operatic credits include roles in Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La bohème, Rigoletto, Susannah, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly, and La vida breve. Angell has sung at the Opera North and Brevard Music Center summer festivals. He completed his master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro and his bachelor’s degree at Taylor University. Angell has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Indiana and North Carolina in oratorio and concert works.

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Tickets for concert, entitled MUSIC for A SACRED SPACE may be purchased online by following this link.

Friday, April 5, 2013

SEMI-FINALISTS in PIANO, 2013 (CORRECTED)

The American Prize in Piano Performance is pleased to announce semi-finalists in concerto and solo performance for 2013. Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted. 

Because of the limited number of qualified candidates advanced to the semi-final rounds, and as allowed under the rules, one prize will be awarded in each of the following divisions. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions at their discretion.

The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013—concerto
(Due to a computer error, one name was inadvertently left off this list when first published. We apologize for the oversight.)

Graciella  Kowalczyk   Alvaton KY
Anthony Michael Cornet   Altoona PA
SungEun Park  Austin TX
Alice Burla   Ossining NY


The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013—solo piano, professional division

Hye Kyeong Cho   Lacey WA
Catherine Quillen Dornin   Concord NH
Richard Fountain   Plainview TX
Petronel Malan   Waukesha WI
Michael Rector  Ridgeland MS
Grace Elizabeth Smith   Bloomfield CT
Adam Tendler   New York NY
Stephen Wilber   Chattenooga TN

    
The American Prize in Piano Performance, 2013—solo piano, student division
    
Anthony Michael Cornet   Altoona PA
Shotaro Matsumoto   Montebello CA
Hwayoung Noh   Macomb IL
Alice Burla   Ossining NY

Congratulations!
    
 




Monday, April 1, 2013

VOICE semi-finalists in opera and art song, 2013

Friedrich Schorr
The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards is pleased to announce semi-finalists in opera and art song for 2013. Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page, where the information will be posted.

The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, professional division, women

Jill Dewsnup   Fruit Heights UT
Angela Jajko   Newton MA
Elyse Kakacek   Chicago IL
Abigail Krawson   Jamaica Plain MA
Alexandra Loutsion   Canonsburg PA
Sophie Michaux   Cambridge MA
Yelka Milanova   Flushing NY
Yulia Petrachuk   Rockville MD
Suzanne Stadler  San Jose CA
Emily Storrs   Lockport NY
Alyssa Bowlby   Norwalk CT
Joan Marie Dauber   Chicago IL
Nancy Anne Davis   Kenosha  WI
Joanna Dionis   Brooklyn NY
Annie Gill   Baltimore MD
Rosalind Lee   Oak Park IL
Arietha Lockhart   Decatur GA
Sarah McIntyre   Chicago IL
Erin Philleo   Boynton Beach FL
Joanna Porackova   Lexington MA
Heidi Sauser   New York NY
Claire Stadtmueller   Westport CT
Kimberly States   Jamaica Plain MA
Christine Steyer   Oak Park IL
Josefien Stoppelenburg   Evanston IL
Suzanne Vinnik   New York NY
Anneliese vonGoerken  Port Hadlock WA
     

The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, university/community division, women
     
Kasia Bitner   Aliso Viejo CA
Adrienne Collins   St. Joseph MO
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Aumna Iqbal   Newport Coast CA
Vanessa Naghdi   Manassas VA
Sung Jin Park   Urbana IL
Rachel Policar   New York NY
Diana Yodzis   Matthews NC
Laura Ann Heckmann   Brookfield CT
Erika Cockerham Creve Coeur MO
Courtney Miller   Jamaica Plain MA
Erin  Roth   Plano TX
Meghan Ryan   West Hartford CT
Jennifer Sin   New York NY
Megan  Slack   Cincinnati OH
Lilla Heinrich Szasz   Princeton NJ
Shahrzad Tavakol   Irvine CA
Ariana Wehr   Lafayette LA


The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera, high school division, women
     
Hayley Boggs   Oakland MI
Emily Rose Perry   Powell OH
Emily Pogorek   Whitefish Bay WI


The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song, professional division, women

Rebekah Alexander   Brookline MA
Kristina Bachrach   Holliston MA
Karol Carroll   Manchester NH
Erin Elizabeth Hanson   San Marcos TX
Shannon Jones   Brooklyn NY
Elizabeth Bell Kling   Erie CO
Abigail Krawson   Jamaica Plain MA
Emily Storrs   Lockport NY
Dana Zenobi   Austin TX
Amaya Arberas   New York NY
Rebekah Auyeung   Frisco TX
Jessica Louise Coe   Chicago IL
Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber   Hollidaysburg PA
Kristen Frost   St. Louis  MO
Annie Gill   Baltimore MD
Rosalind Lee   Oak Park IL
Natalie Mann   Moreno Valley CA
Emily Marvosh   Cambridge MA
Sarah McIntyre   Chicago IL
Nacole Palmer   New Canaan CT
Joanna Porackova   Lexington MA
Suzanne Vinnik   New York NY
Anneliese vonGoerken   Port Hadlock WA
     

The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song, university division, women
     
Kasia Bitner   Aliso Viejo CA
Clare Demer   Tucson AZ
Dana  Kephart   Flemington NJ
Amy Mitchell   Hopkinton NH
Rachel Policar   New York NY
Rebecca Stuhlbarg   Portland OR
Kassidy Grace Wells   Wellsburg WV
Diana Yodzis   Matthews NC
Courtney Miller   Jamaica Plain MA
Megan  Slack   Cincinnati OH
Lilla Heinrich Szasz   Princeton NJ
Shahrzad Tavakol   Irvine CA
     

The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song, high school division, women
     
Olivia Boen   River Forest IL
Emily Peterson   San Diego CA
Emily Pogorek   Whitefish Bay WI

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Because of the limited number of qualified men advanced to the semi-final rounds in opera and art song, and as allowed under the rules, one prize will be awarded in each division. The judges reserve the right to award special citations and honorable mentions at their discretion.

The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Opera Division, men
     
Mitchell Hutchings   Cincinnati OH
Christian Ketter   Chicago IL 
Kevin Nickorick   St.Petersburg FL
Michael Orlinsky   Chicago IL
Brendan Sliger   Hagerstown MD


The American Prize in Voice—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2013
Art Song Division, men

Johnny Butler   Washington DC
Michael Cavalieri   Homewood IL
Darren Chase   New York NY
Andrew Fuchs   Astoria NY
H. Conor Angell   Houghton NY
Bei Gou   Fargo ND
Thomas Alaan Lipsmeyer   Chicago IL
Wesley Dunnagan   Wabash IN
Michael Orlinsky   Chicago IL