Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ANNOUNCING: Chicago Oratorio Award winners, 2014

The American Prize is pleased to announce the WINNERS of the Chicago Oratorio Award, 2014.
Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), have been awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing the solo portions of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and the Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago.

This additional opportunity, offered as part of 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition, is judged entirely independently from the rest of the contests.

Tickets for the performance may be purchased by clicking here.

The 2014 winners are:

JULIANNE GEARHART, soprano

Soprano Julianne Gearhart is quickly becoming known on both sides of the Atlantic for her remarkable theatrical presence as well as the crystalline quality of her singing. She started her career as a devoted singer of Strauss, singing Zerbinetta for numerous companies including The Grand Theatre de Geneve and the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, and Der Rosenkavalier’s Sophie for the Seattle Opera and in her German debut for Theater Lübeck.

Gearhart's relationship with Seattle has been close and longstanding. A graduate of their Young Artist Program, she made her mainstage debut in Seattle as Helen Niles in the premiere of the revised Mourning Becomes Electra. Other roles followed, including Woglinde and the Waldvogel in their Ring Cycle as well as a relationship with the Seattle Symphony, where she most recently sang Poulenc’s Gloria, and for whom she has also sung Bach's notoriously difficult Cantata #51, Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen.  She reprised the Bach for the White Mountain Bach Festival last season.

Gearhart made her Italian debut at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia, as Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also sang Blonde for the Vlaamse Opera’s 2010 production. She has  performed with the Edinburgh Festival, Opera North, Seattle Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Seattle Symphony, The Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York, Port Angeles Symphony, Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy, Grieg Choral Festival in Bergen, Norway, Chamber Music Amarillo, New Israeli Opera, and the Grand Theatre Geneve. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing under the baton of Maestro Rutter in Handel’s Messiah and Rutter’s Magnificat.
 
COURTNEY MILLER, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-Soprano Courtney Miller is the 2013 winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Competition in Women’s Voice and and First Place winner of the American Prize in Art Song.  Ms. Miller returns to Virginia Opera as an Emerging Artist for the 2014-15 season singing Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, Page in Salome, and Flora in La Traviata.  During Virginia Opera’s 2013-14 season, Ms. Miller sang Meg Page in Falstaff, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos while covering the Composer, and Mercédès in Carmen.  Recent highlights include Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking, the title role in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Concepción in L’heure Espagnole.  Ms. Miller has worked with the Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and Seagle Music Colony.  A Wisconsin native, Ms. Miller holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Boston Conservatory. www.courtneyallycemiller.com


DANIEL KAMALIC, lyric tenor
Lyric tenor Daniel Kamalić has been praised for the “exciting, tremendous force and burnished tonal quality” of his voice. He has performed regularly with Connecticut Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, as well as with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and the International Rachmaninoff Festival. He was recently selected by Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler of the Metropolitan Opera to receive a full scholarship to attend the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute. In addition to the repertoire standards, he champions new and rarely performed works. Mr. Kamalić has created roles in operas by composers Eric Sawyer, Charles David Younger, Thomas Oboe Lee, and Sarah Meneely-Kyder.  The Croatian-American tenor has also reveled in the opportunity to explore and present the music of Croatia. He made his European debut in 2012 with Kvartet Veljak in Valun, Croatia and returns in 2014 to sing at the Rijeka Festival of Chamber Music in Rijeka, Croatia.


PETER LIGHTFOOT, dramatic baritone
Dramatic baritone Peter Lightfoot performed Falstaff in Verdi’s Falstaff in Cagli and Mercatello, Italy.  His performance of Marbuel at the Wexford Festival in The Devil and Kate is on DVD.   Lightfoot was Bass soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Sir John Rutter at Carnegie Hall. His operatic roles include Verdi's Macbeth; Tonio in Il Pagliacci; Scarpia in Tosca and Rigoletto in Verdi's Rigoletto.  His orchestral credits include the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Radio Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony. Mr. Lightfoot was born in New York and holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Tufts University. He is winner of a National Opera Institute Grant, a Sullivan Foundation Grant and a Harp Grant.  He is associate professor of voice Michigan State University's College of Music. Lightfoot's "An American Tapestry" with pianist Dr. Deborah Moriarity, can now be heard on Blue Griffin Records.


Congratulations!

Monday, April 21, 2014

ANNOUNCING: Chicago Oratorio Finalists, 2014

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALISTS for the Chicago Oratorio Award, 2014.

Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), will be awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing the solo portions of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and the Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago.

This additional opportunity, offered as part of 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition, is judged entirely independently from the rest of the contests.

NOTE to FINALISTS: If your schedule has changed and you are NO LONGER available for the dress rehearsal and concert in Chicago (Tues, May 20 and Wed May 21st, 2014) please email us immediately at theamericanprize@gmail.com. If you ARE still available, you need NOT reconfirm.

HOW WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED: After Maestro Katz selects the winning four vocalists for the Chicago Oratorio Award, he will contact them by email from this address: theamericanprz@aol.com to ask them to confirm their participation and accept the award. Once all four have accepted, the winners will be announced publicly on this blog. Please see our Facebook page for the exact day and time. 

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

The 2014 finalists are:

H.Conner Angell,  Upland IN
Julie Lyn Barber,  Parker City IN
Andrew Bawden,  Harrisonburg VA
Danielle Marcelle Bond,  Los Angeles CA
Joan Marie Dauber,  Chicago IL
Julianne Gearhart,  Charlestown MA
Annie Gill,  Baltimore MD
Audrey Grieme,  Lafayette IN
Katie Hannigan,  Rochester NY
Mitchell Hutchings,  Houghton NY
Daniel Kamalic,  Watertown MA
Christian Ketter,  Chicago IL
Peter Lightfoot,  East Lansing MI
Courtney Miller,  Boston MA
Susan Nelson,  Chicago IL
Michael Orlinsky,  Chicago IL
Clara Osowski,  Brooklyn Center MN
Leo Radosavljevic,  Willmette IL
Jamie Reimer,  Papillion NE
Kelsey K. Rogers,  Tuscon AZ
Megan Roth,  Bloomington IN
Sean Stanton,  Chicago IL
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn,  Wichita KS
Christine Steyer, Oak Park IL
Josefien Stoppelenburg,  Evanston IL
Nicole Warner,  Hudson WI

Congratulations!

Monday, April 7, 2014

ANNOUNCING: Chicago Oratorio Award Semi-Finalists, 2014

The American Prize is pleased to announce semi-finalists for the Chicago Oratorio Award, 2014.

Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), will be awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing the solo portions of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and the Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago.

This additional opportunity, offered as part of 2014 The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition, is judged entirely independently from the rest of the contests.

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

The 2014 semi-finalists are:

H. Conner Angell,  Upland IN
Karen Archbold,  Glen Ellyn IL
Julie Lyn Barber,  Parker City IN
Andrew Bawden,  Harrisonburg VA
Danielle Marcelle Bond,  Los Angeles CA
Katherine Bourne,  Riverdale IL
Robin Bradley,  Chicago IL
Danielle Buonaiuto,  Baltimore MD
Jessica Louise Coe,  Chicago IL
Tara Cooper, Prairie Village KS
Farah Darliette,  Boston MA
Joan Marie Dauber,  Chicago IL
Monica Dewey,  Stone Mountain GA
Lauren K. Frey,  Pittsburgh PA
Julianne Gearhart,  Charlestown MA
Annie Gill,  Baltimore MD
Audrey Grieme,  Lafayette IN
Katie Hannigan,  Rochester NY
Mitchell Hutchings,  Houghton NY
Daniel Kamalic,  Watertown MA
Christian Ketter,  Chicago IL
Melissa Krueger,  Kingwood TX
Peter Lightfoot,  East Lansing MI
Megan Marino,  New York NY
Lindsay Mecher,  Chicago IL
Courtney Miller,  Boston MA
Susan Nelson,  Chicago IL
Michael Orlinsky,  Chicago IL 
Clara Osowski,  Brooklyn Center MN
Jennifer Piazza-Pick,  San Antonio TX
Kathryn Scavone Pitts,  Tustin CA
Leo Radosavljevic,  Willmette IL
Rebecca Rapoport-Cole,  Somerville MA
Jamie Reimer,  Papillion NE
Stella Dayrit Roden,  Warrensburg MO
Kelsey K. Rogers,  Tuscon AZ
Megan Roth,  Bloomington IN
Rocky Sellers,  Memphis TN
Sean Stanton,  Chicago IL
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn,  Wichita KS
Christine Steyer, Oak Park IL
Josefien Stoppelenburg,  Evanston IL
Stephanie Tingler,  Athens GA
Emily Truckenbrod,  Edwardsville IL
Kimberly M. Twesme,  Walnut Creek CA
Zoe Vandermeer,  Gaylordsville CT
Nicole Warner,  Hudson WI
Dana Zenobi,  Austin TX

Congratulations!

To know the exact day and time when finalists will be announced, and for updates on the rest of The American Prize competitions, 2014, please like our facebook page, where that information first will be posted.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

POSTMARK DEADLINE for Conductors, Ensembles, Directors, Administrators is April 7, 2014

Deadline Approaching: The American Prize 2014 for conductors, directors, administrators and ensembles.

You can read the latest news about the competitions by following the link below to our most recent "On TAP" newsletter, which also has a link to sign up. http://conta.cc/1hbxtfE