Friday, August 7, 2015

OPERA finalists (women), 2015

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in opera for 2015 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 a number of semi-finalists and quarter 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 this fall. 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing:

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (women)

Elizabeth Baldwin    Sylvania OH
Ashlee Bickley    Ft Wayne IN
Adelaide Boedecker    Sarasota FL
Samantha Britt    New York NY
Gwendolyn Brown    Chicago IL
Rosa D'Imperio    New York NY
Annie Gill    Baltimore MD
Kristin Gornstein    Brooklyn NY
Jeni Houser    Chicago IL
Jodi Karem    Brooklyn NY
Aundi Marie Moore    Bowie MD
Benedetta Orsi    New York NY        
Anne Slovin    Chicago  IL
Rachel Sparrow    Evanston IL

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/university opera division (women) 

Tascha Anderson    Helena MT
Sarah Bauer    Bossier City LA
Kelsey Debner    Austin TX
Clare Demer    Tucson AZ
Julia  DiFiore    Gainesville FL        
Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA
Melissa Krueger    Kingwood TX
Janese Lewis    Jackson MS            
Lydia Pion    Gibsonville NC
Samantha Simon    Hawthorne NJ
Stacey Trenteseaux    Hattiesburg MS

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women)  

Sarah Aaldering    Los Gatos CA
Gwyneth Campbell    New York NY
Nicole Koh    Daly City CA
Taryn Surratt    Houston TX


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

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing winners in my division next month. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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