Thursday, September 29, 2016

FINALISTS: women in opera/operetta, 2016

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2016 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 many semi-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 division (women), 2016

Elizabeth Baldwin    Sylvania OH

Melisa Bonetti    Cincinnati OH

Keely Bosworth Borland    Greenbelt MD

Samantha Britt    New York NY 

Kisma Jordan    Detroit MI 

Manna KnJoi    Stallings NC

Anna Laurenzo    Urbandale IA

Alexandra Loutsion    Chicago IL 

Emily Martin    Lewisburg PA

Lindsey L. McKee    Tulsa OK

Jessica Satava    Baltimore MD

Rachele Schmiege    Jamaica Plain MA 

Jenna Siladie    New York NY 

Zoe Vandermeer    Gaylordsville CT

Susan Wheeler    Burke VA

Sara Womble    Brighton MA


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2016

Ksenia Berestovskaya    Boston MA

Alyssa Brode    Los Angeles CA

Kelsey Debner    Austin TX

Lauren K. Frey    Pittsburgh PA

Beibei Guan    Fresh Meadow NY

Taryn Holback    Reisterstown MD

Natalie Logan    Dallas TX 

Amber Marsh    Los Angeles CA 

Elizabeth Moran    New York NY 

Samantha Schmid    Boston MA 

The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2016

Caitlin Chisham    Holts Summit MO

Lilith Sarkar    Los Altos CA

Alexandra Taylor    Naples FL

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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