Saturday, September 30, 2017

SEMI-FINALISTS: women in opera, 2017-18—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2017 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. Congratulations!

Please note: semi-finalists in the Community Division (including opera semi-finalists) will be announced with art song semi-finalists.

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional division (women), 2017

Melanie Ashkar   Arlington VA 

Chelsea Basler   Waltham MA 

Diana Cantrelle   Columbia MD 

Natalie Conte   Winchester VA 

Becca Conviser   Glencoe IL 

Carolyne DalMonte   Eastchester NY 

Maggie Finnegan   Winchester MA 

Jessica Fishenfeld   Great Neck NY 

Annie Gill   Baltimore MD 

Alexandra Jerinic   San Francisco CA 

Sarah Lonsert   Mission Viejo CA 

Christine Lyons   Baltimore MD 

Meredith Mecum   Bronx NY 

Elizabeth Moran   New York NY 

Rebecca Peterson   Seattle WA 

Ariana Strahl   Ann Arbor MI 

Susan Wheeler   Burke VA 

Natalie Young   Lawrence KS 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—college/ university opera division (women), 2017

Lianne Aharony   Johnson City NY 

Jamie Balter   Baltimore MD 

Clare Demer   Tucson AZ 

Lauren Frey   Croton on Hudson NY 

Kali Hardwick   Nevada City CA 

Anzhela Kushnirenko   San Pedro CA 

Sarah-Clementine Mire   Lubbock TX 

Kellie Motter   Bloomington IN 

Myka Murphy   Roswell GA 

Theodora Ivanova Nestorova   Acton MA 

Veronica Richer   Bryan OH 

Lauren Elizabeth Walker   Bloomington IN 

Ciera V. Williams   Detroit MI 


The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—high school opera division (women), 2017

Sarah Aaldering   Los Gatos CA 

Alina Dong   Houston TX 

Abigail Marie Fletcher   Cape Coral FL 

Elisabeta Racolta   Cambridge MA 

Caroline Wolfe   Dallastown PA 



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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, 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 semi-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 finalists in my division later this year. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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