Monday, December 18, 2017

FINALISTS: women in opera and operetta, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2017-18 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARD in VOICE. 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.

The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years. 

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 of the contest year.

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 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 opera division (women), 2017-18

Melanie Ashkar   Arlington VA 

Chelsea Basler   Waltham MA 

Becca Conviser   Glencoe IL 

Maggie Finnegan   Winchester MA 

Jessica Fishenfeld   Great Neck NY 

Christine Lyons   Baltimore MD 

Meredith Mecum   Bronx NY 

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), 2017-18

Sarah Cooper  Lincoln MA

Clare Demer   Tucson AZ 

Lauren Frey   Croton on Hudson NY 

Kali Hardwick   Nevada City 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), 2017-18

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 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 soon. 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 finalists.

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