Tuesday, April 23, 2019

WINNERS: The American Prize in Vocal Performance (men in art song)—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2018-19

Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, honorable mentions and citation recipient of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song, 2018-19—The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards. Congratulations!

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.

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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. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists in America in 2018-19, based on submitted recordings.

REMINDER: Because of many requests from artists with late spring and early summer performances, The American Prize 2019-20 will accept applications from CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by the new extended deadline date of Monday, July 1, 2019. Applications from COMPOSERS, CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS MARKETERS and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Monday, August 5, 2019. (Please note that although the dates on the application forms may not be changed, rest assured that your materials will be accepted if sent by the new deadline dates in the respective contest areas.)


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song (professional division),  2018-19, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize winner:
Justin John Moniz
Springfield IL    

Justin John Moniz
Two-time winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance, Justin John Moniz’s “superb high tenor” (South Florida Classical Review) and “commanding stage presence” (TalkinBroadway.com) has been thrilling audiences in opera houses, theaters, and concert halls across the nation, among them Opera Grand Rapids, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera New Jersey, DreamCatcher Theatre/Adrienne Arsht Center, Orchestra Miami, Gulfshore Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Orchestra of Northern New York, and Chicago Symphony Center. His unique style and versatility have afforded him an active career in opera, concert, and musical theatre, having sung over 80 roles to date. Most recently, Moniz’s star turn as Prince Karl Franz in The Student Prince with Opera Grand Rapids received high praise and great acclaim, the press hailing his performance as “simply outstanding…glorious” (Encore Michigan). His performance also earned him the prestigious BroadwayWorld Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Dr. Moniz currently serves as Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Millikin University and most recently served on the faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition, he is Executive Director of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and a member of both the voice and directing faculties. He holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Miami, and SUNY Potsdam. For more information, please visit www.justinjohnmoniz.com.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Tomas Dominguez
Green Bay WI  

Tomas Dominguez
Tomás Dominguez received his BM from UW- Eau Claire and his MM from DePaul University, where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael Sylvester.  He was heard recently as Prince Ramiro in Lyric Opera Studio Weimar's La Cenerentola in Weimar, Germany and portraying Jimmy Reno in Opera for the Young's “The Elixir of Love”. He teaches voice lessons in the Green Bay area including at the Birder Studio in DePere, WI and as adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. 



2nd Place (there was a tie):
David Tayloe
Tuscaloosa AL  

David Tayloe
A native of North Carolina, tenor, David Tayloe has been praised for his “lovely tenor that sings with Mozartean finesse.”  David has made appearances with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Louisiane, Opera Birmingham, Naples Philharmonic, Virginia Arts Festival, Piedmont Opera Company, the A.J. Fletcher Institute, LSU Opera, and Frost Opera Theater. His recent roles include Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Jason in Farbermann’s Medea, Albert in Albert Herring, Gastone in La Traviata, Student in Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields, Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi, Candide in Bernstein’s Candide, and Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri. As a concert singer, he has performed as Obadiah in Elijah, the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion as well as the tenor soloist in the Magnificat, Finzi’s Dies Natalis, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Lord Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, and Theresianmesse, Schubert’s A-flat Mass, and Britten’s Serenade.

Mr. Tayloe has performed with the Grammy nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Voices, among other professional ensembles.  He has been a performer at the Magnolia Baroque Festival in North Carolina, the Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival and was twice awarded the Stern Fellowship at Songfest in Los Angeles where he will return for the summer of 2017. He has collaborated with Martin Katz and participated in master classes with Julius Drake, Christoph Pregardien, Graham Johnson, Renee Fleming, Wolfram Rieger, and Roger Vignoles. David holds degrees from University of Miami, Louisiana State University, and the Eastman School of Music. Additional studies at the Britten-Pears Institute at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, England.


3rd Place:
Michael Hix
Albuquerque NM  

Michael Hix
Baritone Michael Hix has been praised by critics for his "expressive voice" and "commanding stage presence." His career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Vienna’s Musikverein. Hix is a sought after performer of concert/orchestral works with over 50 oratorio/cantata/concert roles in his repertoire. Recent European performances include the bass solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Heligmesse at the International Haydn Festival in Vienna, Austria and song recitals in Leipzig and Dresden, Germany.  He has been featured as a soloist in concerts with the Oregon Bach Festival, Arizona Bach Festival, Boston Pops, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgia Symphony, and the New Mexico Philharmonic, among others.


Honorable Mention / Special Judges' Citation: Exceptional Recital Concept
Bryan Pinkall
Manhattan KS

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Dr. Bryan Pinkall is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Kansas State University. Pinkall is a Grammy-winning soloist and chorister with Kansas City Chorale, winners of the 2013 & 2016 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical in 2013. He was an rtistic manager for the 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and for the Emmy-winning production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

Pinkall was a Kauffman Scholar at the University of Missouri Kansas City (DMA) and an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellow at Yale University. He received his solo Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 with the National Festival Chorus, and was a featured soloist at the Grand Opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2011 along with Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and others.  Pinkall was named Distinguished Kansan of the Year in the Performing Arts by the Topeka Capitol Journal in 2014.  www.bryanpinkall.com


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song (college/university division),  2018-19, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize winner:
Benjamin Howard
Denton TX

Benjamin Howard
Marked as a “standout” (Chicago Tribune) and praised for his “intelligence, nuance, and heart-melting tone” (Chamber Music in Historic Sites), baritone Benjamin Howard is quickly becoming a sought-after young talent to watch. Equally at home in opera, musical theatre, oratorio, and art song, Mr. Howard was named a winner of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award in the spring of 2018. Shortly thereafter, he made his debut with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, singing the roles of Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods and the Sergeant in The Barber of Seville. Other recent roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera in the Ozarks and the title role in Don Giovanni at the University of North Texas. At Fort Worth Opera, Mr. Howard has performed in Don Pasquale and The Barber of Seville. He has also sung with the Dallas Opera Education & Outreach program. As a concert soloist, Mr. Howard has performed with such organizations as the Abilene Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and Chicago’s Main Street Opera. The recipient of an Opera Buffs Inc. grant, Benjamin Howard is a Los Angeles native. He received his Bachelor of Music and Musical Theatre Certificate from Northwestern University and Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. For more information, visit www.bhowardbaritone.com


2nd Place:
Austin Sinclair Harris
Missouri City TX   

Austin Sinclair Harris
Austin Harris is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. He plans to begin graduate study in voice in the fall of 2018.  He has performed at various venues including Jones Hall, the White House, and the Library of Congress.  His debut opera role was Top in Copland’s “The Tender Land”, and he has also played The Representative in Barab’s “A Game of Chance”, and Car Man in Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!” He won first place in the Junior Men Division at Texoma NATS.  He won second place in the Senior Men Division at Texoma NATS, making him eligible for national NATS, where he got seventh place in Senior Men.  He won first place at the South Texas NATS competition in both the Junior Men and Senior Men Division.  


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song (high school division),  2018-19, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize winner:
Pablo Rubin-Jurado
New York NY  

Pablo Rubin-Jurado
Pablo Rubin-Jurado is a vocal major at Juilliard pre-college, studying with Lorraine Nubar. He’s been in the NYYS Composition Program since 2015. In 2012, he sang “Amahl” in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Menotti at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In 2013, he was the understudy for "Real Jake" in the Met Opera’s "Two Boys" by Muhly. As an invited guest artist at HPAF In 2014, he played “Miles” in “The Turn of the Screw” by Britten. In the American Protégé International Vocal Competition, he won first place and a judges’ distinction award in 2014, second place in 2016, and was selected for the 10th Anniversary Showcase at Stern Auditorium in 2017. In 2017, he also won 2nd place in the Hal Leonard Vocal competition and 2nd place in the New York Lyric Opera competition. He'll perform in the Gershwin International Music Competition 2017-2018 Outstanding Young Artists’ Concert Series. In 2018, he won the grand prize, best vocal technique, and most expressive performer awards in the Forte International Music Competition. This year, he also won a grand prize in the Enkor International Music Competition, a first place in the Rondo Vanguard Competition, and a second place in the New York Lyric Opera competition.


2nd Place:
Carl Ho
Houston TX  

Carl Ho
Carl Ho has been exposed to classical music from the moment he was born, with two older brothers always practicing piano and violin. After having also played piano and violin for 10 years, he began vocal training at the age of 12. He has placed 2nd place in the Greater Houston National Association of Teachers of Singing in both Classical and Theater Singing Division before finally placing 1st in Men's 10thgrade Classical Singing Division in April 2018. In addition to his singing achievements, Carl still plays violin, and was a 2017-2018 Houston Young Artist recipient. He is also an officer and performer in A-HOPE performance ensemble, a student club at the Clear Lake High School dedicated to raising money for charity. Most recently, he helped organize and perform in a benefit concert, raising over $6,000 to help the Houston Grand Opera repair damages suffered after Hurricane Harvey.



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