Monday, January 10, 2011

SEMI-FINALISTS (women) in OPERA (professional)

The American Prize is pleased to announce the semi-finalist women in the OPERA division: professional category. Finalists will be chosen from this list, from which the final winners of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards will be chosen. In addition to this blog listing, semi-finalists and their media contacts will be emailed this information shortly. To know exactly when finalists and winners in any category will be announced, please subscribe to our facebook or twitter pages.

If you were not chosen as a semi-finalist, the competition is not yet over. The judges reserve the right to award Honorable Mentions, Citations, and other recognition to praiseworthy applicants later in the process. Non-semi-finalists will also receive certificates.

Maestro Katz commented on the quality of applicants, the depth and variety of repertoire. "At this point in the competition, the basic level of vocalism is very high, especially in the women's professional opera category (hence the long list of semi-finalists) It is going to make for a very exciting judging process. I have absolutely no idea who the final winner will be, but I know it will be someone very fine, indeed."

The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards semi-finalists in OPERA (women) are: 


Sarai Baker, East Rockaway, NY
Cassandra Aaron Black, Houston, TX
I-Chun Cheng, New York, NY
Greer Davis, Chicago, IL
Annie Gill, Baltimore, MD
Jennifer Graf, Hellertown, PA
Megan Hart, Portland, OR
Emily Jaworski, Concord, NH
Perri Montane', Decatur, GA
Maryann Mootos, Brooklyn, NY
Erin Murphy, Pasadena, CA
Rena Panush, Los Angeles, CA
Tami Petty, New York, NY
Diane Thueson Reich, Orem, UT
Nili Riemer, Dorset, VT
Sharee Seal, New York, NY
Penelope Shumate, Philadelphia, PA
Allanda Small, Saraland, AL
Angela Smith, Brooklyn, NY
Suzanne Stadler, West New York, NJ
Christine Steyer, Oak Park, IL
Laura Strickling, Alexandria, VA
Erin Sura, Fon du Lac, WI
Diana Tash, Los Angeles, CA
Marci Wagnon, Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer Weingartner, Fairfax, VA
Meredith Ziegler, Storrs, CT


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