Friday, February 24, 2012


The American Prize is pleased to announce the quarter-finalists for the Chicago Opera Award, listed below, alphabetically by state.

In 2011-2012, in addition to the national voice competition in opera outlined on The American Prize website, contestants could elect to be considered for three $500 prizes to be awarded as performance fees to opera soloists invited to appear under Maestro David Katz’s baton in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in May 2012.

The selection process for the Chicago Opera Award is separate from The American Prize judging. Winning one competition does not preclude the possibility of winning the other. The three singers selected to perform will be announced on The American Prize blog and to the media as winners of the Chicago Opera Award, but will not receive additional written evaluations or certificates beyond those they may receive as contestants for The American Prize.

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QUARTER-FINALISTS for the CHICAGO OPERA AWARD hail from eighteen states:
Gabriella Carrillo    AZ   
Mitchell Sturges    AZ   
Aumna Iqbal    CA   
Claire Stadtmueller    CT   
Andrew York    FL   
Geoffrey Agpalo    IL   
William Bennett    IL   
Katherine Bergman IL   
Kristin Johnston    IL   
Christian Ketter    IL   
Simon Kyung Lee    IL   
Rosalind Lee        IL   
Sarah McIntyre     IL   
Patrice Michaels    IL
Michael Orlinsky    IL   
Juliet Petrus        IL   
Sara Salas        IL   
Christine Steyer    IL   
Kate Tombaugh    IL   
Aaron Wardell    IL   
Marci Wagnon    IN   
Ruth Hartt        MA   
Angela Jajko        MA   
Romelia Lupas    MI   
Johnathan Riesen    MI   
Schyler Sheltrown    MI   
Joann Martinson    ND   
JulieAnne Hamula    NJ   
Greer Davis     NY   
Matthew  Garrett    NY   
Iva Kupresak    NY   
Jeanai LaVita    NY   
Natasha Novitskaia NY   
Rebecca Paul    NY   
Ivan Rivera        NY   
Maren Weinberger    NY   
Annie Gill        OH   
Mo Li            OH   
Kelsey Betzelberger    OR   
Celeste Mann        PA   
Suzanne Vinnik        PA   
Julia Katherine Walsh    PA   
Duane Wittman        PA   
Leslie Collie            TX   
Andrea Ramos        TX   
Andrew Bawden        VA   
Alma Westerberg        VA   
Susan Wheeler        VA   
Deborah Blakesley        WA   
Nancy Anne Davis        WI 

Congratulations to all quarter-finalists. Please let us know of any misprints. Many thanks.

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