Monday, March 2, 2020

FINALISTS: women in opera, 2019-20, The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, founder and chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2019-20 in all divisions, The FRIEDRICH and VIRGINIA SCHORR MEMORIAL AWARDS 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 the end of the contest year. 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 social media, 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 National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts is the nation's most comprehensive series of contests in the performing arts. The American Prize is unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States at professional, college/university, community and high school levels, based on submitted recordings. Now in its tenth year, The American Prize was founded in 2010 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Contestants hail from all fifty states, representing literally hundreds of communities and arts organizations across the nation.


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, professional division (women),  2019-20

Laura Basse
Helenville WI

Zarah Brock
Frederiksburg VA

Diana Cantrelle
Columbia MD

Silvana Chu 
New York NY

Taylor-Alexis Dupont
New York NY

Hillary Esqueda
Chicago IL

Francesca Federico
New York NY

Alba Franco-Cancel
Atascadero CA

Chelsea Friedlander
Port Murray NJ

Abigail Halon
Atlanta GA

Helen Hassinger
Brookline MA

Lauren Hunt
Fair Lawn NJ

Elizabeth Lewis
Chicago IL

Jacquelyn Matava
San Antonio TX

Laura McHugh
Quincy MA

Madison Marie McIntosh
West Palm Beach  FL

Stephanie R. Sanchez
Las Cruces NM

Gyu Yeon Shim
New York NY

Ariana Strahl
Chicago IL

Lauren Yokabaskas
Cape Elizabeth  ME


NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, college/university division (women),  2019-20

Anneliese Ayers               
Forest Park IL 

Chantal Braziel
Pittsburgh PA    

Leah Brzyski
Branford CT    

Amalia Crevani
Milford NJ    

Kathleen Kane
Tonawanda NY    

Myka Murphy
Roswell GA    

Maria Nacouzi
Philadelphia   PA   

Elisabeta Racolta
Belmont MA    

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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 national 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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