Thursday, May 21, 2020

Winners: MEN in ART SONG & ORATORIO, The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2019-20

Schorr as Wotan, Bayreuth

The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time.
 


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, 2019-20—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.

COVID EXTENSION: Because of the current national and international situation, many rules have been changed and requirements eased to make it easier to apply for The American Prize 2020-21. In addition, application deadlines have been extended. We will accept applications from COMPOSERS, CLASSICAL VOCALISTS, PIANISTS, CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and INSTRUMENTAL SOLOISTS postmarked or emailed by Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Applications from CONDUCTORS, STAGE DIRECTORS, CONDUCTED ENSEMBLES, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS (arts marketing, arts education) and in the performance of American Music (BACON AWARD) will be accepted until Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Further extensions may be granted pending the most current information about the virus. Visit theamericanprize.org for complete contest information.


The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song (professional division),  2019-20, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize winner:
Bryan Pinkall 
Manhatan KS

Bryan Pinkall 
Dr. Bryan Pinkall is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Kansas State University.  He is a Grammy-winning soloist and chorister with the Kansas City Chorale and has worked in production management for the Emmy-winning 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, the 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the World Meeting of Families Papal Mass in Philadelphia.

Dr. Pinkall was a Kauffman Scholar at the University of Missouri Kansas City (DMA) and an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellow at Yale University.  He was named Distinguished Kansan of the Year in Performing Arts in 2014 by the Topeka Capital Journal and was a National Quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award in 2018 & 2019.

Dr. Pinkall received his solo Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and his World War recitals have premiered many new works and lost music, with audio/visual content, to audiences around the world including the Eisenhower Presidential Library, National World War II Museum in New Orleans, the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, and Sydney Opera House.


2nd Place:
Patrick Muehleise 
Hoffman Estates  IL

Patrick Muehleise 
Praised for his “real musicality and finely executed coloratura,” Patrick Muehleise, tenor, is known for his “beautiful, evenly produced lyric tenor” and “pure tone” specializing in a wide variety of concert soloist repertoire. Recent engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Xian Zhang at the Aspen Music Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under the baton of Jane Glover, Handel’s Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Back Bay Chorale of Boston and the Charlotte Bach Festival, Reich’s The Desert Music with New World Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Long Beach Camerata, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Handel’s Messiah and Acis and Galatea with Seraphic Fire. This summer, Mr Muehleise will return to the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival for his second year as Artist-Faculty in partnership with the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute. For booking and more information, visit www.patrickmuehleise.com


3rd Place:
Daniel Kamalic 
Rochester    NY 

Daniel Kamalic 
Lyric-dramatic tenor Daniel Kamalić has been praised for his “big, stunning voice” (Chris Buchanan, Berkshire Fine Arts) with “exciting, tremendous force and a burnished tonal quality” (Larry Kellum, Town Times).  2017-18 saw international soloist debuts for Mr. Kamalić with the Israel Chamber Orchestra (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and with the Medulin Classic Festival in Croatia (Trio Veljak), as well as with the New York State Ballet (Carmina Burana), New Opera NYC (The Golden Cockerel), New Rochelle Opera (The Merry Widow), and concerts with Miami Lyric Opera and Opera Theater of Connecticut.  Other highlights:  Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Connecticut Lyric Opera), Luigi in Il Tabarro (Garden State Opera), Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana (Pioneer Valley Symphony), Turiddu/Canio in Cav/Pag (Maryland Lyric Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Long Island Opera).  An champion of new music, he has performed in numerous opera premieres, most recently the title role in Sawyer’s The American Prize-winning The Scarlet Professor (Five College Opera) in Massachusetts last season, and the Gestapo Officer in the orchestral premiere of Detrick’s The Yellow Star (Garden State Opera), and the role of Pietro Botto in the upcoming premiere of Santelli's The Silk City (Garden State Opera).  http://www.kamalic.com



The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song (college/university division),  2019-20, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

The American Prize winner:
Mats Roolvink
Singapore

Mats Roolvink
Mats is a 21-year-old Dutch-American voice student at Mozarteum University in Salzburg.  He recently won 3rd Prize at the Neapolitan Masters International Singing Competition Young Singer Category in Naples Italy.  This summer he will be taking on his first opera role as Figaro in Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Germany.  

Mats is known for his musicality, and a mature, darkly-colored sound.  "The voice has sweetness and power, very beautiful, very rare."- Barbara Bonney

Besides studying with Professor Barbara Bonney, another benefit of being in Salzburg is that Mats gets to share the stage with some of opera's greatest luminaries including Ricardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Anna Netrebko, Anja Hateros, and Rene Pape as a member of Salzburger BachChor.

Mats grew up singing in the local school choirs in Singapore.  He spent the last two years of high school at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. 


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Wooju Kim
Busan  South Korea

Wooju Kim
WOOJU KIM, a baritone, graduated The New School - Mannes School of Music 2019 under the tutelage of Arthur Levy. He was a recipient of the Merit-based Scholarship and he received his MM at Mannes. He has received B.A. at Yonsei university in 2016. He has performed as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, the opera gala in Busan National University 2009. He has performed several professional concerts, including Agora Cinema Music Festa – Performed with Busan Educational and Cultural center Orchestea in Busan 2018. Memorial Concert “Mu-Goong” performed with Marte Phil harmonic Orchestra 2019. 1st Prize winner Concert in Carnegie Hall 2019. He also received Diploma in Corso di perfezionamento triennale di Direzione di coro [Accademia di roma] And he has participated Académie Internationale d'Etéde Nice, Technique Vocale er Interprétation & Interprétation chant et piano - Lorraine NUBAR Dalton BALDWIN 2010.  He is also 1st prize winner of CONERT ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL competition 2019, 1st place winner from the LYRA New York International Vocal Competition 2018, Grand Prize winner of Metropolitan International Vocal Competition in NewYork 2018. He was a Conductor of  The Korean First Presbyterian Church of  NewYork. He currently works as a Radio DJ in Busan Christian Broadcasting System, And Adjunct Professor of BAU Arts University.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Dennis Patrick Ryan     
Jewett City      CT

Dennis Patrick Ryan     
Degrees from Florida International University (BA) and the University of Kansas (MM), pursuing an Artist Diploma and DMA at the Hartt School. Roles in opera include Colline, Commendatore, Dottore Grenvil, Dr. Bartolo, Simone (Schicchi.) Concert roles include Messiah and Brahms Requiem, Schubert Mass in G. Coaches include Robert Barefield (previous Schorr winner), Doris Lang Kosloff, Stella Zambalis.


3rd Place:
Morgan Manifacier
Stony Brook    NY

Morgan Manifacier
French tenor Morgan Manifacier has sung under the direction of conductors Mark Shapiro, Daniel Beckwith, Christopher Fecteau, David Lawton, Benoît Renard, and Douglas Martin. A versatile and engaging singer, he is a sought-after interpreter of repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the newest of contemporary music and has performed both in the United States and in Europe.

Morgan is a fellowship recipient from SongFest, the International Baroque Academy, and the AlpenKammerMusik Festival, and has performed with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Amherst Music Festival, Manhattan Opera Studio, Stony Brook Opera, Respiro Opera NYC, and Martina Arroyo’s Role Performance Program.

Morgan is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Randall Scarlata. He received his Bachelor's degree from Holy Names University, and his Master's degree from LIU, Post. Major voice teachers include Lee Steward, Neal Harrelson, and Robert C. White Jr. www.morganmanifaciertenor.com



The American Prize in Vocal Performance—men in art song (high school division),  2019-20, The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards

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

Pablo Rubin-Jurado
Pablo Rubin-Jurado has been in the Juilliard pre-college program since 2013, first as a composition major from 2013-2017, then as a voice major from 2017-present. He’s been in the NYYS Composition Program since 2015, and was a finalist for the ASCAP competition in both 2017 and 2019. 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 Metropolitan Opera’s "Two Boys" by Muhly. As a 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, 2nd place in 2016, and sang in the 10th Anniversary Showcase at Stern Auditorium in 2017. That year, he also won 2nd place in the Hal Leonard Vocal competition. In the New York Lyric Opera competition, he won a 2nd place in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Also in 2018, he won the grand prize, best vocal technique, and most expressive performer awards in the Forte International Music Competition; a grand prize in the Enkor International Music Competition; a first place in the Rondo Vanguard Competition (which he also won in 2019); and a second place in the Schmidt Vocal Competition. That year, he also sang in the Sala Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico City as part of the play “Aqui es Opera de los Pedregales.” In 2019, he won first place in The American Prize competition for his division.


2nd Place (there was a tie):
Morgan Hunt
Tiburon  CA

Morgan Hunt
Morgan Hunt is a seasoned performer having appeared in numerous vocal, theatrical and instrumental productions. He was a national semi-finalist in NY Lyric Opera’s Vocal Competition (2018) and Classical Singer’s Vocal Competition (2019 and 2018, High School Musical Theatre). In 2018, he was a finalist in Marin Music Chest’s Vocal Competition (Classical Voice). Since 2012, he’s been cast in seventeen musical theatre productions, most recently as Jean Valjean (Les Miserables) and Corny Collins (Hairspray). A talented trombonist, Morgan was chosen to play at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Performance Series Band (2016) and at the Apollo Theater during the NY Jazz Festival (2017). He's a member of his high school’s Advanced Jazz and Symphonic Bands. Morgan is finishing up his junior year in high school and is planning to study Music/ Performing Arts in college.
 

2nd Place (there was a tie):
Nathan Schludecker   
Terre Haute  IN     

Nathan Schludecker   
Baritone, Nathan Schludecker, from Terre Haute, Indiana, is a freshman at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music studying Voice under the tutelage of renowned Bass-Baritone, Kenneth Shaw. Before attending CCM, he studied with Dr. Colleen M. Davis in her private studio.

Nathan has won many awards. They include awards from National YoungArts, the Schmidt Vocal Competition in Chicago, NATS, the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, and the Classical Singer Competition.
        
Nathan has attended several summer programs. He has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Mikael Eliasen Voice Program at the Curtis Institute of Music. During this past summer, Nathan performed in Falstaff at the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia. He is currently a member of CCM’s premiere Chamber Choir under the baton of Earl Rivers. He has performed recently in L’enfant et les sortile’ges with Grammy Award winning Mezzo-Soprano, Isabel Leonard along with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Nathan will also be performing in CCM’s graduate opera, The Magic Flute. This summer, Nathan will be attending the Chautauqua Institution and LA Songfest. 


3rd Place: 
Andreas Ghosh 
New York NY

Andreas Ghosh 
Andreas Ghosh began formal singing training with the Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s chorus in 2009.  He entered Diller-Quaile School of Music in 2012, where he complemented his study of voice with musicianship and sight reading.  From 2016 until the present, Andreas participated in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Evaluation Festivals.  On his most recent evaluation as a Level IV baritone, Andreas earned his highest marks for interpretation and vocal technique. He studies voice under Dr. John Howell, concentrating on French and German art songs as well as early Italian arias.  His choral commitments include the Trinitones, an acapella group at Trinity School, and the New York City Children’s Chorus.  With the NYCCC, he sings in the classical “Music on Madison” concert series, and has appeared in a Nintendo commercial, on NBC’s Today Show, and is currently recording a holiday CD to be released in December 2019 .



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