Thursday, April 15, 2021

Finalists: WOMEN in OPERA—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2021

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 pleased to announce NATIONAL FINALIST women in opera and operetta for 2021 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.  

From Maestro Katz: 

"Why so many finalists?" Different from some other contests, The American Prize is first and foremost about encouraging artists, not about eliminating contestants. Each of the individuals below was judged to be worthy of further consideration as we move towards selecting winners and runners-up in the various divisions. At the end of the contest year each will receive a written evaluation. Especially during this most difficult time for performing artists everywhere, we hope the recognition will prove valuable. Thanks to all these individuals for their artistry. —DK


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),  2021

Karen Amlaw     

Westborough  MA

 

Laura Basse     

Helenville  WI

 

Jordan Best      

Felton CA

 

Jessica Arielle Bloch     

Somerville  MA

 

Zarah Brock     

Fredericksburg  VA

 

Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber  

State College   PA

 

Danielle Davis     

Lindenhurst NY 

 

Lauren Frey      

Plainsboro  NJ

 

Chantelle Grant     

Jersey City NJ

 

Carmelita Guse      

Bloomington MN

 

Rachel Eve Holmes    

Atlanta GA

 

Amy Johnson   

Cincinnati  OH 

 

Victoria Korovljev 

Minneapolis MN

 

Sara Lucille Law

Long Island City NY

 

Jacquelyn Matava    

San Antonio TX

 

Jessica Rose Nelson    
Mount Royal NJ

 

Aubrey Odle      

Knoxville   TN

 

Leandra Ramm      

Pittsburg   CA

 

Zoe Vandermeer

West Hartford   CT

 

Camelia Voin      

Loma Linda  CA

 

Mer Wohlgemuth

New York   NY

 

Adriana Zabala    

Orange   CT

 

Melissa Zgouridi  

Salzburg  Austria 



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, college/university division (women),  2021

Julia Coelho    

Denton TX

 

Carly Cummings  

Baltimore  MD

 

Clare Demer     

Tucson  AZ

 

Ally  Dunavant  

Franklin TN

 

Kim Kenny     

Fishers IN

 

Deirdre Lahiff    

Goshen NY

 

Solene Le Van    

Anaheim CA

 

Olivia Prendergast      

Penn Valley PA

 

Alexandra Taylor    

Naples  FL 



NATIONAL FINALISTS: The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—opera & operetta, community division (women),  2021

Rachel Mellman—Burlingame CA

Mairea Place—Everett WA 

Luisa Kay Reyes—Tuscaloosa AL



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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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