Past Competitions

 

2014 National Vocal Competition

Finals

 

JUNIOR HIGH DIVISION

 

Perform at Symphony Space on Broadway

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5:30PM

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION  

 

Perform at Symphony Space on Broadway

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5:30PM

 

DIVISION I

  1st Prize:  $1,000.00, 2nd Prize: $500.00, 3rd Prize:  $250.00

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5:30PM

Symphony Space on Broadway

 

DIVISION II

1st Prize:  $2,000.00, 2nd Prize: $1,000.00, 3rd Prize:  $500.00  

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00PM

CARNEGIE HALL

Weill Recital Hall

 

 

2014 National Vocal Competition  

Winners

 

 

 

JUNIOR HIGH DIVISION

Biana Pinchuk "1st Place"
Ethan Yan "2nd Place"
Jasmine Galante "3rd Place"

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Hansini Bhasker "1st Place"
Melissa Lubars "2nd Place"
Caitlin McGrail "3rd Place"

 

 

DIVISION I

Andres Lasaga "1st Place"
Mia Rojas "2nd Place"
Alexander Charles Boyd "3rd Place"

 

 

DIVISION II

Meghan Picerno "1st Place"
Mileeyae Kwon "2nd Place"
Merideth Marano "3rd Place"

 

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National Finalists  

(in alphabetical order)

 

JUNIOR HIGH DIVISION

Laura Bretan
Jasmine Galante
Bianca Pinchuk
Ethan Yan

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Hansini Bhasker
Monica Gonzalez
Monica Lockwood
Melissa Lubars
Caitlyn McGrail
Caroline Zhao
Jacqueline Urdang

 

DIVISION I

Margaret Blackburn
Alex Boyd
Theodora Cottarel
Leah Hawkins
Nika Kolkhidashvili
Andres Lasaga
Hyeon Cheol Pak
Mia Rojas
1st Alternate: Hyun Jin Ahn
2nd Alternate: Jason Zacher

 

DIVISION II

Thaddaeus Bourne
Mary Claire Curran
Mileeyae Kwon
Claudia Anna Lantin
Merideth Marano
Lauren Michelle
Winnie Nieh
Meghan Picerno
1st Alternate: Lee Heejung
2nd Alternate: Carami Hillaire

 

NATIONAL FINALIST JUDGES (in alphabetical order)  

 

RICHARD CORDOVA

Richard Cordova made his professional debut conducting the Scandinavian Premiere of Bernstein's Candide in Bergen, Norway, and has subsequently conducted productions for Oper der Stadt Bonn, Opera North (New Hampshire), Sarasota Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Long Beach Opera, Berkshire Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Baltimore Opera.  As an accompanist and coach he has collaborated with such artists as Martina Arroyo, Frederica von Stade, Renato Bruson, Florence Quivar and Julia Migenes, and has worked in this capacity for such organizations as the Istanbul Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tulsa Opera, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. Cordova has also been associated with the opera programs of a number of educational institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music and Westminster Choir College.  For the past twenty years he has toured internationally with various productions of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, conducting the work on four continents.  He continues a twelve year association with the Sarasota Opera, having held various titles with the organization including that of Program and Music Director for the Studio Artists. He was recently appointed Music Director of The Little Opera Theatre of New York, for whom he conducted the New York stage premiere of Mozart's early opera seria, Mitridate, re di Ponto in the spring of 2011, and the Gustav Holst double bill of The Wandering Scholar and Savitri, in the spring of 2012.

 

ANDREA DELGIUDICE

Andrea DelGiudice has enjoyed a full career in Europe and the United States as a leading international soprano. Theaters include the Scottish National Opera, Munich State Opera, Liege Opera, Bonn Opera, Edmonton Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, DiCapo Opera Theater and Arizona Opera. Her roles include Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Nedda (Pagliacci), Manon (Manon Lescaut), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro), Mimi (La Bohème), Desdemona (Otello), Giulietta (Tales of Hoffmann), alongside renowned artists Johan Botha, Sherrill Milnes, Greer Grimsley, Rene Kollo, Alexei Steblianko, Vladimir Atlantov and Nicola Martinucci. Ms. DelGiudice debuted at Boston’s Jordan Hall, and WGBH's “Morning Classics” with Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, and a recording of Shema by Simon Sargon.

 

 

ZEHAVA GAL

Israeli born-American based mezzo-soprano, Zehava Gal studied voice at the Juilliard School of Music and Piano at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. Ms. Gal won prestigious awards such as the Paris and Munich International Voice Competition, and Young Concert Artists in NY. Ms. Gal has sung at top opera houses and festivals all over the world, such as La Scala, Paris, Covent Garden, Vienna, Glyndebourne, Santa Fe, & Pesaro. She has performed with conductors such as Von Karajan, Abbado, Mehta, Barenboim with major orchestras such as New York, Israel & Berlin philharmonic, Chicago Symphony. Ms. Gal has appeared in the title role of Carmen in Peter Brook’s Theatre and Film production of La Tragédie de Carmen. Ms. Gal has recorded for major record labels including RCA, CBS, Philips and EMI. Since 1994, Ms. Gal holds a teaching position at the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., and a private studio in NYC. As an extremely well received master teacher, she has been invited to give Master Classes and Seminars at top conservatories and voice organizations around the world. 

 

JORGE PARODI

Reviewed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski’s,” (New York Daily News) Argentinean conductor Jorge Parodi has worked at the Teatro Colón, The Banff Centre, Buenos Aires Lírica, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Tampa, and the Castleton Festival, where he was assistant conductor to Maestro Lorin Maazel. Maestro Jorge Parodi is the Music Director of the Senior Opera Theater at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has conducted its productions to critical acclaim. He is also Artistic Director if Opera Hispánica. Maestro Parodi is a faculty member at The Juilliard School, MSM Summer Voice Festival, NYU and V.O.I.C.Experience.  He has been a faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute (Israel, Japan and China) and SIVAM (Mexico).

 

PETER RANDSMAN

Peter Randsman has managed artists that include: Deborah Voigt, Allan Glassman, Brian Montgomery, Stephen Powell, Delores Ziegler, David Malis, Cheryl Parrish. Native of Long Island, New York.  He has performed Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Tommy (Brigadoon), Dr. Einstein (Arsenic and Old Lace), Clifford Bradshaw (Cabaret), Charley (Charley’s Aunt), Dick (Dames at Sea) and Gabey (On the Town). He was chosen as the “Burger King boy” in a series of commercials, which would air on national television for several years, and was featured as Minolta’s “Camera Boy” in dozens of national magazines.  He spent several days filming Brighton Beach with Ruth Gordon and Lee Strassburg. He participated in several national tours performing both operetta and Gilbert & Sullivan. Appearing on Broadway, he both sang and danced LizaLiza with film legend, Ruby Keeler at a tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies.  Shortly after, he joined the New York City Opera chorus, and for the next three years appeared in many Lincoln Center productions and several national tours.  He sang in a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER telecast in scenes from Mefistofele with Samuel Ramey, conducted by Julius Rudel, and the great Triumphal Scene from Verdi’s Aida under the direction of Anton Guadagno.   After nearly fifteen years as a professional singer /actor, he has fulfilled two life-long dreams by working 1 season (a decade ago) as artistic director of an opera company (National Grand Opera, at The Tillis Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post Campus in Long Island) and by starting his own company, Randsman Artists Management.  He is responsible for over 50 thriving international opera careers.

 

NATIONAL FINALISTS (in alphabetical order)

 

HYUNJUN JIN AHN (Division I)

Hyunjun Jin Ahn was born in South Korea. He started studying singing when he was a senior in high school. Then he came to America after graduating high school for better music education and he is now a junior at Kean University. He is trying to challenge and expand my ability in singing by having experiences as a tenor soloist in choir. He is also planning on getting into a graduate school afterwards. The reason he entered into NY LYRIC 2014 COMPETITION was to take an opportunity to compete with others and objectively see where he is as a singer.

 

HANSINI BHASKER (High School)

Hansini Bhasker, a junior at Greenwich High School (GHS), Greenwich, CT, is very interested in pursuing an operatic career.  She possesses a lyric soprano voice and since 2011, has been a student of Soprano, Pamela Kuhn, who has presented her in numerous solo recitals. Ms. Bhasker is also a talented flautist.  She has represented her schools, in band and chorus, at various competitions and performances.  She has attended summer programs at Interlochen and Tanglewood.

 

MARGARET BLACKBURN (Division I)

Margaret Blackburn, a native of Plainfield, IL, is currently a sophomore in Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She studies under Professor Dawn Harris. She has been in several productions at the University of Illinois, including My Fair Lady, Orpheus in the Underworld, and as the premiere role of the Chambermaid in Joseph Turrin’s Love Games. She will be attending Scuola Italia’s Lyric Program for Young Opera Singers this summer in Italy. She is a recipient of the IOTE Encouragement Award.

 

ALEXANDER CHARLES BOYD (Division I)

Alexander Charles Boyd is a baritone from Purcellville, Virginia. He was an Emerging Artist in Opera New Jersey's 2012 season, and an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera in the fall of 2012. He took second place in the New York Lyric Opera Theater's 2012 Vocal Competition, and was invited to sing at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as a finalist in the 2012 Concert Festival Concerto Competition. Currently residing in New York City, he studies with Mark Oswald. Upcoming engagements include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Amore Opera, the Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos with New York Opera Forum, and Ford in Falstaff with Utopia Opera.

 

THADDAEUS BOURNE (Division II)

Thaddaeus Bourne performs this season in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro with FAVA in Salzburg, El Dancaïro in Carmen with Long Island Opera, Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Hartford Opera Theatre, Reverend John Hale in The Crucible with UConn Opera, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with New York Lyric before returning to Salzburg with FAVA as Don Giovanni.  Previous performances include appearances with La Musica Lirica in Italy, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera del West, Greater Worcester Opera, and Simsbury Light Opera.

 

THEODORA COTTAREL (Division I)

Théodora Cottarel is a young Franco-American lyric soprano. Full roles include: Pamina from the Magic Flute, Suor Genovieffa from Suor Angelica, Maria in the world premiere of Yerma by Edward Poll, Donatella, in the US premiere of Nina by Paisiello, Shadow Jo, in the European premiere of Adamo’s Little Women, and Polly in Austin's Beggars Opera.  Théodora prepared the role of Despina from Così fan tutte with Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance. Ms. Cottarel holds her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Théodora will sing Pamina for the Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy and a give a recital in Houston, Texas.

 

MARY CLAIRE CURRAN (Division II)

Mary Claire Curran, soprano, is a second year Master student at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Last year she performed the roles of Erste Dame in “Die Zauberflote” as well as Janice in the world premiere of Charles Mason’s opera “Entanglements”. Also in the spring of 2013, Ms. Curran won Third Place in the New York Lyric Opera’s National Voice Competition at Symphony Space, New York City. Recently, she was awarded the “Encoragement Award” from the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Competition (Florida District).

 

JASMINE GALANTE (Junior High)

Jasmine Galante is currently an 8th grader living in New York. She has loved singing since she was very young; however she began taking voice lessons about one year ago. She received third place in her first voice competition, Concert Festival International Competition. She was also selected twice to go to All County NYSSMA Music Festival. She was selected to be in the Chorale, an audition chorus in her school. This competition is her second voice competition.

 

 

LEAH HAWKINS (Division I)

Leah Hawkins, Mezzo-Soprano, is a 1st year MM candidate in the Opera Program at Yale School of Music. Her roles include Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Maria in Porgy and Bess, Meg Page in Falstaff, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, La Voix in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Tisbe in La Cenerentola. She has participated in master classes with Alan Held, Laquita Mitchell, Marquita Lister, Cori Ellison, Denyce Graves, and Angela Brown. She has participated in The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Program, Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, and this summer she will join Central City Opera as a Studio Artist. She received her BA in Music from Morgan State University.

 

NIKA KOLKHIDASHVILI (Division I)

Nika Kolkhidashvili has a unique range and beauty of his voice as well as his outstanding acting ability. Since Nick was a child, he performed in many charities. One of which took place in Hollywood. He sang with a group called the M-Generation, special guests at the Telethon. Nick went to the Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Division, with a Scholarship awarded. His voice teacher at The Manhattan School of Music was Maitland Peters. Nick was also awarded a scholarship to the Interlochen Art Academy. Nick is studying with Beth Roberts. He has performed in Merkin Concert Hall back in 2013 and recently performed at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Currently Nick studies professionally at Manhattan School of Music.

 

MELISSA LUBARS (High School)

Melissa Lubars has performed Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Gabby/Bobbi (City of Angels), Molly (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Peaseblossom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Wife/Dancer (The King & I) at the Eastern High School Theatre.   In addition, she has performed in Madama Butterfly and La Sonnambula with Delaware Valley Opera Company. She is currently a Junior in High School in Voorhees, New Jersey.

 

 

MERIDETH MARANO (Division II)

Merideth Marano is a soprano currently living in the DC area. Her performing career spans from oratorio and concert performances to leading roles in opera. Recent roles include Roselinde (Strauss) in Washington DC, Suor Angelica (Puccini) in Rome, Italy; and Laetitia (Menotti) in South Carolina. She was the featured soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and has performed in several countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Jordan, the United States and Italy. Merideth gained international acclaim when she was chosen to be a winner in an International Vocal Competition in the Czech Republic.

 

CAITLIN MCGRAIL (High School)

Caitlin McGrail, age 15, is a tenth grade honors student at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. She took first place in her division at the NATS Boston 2013 Song and Aria Competition.  She has performed with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy for three summers; most recently as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). She studies with Molly Jo Rivelli in Boston and Andrea DelGiudice in New York.

 

 

 

LAUREN MICHELLE (Division II)

A "luminous-voiced soprano", Los Angeles native Lauren Michelle is a graduate of The Juilliard School and UCLA. Previous credits include her debut as Nella in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for The Juilliard School and Opera UCLA , her Canadian debut as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Banff and her debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Romano di Fiesole. She was a 2014 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a Finalist of the 2014 Kurt Weill Competition among other awards. This summer she debuts Musetta in La Bohème in Tel Aviv.

 

WINNIE NIEH (Division II)

Winnie Nieh, soprano, made her European solo debut with legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and was invited by the Metropolitan Opera Guild to perform at Dawn Upshaw’s masterclass. A versatile artist with perfect pitch, “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”, she received Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, piano and violin, and her B.A. with a French language citation from Harvard. She is a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Awards: First Place in 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition, Third Place & Audience Favorite in 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition.

 

BIANA PINCHUK (Junior High)

2011 Finalist for Annie on Broadway, Biana Pinchuk has performed in a Florida tour titled “River of Musical Dreams”, was a soloist with the South Florida Youth Symphony and Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra, and Tickerbell (Peterpan) in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade.  She was featured on ABC Miami, NBC 6 Miami, and appeared on News 12 NJ.  Award: 2011 Winner: Talent Quest Vocal Fort Lauderdale.  She is currently in 7th grade in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

 

MIA ROJAS (Division I)

Mia Rojas (Soprano), is a current Masters Student at the University of Miami studying with Dr. Esther Jane Hardenbergh. She received her Bachelors of Music at George Mason University. Ms. Rojas started singing at the age of 9 with the World Children’s Choir and has been performing since. She has had the honor of performing in Italy, Korea and the Washington D.C. area in the past few years. This summer she will be attending the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria.

 

ETHAN YAN (Junior High)

Ethan Yan lives in Mountain View, California, and is a sixth grader at Nueva School. He made his solo opera debut with the Monterey Symphony in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He sang at the Junior Bach Festival, and was the soloist in Chichester Psalms with the Marin Symphony, and Festival Te Deum with St. Andrew’s Choir, performed in the children’s chorus in San Francisco Opera’s Tosca and Mefistofele, and San Francisco Symphony’s Deck-The-Hall concerts.  

 

 

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REGIONAL FINALISTS/NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS

(in alphabetical order)

 

JUNIOR HIGH DIVISION
Laura Bretan
Jasmine Galante
Beluca Harivel
Bianca Pinchuk
Ethan Yan
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Hansini Bhasker
Chloe DeCleene
Monica Gonzalez
Grace Kim
Sarah King
Monica Lockwood
Melissa Lubars
Caitlyn McGrail
Caroline Zhao
Jacqueline Urdang
DIVISION I
Hyonjun Ahn
Margaret Blackburn
Alex Boyd
Susan Bywaters
Theodora Cottarel
Brittany Cusack
Samantha Dwyer
Dominique Fisher
Caleb Forlong
Leah Hawkins
Nika Kolkhidashvili
Andres Lasaga
Jillian Marini
Justin Morrison
Hyeon Cheol Pak
Mia Rojas
Amy Savino
Lara Alexandra Semetko
Erika Vasallo
Bronwyn White
Jason Zacher
DIVISION II
Jungho Bae
Ashley Bell
Thaddaeus Bourne
Kelli Butler
Marie Claire Curran
Danielle Davis
Andra Erbar
Valdis Gregory
Lee Heejung
Lorraine Helvick
Carami Hilaire
Samantha Jeffreys
John Kaneklides
Chae Seon Kim
Mileeyae Kwon
Claudia Anna Lankin
Merideth Marano
Margaret Meyer
Lauren Michelle
Barbee Monk
Li Nan
Winnie Nieh
Meghan Picerno
Julia Snowden
Alexandra Turchenhova
Jennifer Zamorano
Xiaoyi Zha

 

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