Semi-finals and Semi-Finalists!

Elgin OPERA will be holding the Semi-Final Round for its Third Annual Vocal Competition on Saturday June 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and Sunday June 14 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. The event will be held at the Kimball Street Theatre located in the new Rider Center on the Campus of Elgin Academy, 261 Dundee Avenue in Elgin, 60120. Division I (12 years old and under) & Division II (13 -18 years old) will be held on Saturday. Division III (19 – 26 years old) & Division IV (27 years old and over) on Sunday.

This event is open to the general audience $15 per person and $13.50 for Elgin OPERA Guild Members.

Over 80 singers participated at the First Round of the competition last weekend. Forty of them were invited to continue to the Semi-Finals.

In Division I (12 years old and under) 6 singers are invited to continue to the Semi-Finals: Jessica Bailey (Chicago), Christopher Knudsen (Elmhurst), Stephanie Litchfield (Bartlett), Sophia Peterson (Elgin), Tatiana Ranallo (Gilberts), and Esther Suh (Northbrook).

In Division II (13 – 18 years old) 13 singers will be going on to the Semi-Finals: Rana Alcheikh (Schaumburg), Stacey Bravos (Barrington, formally from Elgin), Elizabeth Coe (Buffalo Grove), Rachel Comps (Hampshire), Ashleen Davey (Lake Barrington), Adam Horn (Sleepy Hollow), Helen Knudsen (Elmhurst), Alex Nowakowski (Palatine), Madeline Raube (Glen Ellyn), Marina Stingley (Villa Park), Chris Theodorou (Dundee), Sergio Vargas (Glen Ellyn), Lindon Warren (Round Lake).

In Division III (19 – 26 years old) 12 singers: Marianna Adaire (Evanston), Sarah Butler (Milwaukee, WI), Laura Dobroth (Lake Forest), Danielle Floberg (Palatine), Corey Fretz (Chicago), Sarah Heitman (Barrington), Amy Hutter (Geneva), Sara Litchfield (Chicago), Jacqueline Schiffer (Palatine), Elizabeth Shuman (Chicago), Emily Sites (DeKalb), Kendra Wieneke (Barrington).

In Division IV (27 years old and over) 9 singers: Michelle Hackman (Cary), Robert Jastrebski (Mt. Prospect), Jori Jennings (Chicago), Charles Martin (Elk Grove Village), Nancy Wiebe Mazurowski (Chicago), Aldo Perrelli Jr. (Highland Park), Margaret Schnute (Bolingbrook), Marcy Stonikas (Chicago)
Zhengping Liang (Monterey, CA).

Winners of each category will receive cash awards ranging from $100 – $500. Winners and Finalists will receive scholarships to participate in Elgin OPERA’s First Community Outreach Music Festival. They will sing at recitals and concerts during the month of July and will prepare and perform opera scenes under the direction of Mark James Meier, participate in Master Classes with Maestro Giulio Favario (former Associate Conductor and Chorus Master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and former Principal Coach at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists) and Philip Morehead (Pianist and Conductor, Head of Music Staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists and former Chorus Master). The Festival will be held in June & July at the Kimball Street Theatre located in the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy.

Cash awards for Division I range from $100 to $200

Cash awards for all other divisions range from $100 to $500.

The Final Round will be held at the Professional Building, 164 Division Street in Elgin on June 27 & 28.

Division I & II will be held on Saturday, June 27th in the afternoon.

Division III & IV will be held on Sunday, June 28th in the afternoon.

For more information contact Elgin OPERA at 847-695-5014 or via email at office@elginopera.org.

This event is made possible by the Palmer Foundation, Elgin Academy, the Illinois Arts Council, the Grand Victoria Foundation, Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation, E3 Design Group, Elgin OPERA Board Members, Elgin OPERA Guild Members, and Elgin OPERA’s generous sponsors.

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