The Final Round of Elgin OPERA Third Annual Vocal Competition will be held at the Professional Building, 164 Division Street in Elgin on June 27 & 28. Over 80 singers participated in the competition. Twenty two of them made it to the Finals. Division I and II will be competing on Saturday, June 27th, and Division III and IV on Sunday, June 28th.
This formal event is open to the public. Entrance fee is $25 per day and includes a catered buffet and admission to listen to all the singers. Reservations are required by June 23 and must be paid in advance by contacting Elgin OPERA at 847-695-5014 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Elgin OPERA is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.
Saturday’s event starts at 1:00 pm with Division I (12 years old and under) followed by Division II (13 – 18 years old) at 2:00 PM until about 4:00 PM. The pianist for Saturday will be Rosemary Schroeder from St. Charles. Sunday’s event starts at 2:00 pm with Division III (19 – 26 years old) followed by Division IV (27 years old over) at 4:00 PM until about 6:00 PM. Pianist for Sunday’s event will be Dr. Chiayi Lee from Batavia. (See list of singers/town below)
Four professional musicians will be judging the competition on each day. Maestro 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), Jennifer Kosharsky (Mezzo-Soprano), Tetyana Torzhevska (Soprano) on both days; and Ghibong Kim (Baritone) on Saturday, and Timothy Filliman (Bass-Baritone) on Sunday.
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 at the Kimball Street Theatre located in the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy.
For more information contact Elgin OPERA at 847-695-5014 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
Division I ( 12 years old and under)
Jessica Bailey / Chicago
Christopher Knudsen / Elmhurst
Sophia Peterson / Elgin
Tatiana Ranallo / Gilberts
Division II (13 – 18 years old)
Rana Alcheikh / Schaumburg
Stacey Bravos / Barrington
Ashleen Davey / Barrington
Adam Horn / Sleepy Hollow
Helen Knudsen / Elmhurst
Madeline Raube / Glen Ellyn
Sergio Vargas / Glen Ellyn
Lindon Warren / Round Lake Beach
Division III (19 – 26 years old)
Marianna Adaire / Evanston
Laura Dobroth / Lake Forest
Elizabeth Shuman / Chicago
Sara Litchfield / Chicago
Sarah Heitman / Barrington
Division IV (27 years old over)
Michelle Hackman / Chicago
Jori Jennings / Chicago
Nancy Wiebe Mazurowski / Chicago
Margaret Schnute / Bolingbrook
Marcy Stonikas / Chicago
Rosemary Schroeder / St. Charles
Chiayi Lee /Geneva