First Place ($200) Winner of Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition in Division I (12 years old and younger) went to Tatiana Ranallo from Gilberts. Second Place ($100) went to Christopher Knudsen from Elmhurst. Madeline Raube from Glen Ellyn won First Place ($500) in the Teen Artist Division (13 – 18 years old). Stacey Bravos from Barrington & Lindon Warren from Round Lake Beach both won Second Place ($250). Helen Knudsen from Elmhurst won Third Place ($100).
Marianna Adaire from Evanston won First Place ($500) in the Young Artist Division (19 – 26 years old). Laura Dobroth from Lake Forest won Second Place ($250) and Sarah Heitman from Barrington won Third Place ($100). Marcy Stonikas from Chicago won First Place in the Emerging Artist Division (27 years old and over) as well as the Most Promising Artist Award, for a total of $1,000, donated by Barbara & Barre Seid Foundation. Nancy Wiebe Mazurowski from Chicago won Second Place ($250). Michelle Hackman from Chicago and Margaret Schnute from Bolingbrook both won Third Place ($100).
Judges for the Final Round of Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition included 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), and Timothy Filliman (Bass-Baritone).
Our generous Award Benefactors for this event were Barbara & Barre Seid Foundation, Palmer Foundation, Lois Myers-Bauer (Vice-President of EO), Dr. Brad Epstein (Board Member of EO), Nicholas Bruno (Board Member of EO), William G. Kowalski (Board Member of EO), Reid & Janine Lewis, Gerhard & Hilda Wonneberger, Dr. Rise D. Jones (SCORE), and Ghibong Kim.
A total of $3,700 was awarded last weekend to these young singers. Thanks to our generous sponsors!
Winners and all Finalists to the Competition were also awarded a full scholarship to participate in Elgin OPERA’s Community Outreach Summer 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 throughout the month of July at the Kimball Street Theatre located in the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy.
Elgin OPERA’s Third Annual Vocal Competition and Elgin OPERA Community Outreach Summer Music Festival is made possible by generous support of the Palmer Foundation, Elgin Academy, the Illinois Arts Council, the Grand Victoria Foundation, Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation, E3 Design Group, the City of Elgin, the Board and Opera Guild of Elgin OPERA, and Elgin OPERA’s generous sponsors.