International Vocal Competition 2012

The American Protégé International Vocal Competition is designed for singers who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment.

The 2012 Competition was open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries. Participants were required to submit video recording materials for the audition.

                   Winners were chosen in the following age groups:

Category Age
Young Singers 6 - 10
Junior 11 - 14
Intermediate 15 - 17
Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older
College students and professional singers 18 and older

Repertoire categories:

• Opera aria

• Classical repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods)

• Folk/Traditional

• Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz

American Protégé International Vocal Competition 2012 Results:

Judges Distinction Awards (Trophies) Winners:

Lauren Lugo, 20, from Laguna Niguel, California, began piano lessons at the age of seven. She participated in various musical theatre productions, portraying various roles.  As a choir member in advanced traveling chamber ensembles in school and in church, Lauren's accomplishments include being the first female in high school to be a two time recipient of the Macy Award for acting and singing performances.  In 2012, she was placed first in the Baroque Festival of Orange Coastal cities, in the state of California.  Currently, Lauren is a student at Saddleback College. For the past year, she has been learning the technique of singing both Classical and Broadway pieces under the guidance of Dubravka Zubovic.

Dianna Richardson, 27, from Ashland, OR, is a senior honor student at Southern Oregon University where she majors in vocal performance and music education. She is the recipient of the Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship from The Young Singers Foundation.  Dianna sings with several groups in Ashland, Oregon including SOU Chamber Choir, SOU Concert Choir, Raiders of the Lost Art, and Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. The Southern Oregon Repertory singers recently awarded her a scholarship and Dianna was featured as Dido in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in their fall concert.  She has appeared in Rogue Opera productions such as La Traviata and L’elisir d’amore and has participated in Brava! Opera Theater’s James M. Collier Young Artist Program in 2011 and 2012.

American Protégé
International Voice Competition 2012
First Place Winner:
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, March 3, 2013, 3:30PM 
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Lauren Yeo, Classical 9 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Jennifer Johnson, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Atlanta, GA
Student of Dr. Nina Toropova    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Sanchitha Balasubramanian, Opera Aria 14 Monmouth Junction, NJ
Student of Gary Madison    
Kathy Simpson, Classical 14 Chicago, IL
Student of Dan Schwartz    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Leah Scholnick, Classical 16 New York, NY
Student of Ron Cappon    
Keelia McGovern, Classical 16 Chatsworth, CA
Student of Tova Morcos    
Rebecca Dharmapalan, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 16 Oakland, CA
Student of Matthew Liebowitz    
Category College Students and Professional Singers
Lauren Lugo, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 20 Laguna Niguel, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic    
Isaac Wenger, Opera Aria 21 Merion Station, PA
Student of Paul Spencer Adkins    
Arisu Kimura, Opera Aria 27 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Neil Semer    
Dianna Richardson, Classical 27 Ashland, OR
Student of Ellie Holt Murray and Laurie Anne Hunter    
Amateur Category
Not awarded
American Protégé
International Voice Competition 2012
Second Place Winner:
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the dates to be announced
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Melinda Bennish, Classical 7 Baltimore, MD
Patrick MacDougall, Classical 9

Boston, MA

Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Vladimir Poltavskiy, Classical 12 St. Petersburg, Russia
Masumi Yoshida, Classical 13 Tokio, Japan
Susan Shafer, Opera Aria 14 Brooklyn, NY
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Mi - Cha Kim, Classical 15 Seoul, Korea
Tyler Collins, Opera Aria 17 Hartford, CT
Category College Students and Professional Singers
Elizabeth Goodrich, Classical 24 Vienna, Austria
Mila Kovaltchuk, Opera Aria 27 Brooklyn, NY
Amateur Category

Vartan Gevourkian, Opera Aria


San Diego, CA

Third Place and Honorable Mention Winners will be notified via email regarding their placement and recitals schedule