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International Vocal Competition 2017

The American Protégé International Vocal Competition is designed for singers who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition is open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries.

Participants were required to submit video recording materials for the audition. 

Eligibility

We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners are chosen in each of the following age groups:

 
Category:   Age:
Young Singers 5 – 10
 Junior 11 – 14
 Intermediate 15 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older 
 College students and professional singers 18 and older 

 

Awards 

First and Second Place Winners will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City

on December 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM and

on December 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

$300 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

American Protégé Vocal Competition 2017 Results

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Sophia Willingham is a 7th grader from Wellington, Florida. She began vocal lessons with Michael Soper February 2015 and immediately had an affinity for the musical theater genre. She was named finalist in the Starz of the Future Talent Competition, December 2017 and was a finalist in the Wellington Idol Vocal Competition winter 2016 and 2017. She is a gifted dancer and pianist who loves to bring the story of a song to life through her performance.  
Kristin Leible is a sixth-grade student, at BAK Middle School of the Arts, in Palm Beach, Florida. Majoring in Theater, she feels the schools gives her the freedom to express her deep passion for the performing arts. Kristin recently performed the song Memory (CATS) to the International Thespian Society and was recognized as a Superior Solo Music Theater performer, achieving maximum level of success in all categories. Singing is her passion, her first love, her heart, and she dreams and hopes that one day she will somehow make a difference in the world using her voice as an instrument of hope and love!
Emily Taylor Kaufman is 12 years old and has been performing around South Florida since she was 6. She performs her own show at senior communities and sings pop songs around town. She is a featured National Anthem singer for the Florida Marlins Baseball games as well as 30 non profit organizations.  She has been in 17 musical theatre productions. Emily was hand picked by Phil Collins for his local mentoring program, The Little Dreams Foundation, and has performed with Phil onstage. Emily is the 2017 winner of the South Florida Kids Got Talent competition, and has earned high accolades for tap and jazz performances at regional and national dance competitions. Emily aspires to perform on Broadway and to sell out arenas as a pop star someday.
Angelina Tharitimanont is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) and has performed in the regional Broadway show at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre including The King and I as a Royal Princess and Billy Elliot as a Ballet Girl. Under the training of Mike Soper, Angelina has also performed in various music venues including National Anthem at Roger Dean Stadium and was a finalist in Wellington Idol. Angelina is 13 years old from West Palm Beach, FL. She is currently attending Bak Middle School of the Art, where she is an 8th grade gifted honor roll student, majoring in Theatre. Other performance credit includes Miami City Ballet; George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Solider, Polichinelle) Angelina is a member of Jr. International Thespian Society, Broadway Artist Alliance, Destination Broadway, and Florida Dance Master.
Elizabeth Grace Minerman is a 9th grader at the Orange County School of the Arts and is part of the Classical Voice Conservatory.  Elizabeth began studying classical voice in 6th grade under the coaching of Kathleen Martin, Vera Calabria and Bill Vendice.  Elizabeth was selected to attend Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (Summer Program 2017).  She participates in vocal competitions and has placed 2nd, 3rd and received honorable mention; this past year, she qualified for round two of the LA Music Center Spotlight competition.  Last summer (2016), she participated in the Classical Voice choir’s Germany/Austria choir tour.  Elizabeth has a passion for Opera and great plans for an international career in the field.
Emma Grace Potts is fifteen years old and from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She was a 2016 American Protege first place winner in the Opera Aria category. Emma is a sophomore at Hanover High School. She is a member of her school’s chamber chorus and show choir. She represented Hanover High School in the Capital District Chorus for the past two years, having been rated a top soprano each year. Emma began singing in church at the age of nine. She was a member of City Singers Youth Choirs for four years and had the privilege of singing with the Richmond Symphony and Choir and the Richmond Choral Society. She is currently a student of Irish soprano Anne O’Byrne. 
First Place Winners:
Name Age City/State/Country
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Classical Repertoire
Mia Ye 8 Baltimore, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li     
Alejandra Gaspar – Hulbert 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Carlos Velazco     
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Phanplueksa Pasvoravit 8 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij     
Amba Shankari Jambu 9 Bangalore, India
Student of Rattan Mohan Sharma
Anna Tanaka 9 Samut Prakan, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon     
Jillian Orluk 9 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora     
Ava Philippone 10 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Stephen Piotrowski     
Elisa Hu 10 San Jose, CA
Student of Liya Fang     
Krista Shim 10 Bangna, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon    
Lilo Baier 10 Singapore 
Student of Kuo Po     
Sophie Cheung 10 San Jose, CA
Student of Liya Fang     
     
Folk/Traditional
Faith Ong 8 Singapore 
Elisabeth Connors 9 San Jose, CA
Student of Farida Nelson, M.A.     
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Aliyah Douglas 12 Oro Valley, AZ
Student of Stephanie Morgan Fox    
William Huff 12 Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham     
Esther Wu 13 Saratoga, CA
Student of Min Sheng Yang     
Katherine Vandermel 14 Closter, NJ
Student of Kryste Andrews     
Katherine Xie 14 San Gabriel, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin     
Sasha Tang 14 Fremont, CA
Student of Zhongyan Liu     
     
Classical Repertoire
Aliyah Douglas 12 Tucson, AZ
Student of Stephanie Morgan Fox     
Rada Anuras 12 Wattana, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon     
Claudia Sachs 14 Richmond, VA
Student of Lynnelle Ediger and Gaelyn Elliott Young    
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Adam Jan Przyjemski 11 Hamilton, Canada
Student of Kinga Mitrowska     
Arinda Chotiyanon  11 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon     
Catie Harvey 11 Stamford, CT
Student of Badiene Magaziner     
Ella Cesca 11 Winnetka, IL
Student of Laura Good     
Sophia Willingham 11 Wellington, FL
Student of Michael Soper     
Aliyah Douglas 12 Oro Valley, AZ
Student of Stephanie Fox     
Emily Taylor Kaufman 12 Cooper City, FL
Student of Ben Bagby and Mike Soper    
Kristin Leible 12 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper     
William Huff 12 Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham     
Angelina Tharitimanont 13 Royal Palm Beach, FL
Student of Mike Soper     
Emily James 13 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr     
Flora Yuan 13 San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng     
Angela Gao 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Alison Collins     
Hannah Schubring 14 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr     
Lindsey Russ 14 Roslyn, NY
Student of Mason Senft and Allison Hungate Wood    
     
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Alina Dong 15 Houston, TX
Student of Summer Haiyan Song     
Emma Potts 15 Mechanicsville, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne     
Justine Wang 15 San Marino, CA
Student of Richard Seymour and  Xin Xin Sun    
LeAnne Lin 15 Vernon Hills, IL
Student of Dr. Vanessa Liao     
Lara van Vuuren 16 Singapore 
Student of Alexandra Novicova     
Matija Tomas 17 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anthony Smith     
     
Classical Repertoire
Elizabeth Minerman 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin     
Eugene Hwang 15 Irvine, CA
Rachel Shuk-Ching Ng 16 Lam Tin, Hong Kong
Student of Jeffie Leung     
Ameya Chavda 17 Dallas, TX
Student of Jared Schwartz     
Emily Rocha 17 Courtice, Canada
Student of Dr. Robert Loewen     
Juliet Ortiz 17 Chesapeake, VA
Student of Shelly Milam-Ratliff    
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Christiana Schiller 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Pamela Serrano and Andy Kwan    
Mahnaz Carroll 15 Plantation, FL
Student of Michael Soper     
Gionna Mariano 17 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora     
     
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Gyuyeon Shim 28 Boston, MA
Student of Lorraine Nubar and Marlena Malas    
Kantinun Kiraticharoennun 37 Bangkok, Thailand
     
Classical Repertoire
Sarah Kim 29 Cliffside Park, NJ
Student of Maitland Peters and Arlene Shurut    
Cipriano Jr. Mercado De Guzman 32 Hiroshima, Japan
Student of Hiroharu Orikawa and Irma Ponce Enrile-Potenciano   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Wei Feng 53 San Diego, CA
     
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Sammi Su 17 West Covina, CA
Student of Xin Xin Martin         
Jialiang Wang 22 Beijing, China
Student of Heng Shi and Min Liu    
Chun Ling Ong 37 Georgetown, Malaysia
     
Classical Repertoire
Andrew Zhang 20 Saratoga, CA
Student of Zhongyan Liu    
Liliana Iżyk 24 Lubin, Poland
Student of Magda Bigoś    
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Sammi Su 17 West Covina, CA
Student of Xin Xin Martin         
Marcel Mendoza 18 Marietta, GA
Student of Heather Statham     
     
Folk/Traditional
Chun Ling Ong 37 Georgetown, Malaysia
     
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Keiko Kiyashka 10 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Jennifer Grimaldi and Mary Kay McGarvey    
Classical Repertoire
Faith Ong 8 Singapore 
Nutthaporn Narissirikul 8 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Ploen Sopitpongstorn     
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Caitlin Wong 7 Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern     
Charmaine Chan 7 Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern     
Elyssa Duggan 7 Lansdale, PA
Student of Hye Eun Choi     
Faith Ong 8 Singapore 
Rasika Techajaroenvikul 8 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij    
Sophie Wittchen 8 Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern    
Macy Gabel 9 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kacy Harrison    
Nicolas Huff 9 Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham     
Pucknipa Bhengsri 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij     
Satita (Jade) Ninsuvannakul 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon     
Sienna Santangelo 10 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Jordan Scott Gilbert     
     
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Ruby Suito 14 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Kantinun Kiratichroennun     
Classical Repertoire
Connie Jiang 11 Saratoga, CA
Student of Min Sheng Yang     
Thornton Tuetvongse 11 Rajthevi, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonwipat    
Skandan R. Gurumurthy 12 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva     
Katelyn Baker 13 Fresno, CA
Student of Terry Estabrook     
Emily Hu 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Liya Fang     
Marianne Bautista 14 Renton, WA
Student of Melissa Fleming     
Miraya Bhayani 14 Singapore 
Sudent of Quek Soo Hiang Lim    
Rin Yonezawa 14 Harrison, NY
Student of Naoko Nakagawa    
Voice Duo:    
Connie Jiang 11 Saratoga, CA
Esther Wu 13 Saratoga, CA
Students of Min Sheng Yang     
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Janani Vittal 11 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Nadine Kulberg     
Michelle Park 11 Blue Bell, PA
Student of Hazel Choi     
Thornton Tuetvongse 11 Rajthevi, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonwipat    
Bunyaon Srisuponvanit 12 Bang Ko Laem, Thailand
Student of Zinnia Grace Zamar Du and Withee Chewathanyatarn    
Ting Eng 12 Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern     
Victoria Walker 12 Honolulu, HI
Student of Chris Lowe    
Arundhati Kartik 13 Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi     
Catherine Moeller 13 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora    
Elise Marra 13 Commerce Township, MI
Student of Danielle Wright     
Sarah Maxwell 13 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora     
Mikaela Bautista 13 Renton, WA
Student of Melissa Fleming     
Yana Ebbing 13 West Bloomfield, MI
Student of Gracie Calvaneso and Katrina Van Maanen    
Katherine Xie 14 San Gabriel, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin     
Miraya Bhayani 14 Singapore 
Sudent of Quek Soo Hiang Lim    
Regan Gellerson 14 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora     
Tiara Oberoi 14 Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi    
     
Voice Duo:    
Nicolas Huff 9 Peachtree City, GA
Alex Huff 12 Peachtree City, GA
Students of Heather Statham     
     
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Ananya Gurumurthy 15 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva     
Larissa Culbertson 15 Wayne, PA
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Chloe Olivia Moore    
Samuel Llamzon 15 Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova     
Arman Chowdhury 16 West Hartford, CT
Sophie Zhang 16 Dunwoody, GA
Student of Qian Li     
Brittany Hoffman 17 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr     
     
Classical Repertoire
Lucia Lin 15 Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Francesca Carselli     
Colin Aikins 17 Lower Burrell, PA
Student of Maria Spacagna     
     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ananya Gurumurthy 15 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva     
Justine Wang 15 San Marino, CA
Student of Richard Seymour and Xin Xin Sun    
Larissa Culbertson 15 Wayne, PA
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Chloe Olivia Moore    
Shaudeh Farjami 15 Laguna Niguel, CA
Student of Zachary Hanna     
Ishani Sikdar 16 San Jose , CA
Student of Majhon Lenel     
Jeremiah Martinez 17 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Stephen Piotrowski    
Justin Xie 17 Cupertino, CA
Student of Kathleen Ludowise     
     
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Hyewon Jung 20 Muan-gun, South Korea
Belyana Hristova 27 Boston, MA
Student of Linda Balliro     
Classical Repertoire
Wenhan Gong 23 Shanghai, China
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Kolter Yagual 18 Brick, NJ
Student of Nicole Hodge     
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alysha Prynn 27 Bairnsdale, Australia

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


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

 Winners Recital Information
  1. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire.
  2. To change a performance repertoire, the participant must submit a link to the new piece video recording and a $55 fee not later than two months before the Concert.
  3. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.
  4. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office). 
  5. Performance time limit for the School Students categories is under 5 minutes; for the Amateur category – under 6 minutes and for the College Students/Professionals category – under 7 minutes.
  6. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.
  7. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.
  8. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).
  9. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $360, which covers:

       – Recital Fee, includes admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets.

       – Photo Fee, includes set of digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage. Average set is 20-30 digital photos.

  10. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.
  11. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.
  12. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.
  13. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

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Recital and Photo Fees

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