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International Vocal Competition 2015

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

First and Second Place Winners will perform on

  Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

  Saturday, December 26th, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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

American Protégé Vocal Competition 2015 Results

Jury’s Favorite ($330 Scholarship and Plague Trophy) Award Winner:

Elias Tyson Venegas is a 9 year old singer with an old soul and a young heart.  He loves to sing and has been jazzing up songs since he could sing his ABCs.  Tyson loves to also play piano and drums, dance and write songs.  He won 2013’s British Columbia Junior Talent and Pacific National Exhibition’s Star Showdown, contest won previously by Michael Buble and Carly Rae Jepson.  Much to Tyson’s surprise, Michael Buble came to surprise him at this event.  He has been invited to perform at various events and fundraisers, such as Canada Winter Games, Canuck Place gala, Variety’s Children’s Charity events, Global TV’s Christmas breakfast wish, Hospital Galas, Canada Summer Special Olympics and both Canadian and American anthems at National Hockey League Canucks game and a Vancouver Canadians baseball.  Tyson’s also been able to perform with Michael Kaeshammer and Bobby McFerrin (2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival at the Orpheum). Elias Tyson

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Maggie Liu, age 12, is a lyric soprano, violinist, flautist, and pianist.  She was born in San Diego, CA.  Maggie expressed strong interest in music at a young age and started taking piano lessons at 4 and a half years old.  When she was 11, Maggie began to study singing.  She loves opera, classical music, & musicals. And she can sing in Italian, English, Chinese and German. Maggie has participated in many recitals, festivals, and competitions for piano. She enjoys performing for others. She plays violin in the Inland Valley Youth Symphony and plays flute in her school’s wind ensemble. After about one year of vocal study, Maggie began to sing in public. She performs locally for senior residents and at library recitals.  In 2015, Maggie was selected to sing “O mio babbino caro” in the 2nd American Chinese Youth Art Festival in San Diego, CA. In 2014, as a winner of American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2013, Maggie performed a Chopin piano etude at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
 Maggie Liu
Aimee Banks is a 13-year old soprano from Galway, Ireland. This present year Aimee has secured eight National Titles at Irelands prestigious Classical Festival Feis Ceoil 2015, Dublin, Sligo and Midlands. She was also awarded Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary  2015 for Midlands Feis Ceoil in the last week. In June of last year, Aimee had the honour of performing for The Papal Nuncio to Ireland His Excellency Charles Brown at a 10 year anniversary celebration and was also the recipient of a High Achievers Award from The Royal Irish Academy of Music, in November. Aimee recorded her first cd“My Classical Spirit” and donated all of the proceeds to“Laura Lynn – Irelands only Children’s Hospice. She is one of three children and her hobbies include sport and playing the Fiddle. Aimee has always set her standards very high and even though she only 13, her dream is to be the next Maria Callas and perform on the world stage.  Aimee Banks

First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Harrison Sturgeon, Folk/Traditional 8 Gloucester, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan    
Hayley Ji, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 8 Syosset, NY
Student of Bob Marks    
Elias Tyson Venegas, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 9 Port Moody, Canada
Student of Camille Henderson    
Jacob Skiba, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Oakville, Canada
Student of Kinga Mitrowska    
Michael Robinson, Folk/Traditional 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Sophia Parigi, Classical 10 Gretna, LA
Student of Melanie Hirschfeld and Joseph Pham Cuoc    
Shermaine HuiQi Saw, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po    
Shermaine HuiQi Saw, Classical 10 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po    
     
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
     
Abby Fletcher, Opera Aria 11 Cape Coral, Fl
Student of Susan Niekamp    
Mun Hoi Fan, Folk/Traditional 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Daleyna Dunlap, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong    
Kai Alivia Koren, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 Lake Worth, FL
Student of Jill Switzer    
Laya Madison Koder, Opera Aria 12 Richmond , VA
Student of Shelby Milgram    
Maggie Liu, Opera Aria 12 Temecula, CA
Student of Wei Feng    
Mia Mancera, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 RSM, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin    
Aimee Banks, Opera Aria 13 Moycullen, Ireland
Student of Michel Durham    
Grace Mozitis, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 13 Linwood, NJ
Student of Julie Zarukin Handlon    
Casandra Ortiz, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 14 Lake Worth , FL
Student of Michael Soper    
Emily Muramoto, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 14 Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Dr. Maria Lazarova    
Ziyao (Chelsea) Guo, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 14 Darien, CT
Student of Cynthia Sanner and Sooyeon Kim    
     
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
     
Aleesha Yan, Classical 15 Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Elisabeth Howard    
Anna Wojcik, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Mississauga, Canada
Student of Kinga Mitrowska    
Cheryl Bains, Classical 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Cheryl Bains, Folk/Traditional 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Niko Mancera, Opera Aria 15 RSM, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin    
Savannah Rae Almeida, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Cooper City, FL
Student of Mike Soper    
Stephanie Chee, Classical 15 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Amy Heumann    
Claire Diamond, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 16 Lockport, IL
Student of Kristin Young    
Gwyneth Campbell, Opera Aria 16 New York, NY
Student of Maria Lyudko    
Katryna Marttala, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 16 Cibolo, TX
Student of Irma Taute    
Priya Radhakrishnan, Classical 16 Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi    
Emma Richardson, Opera Aria 17 Oshawa, Canada
Student of Dr. Robert Loewen    
Katherine Langelier, Opera Aria 17 San Francisco, CA
Student of Erin Neff    
Lucas Guzman, Classical 17 Weston, MA
Student of Thomas Oesterling    
Nicole Dostanic, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 17 Irivine, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic    
Nicole Dostanic, Opera Aria 17 Irivine, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic    
Rebecca Reavley, Classical 17 Singapore
Student of Tan Sin Sim    
     
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
     
Rachel Eve Holmes, Opera Aria 28 Fitchburg, WI
     
Suhyoung Lee, Opera Aria 22 Huntington, NY
Student of Peter Castaldi    
Xi wen Li, Opera Aria 31 Shenzhen, China
     
Ying Yu, Opera Aria 27 Beijing, China
Student of Lanqing Lu and Lei Lu    
     
Amateur Category:
     
Kristina Petric, Classical 20 Belgrade, Serbia
Student of Ana Lackovic    
Maricel Obieta, Classical   Quezon City, Philippines
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
     
Beeland Anderson Parker Rogers, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 7 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Beeland Anderson Parker Rogers, Folk/Traditional 7 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Ria Chhabra, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 6 Singapore
Student of Roderick Teh    
Zebedee Cher, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 7 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Zebedee Cher, Folk/Traditional 7 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Tiara Abraham, Classical 9 Sacramento, CA
Student of Kate Murphy and Daniel Paulson    
Alyssa Marella, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 North Tonawanda , NY
Student of Zach Carr    
Bridgette Oh, Classical 10 Arroyo Grande, CA
Student of Deanna Delore    
Elise Sun, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Singapore
Student of Grace Ng and Elle-May Patterson    
Elodie Orkin, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Adrianna Mcphee    
Katherine Silverman, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Tarzana, CA
Student of Evelyn Hauls    
Lauren Galin, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Wellington, FL
Student of Adriana Zabala    
Michael Robinson, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Margaret Parrino, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 10 Richmond, VA
Student of Shelby Milgram    
Michael Robinson, Classical 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
     
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
     
Arjun Chhabra, Classical 11 Singapore
Student of Roderick Teh    
Hadley Magaziner, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 11 Manahawkin, NJ
Student of Christina Skleros    
Laurelle Oh Qi Wen, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 11 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Mun Hoi Fan, Classical 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Mun Hoi Fan, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Shavinne Tsai Yi Ling, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Shavinne Tsai Yi Ling, Classical 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Zoe Martinez, Classical 11 North Tustin, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin    
Brooke Besikof, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 Newport Beach , CA
Student of Darcie Roberts Magino    
Daleyna Dunlap, Classical 12 Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong    
Hilton Augusta Parker Rogers, Folk/Traditional 12 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Hilton Augusta Parker Rogers, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Mia Drazin, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 Hampstead, Canada
Student of Simone Pitot    
Patheerapat Sireevaranunt, Classical 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij    
Prasheela Ramesh, Classical 12 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Prasheela Ramesh, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 12 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Yu Qi Melanie Wan, Classical 12 Singapore
Student of Roderick Teh    
Amelia Sewing, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 13 Perry, KS
Student of Etta Fung    
Ananya Gurumurthy, Classical 13 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva    
Ewan MacRae, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 13 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Ewan MacRae, Classical 13 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Kimi Sturgeon, Folk/Traditional 13 Gloucester, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan    
     
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
     
Celyna Hui Wen Peck, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har and Kuo Po    
Celyna Hui Wen Peck, Classical 15 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har and Kuo Po    
Kai Wallace Nishihara Low, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Matija Tomas, Opera Aria 15 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne    
Sarah Anais Buxton-Leow, Classical 15 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Sarah Anais Buxton-Leow, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Shalynn Tsai Qi Yun Shalynn, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Siwon Kim, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Stephanie Tan, Classical 15 Singapore
Student of Corinna Chang and Elena Ng    
Andrew Liang, Classical 16 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Bradley Howard and Rhonda Fossum    
Anna Chowaniec, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 16 Legnickie Pole , Poland
Student of Anna Czerska    
Asha Iyer, Opera Aria 16 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne    
Morgan Misk, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 16 Old Westbury, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Angela Luftig    
Neha Gupta, Classical 16 Bethesda, MD
     
Joshua Dinetz, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 17 Roslyn Heights, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Angela Luftig    
Shanisse Tsai, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 17 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
     
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
     
Catherine Huang, Classical 24 Irvine, CA
Student of Julian Wu    
Jiayi Xu, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 26 Beijing, China
Student of Dr. Jue Shen    
Tamara Podolskaya, Classical 31 Moscow, Russia
Amateur Category:
Victor Navarro, Classical 28 Madrid, Spain
     
Natalya Kudryavtseva, Classical 32 Moscow, Russia
     
James Wallard, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz 38 Los Angeles, CA

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


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

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