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International Vocal Competition 2016

The American Protégé International Vocal Competition 2016 was 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 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 were 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

on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and

on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM and 7:30 PM at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

$350 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards were granted based on the judges recommendations.

American Protégé Vocal Competition 2016 Results

Jury’s Favorite ($360 Scholarship and Plague Trophy) Award Winners:

Polina Kornyushenko, 10, she was born July 5th 2005 in Ukraine.  She started her Voice lessons in 2014 in Olga’s Music Studio with Olga Druzhinina. Polina participated in NFMC Auditions in 2015 and 2016 and got Superior (5) rate. She won 1st place and Cash price in Little Mozart International Competition in 2015 and performed in Carnegie Hall. In 2016, she won 3rd place, the title of Laureate and Diploma in “eMuse” Online Music Competition (Athens, Greece). Polina participated in SYM (Ukranian National Festival), NY in 2015 and 2016 as solo vocalist and won 1st places in both. She participates in community social life,  events and recitals as a vocalist. Her academic awards were recognized by President Obama Certificate. Polina also enjoys taking ballet classes in the local Studio, and Piano lessons. Polina's portret
Daleyna Dunlap, 13, is a dramatic soprano that has been performing since the age of six. Her voice repertoire is diverse and eclectic ranging from Broadway to pop; however, classical voice is her greatest gift and passion. She will be attending the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts (OSCA) in Southern California as an eighth grader in the Classical Voice Conservatory. She fulfilled one of her lifetime dreams last year by gracing the Carnegie Hall stage as 2015 American Protégé first place winner for Broadway voice and second place winner for Classical voice. At that time, she was awarded, “Best Performance” in Broadway voice.  She has collected enumerable awards in voice through various organizations such as Hal Leonard, Professional Opera Singers Association, NATS and VO CAL. She shares her gift of voice in her local community on musical theater stages, theme parks, sporting events, churches, hospitals and convalescent homes.  Daleyna Dunlap
Adam Mombru is a 17-year-old from London, United Kingdom. He is a King’s Scholar and Music Scholar at Eton College, and although primarily an instrumentalist (currently at clarinettist at the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and formerly a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department), he has sung as an untrained vocalist in school and church choirs until 2015, when he started taking lessons for the first time. He has a passion for jazz, theatrical, and pop music, and as a baritone, has adapted a semi-falsetto to suit the demands of these genres. He also takes advantage of his grounding as a classical pianist to accompany himself as a singer.  Adam Mombru
Isabella Rachiele is 17 and from Montreal, Canada. She has been singing, dancing and playing and studying music since the age of 5.  She has participated in numerous Broadway Musicals and at the age of 13 completed a two year Broadway program at Montreal’s prestigious Segal Arts Centre. At the age of 15 she was selected to take part in a jazz / blues training that culminated in a solo vocal performance to a crowd of over 3000 people at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.  At 16, she won first prize at the Brome Fair singing/talent competition, co-wrote and directed her own musical, and was awarded the Musical Personality of the Year Award at her High School graduation. She is currently enrolled in a full time music program with a concentration on jazz vocals. Her goal is to continue working on her vocal technique and to keep discovering and immersing herself in the music she loves. In addition to studying singing, she also studies acting and dance. Isabella Rachiele

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Coming from Thailand, Patrajaree Vanichvongvan or better known as Plu has studied piano and singing from the age of 7 and 8, respectively. She has appeared in several singing contests on local television such as “The trainer 5” at the age of 9; winner of the “Star Kids” and made it through the blind audition of the Voice Kids Thailand, Season 3 in 2014. For the ABRSM examination, she has passed Grade 2 singing in 2013 and Grade 4 (with distinction) in 2014. Her big break came in 2015 when she auditioned and beat out more than 200 other candidates for one of von Trapp roles (Martha) in the critically acclaimed Thai production of the Sound of Music. Earlier this year, she was selected as one among half-dozen kids to perform live in front of hundreds of spectators with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in its annual Concert in the Park.


Patrajaree Vanichvongvan
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Umphaiporn (Lena) Atipunumphai is attending year 7 at Shrewsbury International School.  Since age of five, she has been practicing music as a positive vocalist and pianist with intense interest and passion. Moreover, she loves playing the guitar and ukulele.  Her achievements in music include passing grade 5 vocal exam with a merit as well as grade 3 piano exam with a distinction from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  In 2012, she participated in The Voice Kids Blind auditions in which she was among the 100 selected from 4000 contestants nationwide.  She also advanced to the semi-finals of SET Youth Musician Competition organized by the College of Music, Mahidol University and the semi-finals of The Thai Classical Music Competition. Currently, she is the only year-7 student selected into the school’s Senior Chamber Choir, making her the youngest member of the choir. Umphaiporn Atipunumphai
Jennea Katic was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. From age 6, Jennea won many regional competitions and in 2010 won Best Overall Performance at South African National Performing Arts Competition. She was selected to represent South Africa at World Championship of Performing Arts, in Los Angeles. At age 8, Jennea moved to USA, and performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater. She has been invited twice to sing the National Anthem at Marlins Ball Park, has performed at numerous charity, holiday, community events, and sings in her church band. In 2011, she wrote and recorded her own song and is currently developing her skills and techniques under the tutorship of Mike Soper. Jennea is an 8th grade Honors student at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and two-time winner of the Pinnacle Award for Excellence (Broward County School Association). She is a member of her school’s FIRST robotics team. Jennea Katic

 

First Place Winners:
Name Age City/State/Country
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Opera Aria
Polina Kornyushenko 10 North Royalton, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina    
Classical Repertoire
Polina Kornyushenko 10 North Royalton, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Nicolas Huff 8 Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham    
Amanda Swickle 10 Jericho, NY
Student of Badiene Magaziner    
Adele Wee 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Neo Le Yang 10 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po    
Verlene Yun Ting Chew 10 Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Daleyna Dunlap 13 Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong    
Karuna  Taesopapong 13 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Nakananthinee Worakhitanan    
Emma Potts 14 Mechanicsville, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne    
Larissa Culbertson 14 Wayne, PA
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Joseph A. Olson    
Mary-Kaitlyn Barnes 14 Mount Airy, MD
Student of Kyung Hee Park, D.M.A.    
Classical Repertoire
Daleyna Dunlap 13 Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong    
Nicholas Oita 13 Brunswick, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina    
May  Coppler 14 Fostoria, OH
Student of Stephanie Fox    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alyssa Rose Marella 11 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zach Carr    
William Huff 11 Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham    
Elizabeth Scott 12 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kim Potfora and Zachary Carr    
Horris Lam 12 Hong Kong
Patrajaree Vanichvongvan 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Saran Senavinin and Zinnia Grace Zamar Du    
Roy Park 12 Bayside, NY
Student of Soohyun Oh    
Umphaiporn Atipunumphai 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Nantana Boonlong    
Allegra Miles 13 Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Valerie Saalbach    
Daleyna Dunlap 13 Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong    
Rarinsri Assakul 13 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn    
Jennea Katic 14 Pompano Beach, FL
Student of Mike Soper    
Larissa Culbertson 14 Wayne, PA
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Joseph A. Olson    
Laura  Granello 14 Stuart, FL
Student of Michael Soper    
May  Coppler 14 Fostoria, OH
Student of Stephanie Fox    
Nutnicha Vongthaiwan 14 Pattaya, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Caprice Trifiro 15 Brecksville, OH
Student of Olga Druzhnina    
Adriana  Ribeiro 16 Mamodeiro, Portugal
Student of Juracyara Baptista    
Valery Berenshtein 17 River Vale, NJ
Student of Argine Safari and Sandra Ruggles    
Classical Repertoire
Angelina Galjević 15 Belgrade, Serbia
Student of Ana Lačković    
Alexis Watson 16 Kelowna, Canada
Student of Eeva-Maria Kopp    
Benjamin Wenzelberg 16 Tenafly, NJ
Lisa Son 16 La Canada Flintridge, CA
Student of Sung Hei Roh    
Rebecca Kuo 16 Little Rock, AR
Sarah Wang 16 Dallas, TX
Student of Jared Schwartz    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alexis Watson 16 Kelowna, Canada
Student of Eeva-Maria Kopp    
Adam Mombru 17 London, UK
Student of James Fulton and Nicky-Jane Kemp    
Arnell Nur Karina 17 Singapore
Student of Grace Ee Wern Ng    
Isabella Rachiele 17 Montreal, Canada
Student of Sharada Banman    
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Cipriano Mercado De Guzman, Jr. 31 Hiroshima City, Japan
Student of Hiroharu Orikawa and Park Byeong-in    
Inho Eom 36 Cliffside Park, NJ
Student of Arthur Levy and Joshua Greene    
Yanyan Zhou 31 Seattle, WA
Student of Thomas Harper    
Classical Repertoire
Marija Gligorevic 20 Toronto, Canada
Student of Olivera Jovanovic    
Folk/Traditional
Pei Khoon Lee 34 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Student of Lim Shieh Yih    
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Lisa Zhang 23 New York, NY
Student of Janna Baty and Kathleen Terbeek    
Makuena Mohlakola 23 Salt Lake City , UT
Student of Cletus Sethunya    
Artin Aharonian 47 Gaithersburg, MD
Student of Barry Alexander    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Barbora Bowser 36 Fairfax, VA
Student of Jane Tavernier    
Folk/Traditional
Anna Makar-Limanov 18 Belmont, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan    
Mok  Kang Wai 24 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Student of Momo    
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Opera Aria
Keiko Kiyashka 9 Forest Hills, NY
Student of Samantha Friedman    
Classical Repertoire
Bernice Tan 8 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Ka Ing Yeo 8 Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon    
Finja  Reinhardt 9 Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern    
Adele Wee 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Ethan Dingrong Lew 10 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Rocco Ambrosini 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn
Tanya Choothanya 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Bernice Tan 8 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Ka Ing Yeo 8 Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon    
Nicole Wong 8 Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern    
Jun Yi Wong 9 Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern    
Devin  Shattuck 10 Parkland, FL
Student of Ben Solmor and Andrew Schultz    
Ethan Dingrong Lew 10 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Rebecca Lee 10 North Haven, CT
Student of Cynthia Eggers    
Sasha  Suhandinata 10 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po    
Tanya Choothanya 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Aurora Badia 12 Fort Myers, FL
Rena Maduro 13 Riverside, CA
Student of Anette Guldhammer and Eric Carampatan    
Nicole Isabel Xinyen Oo 13 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po and Angela Hodgins    
Alina Dong 14 Houston, TX
Student of Summer Song    
Justine  Wang 14 San Marino, CA
Student of Xin Xin Sun and Richard Seymour
Pablo Rubin-Jurado 14 New York, NY
Student of Cynthia Sanner    
Classical Repertoire
Elliot Rui En Koh 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Kiyota Yuki 11 Singapore
Melissa Hecker 11 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po    
Nicole Jia Mei Tan 11 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Dawn Yap 12 Singapore
Student of Leslie Tay and Mok Kang Wai    
Valerie Lee 13 Singapore
Student of Grace Ee Wern Ng    
Nutnicha Vongthaiwan 14 Pattaya, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Ratanon Damrongwattanapokin 14 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Nakananthinee Worakhitanan    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Chotiga Nawarat Na Ayudhaya 11 Muang, Thailand
Student of Nakananthinee Worakhitanan    
Elliot, Rui En Koh 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Margaret Parrino 11 Richmond, VA
Student of Jennifer Piazza-Pick and Lynnelle Ediger    
Melissa Hecker 11 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po    
Nicole Jia Mei Tan 11 Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har    
Sofia Zaros 11 Singapore
Student of Satsuki Nagatome    
Aleesha Haq 12 Singapore
Student of Grace Ee Wern Ng    
Amolika Vishal Thapliyal 12 Singapore
Student of Mr Lee Pei Khoon
Dawn Yap 12 Singapore
Student of Leslie Tay and Mok Kang Wai    
Ethan Han Hao Zhang 12 Singapore
Student of Leslie Tay    
Sirinat Srichonlatarn 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Thunchanok Jutartreeraparp 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Nakananthinee Worakhitanan    
Archana  Kulkarni 13 West Chester , PA
Student of Lyndsey Baker    
Nicole Isabel Xinyen Oo 13 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po and Angela Hodgins    
Mark Russ 14 Roslyn, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Allison Hungate Wood    
Neha Sharon Jacob 14 Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi    
Folk/Traditional
Elliot, Rui En Koh 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming    
Aurora Badia 12 Fort Myers, FL
Natalie Hahn 12 New York, NY
Student of Sun Young Chang    
     
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Brittany  Roy 16 Buffalo, NY
Student of Zachary Carr    
Matija Tomas 16 Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anna Tuckwiller    
Priscilla Fong 16 Singapore
Student of Elena Ng  
Stephanie Tan 16 Singapore
Student of Elena Ng and Corinna Chang    
Classical Repertoire
Anita Garg 15 Irvine, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin    
Sabiha Haque 15 Glastonbury, CT
Student of Nadia Aguilar    
Kasey Park 16 Bayside, NY
Student of Soohyun Oh    
Neha  Gupta 16 Bethesda, MD
Student of Dr. Nakia Verner    
Aaditi Pradeep 17 Bangalore, India
Student of Tanisha Herbert    
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Priscilla Fong 16 Singapore
Student of Elena    
Serena Tang 16 Singapore
Student of Grace Ee Wern Ng    
Stephanie Tan 16 Singapore
Student of Elena Ng and Corinna Chang    
Austin Krulewecki 18 Arroyo Grande, CA
Student of Deanna Delore    
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Pei Khoon Lee 34 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Student of Lim Shieh Yih    
Shelly Choy Har Chong 28 Ulu Tiram, Malaysia
Stefan Djokovic 25 Belgrade, Serbia
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Ying He 31 Naperville, IL
Student of Tao Tong and Hui Liu    
Nancie Grossman 68 Mission Viejo, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic    
Classical Repertoire
Wannaporn  Sukhasapha 18 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Victoria Sethunya 48 Salt Lake City , UT
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Wannaporn Sukhasapha 18 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat    
Yong Hong Tan 54 Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon    
Folk/Traditional
Yong Hong Tan 54 Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon    
LeahAliza Lee 56 Walled Lake, MI
Student of Curt Peters and Aida Al-Adawi

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. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.
  3. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office). 
  4. 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.
  5. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.
  6. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).
  7. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $360. This fee includes four guest tickets, free admission to the hall for the participant and piano accompanist (if needed), a Winner’s Certificate and Teachers’ diploma, and a set of digital photos taken by the Carnegie Hall certified professional photographer during the participant’s stage performance.
  8. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $230 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group.
  9. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.
  10. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.
  11. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.
  12. For detailed Winners Recital information please click here.

American Protégé Organizational Committee reserves the rights to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competitions or published on this site.

Complete policies, rules and disclaimers could be found on American Protégé Policy page