American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

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 Competition is open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries.

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

A panel of qualified judges evaluates audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.



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

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category:  Age:
Young Singers5 - 10
 Junior11 - 14
 Intermediate15 - 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree)18 and older 
 College students and professional singers18 and older 

International Vocal Competition 2012 Results:

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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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.

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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.

First Place Winners:
 Name Age City/State/Country
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Lauren Yeo, Classical9Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Jennifer Johnson, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Atlanta, GA
Student of Dr. Nina Toropova  
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Sanchitha Balasubramanian, Opera Aria14Monmouth Junction, NJ
Student of Gary Madison  
Kathy Simpson, Classical14Chicago, IL
Student of Dan Schwartz  
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Leah Scholnick, Classical16New York, NY
Student of Jonathan Koh  
Keelia McGovern, Classical16Chatsworth, CA
Student of Tova Morcos  
Rebecca Dharmapalan, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz16Oakland, CA
Student of Matthew Liebowitz  
Category College Students and Professional Singers
Lauren Lugo, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz20Laguna Niguel, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic  
Sheila Houlahan, Classical21New York, NY
Student of Neil Semer  
Isaac Wenger, Opera Aria21Merion Station, PA
Student of Paul Spencer Adkins  
Dianna Richardson, Classical27Ashland, OR
Student of Ellie Holt Murray and Laurie Anne Hunter  
Second Place Winner:
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Melinda Bennish, Classical7Baltimore, MD
Patrick MacDougall, Classical9Boston, MA
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Vladimir Poltavskiy, Classical12St. Petersburg, Russia
Masumi Yoshida, Classical13Tokio, Japan
Susan Shafer, Opera Aria14Brooklyn, NY
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Mi – Cha Kim, Classical15Seoul, Korea
Tyler Collins, Opera Aria17Hartford, CT
Category College Students and Professional Singers
Elizabeth Goodrich, Classical24Vienna, Austria
Arisu Kimura, Opera Aria27Seoul, Korea
Vartan Gevourkian, Opera Aria34San Diego, CA

Third Place and Honorable Mention Winners will be notified of their standing via email.


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