American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Vocal Competition 2018

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 ageas, 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.

Singers from 20 countries applied for this year’s Competition: different U.S. states, Canada, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan,  Philippines and Australia.

Eligibility


 

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 

Awards


 

First and Second Place Winners performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on:

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM,

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM, and 

Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM

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

International Vocal Competition 2018 Results:

Jury's Favorite ($360 Scholarship and Plaque Trophy) Award Winner:

Emily Taylor Kaufman is 13 years old and has been performing around South Florida since she was 6. She loves singing “the oldies” at senior communities as well as “pop” songs at venues around town.  She is a featured National Anthem singer for over 30 organizations including the Florida Marlins Baseball games as well as The Miami Heat Basketball games.  She has been in 18 musical theater productions. Emily was hand-picked by Phil Collins for his mentoring program, The Little Dreams Foundation, and has performed with Phil onstage in 2016 & 2017. Emily is the 2017 winner of the South Florida Kids Got Talent competition, and the American Protege Vocal Competition receiving the Judges Distinction Award.  In 2018 Emily beat out 300 contestants of all ages to win the “STARZ of the Future” vocal competition in West Palm Beach, was the winner of WESTON Idol as well as OUR TOWN vocal competition.  Emily has earned high accolades for tap and jazz performances at regional and national dance competitions. She loves playing piano and was awarded honors for Oral and Written Music Theory this year. Emily is a 7th year girl scout as well as a Youth Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Emily aspires to perform on Broadway and to sell out arenas as a pop star someday.

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

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Naphat Luke Sathienthirakul (Luke), 10, is a student from Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School. Luke has been singing Broadway musical since 4 years old. He is not only interesting in singing but also acting and dancing (Hip-hop, Performance dance and B-boy). He achieved Distinction for Grade 2nd and 4th Music Theatre Broadway Singing from London College of Music. He used to sing for Thailand’s Ministry Education and Ministry of Culture. 

Concerts at Carnegie Hall

Siri Chaikul, 11, is from Bangkok, Thailand. Siri started singing at age 6 and can sing in many styles of music. He stuadies Classical, Musical Theatre singing with Lullalit Supatravanij and Pop, Thai songs with Chatchavet Somsup. Siri is a winner of Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Search for Talent 2016 singing competition. He sang in the Children’s Chorus of Opera Siam’s production of “The Happy Prince” and played the role of Baby Buddha in Somtow Sucharitkul’s opera “The Faithful Son”. 

Song Contest at Carnegie Hall

Avery Whitacre, age 13 is a mezzo soprano from Boca Raton, Florida. Avery is an incoming 8th grader at BAK Middle School of the Arts where she is in the Musical Theater program.  Avery has performed professional theater at Broward Stage Door and has also been in multiple productions at Broadway Bound in Coral Springs. Avery studies voice and music theory with Mike Soper Music in Wellington, Florida.

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Monica Canedo was born in Fairfax, VA in 2004.She showed interest for music since she was very young. She started singing when she was 5 years old while she was in Church. Monica participated in La Voz Kids (Telemundo-Miami) in 2015 making it to the finals. She attended BAK Middle of the arts in West Palm Beach where she participated in ACDA 2016 Honors Choir in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This past year she attended California School of the Arts in Duarte, CA attending the conservatory of Musical Theater.

Song Contest at Carnegie Hall 3

Aida Skaraite, age 14 lives in Lemont, IL. Her love of singing began when she joined a Lithuanian choir. She has taken voice lessons for six years. Aida has won numerous accolades. For the past two years, Aida won 2nd place in Hal Leonard’s Art Song Competition. Last year she won 1st place in the Sinfonietta Bel Canto’s Vocal Competition (SBC), 3rd place in Hal Leonard’s Musical Theatre Competition, and 3rd place in Dupage County Talent Contest. In 2016, Aida was a finalist in SBC’s Voice, a finalist in Geneva’s Got Talent, and Honorable Mention in Musichorale’s Scholarship Competition. In 2015 Aida achieved 5th place in Lithuania’s Baltic Voice competition. Last year the mayor of Juodkrante generously honored Aida a prize for her participation again. In 2014, Aida won 1st place in Rialto Idol Junior contest. Aida is excited to be attending Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for her 2nd year.

Largest Singing Competition at Carnegie Hall 2020 7

Eden Hebron is a versatile, fifteen-year-old singer from Parkland, Fl.  Eden began voice lessons at seven.  She performs locally and regionally in festivals and events including county fairs, nursing homes, charity events, and local concerts. On February 14, Eden was in room 1216 where three lives out of a total 17 were lost during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting, including one of Eden’s best friends, Alyssa Alhadeff. This tragedy was a defining moment in Eden’s life and since this event, Eden has become a prolific and well-known activist who writes and speaks for gun control reform both in the US and abroad. During this time, music has emerged for Eden as an increasingly important and effective way for her to channel her energies positively. She has used her vocal talents to fundraise for ongoing behavioral health services in her community.

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Kevin Yiyang Li, a Grade 11 honor roll student of Canada’s St. George’s school, has been learning the piano since the age of four and subsequently voice at the age of thirteen. Kevin have performed and competed in many local festivals resulting in top prizes. Having undergone years of piano/theory under the tutelage of Alex Lim and speech and drama sessions with the Opus Academy complements Kevin’s training in Vocal studies.  In the last couple of years, Kevin was able to complete his DipLCM performance degree in piano and singing with the London College of Music as well as Associateship diplomas in Speech and Drama with both the London College of Music and the Trinity College of London. Kevin was also accepted further to pursue summer vocal studies at the famed 2017 Interlochen camp held in Michigan.

NameAgeCity/State/Country
First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
 
Classical Repertoire
Maya Ciurcel10Middleburg Hts, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina  
Roger Wang10Suwanee, GA
Student of Qian Li  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Estovan Reizo Cheah8Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Gisele XinXuan Chiam9Singapore
Student of John Khoo and Mok Kang Wai 
Grace Bai9Bayside, NY
Student of Soohyun Oh  
Kantrapee Piriyapul9Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn  
Evelyn Phetthong10Chiang Mai, Thailand
Student of Tianchai Sooktiang  
Naphat Luke Sathienthirakul10Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano  
 
Folk/Traditional
Keane Yap9Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Mia Ye9Baltimore, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Nicole Ng9Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
 
Classical Repertoire
Mariana Chacon11Grecia, Costa Rica
Student of Lidia Rodríguez and Jason Arroyo  
Aida Skaraite14Lemont, IL
Student of Rachel Olson  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Siri Chaikul11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij  
Frances, Aisika Burnett12Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano  
Gianna Codispoti12Boynton Beach, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Jessica Russo12Coconut Creek, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Megan Xuan Tong Tan12Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong
Voranan Bhirombhakdi12Wattana, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano  
Avery Whitacre13Boca Raton, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Emily Taylor Kaufman13Tamarac, FL
Student of Ben Bagby and Michael Soper
Felipe Ma-Pinto13Boynton Beach, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Monica Canedo13Royal Palm Beach, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Emily James14Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr  
Emma Brown14Lake Worth, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Madison Love14Lake Worth, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Sofia Kissel14Aventura, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Daisy Dalit Sigal14Québec, Canada
Student of Olga Perah and Vladimir Horoshhansky
 
Folk/Traditional
Tulip Ghosh11Edison, NJ
Student of Lauren Barchi  
Megan Xuan Tong Tan12Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong 
Amolika Vishal Thapliyal14Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
 
Opera Aria
Clarice Beeput15Trinidad and Tobago
Student of June Nathaniel and Michelle Varley 
Katherine Chang17Irvine, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin  
Sophie Zhang17Dunwoody, GA
Student of Qian Li  
 
Classical Repertoire
Ariana Molkara15Riverside, CA
Student of Caitlin Olivarria and Angela Stewart 
Bella Abbrescia16Wyoming, DE
Student of Zerrin Martin  
Allison Vinis17Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne  
Olivia Carpenter17Arlington, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Damiana Zesiv15Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Eden Hebron15Parkland, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Sasilada Srivikorn15Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon and Jay Veerayano
Christina Maineri16Miami, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Jillian Flaherty16Lake Worth, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Renae Rovnyak16Wellington, FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Olivia Carpenter17Arlington, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan  
 
Folk/Traditional
Kevin Yiyang  Li16Vancouver, Canada
Student of Alex Lim  
   
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Deanna Delore47Arroyo Grande, CA
Student of Guy Babusek  
 
Folk/Traditional
Chunyuan Guo38Rockledge, FL
   
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Kira Lim19Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Minson Baek47San Diego, CA
Classical Repertoire
Kira Lim19Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Katia Le Rolle24Montreal, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova  
 
Folk/Traditional
Kira Lim19Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
   
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Arianna Caballero7Newport Coast, CA
Student of Joann C. Zajac  
Aurielle Caballero8Newport Coast, CA
Student of Joann C. Zajac  
Ka Ing Yeo9Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon  
 
Classical Repertoire
Jayden Li6Broadway Hts, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina  
Alex Cosma7North Royalton, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina  
Naranijanath Naganidhi7Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij  
Gisele XinXuan Chiam9Singapore
Student of John Khoo and Mok Kang Wai 
Brandon Wong10Brooklyn, NY
Student of Taehwan Ku  
Janelle Wong10Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Kah Rui Donna Quek10Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Kayla Low7Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Ronya Naramon Helena Wallin7Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Asher Mendelsohn8Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Cadence Wei Mei Sng8Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Ella Loo Yunfei8Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Jerell Wong8Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Theone Liew8Singapore
Student of Grace Ng  
Clara  Yah8Singapore
Student of Grace Ng  
Carolyn Puah Neo9Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Evonne Fangao9San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng  
Ferenc Alexander Zou9New York, NY
Student of Anthony Piccolo and Gregory Spears 
Isla Hall9Singapore
Student of Grace Ng  
Ka Ing Yeo9Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon  
Keane Yap9Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Leia Sihui Ho9Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Matarin Assakul9Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Ploen Sopitpongstorn  
Nicole Ng9Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Paveethat GuttGutt Surattiantra9Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Phoelia Ang9Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Charlotte Oh10Arroyo Grande, CA
Student of Deanna Delore  
Christie Kim10Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Lara Nie  
Janelle Wong10Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Jennifer Pan10San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng and Dr. Fiona Chatwin 
Jia Hao Wong10Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon  
Jillian Orluk10Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora  
Kah Rui Donna Quek10Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Patalie Viprakasit10Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Pisha Kallayawinai10Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Narattha Kreephanich  
Prasiya Ramyothin10Chiang Mai, Thailand
Student of Tianchai Sooktiang and Viriyapadh Kitavadhana
 
Folk/Traditional
Darrus Chan5Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Asher Mendelsohn8Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai  
Jia Hao Wong10Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon  
Kah Rui Donna Quek10Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
 
Opera Aria
Fiona Zhou11Arcadia, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin  
Victoria Curet11San Diego, CA
Student of Lingchi Yang  
Yehong Jiang11Los Altos, CA
Student of Tianyu Yang  
Alisa Zubkova12Montreal, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova  
Sofia Lee12Buford, GA
Student of Qing Li  
Airla Fan14Hong Kong
Student of Myra Chih  
Carter Hancock14Telford, PA
Student of Hye Eun Choi  
 
Classical Repertoire
Alicia Chu11Newark, DE
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Fiona Zhou11Arcadia, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin  
Sophia Priyanka Moey11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim  
Danielle Marie Soriano12Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Kiana Palmer12Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Megan Xuan Tong Tan12Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong 
Michelle Skylar13London, Great Britain
Student of Marika Rauscher  
Brianna Bogdan14Parma, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina  
Elise Marra14Commerce Township, MI
Student of Danielle Wright  
Erin Tsai14Irvine, CA
Student of Wendy Huang  
Nicole Isabella Boon14Singapore
Student of Natalia Kumkova  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alexa Blaise11Mount – Royal, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova  
Fiona Zhou11Arcadia, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin  
Kirana Yuthong11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Kanokkan Glomchum  
Roslyn Minjoot11Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Sophia Priyanka Moey11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim  
Andrea Perera12Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Student of Elipas Sibua  
Chloe Beh12Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Danielle Marie Soriano12Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Gwendolyn Orluk12Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora  
Haylie Erin Tan12Singapore
Student of John Khoo and Wei Ni  
Kira Macfarlane12Montreal, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova  
Kris Pakdeejit12Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Patum-Anon  
Madeline Magasich12Harleysville, PA
Student of Hye Eun Choi  
Nina Nazarov12Nesconset, NY
Student of Larisa Pokryvailo  
Anantara Gibson13Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano  
Evelyn Cannon13 Samut Prakan, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Pye Pimviriyakul13Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Samantha Permata Surya13Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Tamaara Shanmugaratnam13Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Amolika Vishal Thapliyal14Singapore
Student of Lee Pei Khoon  
Elise Marra14Commerce Township, MI
Student of Danielle Wright  
Natwaran Takananan14Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Onwara Chaisomkun  
Olivia Martinez14Corpus Christi, TX
Student of Cassi Torres-McNabb  
 
Folk/Traditional
Sophia Priyanka Moey11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim  
Andrea Perera12Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Student of Elipas Sibua  
Rozlyn Pell13Rockledge, FL
Student of Joani Slawson and Joseph Franco 
Voice Duo:  
Hannah Snow13Orcutt, CA
Sarah Snow13Orcutt, CA
Students of Deanna Delore  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
 
Opera Aria
Shreya Kumar16Princeton, NJ
Student of Steve Schnurman  
Vanessa Lu16Arcadia, CA
Student of XinXin Martin  
Liang Hui Tay17Singapore
   
Rachael Mathew17Lexington, MA
Student of Victoria Avestiyan  
Shawnia Seah17Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova  
 
Classical Repertoire
Carl Ho15Houston, TX
Student of Summer Haiyan Song  
Enya Loo Yingshan15Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Jiahua Liu15Beijing, China
Student of Bing Li  
Nicholas Oita15Btunswick, OH
Student of Olga Druzhinina  
Ornpailin Wanichthanaolan15Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Zion Daoratanahong  
Ye-ju Sarah Lee15Seoul, South Korea
Student of Da-bin Im  
Nara Lee16Brea, CA
Student of Eunwon Choi  
Julian Carpenter17Arlington, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan  
Kendrick Koh17Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Nathalie Friederich17Smyrna, GA
Student of Adrian Janse Van Rensberg  
Sandrina Sitohang17Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Enya Loo Yingshan15Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Meghna Das15Edison, NJ
Student of Aida Gamboa and Roseanna Vitro 
Ornpailin Wanichthanaolan15Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Zion Daoratanahong  
Regan Gellerson15Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora  
Vanessa Blake15Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Nina Osso16Harrington Park, NJ
   
Rachel Chan16Singapore
Student of Grace Ee Wern Ng  
Shaudeh Farjami16Laguna Niguel, CA
Student of Zachary Hanna  
Vanessa Lu16Arcadia, CA
Student of XinXin Martin  
Zoe Healey16West Hartford, CT
   
Emily Shecter17Wellington, FL
Student of Jennifer Winters  
Jake Grear17North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Stephen Piotrowski  
Julian Carpenter17Arlington, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan  
Kendrick Koh17Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Shawnia Seah17Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova  
 
Folk/Traditional
Artyom Martirosyan17Winchester, MA
   
Jacob Makar-Limanov17Belmont, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan  
Kendrick Koh17Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Liang Hui Tay17Singapore
   
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Sineenuch Phithayajumrus27Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Saran Senavinin  
Christina The37Singapore
Classical Repertoire
Zixin Jin19Champaign, IL
   
Andrew Egbuchiem37Brooklyn, NY
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alessandra Sarmiento18Bentley Park, Australia
Student of Lauren Hannay  
   
Amateur Category:
 
Classical Repertoire
Liam Bodurtha17Stamford, CT
Student of Valerie Sorel  
Wen Wei Lee18Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Maria Austina Widanti20Singapore
Student of Stella Zhou and Devi Suriani  
Adesola Okoro45Phoenix, AZ
Student of Kayode Oni  
 
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Gionna Mariano18Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora  
Serena Cappuccio18Pointe-Claire, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova  
Hazen Lim44Singapore
Student of Kuo Po  

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

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Deadline: April 5, 2024

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