American Protege International Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall

International Vocal Competition 2021

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 will evaluate audition materials. All judges are independent, their students are not allowed to apply this season.

Singers from 13 countries applied for this year’s Competition: different U.S. states, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Lithuania, Macedonia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

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


 

Since the situation with COVID-19 Global Health Crisis is still uncertain, winners will be offered to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

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

International Vocal Competition 2021 Results:

Scholarship Award Winner:

Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall 2023

Fifteen-year-old Eva Ravluševič comes from Vilnius, Lithuania and has stood out in her musical progress under the tutelage of renowned Lithuanian opera singer Raimonda Tallat-Kelpšaitė. Eva is a vocal and piano student at B. Dvarionas Musical School in Vilnius since 2014. She is fluent in four languages and sings accent free in seven different languages. Her singing career began at the age of eight, when she performed at one of the most prestigious academic singing contests “Šilagėlė” in Lithuania. She was then awarded the title of “Invention of the Year”. Moreover, in 2019/2021 Eva performed in various competitions – national and international: she was awarded Gran Prix in “Astana Vision Contest” (Kazakhstan); First place in the International Olga Sosnovskaya Vocalists Contest (Russia); First prize in “Online Wave” (Spain); First place in “Scarlatti Award” (Italy); Gold Medal award in “Riga Symphony” (Latvia), First prize in “Open International Auditions” (Italy).

Judges’ Distinction (Plaque Trophy) Award Winners

Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall 2023

Jiaranil Jiamkanok is 16 years old from Thailand. She began studying vocal at the age of twelve. She loves to sing and dance. In 2020, Jiaranil got a silver award from the 4th Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards in Singapore, and got a silver prize from the 7th Hong Kong Youth Performing Arts Festival in Thailand Preliminary Round. In 2021, she won the First Prize award and of the international competition “Golden Classical Music Awards”.

Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall 2023

Avril Brown is a 15-year-old singer from Fremont, California. She has been singing both for 8 years and was a Second Place Winner of the American Protégé International Music Talaent Competition Fall 2020. She is a member of her school’s leadership program and has a variety of music-based hobbies including playing the piano and guitar, writing her own music, performing in school productions, and performing musical theater songs.

Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall 2023

Kirsten Tierney lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and attends McLean High School . She has taken voice lessons for about 6 years from Sonia Yon at Harmonia School of Music and Arts in Vienna, Virginia, and has participated in numerous recitals and musicals.  Her favorite roles have been Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Glinda in Wicked.  Kirsten has competed in the National Vocal Competition of the New York Lyric Opera where she placed fourth in the Junior High Division in 2018 and was a finalist in the High School Division in 2019, with performances at the National Opera Center in New York City. In 2020 and 2021, she was a finalist in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, Art song Category. 

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Chanidapa Kalayavinai, 14, student from Mater Dei School, Bangkok, Thailand. She loves to sing a song and has started to take vocal courses at the age of seven. For the school projects, she was chosen to be a choir joined with Maitai Orchestra in 2018 and 2019. Moreover Chanidapa joined Yamaha Thailand Music Festival for three times. She won the silver prize in 2017 and the gold prizes in 2018 and 2019. She also won the gold prize from The 7th Hong Kong Youth Performance Arts Festival 2019. Chanidapa got high distinction in Pop Music Vocals – Recital Grade 3 for 93 marks, University of West London. In recently, She has joined The Young Artist Music Contest 2020, Mahidol University, Thailand. She won the 2nd prize. She also enjoys playing piano. She took piano exams of Trinity Colledge London with the distinction score in grade 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Carnegie Hall Piano Competitions

Ra-Ingdao Itthiratanakomol is eight years old Thai girl who loves and has strong passion in singing. She has been performing since she was four years old at her first “We are Monster the Musical”. Later, she performed as “Young Nala” in “The Lion King Mini Musical” at the Icon Siam. Ing Ing also sings in the official Ads “Aunjai with AIS”, airing in Jan 2020 and she has been recording Voice Spot for Mamarine Ads, broadcasting in February 2020. She performed Christmas Charity Singing Concert December 2020, for fund raising to help underprivileged children in Thailand. Ra-Ingdao Itthiratanakomol won in several Singing Competitions: First Place & Audience Award Winner in “Rocky Mountain Voice Competition 2021” (Canada); Gold Medal Winner from “Thailand Music Festival 2020 for Young Artist”; Platinum Trophy Award from “The 1st Bangkok Classical Music Festival 2019” and ranked the highest “Excellence” score from “Young Artist Music Contest 2019”.

NameAgeCity/State/Country
First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Katherine Backues9San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng  
   
Classical Repertoire
Irene Su6Newport Coast, CA
Student of Mai Sui  
Janelle Wu9Johns Creek, GA
Student of Tina Xianyu Cui  
Heidi Hager10Herndon, VA
Rada Kanjanapruk10Samutprakarn, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ra-Ingdao Itthiratanakomol8Bangkhunkong, Thailand
Student of Auranus Yuenyonghattaporn 
Zach Edwards8Singapore
Alera Cetrulo9Goleta, CA
Student of Dauri Kennedy  
Janelle Wu9Johns Creek, GA
Student of Tina Xianyu Cui  
Cynthia Cai10Katy, TX
Student of Dr. Yung-Wei Sun  
Hansong Zhu10Irvine, CA
Student of Solène Le Van  
Heidi Hager10Herndon, VA
Juliet Lee10Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Lucy Cox10Smyrna, GA
Student of Dr. Adriana van Rensburg  
Sienna Stoll10Phoenix, AZ
Student of Renee Koher and Kristen Drathman
   
Folk/Traditional
Elina Ma8Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
Esther Gao10Alpharetta, GA
Student of Xianyu Cui  
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Jingyao Zhang12Xian, China
Student of Pyoung Gang Kim  
Ryan Zhou14Ellicott City, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
   
Classical Repertoire
Gloria Wang11Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
Olivia Song11Irvine, CA
Student of Mai Sui  
Nicolette Bett13Valley Stream, NY
Student of Steven Tompkins  
Renee Zhu14Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Margot S. Wu11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong  
Neil Thakkar11Chester Springs, PA
Student of Hazel Choi  
Olivia Ma11Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
Leah Thomas12Cupertino, CA
Student of Majhon Phillips  
Chanidapa Kalayavinai13Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn  
Estella Chen14San Jose , CA
Student of Lin Pan and Edna Garabedian 
Fiona Neff14Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Mina Lim14Orinda, CA
Student of Betty Schneider  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Csepke Sallai15Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Eva Ravluševič15Vilnius, Lithuania
Student of Raimonda Tallat-Kelpšaitė and Gytis Cinauskas
Grace Chung15Garfield, NJ
Student of Jinhwan Byun  
Kirsten Tierney16Falls Church, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Sophia Welch15Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Yoonsuh (Erin) Lee16Seoul, South Korea
Student of Tom Ford and Eugene Kang  
Julia Tooker17Penfield, NY
Student of Diane Abrahamian and Rena Monti  
   
Classical Repertoire
Milena Manocchia15New York, NY
Kaede Shimizu16Fremont, CA
Student of Sophie Liu  
Zoe Yu16Hong Kong
Student of Rao Lan  
Armen Manucharyan17Burlington, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan and Yeghishe Manucharyan
Brandon Lim17Commack, NY
Student of Valentin Peytchinov and Gloria Park
Brook Xiao17Concord, NH
Student of Mark Cleveland and Deborah Williams
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Amanda Swickle15Jericho, NY
Student of Allie Brault  
Avril Brown15Fremont, CA
Student of Lin Pan and Edna Garabedian 
Cole Seevers15Oakton, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Susan Jiang15San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng  
Andrew Yuan16San Jose, CA
Student of Iari Melchor  
Aviela Chang16San Juan Capistrano, CA
Student of Mai Sui  
Brandon Lee16Riverside, CA
Student of Eunwon Choi  
Jiaranil Jiamkanok16Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Onwara Chaisomkun  
Zoe Yu16Hong Kong
Student of Rao Lan  
   
Folk/Traditional
Aviela Chang16San Juan Capistrano, CA
Student of Mai Sui  
   
College Students and Professional Singers Category:
Opera Aria
Fei Xia32Flushing, NY
Student of Hope Koehler  
Jena Abati28Lancaster, NY
   
Classical Repertoire
Adriana Zarzu Sacramento, CA
   
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Gayatri Venkatesan27Sunnyvale, CA
Ying Li Brooklyn, NY
Student of Maitland Peters  
   
Classical Repertoire
Camille Nicholas26Saint Albans, NY
Student of Dr. Maya Hoover  
Jeonghyun Hur21Huntington, NY
Student of Yuri Park  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Lindsey O’Connor31Berlin, Germany
   
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Kaylynn Cho10Seoul, South Korea
Student of Jihong Park  
Zixuan Xu10Lexington, MA
Student of Xiaohan Chen  
   
Classical Repertoire
Maya Mulholland7New York, NY
Student of David Mulholland  
Michael Ma9Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
Julia Kartvelishvili10Coralville, IA
Student of Mia Fryvecind Gimenez  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Anya Thakkar8Chester Springs, PA
Student of Hazel Choi  
Jiaxuan Li9Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
Katha Loke9Denville, NJ
Student of Brittany  
Julia Kartvelishvili10Coralville, IA
Student of Mia Fryvecind Gimenez  
   
Folk/Traditional
Grace Wang8Duluth, GA
Student of Qian Li and Jungkyu Han  
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Ruotong Xu11Xian, China
Student of Pyoung Gang Kim  
Hannah Messineo12Meridian, ID
Student of Thomas Truhitte  
Naomi Sedwick13McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Annie Song Wang14Vancouver, Canada
Student of  Zhenyu Liu  
   
Classical Repertoire
Mark Ma11Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li  
Zachary Park11Wellesley , MA
Student of Francis Kweon and Joohwa Park 
Hannah Messineo12Meridian, ID
Student of Thomas Truhitte  
Isabella Rivera12Winter Haven, FL
Student of Patricia Lincoski and Jitka Cinibulk
Trinity Hu12Sudbury, MA
Student of Zhuge Zeng  
Andrew Chiu14Cupertino, CA
Student of Ming Sheng Yang  
Isabella Reichenbach14New York, NY
Student of Lauren D’Ottavio  
Kyana Chainani14Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Naomi Tan14Westbury, NY
Student of Jennifer Grimaldi-Toohey  
Raghav Ramgopal14Los Altos Hills, CA
Student of Eun Mee Ko  
Riko Hatanaka14San Jose, CA
Student of Haruna Shiokawa Mo  
Sindhu Vemulapalli14Folsom, CA
Student of Donna Olson  
Zimo Zhao14Altlanta, GA
Student of Li Qian and JungKyu Han  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Anne Gao11McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Korrawan Boonnak11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Onwara Chaisomkun  
NiuNiu Zhang11Potomac, MD
Student of Sonia Yon  
Olivia Song11Irvine, CA
Student of Mai Sui  
Sua Chung11Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Amelia Mussachio12Lockport, NY
Student of Kacy Carbone and Kim Potfora 
Nicole Podolskaya12San Bruno, CA
Student of Anna Yelizarova  
Abigail Ribakoff13Los Angeles, CA
Student of Evelyn Edwards and Carol Tingle 
Aditya Ramanathan13San Jose, CA
Student of Gayatri Venkatesan  
Akshi Malhotra13Cupertino, CA
Student of Haruna Shiokawa-Mo  
Julia Murphy13Oakton, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Sarah Serena Thompson13Sandy Springs, GA
Student of Dr. Adriana Janse van Rensburg 
Ella Vakiner14Iowa City, IA
Student of Mia Fryvecind Gimenez  
Hayoon Shin14Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Hye Eun Choi  
Jamie Choe14Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Jingyi Du14Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Roubing Zhang  
Rya Monroe14Spokane, WA
Student of Deanna Joy  
Sophie Jaquish14Saratoga , CA
Student of Mahsheed Massarat  
   
Vocal Duet:  
Joshua Thomas14Cupertino, CA
Leah Thomas12Cupertino, CA
Students of Majhon Phillips  
   
Folk/Traditional
Benoit Pelchat14Moraga, CA
Student of Min-Sheng Yang  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Gina Vicari15Centreville, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Ariel De Leon16McAllen, TX
Student of Maria Avalos  
Isabella Brubaker16Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Kelly Shen16Atherton, CA
Student of Eun-Mee Ko  
Sara Porjosh16Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
   
Classical Repertoire
Agnes William15Morgan Hill, CA
Student of Solmaaz Adeli  
Ellen Jo15San Jose , CA
Student of Kyungmin Lee  
Kiana Palmer15Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Hyewon Son16Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Hye Young Kang  
Lia Zheng16San Diego, CA
Student of Zeping Cai  
Rachel Zhao16Ellicott City, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li  
Renna Popli16Pleasanton, CA
Student of Jumi Kim  
Shreya Krishnan16Colorado Springs, CO
Kyubin Moon17Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Yongmin Kim and Hyewon Jung 
Mayu Tayama17San Jose, CA
Student of Justin Montigne  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Jingyi Du14Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Roubing Zhang  
Ashley Zhang15Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Jasmin Chen15Great Falls, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Kiana Palmer15Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
TongTong Ye15Potomac, MD
Student of Joyce Lundy  
Ahana Guin16Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald  
Anna Abraham16Flower Mound, TX
Student of Kara Hanson-Hajjafari  
Anya Waria16Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald  
Carissa Ma16Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Kavya Vandavasi16Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Ria Bhatnagar16Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi  
Catherine Zavela17McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon  
Erin Kim17Andover, MA
Student of Kennedy McAlister  
Justin Ingui17Brooklyn, NY
Student of Chris Citera and Jana Ballard 
Yilin Cai17Nanjing, China
Student of Wang Zuoxin and Zhu Fu  
   
Vocal Duet:  
Joonmo Koo17Seoul, South Korea
Yoonsuh (Erin) Lee16Seoul, South Korea
Students of Tom Ford and Eugene Kang 
   
Folk/Traditional
Kenny Tsao17Alpharetta, GA
Student of Qian Li  
   
College Students and Professional Singers Category:
Opera Aria
Olivia Carter34San Francisco, CA
   
Classical Repertoire
Diana Sotski35New York, NY
   
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Hannah Cummings18Valley Center, CA
Student of Camilla Arnold  
Joshua Lee20Los Angeles, CA
Student of Sarah Chung  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Andre De La Tejera27Edinburg, TX
Student of Maria Avalos  
Angela Madjirova18Bogdanci, Macedonia
Student of Ana Kostadinovska  

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

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Vocal Competition 2024

Deadline: June 10, 2024

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Competition of Romantic Music 2024

Deadline: October 10, 2024

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Deadline: October 25, 2024

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Deadline: January 20, 2025

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