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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 Singers 5 – 10
 Junior 11 – 14
 Intermediate 15 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older 
 College students and professional singers 18 and older 

Vocal Competition 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.

American Protégé Vocal Competition 2021 Results

Scholarship Award Winner:

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 Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

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”.

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 Talent 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.

Kirsten Tierney lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and attends McLean High School where she sings in the top choir. She has taken voice lessons for about 6 years from Ms. 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. In 2021, she participated in summer vocal programs with The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Camp.
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.

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”.
Name Age City/State/Country
First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Katherine Backues 9 San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng
Classical Repertoire
Irene Su 6 Newport Coast, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Janelle Wu 9 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Tina Xianyu Cui
Heidi Hager 10 Herndon, VA
Rada Kanjanapruk 10 Samutprakarn, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ra-Ingdao Itthiratanakomol 8 Bangkhunkong, Thailand
Student of Auranus Yuenyonghattaporn
Zach Edwards 8 Singapore
Alera Cetrulo 9 Goleta, CA
Student of Dauri Kennedy
Janelle Wu 9 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Tina Xianyu Cui
Cynthia Cai 10 Katy, TX
Student of Dr. Yung-Wei Sun
Hansong Zhu 10 Irvine, CA
Student of Solène Le Van
Heidi Hager 10 Herndon, VA
Juliet Lee 10 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Lucy Cox 10 Smyrna, GA
Student of Dr. Adriana van Rensburg
Sienna Stoll 10 Phoenix, AZ
Student of Renee Koher and Kristen Drathman
Folk/Traditional
Elina Ma 8 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Esther Gao 10 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Xianyu Cui
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Jingyao Zhang 12 Xian, China
Student of Pyoung Gang Kim
Ryan Zhou 14 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li
Classical Repertoire
Gloria Wang 11 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Olivia Song 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Nicolette Bett 13 Valley Stream, NY
Student of Steven Tompkins
Renee Zhu 14 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Margot S. Wu 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong
Neil Thakkar 11 Chester Springs, PA
Student of Hazel Choi
Olivia Ma 11 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Leah Thomas 12 Cupertino, CA
Student of Majhon Phillips
Chanidapa Kalayavinai 13 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn
Estella Chen 14 San Jose , CA
Student of Lin Pan and Edna Garabedian
Fiona Neff 14 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Mina Lim 14 Orinda, CA
Student of Betty Schneider
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Csepke Sallai 15 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Eva Ravluševič 15 Vilnius, Lithuania
Student of Raimonda Tallat-Kelpšaitė and Gytis Cinauskas
Grace Chung 15 Garfield, NJ
Student of Jinhwan Byun
Kirsten Tierney 16 Falls Church, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Sophia Welch 15 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Yoonsuh (Erin) Lee 16 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Tom Ford and Eugene Kang
Julia Tooker 17 Penfield, NY
Student of Diane Abrahamian and Rena Monti
Classical Repertoire
Milena Manocchia 15 New York, NY
Kaede Shimizu 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Sophie Liu
Zoe Yu 16 Hong Kong
Student of Rao Lan
Armen Manucharyan 17 Burlington, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan and Yeghishe Manucharyan
Brandon Lim 17 Commack, NY
Student of Valentin Peytchinov and Gloria Park
Brook Xiao 17 Concord, NH
Student of Mark Cleveland and Deborah Williams
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Amanda Swickle 15 Jericho, NY
Student of Allie Brault
Avril Brown 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Lin Pan and Edna Garabedian
Cole Seevers 15 Oakton, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Susan Jiang 15 San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng
Andrew Yuan 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Iari Melchor
Aviela Chang 16 San Juan Capistrano, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Brandon Lee 16 Riverside, CA
Student of Eunwon Choi
Jiaranil Jiamkanok 16 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Onwara Chaisomkun
Zoe Yu 16 Hong Kong
Student of Rao Lan
Folk/Traditional
Aviela Chang 16 San Juan Capistrano, CA
Student of Mai Sui
College Students and Professional Singers Category:
Opera Aria
Fei Xia 32 Flushing, NY
Student of Hope Koehler
Jena Abati 28 Lancaster, NY
Classical Repertoire
Adriana Zarzu Sacramento, CA
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Gayatri Venkatesan 27 Sunnyvale, CA
Ying Li Brooklyn, NY
Student of Maitland Peters
Classical Repertoire
Camille Nicholas 26 Saint Albans, NY
Student of Dr. Maya Hoover
Jeonghyun Hur 21 Huntington, NY
Student of Yuri Park
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Lindsey O’Connor 31 Berlin, Germany
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Kaylynn Cho 10 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Jihong Park
Zixuan Xu 10 Lexington, MA
Student of Xiaohan Chen
Classical Repertoire
Maya Mulholland 7 New York, NY
Student of David Mulholland
Michael Ma 9 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Julia Kartvelishvili 10 Coralville, IA
Student of Mia Fryvecind Gimenez
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Anya Thakkar 8 Chester Springs, PA
Student of Hazel Choi
Jiaxuan Li 9 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Katha Loke 9 Denville, NJ
Student of Brittany
Julia Kartvelishvili 10 Coralville, IA
Student of Mia Fryvecind Gimenez
Folk/Traditional
Grace Wang 8 Duluth, GA
Student of Qian Li and Jungkyu Han
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Ruotong Xu 11 Xian, China
Student of Pyoung Gang Kim
Hannah Messineo 12 Meridian, ID
Student of Thomas Truhitte
Naomi Sedwick 13 McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Annie Song Wang 14 Vancouver, Canada
Student of  Zhenyu Liu
Classical Repertoire
Mark Ma 11 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Zachary Park 11 Wellesley , MA
Student of Francis Kweon and Joohwa Park
Hannah Messineo 12 Meridian, ID
Student of Thomas Truhitte
Isabella Rivera 12 Winter Haven, FL
Student of Patricia Lincoski and Jitka Cinibulk
Trinity Hu 12 Sudbury, MA
Student of Zhuge Zeng
Andrew Chiu 14 Cupertino, CA
Student of Ming Sheng Yang
Isabella Reichenbach 14 New York, NY
Student of Lauren D’Ottavio
Naomi Tan 14 Westbury, NY
Student of Jennifer Grimaldi-Toohey
Raghav Ramgopal 14 Los Altos Hills, CA
Student of Eun Mee Ko
Riko Hatanaka 14 San Jose, CA
Student of Haruna Shiokawa Mo
Sindhu Vemulapalli 14 Folsom, CA
Student of Donna Olson
Zimo Zhao 14 Altlanta, GA
Student of Li Qian and JungKyu Han
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Anne Gao 11 McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Korrawan Boonnak 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Onwara Chaisomkun
NiuNiu Zhang 11 Potomac, MD
Student of Sonia Yon
Olivia Song 11 Irvine, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Sua Chung 11 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Amelia Mussachio 12 Lockport, NY
Student of Kacy Carbone and Kim Potfora
Nicole Podolskaya 12 San Bruno, CA
Student of Anna Yelizarova
Abigail Ribakoff 13 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Evelyn Edwards and Carol Tingle
Aditya Ramanathan 13 San Jose, CA
Student of Gayatri Venkatesan
Akshi Malhotra 13 Cupertino, CA
Student of Haruna Shiokawa-Mo
Julia Murphy 13 Oakton, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Sarah Serena Thompson 13 Sandy Springs, GA
Student of Dr. Adriana Janse van Rensburg
Ella Vakiner 14 Iowa City, IA
Student of Mia Fryvecind Gimenez
Hayoon Shin 14 Plymouth Meeting, PA
Student of Hye Eun Choi
Jamie Choe 14 Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Rya Monroe 14 Spokane, WA
Student of Deanna Joy
Sophie Jaquish 14 Saratoga , CA
Student of Mahsheed Massarat
Vocal Duet:
Joshua Thomas 14 Cupertino, CA
Leah Thomas 12 Cupertino, CA
Students of Majhon Phillips
Folk/Traditional
Benoit Pelchat 14 Moraga, CA
Student of Min-Sheng Yang
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Gina Vicari 15 Centreville, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Ariel De Leon 16 McAllen, TX
Student of Maria Avalos
Isabella Brubaker 16 Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Kelly Shen 16 Atherton, CA
Student of Eun-Mee Ko
Sara Porjosh 16 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Classical Repertoire
Agnes William 15 Morgan Hill, CA
Student of Solmaaz Adeli
Ellen Jo 15 San Jose , CA
Student of Kyungmin Lee
Kiana Palmer 15 Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Hyewon Son 16 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Hye Young Kang
Lia Zheng 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Zeping Cai
Rachel Zhao 16 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li
Renna Popli 16 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Jumi Kim
Shreya Krishnan 16 Colorado Springs, CO
Kyubin Moon 17 Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Yongmin Kim and Hyewon Jung
Mayu Tayama 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Justin Montigne
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Jingyi Du 14 Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Roubing Zhang
Ashley Zhang 15 Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Jasmin Chen 15 Great Falls, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Kiana Palmer 15 Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
TongTong Ye 15 Potomac, MD
Student of Joyce Lundy
Ahana Guin 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald
Anna Abraham 16 Flower Mound, TX
Student of Kara Hanson-Hajjafari
Anya Waria 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald
Carissa Ma 16 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Kavya Vandavasi 16 Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Ria Bhatnagar 16 Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi
Catherine Zavela 17 McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Erin Kim 17 Andover, MA
Student of Kennedy McAlister
Justin Ingui 17 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Chris Citera and Jana Ballard
Yilin Cai 17 Nanjing, China
Student of Wang Zuoxin and Zhu Fu
Vocal Duet:
Joonmo Koo 17 Seoul, South Korea
Yoonsuh (Erin) Lee 16 Seoul, South Korea
Students of Tom Ford and Eugene Kang
Folk/Traditional
Kenny Tsao 17 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Qian Li
College Students and Professional Singers Category:
Opera Aria
Olivia Carter 34 San Francisco, CA
Classical Repertoire
Diana Sotski 35 New York, NY
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Hannah Cummings 18 Valley Center, CA
Student of Camilla Arnold
Joshua Lee 20 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Sarah Chung
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Andre De La Tejera 27 Edinburg, TX
Student of Maria Avalos
Angela Madjirova 18 Bogdanci, Macedonia
Student of Ana Kostadinovska

Winners Recital Information

1. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire.

2. To change a performance repertoire, the participant must submit a link to the new piece video recording and a $55 fee not later than two months before the Concert.

3. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.

4. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protégé does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).

5. 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.

6. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

7. Photo or video recording during the recital is strictly prohibited per the Carnegie Hall policy. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of the performers.

8. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner, based on the Competition results.

9. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.

10. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

11. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and includes: online recognition, Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage. Participants and piano accompanists do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

12. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $250 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. The Recital and Photo Fees include: online recognition, Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during ensemble’s performance on stage. Ensemble Members do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

13. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

14. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to travel to NYC for the safety reasons, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a shipment to the friends or relatives residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

15. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.