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International Vocal Competition 2019

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.

Singers from 14 countries applied for this year’s Competition: different U.S. states, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Georgia, China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan,  Malaysia 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 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

First and Second Place Winners will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Saturday, December 21, 2019

$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 2019 Results

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Wenelle Tham is a member of the Vocal Associates Festival Children’s Choir. Under the guidance of Khor Ai Ming, Wenelle’s passion for the performing arts has been brought to a new level. She attained a Merit for her Trinity College London Singing examinations, and Distinction for ballet at Royal Dance Academy. She took on stage to perform in Jon Rutter’s Mass of the Children, SHINE Festival ASEAN Major, Song Birds Series III and Vocal Associates One Voice, One World Concert with the VAFCC. Wenelle enjoys singing & dancing, and wishes to perform singing on a world stage one day where no boundaries of race, language & religion. Through the beauty of voices to make this world a better & harmonious place.

Lucia Papikian is 14 years old. She loves to sing, play piano, dance and learn. She just graduated from Our Lady’s Academy (middle school) and she will continue at St. Joseph’s Prep High School. Lucia is a member of National Junior Honor Society. Lucia’s vocal teacher is Victoria Avetisyan. Lucia Papikian was the winner of American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Competition in voice category for the 2017-2018 season and she has performed at Carnegie Hall on June 23, 2018. Lucia performed at multiple events. The most recent one was a charity event on the 150th birth anniversary of Komitas (Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church, May 31 2019).

Kerui Yang, an eleventh grader from Chongqing, China, has a passion for singing, piano, drums and stage acting and is a host and art troupe captain of the China Central Television Show Colorful Planet. In 2017, his first single “Years of Mama” was released. In 2018, he won the 1st place in the National Youth Vocal Contest organized by the China Central Conservatory of Music, the 1st place in the Vocal Finals of the 12th Hong-Kong International Youth Arts Festival, and the excellent award in Professional Group in the International Competition at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the same year, he performed solo at the China-Russia-Mongolia-Kazakhstan Silk Road Concert and was invited to perform at the Rzeszów Chopin International Music Festival in Poland. In 2019, he won 2nd place in the Youth Class in Hong-Kong International Vocal Open Competition. He made his big screen debut in Happiness is Coming.

Name Age City/State/Country
First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Alexander Matos 10 Loxahatchee, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Grace Choi 10 Anaheim, CA
Student of Hannah Silfert
Classical Repertoire
Caresse Wang 9 Owings Mills, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li
Wenelle Tham 8 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Shannon Teo 6 Singapore
Student of Mok Kang Wai
Angelina Tong 7 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Tina Cui
Phoebe Rose Claeys 7 Mableton, GA
Student of Adriana Janse van Rensburg
Wenelle Tham 8 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming
Sarah Qistina Lim 9 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Student of Maja Pavlovska
Carly Cantor 10 Wellington, FL
Student of Michael Soper
Emilie Khury 10 Kirkland, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova
Juliana Priddy 10 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Noah Cheong 10 Flushing, NY
Student of Soohyun Oh
Zhi Ling Victoria Chew 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Amelia Tang
Folk/Traditional
Wenelle Tham 8 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming
Xiao Xuan Reanne Hong 9 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Amelia Tang
Zhi Ling Victoria Chew 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Amelia Tang
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Tiffany Hsu 11 Arcadia, CA
Student of Marine Ter Kazaryan
Ryan Zhou 12 Ellicott City, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li
Kirsten Tierney 14 Falls Church, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Lucia Papikian 14 Waltham, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan
Rozlin Pell 14 Rockledge, FL
Student of Joani Slawson and Joseph Franco
Classical Repertoire
Adelina Mukhametzhanova 11 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Student of Nurgaliyeva Gulnara
Albina Niceforo 12 Mareeba, Australia
Student of Carmelina Niceforo
Alicia Chu 12 Newark, DE
Student of Chunfeng Li
Alexander Kalischewski 13 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Student of Prof. Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski
Sofia Lee 13 Buford, GA
Student of Qian Tao Li
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Lauren Yeobin Park 11 Fort Lee, NJ
Student of Amelia DeMayo and Glenn Gordon
Napasspun Lertcharunratana 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano
Karina Kopacz 12 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Nuttamon Chandavimol 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn
Tiffany Hsu 11 Arcadia, CA
Student of Nuo Mu
Jessica Russo 13 Coconut Creek, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Emma Venezia 13 Lake Worth, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Becki Digby 14 Clarence, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora
Felipe Ma-Pinto 14 Boynton Beach, FL
Student of Michael Soper
Gracie Dundee 14 La Canada, CA
Student of Lisa Matsko-Hamilton and Lindsay Mendez
Rozlin Pell 14 Rockledge, FL
Student of Joani Slawson and Joseph Franco
Folk/Traditional
Tiffany Hsu 11 Arcadia, CA
Student of Hong Ding
Austin Russel 12 Denver, CO
Student of Joshua Carlson
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Rozlin Pell 14 Rockledge, FL
Student of Joani Slawson and Joseph Franco
Sasha Tang 16 Fremont, CA
Student of Zhongyan Liu
Ariana Wu 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Susan Wong and Mai Sui
Kerui Yang 17 Chongqing, China
Student of Wei Luo, Hong Li and Bradley Williams 
Classical Repertoire
Anna Balin 15 North Reading, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan
Elise Marra 15 Commerce Township, MI
Student of Danielle Wright
Peggy Yin 16 Port Jefferson, NY
Student of Jane Olian and Lingyan Zhou
Sophie Seidel 16 St. Louis, MO
Student of Rosemarie Cereghino
Gina Han 18 Cupertino, CA
Student of Jaclyn Kim
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Elise Marra 15 Commerce Township, MI
Student of Danielle Wright
Suchanya Hansittanont 15 Chiang mai, Thailand
Student of Tianchai  Sooktiang and Book Kitavadhana
Hunter Denton 17 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Madison King 17 Westmount, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova
Renae Rovnyak 17 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Folk/Traditional
Arya Balian 15 Chevy Chase, MD
Student of Vago Ohanyan
Monique Therese Cheng 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Allison Carter 29 New York, NY
Student of Jeremy Seagal
Bingchuan Wan 41 Allston, MA
Student of Karyl Ryczek
Marietta Derono 34 Rome, Italy
Stepahie Chang 23 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Rosy Zhang
Classical Repertoire
Anna Bowser 27 Toronto, Canada
Student of Angela Dorfman
Kristina Aksenova 31 Moscow, Russia
Student of Evgeny Bortman
Emily Cai 36 San Francisco, CA
Student of Susan Wang
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Claire Lisson 34 Melbourne, Australia
Daniel Tang 25 Atlanta, GA
Student of Darius Lei
Joseph Tello 28 San Jose, CA
Student of Mark Tetenbaum
Tiffany Tze 46 Irvine, CA
Student of Tina Zhou
Valerie Park 31 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Minkyung Song
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
June Yang 54 Rockville, MD
Student of Lingling He
Xiaofang Yuan 63 Boyds, MD
Student of Lingling He
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Beverly Joy Goh 19 Singapore
Student of Elena Ng
Emily Shecter 18 Wellington, FL
Student of Michael Soper
Jennifer Russo 23 Coconut Creek, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Selena Chun 32 Houston, TX
Folk/Traditional
Dustin Dart 26 Los Angeles, CA
Student of Rosy Zhang
Maria Camproso 24 Palm Beach, FL
Student of Fernando Falabella
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Luna Kup 9 Pacific Palisades, CA
Student of Kathleen Kernohan
Anna-Maria Grodowski 10 Salem, New HH
Student of Ekaterina Shimanovich and Evgeniya Puzheva
Classical Repertoire
Gloria Wang 9 Johns creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Xiao Xuan Reanne Hong 9 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Amelia Tang
Lucy Cui 10 Washington, DC
Student of Ling Xiao
Zhi Ling Victoria Chew 10 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Amelia Tang
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Bethany Kua 7 Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern
Declan Zac Chan 8 Singapore
Student of Ivy Lui
Ethan Lubarsky 8 Westmount, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova
Leevia Wang 8 Renton, WA
Student of Angela Wang
Amy Tierolf 9 Marietta, GA
Student of Xianyu Cui and Cindy Weisbrod
Karley Kopacz 9 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Luna Kup 9 Pacific Palisades, CA
Student of Kathleen Kernohan
Xiao Xuan Reanne Hong 9 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Amelia Tang
Irene Gunara 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano
Rasamita Terdtoontaveedej 10 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Kanokkan Glomchum
Valentina Canas 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Luz Maria Romero
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Natalia Murillo 12 Jackson Heights, NY
Student of Liliana Herrera
Yehong Jiang 12 Los Altos, CA
Student of Mingsheng Yang
Nina Nazarov 13 Nesconset, NY
Student of Laury Tatz Herzlin
Classical Repertoire
Hazel Kim 11 Buffalo Grove, IL
Student of Ahra Cho
Kristy Lee 11 Singapore
Student of Kuo Po
Scarlett Summer Asia Renton Grieves 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong
Hannah Self 12 Cumming, GA
Student of Qian Li
Mirabelle Kelder 12 Singapore
Student of Amelia Tang and Khor Ai Ming
Nuttamon Chandavimol 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Yaowapa Hoisungwarn
Roger Wang 12 Suwanee, GA
Student of Qian Li
Zimo Zhao 12 Duluth, GA
Student of Qian Li
Camille Eugenie Cheng 13 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim
Qiu Han (Cynthia) Wang 13 Artesia, CA
Student of Jessica Zhang
Yixin (Gem) Zhang 13 West Vancouver, Canada
Student of Jessica Zhang
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Federica Aramburu 11 Singapore
Student of Tania Levy
Heather Johnson 11 Parkland, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Julia Murphy 11 Oakton, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Macy Gabel 11 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Stephen Piotrowski
Palisa Ploipailin 11 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Suparrat Mongkolkasem and Jay Veerayano
Rodrigo Ma-Pinto 11 Boynton Beach, FL
Student of Michael Soper
Sarah Serena Thompson 11 MABLETON, GA
Student of Dr. Adriana Janse van Rensburg
Scarlett Summer Asia Renton Grieves 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong
Sitarin Divari 11 Pathumtani, Thailand
Student of Fonpa Pramoj Na Ayudhya
Yuqi Pan 11 Singapore
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern
Brandi Lee 12 Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Mirabelle Kelder 12 Singapore
Student of Amelia Tang and Khor Ai Ming
Pattarapon Wongprang 12 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano
Roger Wang 12 Suwanee, GA
Student of Qian Li
Aayushi Ranjan 13 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Avani Kongetira 13 Saratoga, CA
Camille Eugenie Cheng 13 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim
Hannah Gluckman 13 Pittsford, NY
Student of Diane Abrahamian
Kiara Charles 13 Delray Beach, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Lalima Sharan 13 Boca Raton, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Rohan Radhakeesoon 13 Lexington, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan
Bastien Buwalda 14 Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova and Kuo Po
Chaiyatouch Suralertrungson 14 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano
Pijaksana Rojanavilaivudh 14 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Narattha Kreephanich
Sophia Orlando 14 New York, NY
Student of Badiene Magaziner
Folk/Traditional
Scarlett Summer Asia Renton Grieves 11 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Leong
Hanmeng Zhang 12 Surrey, BC, Canada
Student of Jessica Zhang
Camille Eugenie Cheng 13 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim
Mirabelle Kelder 12 Singapore
Student of Amelia Tang and Khor Ai Ming
Ashley Chung 14 New York, NY
Student of Sunyoung Chang
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Dominique Schleider 15 Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova
Maria Bonwell 15 Montpelier, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne
Annie Li 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin
Emily Badzik 16 Reston, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Preethi Kumar 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Patrycja Poluchowicz
Abhinav Kumar 17 Rye, NY
Kseniya Antonova 17 Secaucus, NJ
Student of Richard Adams
Classical Repertoire
Monique Therese Cheng 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim
Natalie Hahn 15 New York, NY
Xintong (Hattie) Hu 15 Vancouver, BC, Canada
Student of Jessica Zhang
Garen Sahakian 16 Lexington, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan
Eeshani Behara 17 Delray Beach, FL
Student of Susan Dorchin
Jillian Texeira 17 Ottawa,Canada
Student of Yoriko Tanno-Kimmons
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alessia Prenda 15 Lake Worth , FL
Student of Michael Soper
Emily James 15 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr
Monique Therese Cheng 15 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming and Stephanie Lim
Sashwika S Venkatraman 15 Singapore
Student of Jeremy Koh
Caroline Goldenberg 16 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Badiene Magaziner
Iris Garcia 17 Wheatfield, NY
Student of Zachary Carr
Mita Kongetira 17 Saratoga, CA
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Jingyi Huang 38 Allston, MA
Student of Dana Varga
Wang Fang 22 Shanghai, China
Student of Li Xiu Ying
Classical Repertoire
Gabriella Shimmer 28 Boston, MA
Student of Edward Ronson
Katherine Orlov 23 New York, NY
Student of Isabel Fuks
Rachel Stork 42 San Diego, CA
Student of Elizabeth Kommel
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Elizabeth Wilson 32 East Lansing, MI
Student of Anna Folly
Heather Johnson 35 London, England
Liu Yang 29 Zigong, China
Student of Zhang Min
Li Na 36 Zigong, China
Student of Zhang Min
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Shania Tan 20 Singapore
Student of Stella Zhou
Christina Garfield 34 Chicago, IL
Student of Thomas Shapiro
Classical Repertoire
Krittaya Sivakriskul 23 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonvipat
Shania Tan 20 Singapore
Student of Stella Zhou
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Korapin Pramesiripaisan 19 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano
Mattithep Chankrabee 18 Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Jay Veerayano
Shania Tan 20 Singapore
Student of Stella Zhou

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


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

Winners Recital Information for Weill Recital Hall

    1. Winners of the Competition will perform one piece selected by the judges from the participant’s audition repertoire.
    1. 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.
    1. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.
    1. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).
    1. 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.
    1. 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.
    1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.
    1. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).
    1. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants at Weill Recital Hall is $380 and includes: admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage.
    1. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.
    1. Organizational Committee collects short biographies tointroduce 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.
    1. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.
    1. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.
  1. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.

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Gala Concert Recital and Photo Fee

UPCOMING EVENTS:


Competition of Romantic Music

Deadline: October 10, 2019


Music Talent Competition Fall 2019

Deadline: November 1, 2019


Woodwinds and Brass Competition

Deadline: October 25, 2019


Summer Gala Concert at Stern 2020

Deadline: November 15, 2019


Piano and Strings Competition 2020

Deadline: January 20, 2020


Concerto Competition 2020

Deadline: February 20, 2020


UPCOMING RECITALS:

June 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

June 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM

June 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM

June 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

June 29 2019 at 3:30 PM

June 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM


Winter Gala Concert at Zankel Hall:

December 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM


Tickets are available at

Carnegie Hall website