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International Vocal Competition 2015

The American Protégé International Vocal Competition is designed for singers who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition was open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries. Participants are required to submit video recording materials for the audition.

Winners were chosen in the following age groups:

Category: Age:
Young Singers 6 – 10
 Junior 11 – 14
 Intermediate15 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree)18 and older 
 College students and professional singers18 and older 

Repertoire categories:

 – Opera aria
– Classical repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods)
– Folk/Traditional
– Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz

Awards

First and Second Place Winners will perform on

  Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

  Saturday, December 26th, 2015 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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

American Protégé Vocal Competition 2015 Results

Jury’s Favorite ($330 Scholarship and Plaque Trophy) Award Winner:

Elias Tyson Venegas is a 9 year old singer with an old soul and a young heart.  He loves to sing and has been jazzing up songs since he could sing his ABCs.  Tyson loves to also play piano and drums, dance and write songs.  He won 2013’s British Columbia Junior Talent and Pacific National Exhibition’s Star Showdown, contest won previously by Michael Buble and Carly Rae Jepson.  Much to Tyson’s surprise, Michael Buble came to surprise him at this event.  He has been invited to perform at various events and fundraisers, such as Canada Winter Games, Canuck Place gala, Variety’s Children’s Charity events, Global TV’s Christmas breakfast wish, Hospital Galas, Canada Summer Special Olympics and both Canadian and American anthems at National Hockey League Canucks game and a Vancouver Canadians baseball.  Tyson’s also been able to perform with Michael Kaeshammer and Bobby McFerrin (2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival at the Orpheum).

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Maggie Liu, age 12, is a lyric soprano, violinist, flautist, and pianist.  She was born in San Diego, CA.  Maggie expressed strong interest in music at a young age and started taking piano lessons at 4 and a half years old.  When she was 11, Maggie began to study singing.  She loves opera, classical music, & musicals. And she can sing in Italian, English, Chinese and German. Maggie has participated in many recitals, festivals, and competitions for piano. She enjoys performing for others. She plays violin in the Inland Valley Youth Symphony and plays flute in her school’s wind ensemble. After about one year of vocal study, Maggie began to sing in public. She performs locally for senior residents and at library recitals.  In 2015, Maggie was selected to sing “O mio babbino caro” in the 2nd American Chinese Youth Art Festival in San Diego, CA. In 2014, as a winner of American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2013, Maggie performed a Chopin piano etude at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Aimee Banks is a 13-year old soprano from Galway, Ireland. This present year Aimee has secured eight National Titles at Irelands prestigious Classical Festival Feis Ceoil 2015, Dublin, Sligo and Midlands. She was also awarded Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary  2015 for Midlands Feis Ceoil in the last week. In June of last year, Aimee had the honour of performing for The Papal Nuncio to Ireland His Excellency Charles Brown at a 10 year anniversary celebration and was also the recipient of a High Achievers Award from The Royal Irish Academy of Music, in November. Aimee recorded her first cd“My Classical Spirit” and donated all of the proceeds to“Laura Lynn – Irelands only Children’s Hospice. She is one of three children and her hobbies include sport and playing the Fiddle. Aimee has always set her standards very high and even though she only 13, her dream is to be the next Maria Callas and perform on the world stage.  

First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
Harrison Sturgeon, Folk/Traditional8Gloucester, MA
Student of Yeghishe Manucharyan  
Hayley Ji, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz8Syosset, NY
Student of Bob Marks  
Elias Tyson Venegas, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz9Port Moody, Canada
Student of Camille Henderson  
Jacob Skiba, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Oakville, Canada
Student of Kinga Mitrowska  
Michael Robinson, Folk/Traditional10Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Sophia Parigi, Classical10Gretna, LA
Student of Melanie Hirschfeld and Joseph Pham Cuoc  
Shermaine HuiQi Saw, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Singapore
Student of Kuo Po  
Shermaine HuiQi Saw, Classical10Singapore
Student of Kuo Po  
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
   
Abby Fletcher, Opera Aria11Cape Coral, Fl
Student of Susan Niekamp  
Mun Hoi Fan, Folk/Traditional11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Daleyna Dunlap, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong  
Kai Alivia Koren, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12Lake Worth, FL
Student of Jill Switzer  
Laya Madison Koder, Opera Aria12Richmond , VA
Student of Shelby Milgram  
Maggie Liu, Opera Aria12Temecula, CA
Student of Wei Feng  
Mia Mancera, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12RSM, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin  
Aimee Banks, Opera Aria13Moycullen, Ireland
Student of Michel Durham  
Grace Mozitis, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz13Linwood, NJ
Student of Julie Zarukin Handlon  
Casandra Ortiz, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz14Lake Worth , FL
Student of Michael Soper  
Emily Muramoto, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz14Yorba Linda, CA
Student of Dr. Maria Lazarova  
Ziyao (Chelsea) Guo, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz14Darien, CT
Student of Cynthia Sanner and Sooyeon Kim  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
   
Aleesha Yan, Classical15Manhattan Beach, CA
Student of Elisabeth Howard  
Anna Wojcik, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Mississauga, Canada
Student of Kinga Mitrowska  
Cheryl Bains, Classical15Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Cheryl Bains, Folk/Traditional15Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Niko Mancera, Opera Aria15RSM, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin  
Savannah Rae Almeida, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Cooper City, FL
Student of Mike Soper  
Stephanie Chee, Classical15Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Amy Heumann  
Claire Diamond, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz16Lockport, IL
Student of Kristin Young  
Gwyneth Campbell, Opera Aria16New York, NY
Student of Maria Lyudko  
Katryna Marttala, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz16Cibolo, TX
Student of Irma Taute  
Priya Radhakrishnan, Classical16Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi  
Emma Richardson, Opera Aria17Oshawa, Canada
Student of Dr. Robert Loewen  
Katherine Langelier, Opera Aria17San Francisco, CA
Student of Erin Neff  
Lucas Guzman, Classical17Weston, MA
Student of Thomas Oesterling  
Nicole Dostanic, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz17Irivine, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic  
Nicole Dostanic, Opera Aria17Irivine, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic  
Rebecca Reavley, Classical17Singapore
Student of Tan Sin Sim  
   
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
   
Rachel Eve Holmes, Opera Aria28Fitchburg, WI
   
Suhyoung Lee, Opera Aria22Huntington, NY
Student of Peter Castaldi  
Xi wen Li, Opera Aria31Shenzhen, China
   
Ying Yu, Opera Aria27Beijing, China
Student of Lanqing Lu and Lei Lu  
   
Amateur Category:
   
Kristina Petric, Classical20Belgrade, Serbia
Student of Ana Lackovic  
Maricel Obieta, Classical Quezon City, Philippines
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 6 to 10:
   
Beeland Anderson Parker Rogers, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz7Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Beeland Anderson Parker Rogers, Folk/Traditional7Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Ria Chhabra, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz6Singapore
Student of Roderick Teh  
Zebedee Cher, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz7Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Zebedee Cher, Folk/Traditional7Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Tiara Abraham, Classical9Sacramento, CA
Student of Kate Murphy and Daniel Paulson  
Alyssa Marella, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10North Tonawanda , NY
Student of Zach Carr  
Bridgette Oh, Classical10Arroyo Grande, CA
Student of Deanna Delore  
Elise Sun, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Singapore
Student of Grace Ng and Elle-May Patterson  
Elodie Orkin, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Los Angeles, CA
Student of Adrianna Mcphee  
Katherine Silverman, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Tarzana, CA
Student of Evelyn Hauls  
Lauren Galin, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Wellington, FL
Student of Adriana Zabala  
Michael Robinson, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Margaret Parrino, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz10Richmond, VA
Student of Shelby Milgram  
Michael Robinson, Classical10Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
   
Arjun Chhabra, Classical11Singapore
Student of Roderick Teh  
Hadley Magaziner, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz11Manahawkin, NJ
Student of Christina Skleros  
Laurelle Oh Qi Wen, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz11Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Mun Hoi Fan, Classical11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Mun Hoi Fan, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Shavinne Tsai Yi Ling, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Shavinne Tsai Yi Ling, Classical11Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Zoe Martinez, Classical11North Tustin, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin  
Brooke Besikof, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12Newport Beach , CA
Student of Darcie Roberts Magino  
Daleyna Dunlap, Classical12Rolling Hills, CA
Student of Susan Wong  
Hilton Augusta Parker Rogers, Folk/Traditional12Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Hilton Augusta Parker Rogers, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Mia Drazin, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12Hampstead, Canada
Student of Simone Pitot  
Patheerapat Sireevaranunt, Classical12Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij  
Prasheela Ramesh, Classical12Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Prasheela Ramesh, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz12Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Yu Qi Melanie Wan, Classical12Singapore
Student of Roderick Teh  
Amelia Sewing, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz13Perry, KS
Student of Etta Fung  
Ananya Gurumurthy, Classical13Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva  
Ewan MacRae, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz13Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Ewan MacRae, Classical13Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Kimi Sturgeon, Folk/Traditional13Gloucester, MA
Student of Victoria Avetisyan  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
   
Celyna Hui Wen Peck, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har and Kuo Po  
Celyna Hui Wen Peck, Classical15Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har and Kuo Po  
Kai Wallace Nishihara Low, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Matija Tomas, Opera Aria15Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne  
Sarah Anais Buxton-Leow, Classical15Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Sarah Anais Buxton-Leow, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Singapore
Student of Shelly Chong Choy Har  
Shalynn Tsai Qi Yun Shalynn, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Siwon Kim, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz15Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
Stephanie Tan, Classical15Singapore
Student of Corinna Chang and Elena Ng  
Andrew Liang, Classical16Alpharetta, GA
Student of Bradley Howard and Rhonda Fossum  
Anna Chowaniec, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz16Legnickie Pole , Poland
Student of Anna Czerska  
Asha Iyer, Opera Aria16Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne  
Morgan Misk, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz16Old Westbury, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Angela Luftig  
Neha Gupta, Classical16Bethesda, MD
   
Joshua Dinetz, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz17Roslyn Heights, NY
Student of Mason G. Senft and Angela Luftig  
Shanisse Tsai, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz17Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming  
   
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
   
Catherine Huang, Classical24Irvine, CA
Student of Julian Wu  
Jiayi Xu, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz26Beijing, China
Student of Dr. Jue Shen  
Tamara Podolskaya, Classical31Moscow, Russia
Amateur Category:
Victor Navarro, Classical28Madrid, Spain
   
Natalya Kudryavtseva, Classical32Moscow, Russia
   
James Wallard, Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz38Los Angeles, CA

Third Place and Honorable Mention Winners were notified via email regarding their placement and recitals schedule.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!