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 International Vocal Competition 2017

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 were required to submit video recording materials for the audition.

Eligibility

We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners are 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 December 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM and

on December 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

$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 2017 Results

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Sophia Willingham is a 7th grader from Wellington, Florida. She began vocal lessons with Michael Soper February 2015 and immediately had an affinity for the musical theater genre. She was named finalist in the Starz of the Future Talent Competition, December 2017 and was a finalist in the Wellington Idol Vocal Competition winter 2016 and 2017. She is a gifted dancer and pianist who loves to bring the story of a song to life through her performance.  
Kristin Leible is a sixth-grade student, at BAK Middle School of the Arts, in Palm Beach, Florida. Majoring in Theater, she feels the schools gives her the freedom to express her deep passion for the performing arts. Kristin recently performed the song Memory (CATS) to the International Thespian Society and was recognized as a Superior Solo Music Theater performer, achieving maximum level of success in all categories. Singing is her passion, her first love, her heart, and she dreams and hopes that one day she will somehow make a difference in the world using her voice as an instrument of hope and love!
Emily Taylor Kaufman is 12 years old and has been performing around South Florida since she was 6. She performs her own show at senior communities and sings pop songs around town. She is a featured National Anthem singer for the Florida Marlins Baseball games as well as 30 non profit organizations.  She has been in 17 musical theatre productions. Emily was hand picked by Phil Collins for his local mentoring program, The Little Dreams Foundation, and has performed with Phil onstage. Emily is the 2017 winner of the South Florida Kids Got Talent competition, and has earned high accolades for tap and jazz performances at regional and national dance competitions. Emily aspires to perform on Broadway and to sell out arenas as a pop star someday.
Angelina Tharitimanont is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) and has performed in the regional Broadway show at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre including The King and I as a Royal Princess and Billy Elliot as a Ballet Girl. Under the training of Mike Soper, Angelina has also performed in various music venues including National Anthem at Roger Dean Stadium and was a finalist in Wellington Idol. Angelina is 13 years old from West Palm Beach, FL. She is currently attending Bak Middle School of the Art, where she is an 8th grade gifted honor roll student, majoring in Theatre. Other performance credit includes Miami City Ballet; George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Solider, Polichinelle) Angelina is a member of Jr. International Thespian Society, Broadway Artist Alliance, Destination Broadway, and Florida Dance Master.
Elizabeth Grace Minerman is a 9th grader at the Orange County School of the Arts and is part of the Classical Voice Conservatory.  Elizabeth began studying classical voice in 6th grade under the coaching of Kathleen Martin, Vera Calabria and Bill Vendice.  Elizabeth was selected to attend Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (Summer Program 2017).  She participates in vocal competitions and has placed 2nd, 3rd and received honorable mention; this past year, she qualified for round two of the LA Music Center Spotlight competition.  Last summer (2016), she participated in the Classical Voice choir’s Germany/Austria choir tour.  Elizabeth has a passion for Opera and great plans for an international career in the field.
Emma Grace Potts is fifteen years old and from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She was a 2016 American Protege first place winner in the Opera Aria category. Emma is a sophomore at Hanover High School. She is a member of her school’s chamber chorus and show choir. She represented Hanover High School in the Capital District Chorus for the past two years, having been rated a top soprano each year. Emma began singing in church at the age of nine. She was a member of City Singers Youth Choirs for four years and had the privilege of singing with the Richmond Symphony and Choir and the Richmond Choral Society. She is currently a student of Irish soprano Anne O’Byrne. 
First Place Winners:
NameAgeCity/State/Country
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Classical Repertoire
Mia Ye8Baltimore, MD
Student of Chunfeng Li   
Alejandra Gaspar – Hulbert10San Jose, Costa Rica
Student of Carlos Velazco   
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Phanplueksa Pasvoravit8Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij   
Amba Shankari Jambu9Bangalore, India
Student of Rattan Mohan Sharma
Anna Tanaka9Samut Prakan, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon   
Jillian Orluk9North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora   
Ava Philippone10North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Stephen Piotrowski   
Elisa Hu10San Jose, CA
Student of Liya Fang   
Krista Shim10Bangna, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon  
Lilo Baier10Singapore 
Student of Kuo Po   
Sophie Cheung10San Jose, CA
Student of Liya Fang   
   
Folk/Traditional
Faith Ong8Singapore 
Elisabeth Connors9San Jose, CA
Student of Farida Nelson, M.A.   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Aliyah Douglas12Oro Valley, AZ
Student of Stephanie Morgan Fox  
William Huff12Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham   
Esther Wu13Saratoga, CA
Student of Min Sheng Yang   
Katherine Vandermel14Closter, NJ
Student of Kryste Andrews   
Katherine Xie14San Gabriel, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin   
Sasha Tang14Fremont, CA
Student of Zhongyan Liu   
   
Classical Repertoire
Aliyah Douglas12Tucson, AZ
Student of Stephanie Morgan Fox   
Rada Anuras12Wattana, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon   
Claudia Sachs14Richmond, VA
Student of Lynnelle Ediger and Gaelyn Elliott Young  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Adam Jan Przyjemski11Hamilton, Canada
Student of Kinga Mitrowska   
Arinda Chotiyanon 11Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon   
Catie Harvey11Stamford, CT
Student of Badiene Magaziner   
Ella Cesca11Winnetka, IL
Student of Laura Good   
Marcela Lopez11West Palm Beach, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Sophia Willingham11Wellington, FL
Student of Michael Soper   
Aliyah Douglas12Oro Valley, AZ
Student of Stephanie Fox   
Emily Taylor Kaufman12Cooper City, FL
Student of Ben Bagby and Mike Soper  
Kristin Leible12Wellington, FL
Student of Mike Soper   
William Huff12Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham   
Angelina Tharitimanont13Royal Palm Beach, FL
Student of Mike Soper   
Emily James13North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr   
Flora Yuan13San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng   
Angela Gao14San Jose, CA
Student of Alison Collins   
Hannah Schubring14North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr   
Lindsey Russ14Roslyn, NY
Student of Mason Senft and Allison Hungate Wood  
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Alina Dong15Houston, TX
Student of Summer Haiyan Song   
Emma Potts15Mechanicsville, VA
Student of Anne O’Byrne   
Justine Wang15San Marino, CA
Student of Richard Seymour and  Xin Xin Sun  
LeAnne Lin15Vernon Hills, IL
Student of Dr. Vanessa Liao   
Lara van Vuuren16Singapore 
Student of Alexandra Novicova   
Matija Tomas17Glen Allen, VA
Student of Anthony Smith   
   
Classical Repertoire
Elizabeth Minerman15Irvine, CA
Student of Kathleen Martin   
Eugene Hwang15Irvine, CA
Rachel Shuk-Ching Ng16Lam Tin, Hong Kong
Student of Jeffie Leung   
Ameya Chavda17Dallas, TX
Student of Jared Schwartz   
Emily Rocha17Courtice, Canada
Student of Dr. Robert Loewen   
Juliet Ortiz17Chesapeake, VA
Student of Shelly Milam-Ratliff  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Christiana Schiller15San Jose, CA
Student of Pamela Serrano and Andy Kwan  
Mahnaz Carroll15Plantation, FL
Student of Michael Soper   
Gionna Mariano17North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora   
   
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Gyuyeon Shim28Boston, MA
Student of Lorraine Nubar and Marlena Malas  
Kantinun Kiraticharoennun37Bangkok, Thailand
   
Classical Repertoire
Sarah Kim29Cliffside Park, NJ
Student of Maitland Peters and Arlene Shurut  
Cipriano Jr. Mercado De Guzman32Hiroshima, Japan
Student of Hiroharu Orikawa and Irma Ponce Enrile-Potenciano  
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Wei Feng53San Diego, CA
   
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Sammi Su17West Covina, CA
Student of Xin Xin Martin       
Jialiang Wang22Beijing, China
Student of Heng Shi and Min Liu  
Chun Ling Ong37Georgetown, Malaysia
   
Classical Repertoire
Andrew Zhang20Saratoga, CA
Student of Zhongyan Liu  
Liliana Iżyk24Lubin, Poland
Student of Magda Bigoś  
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Sammi Su17West Covina, CA
Student of Xin Xin Martin       
Marcel Mendoza18Marietta, GA
Student of Heather Statham   
   
Folk/Traditional
Chun Ling Ong37Georgetown, Malaysia
   
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Keiko Kiyashka10Forest Hills, NY
Student of Jennifer Grimaldi and Mary Kay McGarvey  
Classical Repertoire
Faith Ong8Singapore 
Nutthaporn Narissirikul8Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Ploen Sopitpongstorn   
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Caitlin Wong7Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern   
Charmaine Chan7Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern   
Elyssa Duggan7Lansdale, PA
Student of Hye Eun Choi   
Faith Ong8Singapore 
Rasika Techajaroenvikul8Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij  
Sophie Wittchen8Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern  
Macy Gabel9North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kacy Harrison  
Nicolas Huff9Peachtree City, GA
Student of Heather Statham   
Pucknipa Bhengsri10Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Lullalit Supatravanij   
Satita (Jade) Ninsuvannakul10Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Rapeeporn Pratum-Anon   
Sienna Santangelo10Brooklyn, NY
Student of Jordan Scott Gilbert   
   
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Ruby Suito14Bangkok, Thailand
Student of Kantinun Kiratichroennun   
Classical Repertoire
Connie Jiang11Saratoga, CA
Student of Min Sheng Yang   
Thornton Tuetvongse11Rajthevi, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonwipat  
Skandan R. Gurumurthy12Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva   
Katelyn Baker13Fresno, CA
Student of Terry Estabrook   
Emily Hu14San Jose, CA
Student of Liya Fang   
Marianne Bautista14Renton, WA
Student of Melissa Fleming   
Miraya Bhayani14Singapore 
Sudent of Quek Soo Hiang Lim  
Rin Yonezawa14Harrison, NY
Student of Naoko Nakagawa  
Voice Duo:  
Connie Jiang11Saratoga, CA
Esther Wu13Saratoga, CA
Students of Min Sheng Yang   
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Janani Vittal11Scarsdale, NY
Student of Nadine Kulberg   
Michelle Park11Blue Bell, PA
Student of Hazel Choi   
Thornton Tuetvongse11Rajthevi, Thailand
Student of Koravee Soonthonwipat  
Bunyaon Srisuponvanit12Bang Ko Laem, Thailand
Student of Zinnia Grace Zamar Du and Withee Chewathanyatarn  
Ting Eng12Singapore 
Student of Grace Ng Ee Wern   
Victoria Walker12Honolulu, HI
Student of Chris Lowe  
Arundhati Kartik13Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi   
Catherine Moeller13North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora  
Elise Marra13Commerce Township, MI
Student of Danielle Wright   
Sarah Maxwell13North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora   
Mikaela Bautista13Renton, WA
Student of Melissa Fleming   
Yana Ebbing13West Bloomfield, MI
Student of Gracie Calvaneso and Katrina Van Maanen  
Katherine Xie14San Gabriel, CA
Student of Xinxin Martin   
Miraya Bhayani14Singapore 
Sudent of Quek Soo Hiang Lim  
Regan Gellerson14North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora   
Tiara Oberoi14Bangalore, India
Student of Sandra Oberoi  
   
Voice Duo:  
Nicolas Huff9Peachtree City, GA
Alex Huff12Peachtree City, GA
Students of Heather Statham   
   
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Ananya Gurumurthy15Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva   
Larissa Culbertson15Wayne, PA
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Chloe Olivia Moore  
Samuel Llamzon15Singapore
Student of Alexandra Novicova   
Arman Chowdhury16West Hartford, CT
Sophie Zhang16Dunwoody, GA
Student of Qian Li   
Brittany Hoffman17North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Zachary Carr   
   
Classical Repertoire
Lucia Lin15Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Francesca Carselli   
Colin Aikins17Lower Burrell, PA
Student of Maria Spacagna   
Kasey Park17Bayside, NY
Student of SooHyun Oh
   
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ananya Gurumurthy15Scarsdale, NY
Student of Anna Veleva   
Justine Wang15San Marino, CA
Student of Richard Seymour and Xin Xin Sun  
Larissa Culbertson15Wayne, PA
Student of Badiene Magaziner and Chloe Olivia Moore  
Shaudeh Farjami15Laguna Niguel, CA
Student of Zachary Hanna   
Ishani Sikdar16San Jose , CA
Student of Majhon Lenel   
Jeremiah Martinez17North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Stephen Piotrowski  
Justin Xie17Cupertino, CA
Student of Kathleen Ludowise   
   
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Hyewon Jung20Muan-gun, South Korea
Belyana Hristova27Boston, MA
Student of Linda Balliro   
Classical Repertoire
Wenhan Gong23Shanghai, China
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Kolter Yagual18Brick, NJ
Student of Nicole Hodge   
Ray Park19Bayside, NY
Student of SooHyun Oh
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Alysha Prynn27Bairnsdale, Australia

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


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!