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International Vocal Competition 2020

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 16 countries applied for this year’s Competition: different U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia 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 March 28, April 2 and April 4,  2021.

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

American Protégé Vocal Competition 2020 Results

Judges Distinction Awards (Plaque Trophies) Winners:

Morena La Vecchia Galan is a 19-year-old Argentinian singer studying in New York. She began studying piano at the age of seven and a year later also got emerged in the world of voice and guitar. In 2011, Morena entered the Children’s Choir of the Colon Theatre, making her perform with Zubin Mehta and with Jose Cura. Morena has been part of more than ten opera productions, international festivals, and concerts. At age of 15, she was selected to sing a solo part in Tosca in that same Theatre where she sung in languages including Chinese, Hebrew and Latin. Morena won prizes in Interscholar Soloist Competition and the ESU XX Singing Competition. Apart from studying classical music and receiving a Classical Music Voice diploma at ‘Manuel de Falla’ Conservatoire, she involved in Jazz working with Reginald Workman, musical theatre (leads in Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Wedding Singer) and other styles as pop, rock and tango. Currently Morena studying with Margaret Lattimore in Mannes School of Music.

Michael Goltry, 16, from Warrenton, VA. His performing arts interest began in middle school with inspirations from vocal coach and choral teachers. In eights grade he was placed as the number one tenor in the state of Virginia.  This experience enlightened his path toward a career in performing arts. Michael Goltry has been accepted into various intensives and choral festivals including American Choral Directors Association National Choir in Kansas City, MO, in 2019. Michael furthered his National choir experience with NAFME All National Honor Choir in 2019.  Then he was accepted into the Schmidt Vocal Institute summer intensive program as well as the WNO Kennedy Center summer intensive.  Lastly, Michael was recently accepted into NYU’s Tisch theater summer intensive program.

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Emily Taylor Kaufman has been performing around South Florida since she was 6.  She is a featured National Anthem singer for the Miami Heat, Florida Marlins, Nascar and many other organizations. Emily is a member of the new Kids Global A- Cappella group ACAPOP! Kids which launched globally on all digital platforms @Acapopkids in 2019. Emily has been in 26 Musical Theater productions and would LOVE to perform on Broadway someday! She has won dance competitions for her Tap solos and Song & Dance performances. Emily was selected by Grammy winner PHIL COLLINS for his Miami mentoring program, and has performed with Phil onstage. She is the American Protégé International Vocal competition 2017 and 2018 first place winner and judges favorite! Emily is a 4rd year Youth Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation & loves swimming, playing piano, and nature. Emily also studies acting and would welcome a role on the small and big screen.

Roger Wang, 12, seventh grade student from South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. He won many awards in vocal competition and performance, include first place in Classical (2018), second place in Broadway (2019) from American Protégé Vocal competition. He ranked 2nd place in Art Song at 2019 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. Roger is the official National Anthem singer for professional sport teams including Atlanta Gladiators and Gwinnett Stripers. He was invited to host concerts and sing solo/duets at several concert around great Atlanta area. He is the first chair of his school chamber chorus which competes in national level. Roger participated GA all state chorus with perfect scores in two rounds of tough auditions. Roger also loves stage and musical theater, he played leading roles of his school drama club. Roger’s other hobby is ice hockey: his travel team brought home 3 championships in the last season.

Alexander Matos

Alexander G. Matos was born in Livingston, N.J. From the age of nine, Alexander has performed and competed in numerous competitions throughout Florida. He has been invited several times to sing the National Anthem at The Florida Marlins Major League Baseball Park and has performed at numerous charities, holiday, and community events. Last year, Alexander was invited to sing at the American Protégé International Competition at Carnegie Hall where he sang Opera Aria. He loves to sing Opera and is dedicated to becoming an Opera Tenor.  Alexander also plays the piano and guitar.  He is currently developing his skills and techniques for voice under the tutorship of Mr. Mike Soper. Alexander has a passion for music and is gifted with the ability to sing many songs from various cultures.  Notably, Alexander has been selected to attend the prestigious BAK Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL, for voice where he is now entering his 7th grade.

Nicole Hodges is 10 years old and lives in Texas. She has been under the tutelage of Miss Carol Hodgin since 2019, mastering her classical and Broadway vocal techniques. She has also been a student of the Sarah Kelly Music school for the last five years, which focuses on singing and song writing. Nicole has written dozens of songs and is currently working on releasing her first single. Nicole loves all musical activities and is also actively involved in her school choir. She also plays the piano, participates in annual piano festivals and is actively involved in musical theater. She has participated in local theater productions of Frozen Jr. and was recently cast as Young Cosette for the school edition of Les Miserables. Nicole also loves to travel, write stories, and read.

Anne Gao, a lively rising 4th grader from northern Virginia, USA.   She loves the stage and has been involved in singing and acting in multiple TV Variety shows and stage shows since she was 4-year-old.  While singing has always been a significant part of her life, Anne also loves playing violin and Chinese zither.  She has been a vocal student at Harmonia School of Music & Art since 2019 and participated proactively in all kinds of school performances.   Anne performed in the “The 36th Annual Production of The Christmas Revels” presented by Washington Revels and participated in various musical shows such as “Seussical Kids” and “101 Dalmatians”.

Name Age City/State/Country
First Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Avinash Panda 8 Lorton, VA
Student of Dr. Irina Yurkovskaya
Phoebe Rose Claeys 8 Atlanta, GA
Student of Dr. Adriana Janse Van Rensburg
Ksenia Varela 9 Oceanside, CA
Student of Rebecca Steinke
Classical Repertoire
Aurelia Faidley-Solars 10 Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Student of Amelia de Mayo
Folk/Traditional
Amber Chen 8 Duluth, GA
Student of Qian Li
Janelle Wu 8 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Tina Cui
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Jacey Zhou 7 Marietta, GA
Student of Yingling Zhu
Chanyanuch Korboonchuay 9 Nongkham , Bangkok
Student of Kanokkan Glomchum
Anne Gao 10 Mclean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Matthew Vallero 10 Davis, CA
Student of Bernadette Mondok
Nicole Hodges 10 Spring, TX
Student of Carol Hodgin
Supapitch Singhadech 10 Chiangmai, Thailand
Student of Tianchai Sooktiang
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Alexander Matos 11 Loxahatchee, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Renee Zhu 13 John’s Creek, GA
Student of Qian Li
Classical Repertoire
Federica Aramburu 12 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming
Roger Wang 12 Suwanee, GA
Student of Qian Li
Grace Chung 14 Garfield, NJ
Student of Jin Hwan Byun
Folk/Traditional
Federica Aramburu 12 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
David Rosemberg 11 Newton, MA
Federica Aramburu 12 Singapore
Student of Khor Ai Ming
Jian Kawai 12 Tokyo, Japan
Student of Mizuho Sudo
Jasmine Iacullo 14 Parkland, FL
Student of Mike Soper
Vocal Duet:
Mia Ye 11 Baltimore, MD
Leon Ye 16 Baltimore, MD
Students of Li Chunfeng
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Anahit Indzhigulyan 15 Beechhurst, NY
Student of Vago Ohanyan and Nataliya Khrapina
Kirsten Tierney 15 Falls Chuch, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Sara Porjosh 15 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Hannah Hess 16 Waxhaw, NC
Student of Sonya Gable-Wilson
William Yang 16 Keller, TX
Student of Lisa Kay Fletcher
Classical Repertoire
Karen Gao 15 Johns Creek, GA
Student of Katya Gruzglina
Sana Jaffrey 15 New Vernon , NJ
Student of Sooyeon Kim
Andrea Rodriguez-Gomez 16 Marlborough, MA
Student of Lilly Kinas
Diana Marie Paunetto 16 Brooklyn, NY
Student of Tonna Miller-Valles
Flora Yuan 16 San Diego, CA
Student of Wei Feng
Isita Talukdar 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Meeree Kim
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ella Grace Tippins 15 Auburn, AL
Student of Joy Xu
Emily Taylor Kaufman 15 Davie, FL
Student of Ben Bagby and Badienne Magaziner
Leah Harper 15 Grand Island, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora
Sarah Lash 15 Deerfield Beach , FL
Student of Mike Soper
Catherine Moeller 16 North Tonawanda, NY
Student of Kimberly Potfora
Emmy Xu 16 Lawrence, NJ
Student of Zachary Krieger
Mayu Tayama 16 San Jose, CA
Student of Akane Ota
Michael Goltry 16 Warrenton, VA
Student of Bob Swift and Katy Benko
Miraya Bhayani 17 Milton, MA
Student of Rebecca Worthington
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Dmytro Voronov 26 Kyiv, Ukraine
Student of Magali Damonte and Liudmyla Totska
Marisan Corsino 38 Conway, AR
Student of Nancy Elledge
Classical Repertoire
Lindsey Voughn 28 Chicago, IL
Student  of Dr. Brett Monro
Hua Liang 43 Irvine, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Morena La Vecchia Galan 19 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Student of Margaret Lattimore
Heather Smith 26 Melburn, Australia
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Yuran Qiang 18 Sammamish, WA
Student of Shan Han
Slawomir Jedrzejczak Lodzkie, Poland
Student of Terasa Sieczko
Classical Repertoire
Madison McCoy 18 Dallas, TX
Yuran Qiang 18 Sammamish, WA
Student of Shan Han
Second Place Winners:
Young Singers Category, Age 5 to 10:
Opera Aria
Perri So 6 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Kayla Wilfong
Matthew Vallero 10 Davis, CA
Student of Bernadette Mondok
Classical Repertoire
Amartya Paul 9 San Diego, CA
Student of Hiroko Yoshinaga
Ashley Hua 9 Marietta, GA
Student of Madison Zahorsky
Julia Kartvelishvili 9 Coralville, IA
Student of Mia Feyvecind Gimenez
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Perri So 6 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Kayla Wilfong
Ahana Paul 7 San Diego, CA
Student of Hiroko Yoshinaga
Angelina Tong 8 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Tina Cui
Evelyn Fu 9 Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Student of Wei Feng
Sze Yui Alaine Wong 9 Hong Kong
Student of Chan Chi Fung
Theo Cohen 9 Lachine, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova
Phoebe Carter 10 Lachine, Canada
Student of Martina Oslejskova
Sua Chung 10 Vienna, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Junior Category, Age 11 to 14:
Opera Aria
Angelika Indzhigulyan 11 Oakland Gardens, NY
Student of Vago Ohanyan
Jian Kawai 12 Tokyo, Japan
Student of Mizuho Sudo
Yehong Jiang 13 Los Altos, CA
Student of Chunfeng Li
Devan McCarthy 14 Dix Hills, NY
Student of Jennifer Grimaldi Toohey
Gina Vicari 14 Centreville, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Kiana Palmer 14 Dunn Loring, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Classical Repertoire
Beatrice Jean Consolata Gobang 10 Bekasi, Indonesia
Student of Valentina Nova Aman
Sarah Serena Thompson 12 Atlanta, GA
Student of Adriana Janse Van Rensburg
Zimo Zhao 13 Duluth, GA
Student of Li Qian
Elisa Chung 14 East Brunswick, NJ
Student of Hyun Jin Nam
Enhao (Mason) Zhang 14 Sammamish, WA
Student of Shan Han
Folk/Traditional
Vishnu Mangipudi 12 Bellevue, WA
Student of Mahathi Mangipudi
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Saisha Pal 11 Herndon, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Tomas Gonzalez 11 McAllen, TX
Student of Maria Avalos
Julia Murphy 12 Oakton, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Naomi Sedwick 12 McLean, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Saumya Anand 12 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Swetlana Garrido
Xianger Fang 12 Irvine, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Abigail Rong 13 Alpharetta, GA
Student of Tina Cui
Amber Zhou 13 Syosset, NY
Student of Karina
Claire Jiang 13 Princeton, NJ
Student of Steven Schnurman
Hannah Gluckman 14 Pittsford, NY
Student of Diane Abrahamian
Jacquelyn Erickson 14 Colorado Springs, CO
Student of Paula Baack
Jasmin Chen 14 Great Falls, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Joanna Orzech 14 Yorktown Heights, NY
Student of Justin Stoney and Ann Ferraro
Intermediate Category, Age 15 to 17:
Opera Aria
Ariana deSa e Frias 16 Batavia, NY
Student of Diane Abrahamian
Ashley Yang 17 Fairfax, VA
Student of Sonia Yon
Sarah Wang 17 Saratoga, CA
Student of Zhongyan Liu
Sharon Liang 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Minsheng Yang
Classical Repertoire
Napatsawan Wongmuang 15 Chaing Mai , Thailand
Student of Tianchai Sooktiang and Viriyabhat Kitavadhana
Seoyoung Son 15 East Brunswick, NJ
Student of HyunJin Nam
Julianne Yi 16 North Brunswick, NJ
Student of HyunJin Nam
Jia Bao Guo 17 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Janette Lim
Samiksha Argal 17 Bangalore, India
Student of Ms Sandra Oberoi
Folk/Traditional
Aviela Chang 15 San Juan Capistrano, CA
Student of Mai Sui
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ahana Guin 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald
Anya Waria 15 Fremont, CA
Student of Kamerin McDonald
Eeshaan Chaudhuri 15 Cranbury, NJ
Student of David Westawski
Napatsawan Wongmuang 15 Chaing Mai , Thailand
Student of Tianchai Sooktiang and Viriyabhat Kitavadhana
Zhenjie He 15 Vancouver, Canada
Student of Opus Academy
Andy Jeong 16 Brea, CA
Student of Eunwon Choi
Lois Lee 16 Haymarket, VA
Student of Andrea Green
Veronica Kogan 16 Duluth, GA
Student of Kara Noel Harrington
Abigail Ruhl 17 Amherst, NY
Student of Zach Carr
Ding Luo 17 Irvine, CA
Student of Hua Liang
Category College Students and Professional Singers:
Opera Aria
Tingting Tang 32 Lubbock, TX
Student of Gregory Brookes and Deanna Murray
Jeana Mounth 33 Cornwall, NY
Student of Mary Marshall
Classical Repertoire
Tingting Tang 32 Lubbock, TX
Student of Gregory Brookes and Deanna Murray
Derek Fam 33 Beiging, China
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Marisan Corsino 38 Conway, AR
Gina Cornielli 39 Kingston, AZ
Amateur Category:
Opera Aria
Huiting Xu 25 Redwood City, CA
Student of Minsheng Yang and TianYu Yang
Nancie Grossman Mission Viejo, CA
Student of Dubravka Zubovic
Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz
Ruyi Sun Potomac, MD
Student of Lingling H. Peng

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 Protege 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. 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.

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

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

9. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants at Weill Recital Hall is $400 and includes: 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. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

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

11. 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.

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


To pay the Recital and Photo Fees on-line please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $30.00 will be added to the fee amount. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal.