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2006 PRIZES

DIVISION II
Top Prize:
The Lotte Lehmann
Foundation Prize
($2500)
winners (shared):
Andrew Garland
Bethany Johnson
Danielle Talamantes
Joy Puckett Schreier

Mélodie Française Prize:
Dalton Baldwin ($500)
winners:
Peiyi Wang
Thomas Bandy

Best Collaborative
Pianist Prize
in Honor of Dalton Baldwin:
Lindsey Christiansen ($500)
winner:
Thomas Bandy

Robert Bullington Audience Prize, in honor of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Mercer County, New Jersey ($500)
winners
Shieh Yih Lim
Pei-Chi Hong

Lieder Prize:
Natalie Limonick ($500)
winners:
Peiyi Wang
Thomas Bandy

American Song Prize:
Daron Hagen & Paul Sperry ($500)
winners:
Andrew Garland
Bethany Johnson


For singers with financial need, a limited number of scholarships to cover the $25 registration fee has been made available by Roxie Berlin.

DIVISION I
The Violet Chang Top Prize in Memory of Her Professor
Dr. Erik Werba, Vienna ($1000)
winners:
Debra Stanley
Fan Yang

Mélodie Prize to honor the mélodie composer, Jacques Leguerney (1906-1997): Mary Dibbern ($250)
winners:
Debra Stanley
Fan Yang

Required Song Prize in Memory of Susanna Kim Lar:
Dwight & Louise Emery ($250)
winners:
Debra Stanley
Fan Yang

The Nancy Bannick Lieder Prize in Honor of Judy Neale ($250)
winners:
Debra Stanley
Fan Yang

American Song Prize:
Albert Schütz ($250)
winners:
Jonathan Michie
Joseph Liccardo

The Nancy Bannick Mélodie Prize in Honor of Beebe Freitas ($250)
winners:
Kristin Hoff
Rachel Rensink-Hoff


Audience Prize:
Ruth Ballard ($250)
winners:
David Wilson
Thomas Bandy

CyberSing 2006 WINNERS


To further the Lotte Lehmann Foundation's mission to broaden global appreciation of Art Song, and to recognise, encourage, and help bring to the attention of the world the many fine performers of this genre, in 2002 the Foundation developed CyberSing, a bi-annual, Internet-based, art song performance competition.

Without leaving their home country, singers and their collaborative pianists from around the world are able to participate by submitting recordings of songs in compact disc format — including one new 'required' song commissioned by the Foundation from a major internationally-known composer and made available for download from the Foundation's website. Performers from Zimbabwe to New Zealand have responded enthusiastically. Semi-finalists' recordings are posted on this website, and Internet listeners are invited to vote for an 'Audience Favourite.' A panel of distinguished music professionals select the winners, and cash prizes are awarded to both the singers and their pianists.

The winner's audio performances are posted on the Lotte Lehmann Foundation website for about sixteen months. Given the website's daily activity (roughly 5000 visitors per month), the exposure for the performers and the newly-commissioned Art Song is a meaningful component of the prizes.

Media attention to CyberSing has been crucial to its success: the BBC World Service, WNYC, Singer and das Opernglas magazines, as well as many classical music websites have helped to broaden the distribution of information about this unique contest.

The next CyberSing competition will take place in 2008.

The Lotte Lehmann Foundation Foundation is proud to announce the winners of its biennial CyberSing Competition. This year's competition drew entries from Asia, Europe and North America to recognize outstanding singers and collaborative pianists. Contestants are divided into two categories: Division I singers up to the age of 23 and Divsion II for singers above the age of 23. Cybersing is the only international singing competition available to entrants purely on the basis of their recorded submissions. A required song is commissioned from a major internationally-known composer and made available for download from the Foundation's website. This year's required song was "How to Make Coq Au Vin" by Dan Welcher. The competition also features "audience voting" in which the public is invited to vote for its favorite entry via the competition website.

This year's winners are:

DIVISION II


Andrew Garland (USA), baritone and Bethany Johnson (USA), pianist
  • Top Prize: The Lotte Lehmann Foundation Prize (shared $2500)
  • American Song Prize: Daron Hagen & Paul Sperry ($500)

  • Selections:
    How to Make Coq Au Vin
    Click Here to Listen

    Title: Der Kontrabandiste
    Poet: Emanuel von Geibel
    Composer: Robert Schumann
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    Title: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
    Poet: Friedrich Ruckert
    Composer: Gustav Mahler
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    Title: Chanson a boire
    Poet: Paul Morand
    Composer: Maurice Ravel
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    Title: Oh! quand je dors
    Poet: Victor Hugo
    Composer: Franz Liszt
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    Title: The Telephone
    Poet: Ted Hughes
    Composer: Jeffrey Wood
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    Title: Men With Small Heads
    Poet: Thomas Lux
    Composer: Lori Laitman
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    Together with pianist Donna Loewy, Andrew Garland is working with some of today’s leading classical songwriters to program lively and inventive concerts that have audiences looking at the song recital anew. Last season their programs of living American composers were heard in New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle, Cincinnati, Fullerton, CA, Hammond, LA, and Williamsburg, VA. Next season the team brings a new program to various venues, including Santa Monica and Huntsville. They will also make a return visit to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Last summer Garland premiered Jake Heggie’s Here and Gone at the Ravinia Festival. This year marks his debut with the New York Festival of Song, performing with Steven Blier. Apart from song recitals, Andrew Garland maintains an active opera career. He made an exciting debut at Seattle Opera when he stepped in at the last minute for Nathan Gunn as Riolobo in Catàn’s Florencia en el Amazonas. As Dandini, recently at Dayton opera, Garland proved to have the comic timing and rapid, clean coloratura required of the role. Garland also has appeared at Cincinnati Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, the Seattle Opera Young Artists program and the San Francisco opera center. Lead operatic roles include Rossini’s Figaro, Mozart’s Count and Guglielmo, Puccini’s Schaunard, Britten’s Junius (Rape of Lucretia), and Ravel’s Ramiro (L’heure espagnole). Upcoming operatic engagements include Nevada Opera (Dandini), the National Philharmonic (Figaro), Boston Lyric Opera and Palm Beach Opera. Garland also proved his unique coloratura skills in this past season’s performances of Handel’s Messiah with the University of Michigan and Virginia symphonies. Audiences and musicians reported they had never heard such a rapid and clear rendition of "Why do the nations?" Another concert appearance of note was his debut with the Cathedral Choral Society in the Washington, DC, premiere of Eric Zeisl’s Requiem Ebraico. His concert repertory includes such varied works as Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. He has also has appeared with the Flint Symphony and the Sacramento Choral society. Future concert engagements include performances with the National Philharmonic and the Delaware Symphony. Garland is the winner of the Washington International Music Competition, American Traditions Competition, the William C. Byrd Competition, the Opera Columbus Competition, NATS New England competition, placed in the Palm Beach Opera Competition, was a semi finalist in the Montreal International Music Competition and a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Garland is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers and coaches have included William McGraw, Paulina Stark, John Humphrey, Oren Brown, Elizabeth Mannion, Martin Katz, Donna Loewy, Kenneth Griffiths and Terry Lusk.

    Pianist/coach Bethany Johnson, from Hanover, Massachusetts, is currently a member of the music staff at Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Johnson received her Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Gordon College where she studied with Mia Chung and toured the Eastern U.S. and Europe with the Gordon College Choir. Ms. Johnson was a pianist/coach in San Francisco Opera's Merola Program as well as the Wolftrap Opera Studio. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, she participated in the Art Song Program with the Brevard Music Center. She was also a finalist in the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.


    Danielle Talamantes (USA), soprano and Joy Puckett Schreier (USA), pianist
  • Top Prize: The Lotte Lehmann Foundation Prize (shared $2500)

  • Selections:
    How to Make Coq Au Vin
    Click Here to Listen

    Title: Kling!
    Poet: Karl Henckell
    Composer: Richard Strauss
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    Title: Cäcilie
    Poet: Heinrich Hart
    Composer: Richard Strauss
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    Title: L'Invitation au Voyage
    Poet: Charles Baudelaire
    Composer: Henri Duparc
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    Title: Ouvre ton coeur
    Poet: Louis Delatre
    Composer: Georges Bizet
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    Title: Spring Waters
    Poet: Feodor Tioutchev
    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
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    Title: Dreaming
    Poet: Lori Laitman
    Composer: Lori Laitman
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    Danielle Talamantes, soprano, has returned to her native Washington area and is quickly becoming one of the region's most sought after soloists. Ms. Talamantes’ opera history includes performances with Spoleto Festival USA, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera Bel Cantanti and The Washington Savoyards. Recent debuts also include solo features with Nevada Opera, Annapolis Opera and the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Opera roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Corilla in Donizetti’s Le Convenienze de Teatrali, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. She looks forward to returning to Nevada Opera next winter as Gretel in Hansel und Gretel. Oratorio credits include performances with various DC Metropolitan and Virginia groups including The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville, Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Capitol Hill Chorale, Washington Summer Sings, Prince William Symphony Orchestra and the New River Valley Symphony. She will debut as featured soloist with the New Dominion Chorale this spring in Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri. Ms. Talamantes is the current first place winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards and will appear in a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in March, 2007. Other recent First Place honors in 2006 include the Lotte Lehmann Cybersing Competition, the Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series Competition, the Longleaf Opera Competition and the DC Music Federation Vocal Competition. Ms. Talamantes maintains a voice studio in the Northern Virginia area and holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Westminster Choir College.

    Hailed as a pianist who "really has it all — fiery technique and a rich, warm tone," Joy Puckett Schreier will make her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall with soprano Danielle Talamantes in March 2007. She received her doctorate in Accompanying and Chamber Music in 2003 under Dr. Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, Dr. Schreier was the recipient of the Barbara Koeng Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying as well as a three-time prize winner in the Jessie Kneisel German Lieder Competition. Former teachers include Ann Schein, Laurence Morton and Douglas Guiles. Dr. Schreier has served as official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Wolf Trap Young Artist Auditions. She has been presented in recital at the Kennedy Center, the Polish Embassy, the residence of the Egyptian Ambassador, Anderson House on Embassy Row, Strathmore Hall, and Center Stage in San Francisco. With the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra she has performed in Taiwan, Great Britain, Italy, France and Spain. Dr. Schreier has coached grand prize winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, and the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. She currently serves as vocal coach for the Washington National Opera Education Division under the direction of Plácido Domingo.


    Peiyi Wang (China), mezzo-soprano and Thomas Bandy (USA), pianist
  • Mélodie Française Prize: Dalton Baldwin ($500)
  • Lieder Prize: Natalie Limonick ($500)

  • Selections:
    How to Make Coq Au Vin
    Click Here to Listen

    Title: Er, der Herrlichste von allen
    Poet: Adelbert von Chamisso
    Composer: Robert Schumann
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    Title: Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
    Poet: Adelbert von Chamisso
    Composer: Robert Schumann
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    Title: Roses ardentes
    Poet: Charles van Lerberghe
    Composer: Gabriel Faure
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    Title: Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil..
    Poet: Charles van Lerberghe
    Composer: Gabriel Faure
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    Title: Havanaise
    Poet: Louis Pomey
    Composer: Pauline Viardot
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    Title: Schenk mir deinen goldenen Kamm
    Poet: Richard Dehmel
    Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
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    Peiyi Wang, mezzo-soprano, originally from Beijing, China, obtained her Masters degree and Specialist degree in Voice Performance from University of Michigan-School of Music and her Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature from Peking University. Ms. Wang made her professional debuts with Michigan Opera Theatre as Cenerentola in La Cenerentola in 2006, with University Musical Society as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice in 2001 and as Roggiero in Tancredi in 2006. She also performed such roles as Hansel in Hansel & Gretel, Xerxes in Xerxes, Carmen in La Tragedie de Carmen, Marquise in La Fille du Regiment, and Meg in Falstaff. Ms. Wang was the finalist in 2005 Montreal International Music Competition, Metropolitan National Council Audition-Great Lakes Region, and 2nd China International Competition for Singers. She was also the first prize winner of Great Lakes Opera Competition and Harold Haugh Opera Competition. Ms. Wang participated in Naxos' recording project of 20th Century Jewish-American Composers' opera. She was the recipient of career grants from Ars Gratia Artis Foundation and Rislov Foundation. In 2006, she was invited to participate in the Vocal-Piano Master Class with Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin.


    Thomas Bandy (USA), pianist
  • Best Collaborative Pianist Prize in Honor of Dalton Baldwin: Lindsey Christiansen ($500)

  • [Mr. Bandy may be heard as collaborative pianist
    in selections performed by Peiyi Wang and David Wilson.]

    Thomas Bandy is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and is presently finishing his doctoral studies in collaborative piano at the University of Michigan. He studies with Martin Katz, with whom he also studied during work on his Master's degree, received in 2004, and plays in the voice studios of Shirley Verrett and George Shirley. He participates in many chamber music groups, and is an active vocal coach in many languages as well, specializing in Russian diction. He has been organist and choir director at several churches, two in South Carolina, one in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and presently at the First Congregational UCC in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Thomas graduated summa cum laude from Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2001 with a double major in philosophy and piano. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society. He is married to Rebecca Bandy, a musician and teacher of English as a second language, from Georgia. They have a son, Evan Alexander, born July 27, 2005, and another child due in March, 2007.


    Shieh Yih Lim (Singapore), tenor and Pei-Chi Hong (Taiwan), pianist
  • Robert Bullington Audience Prize, in honor of the Interfaith Hospitality
    Network of Mercer County, New Jersey ($500)

  • Selections:
    How to Make Coq Au Vin
    Click Here to Listen

    Title: Ganymed
    Poet: W. von Goethe
    Composer: Franz Schubert
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    Title: Ein Traum
    Poet: Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt
    Composer: Edvard Grieg
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    Title: Bleuet
    Poet: Guilliaume Apollinaire
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
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    Title: La Vie Antérieure
    Poet: Charles Baudelaire
    Composer: Henry Duparc
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    Title: Romance
    Poet: Fang Gui Xiang
    Composer: Yap Chiu Yuen
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    Title: Bird Songs at Eventide
    Poet: Royden Barrie
    Composer: Eric Coates
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    Tenor Lim Shieh-Yih, a native of Singapore is described by the New York Times as a "Bright Voice Tenor" and "his English Diction is better than most English Native Speakers...." His opera performances include Carmen, Otello, Così Fan Tutte, Eugene Onégin, Die Zauberfl*ouml;te, Madama Butterfly, Ariadne auf Naxos and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is described as "vividly villainous ... making one want to hiss at him" by The Independent News, in Santa Barbara in his performance of Monostatos at the Music Academy of the West’s production of Die Zauberflöte. In the Oratorio field, he has performed in The Messiah, The Creation, Lauda per la natività del Signore by O. Respighi and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Mr. Lim has been described by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaii as having "a strong voice with good quality" in his performance of the Beethoven 9th Symphony under the baton of Norio Ohga (CEO, Sony Corporation). The Denver Post critics Mr. Lim’s performance of the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Aspen Opera Theater Center under the baton of Julius Rudel: "his clear metal voice and considerable volume hinted a future Siegfried." Opera News describes his performance of the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with MAW, Santa Barbara as "ringing substance and brilliance." Also with the same role, Los Angeles Times describes him as "the most promising singer, " and specifically notes his clear German diction. Shieh-Yih is also a fine recitalist. He has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, New England Conservatory, Paul Hall, etc. Mr. Lim was invited to open the Brownville Concert Series at the Brownville Concert Hall in Nebraska in February 7th, 1999 in conjunction with the Marilyn Horne Foundation. He has obtained fellowships from the Pacific Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, where he is one of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Awardee in 1997 and The Apen Opera Theater Center with the Aspen Music Festival. Shieh-Yih has also attended Master Classes given by Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, Elizabeth Söderstrom, Warren Jones, Martin Isepp, Paul Sperry, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz etc. Shieh-Yih is the winner of the 1992, 4th Asian Vocal Competition held in Taiwan, Taipei. He is the youngest to have won the titile. He is also the finalist for the Leonard Berstein Songs and Oratorio Competition, Jerusalem and the Joy in Singing Competition, New York. After coming back to Singapore, Mr. Lim was invited to be the adjudicator for the Malaysia National Vocal Competition 2001, and recently the 1st Chinese Folk and Arts Songs Karaoke Vocal Competition held at Victoria Concert Hall. Shieh-Yih is also very proud to be one of the soloists in Beethoven 9th Symphony to had performed at the National Inauguration of the Concert Hall at the Esplanade — Theatre by the Bay. Shieh-Yih began his music education at the age of 4 on the piano with Madam Lucien Wong. Encouraged by his parents and aunt, Ms Florence Yap Chiu Yuen, his interest in singing became more keen at age 17. He has since earned degrees from The Trinity College of Music, London; Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, PR China and The Juilliard School in both piano and voice. His teachers include Ms Scelagh Molyneaux, Ms Yang Jie, Mr. Li Xinchang, Mr. Robert White, Mr. Edward Zambara and Ms Marilyn Horne. Shieh-Yih has obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree and he has graduated with the degree of Professional Studies on full scholarship, studying with Mr. W Stephen Smith at The Juilliard School. Since his return to Singapore, Shieh-Yih has been very active in the Singapore music scene, performing in a few productions with the Singapore Lyric Opera and other Arts Societies. Mr. Lim was invited by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to perform the Tenor solo in Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 at the Inauguration of the Concert Hall at Esplanade — Theatres by the Bay. This concert was broadcast on Symphony 92.4 FM. At the moment Mr. Lim resides in Singapore. Mr. Lim’s future engagements includes performances at the Esplanade — Theatres by the Bay in 2007, Concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia and dedicating part of his time in teaching the younger generation to promote classical singing. He is also engaged to give Master-classes in Taiwan, Tainan National Performing Arts institute and concerts in Asia. His students has won many prizes in the Malaysian National Vocal Competition, in December 2002 and in 2004, 3 of his students was placed 1st, 2nd and 4th in the Singapore-Malaysian Vocal Competition in Singapore Division. Recently, the top 3 prizes belongs to his students at the 1st Festa Canzone International Art Songs Competition 2005, which includes participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Indonesia and China. Mr. Lim is currently a member of the voice faculty at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LaSalle — SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, Artistic Director of Classical Singers’ Association, Singapore and FestaCanzone — Art Song Festival, Director of the Classical section of the Singing Teachers’ Association Singapore.

    Pei-Chi Hong earned her Doctoral degree in Collaborative Piano on full scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music, where she also received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance. Her principal teachers include Irma Vallecillo, Margo Garrett and Martin Katz. In 2003, she assisted in the establishment of the first collaborative piano graduate institute in Taiwan. She is currently a faculty member and the Director of the Institute of Collaborative Piano of Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. A native of Taiwan, pianist Pei-Chi Hong has been very active as a chamber musician in U.S.A., Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. While a student at New England Conservatory of Music, she had already collaborated with faculty James Buswell, James Dunham and Mazuko Ushioda in recital. She was often chosen to accompany singers in vocal master classes by Warren Jones, and Martin Isepp. Ms. Hong has also appeared at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, in 1993, 1994. In 2001, she was invited to perform with the principal Woodwind Quintet of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kitara Hall in Sapporo, as well as violinist Chantal Juillet and numerous principal artists of Philadelphia, Toronto, and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras in chamber recitals. In 2005, she was invited to perform, give collaborative piano masterclass, and serve as a jury member at the FestaCanzone (Artsong Festival) in Singapore. Besides being a collaborative pianist, Ms. Hong is also a clarinetist and holds a Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from New England Conservatory of Music. She has won the first prize at the Taiwan Music Competition in 1985 and 1990 and was a recipient of the 1993 Taiwan ICRT Young Rising Star Scholarship both for clarinet and chamber music performances.





    DIVISION I


    Debra Stanley (USA), soprano and Fan Yang (China), pianist
  • The Violet Chang Top Prize
    in Memory of Her Professor Dr. Erik Werba, Vienna ($1000)
  • Mélodie Prize to honor the mélodie composer,
    Jacques Leguerney (1906-1997): Mary Dibbern ($250)
  • Required Song Prize in Memory of Susanna Kim Lar: Dwight & Louise Emery ($250)
  • The Nancy Bannick Lieder Prize in Honor of Judy Neale ($250)

  • Selections:
    How to Make Coq Au Vin
    Click Here to Listen

    Title: Kennst du das Land?
    Poet: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Composer: Hugo Wolf
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    Title: Green
    Poet: Paul Verlaine
    Composer: Claude Debussy
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    Title: Sure on This Shining Night
    Poet: James Agee
    Composer: Samuel Barber
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    American soprano Debra Stanley graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2004, where she studied with Carol Webber. She is currently in the Lieder class of pianist Hartmut Höll and mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and studying privately with Rudolf Piernay in Germany. She received a fellowship to study and perform at the Ravinia Festival as part of the Steans Institute for Young Artists in the summer of 2006. She has also participated in other summer programs such as Songfest in California, the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria. She has coached with artists such as Rudolf Piernay, Martin Katz, Malcolm Martineau, Elly Ameling, Edith Wiens, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, and Graham Johnson, and sung in master classes with Christa Ludwig, Julia Varady, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, after which she was invited to study privately with Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin for two weeks. Ms. Stanley recently won third prize at the 2006 International Euriade Vocal Concours in Kerkrade, Holland. She has also won first prize at the Sue Goetz Memorial Voice Competition in Washington, D.C. and second prize in the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition at the Eastman School of Music. She was awarded the Golden Key International Honor Society study abroad scholarship toward her studies in Germany. She has appeared in numerous concerts in both Germany and the United States.

    Fan Yang was born in Hunan, China in 1975 and began piano lessons at the age of 7. She studied at China’s Central Music Institute in Peking and received her Bachelor’s degree in 1997. She was subsequently hired by the Institute as a vocal collaborative pianist, working on various opera productions and with the best choirs in China. She was the official accompanist for China’s 2nd International Vocal Competition in 2002 and received a special prize for Outstanding Young Accompanist. She and soprano Jae-Eun Lee won third prize at the Hugo Wolf Akademie’s 2004 International Lieder Competition in Stuttgart, Germany. The duo also won a prize at the 2005 European Chamber Music Competition in Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2003, Fan Yang has studied with pianist Hartmut Höll and mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai in their Lieder class at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. In November of 2005, she and soprano Debra Stanley were invited to work privately with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau for two weeks, followed by a public master class and concert. Fan Yang has given concerts in Peking, Hong Kong, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Berlin, London, and Brazil. She was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Art Endowment of Baden-Württemberg in March of 2006.


    Jonathan Michie (USA), baritone and Joseph Liccardo (USA), pianist
  • American Song Prize: Albert Schütz ($250)

  • Selections:
    How to Make Coq Au Vin
    Click Here to Listen

    Title: Im wunderschonen Monat Mai
    Poet: Heinrich Heine
    Composer: Robert Schumann
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    Title: Les Berceaux
    Poet: Sully Prudhomme
    Composer: Ernest Chausson
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    Title: Luke Havergal
    Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
    Composer: John Duke
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    American Baritone Jonathan Michie is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Carol Webber. Roles with Eastman Opera Theatre include: Robert in Company, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Orlando in Robert Ward's Claudia Legare, The Storyteller in the world premiere of Charles Strouse's East & West, Elder McLean in Susannah, and Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd. Jonathan had the pleasure of spending last summer as a Young Artist with the Chautauqua Opera company. He spent the previous summer as a member of the Ohio Light Opera company. Jonathan is the winner of the 2007 Four-City District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Kurt Weill Foundation's 2005 Lotte Lenya Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation's 2006 Reusche Lieder Award, the 2006 Summer Program Award from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation, the 2006 Friends of Eastman Opera competition, and 3rd prize in the 2006 Jessie Kneisel Lieder competition. He has been featured in concert at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in Master Classes with Jay Lesenger, Jennifer Larmore, Robert White and Richard Hundley. Upcoming engagements include John Wilkes Booth in Sondheim's Assassins with Eastman Opera Theatre, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, a recital of works by Kurt Weill at the 2007 Spoleto USA Festival, and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Mercury Opera Rochester in 2008. Jonathan will return to Chautauqua Opera in 2007 as a Young Artist, singing Moralés in Carmen, among other roles. More information may be found at his website: www.jonathanmichie.com

    Joseph Liccardo, B.M. in Performance, Eastman School of Music, 2006, has been winning national distinction as a solo performer since the age of eighteen. In 2002, he won first prize in the nation in the high school division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) piano competition. In March 2006, he repeated this success by winning first prize in the MTNA-Steinway National Young Artist Piano Competition for which he received a Steinway Model M grand piano. At the Eastman school, Joseph was admitted as a Rogers Scholar, a distinction which recognizes both musical and academic excellence. In his freshman year, he was the winner of the Eastman concerto competition and performed Rachmaninoff's Rhapdody on a Theme of Paganini with the Eastman Philharmonia. As a student of Dr. Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School, Joseph distinguished himself not only as a solo performer, but as a chamber musician as well. He received the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music and also received a top prize for piano accompanying in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. Joseph performed extensively with his Eastman piano trio which was selected on three occasions to perform in the Eastman Honors Chamber Music Recital. He has also been featured on several occasions in the Chamber Music Live! series in New York City. Joseph began his studies informally at the age of three, picking out tunes at the piano with his father. Formal lessons began at the age of four in the Suzuki piano program at the Great Neck School of Music. From the age of six through eighteen, Joseph was a student at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College, participating in both the Suzuki piano program, directed by his father Christopher Liccardo, and the Conservatory program, where he studied with Dr. Donald Pirone. Joseph participated in many solo and chamber music concerts at Queens College and throughout the metropolitan area. As a two-time winner of the CPSM concerto competition, Joseph performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos with orchestra in LeFrak Hall and has also performed on several occasions in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2002, he was featured as guest soloist with the Queensborough Symphony in a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. In the summer of 2003, Joseph was accepted into the prestigious TCU/Cliburn institute at Texas Christian University. Other awards include scholarships and prizes from the Associated Music Teachers League, The Piano Teachers Congress, New York Sate Music Teachers Association, The Great Neck Piano competition and the Brooklyn Arts Council Piano Competition. Additionally, Joseph has been featured in master classes with international artists and teachers Jacob Lateiner, Vladimir Feltsman, Jerome Lowenthal, Andre Michel-Schub, Tamas Ungar, Jose Feghali, Robert Levin, Claude Frank and others. Currently, Joseph is on the faculty of the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College.


    Kristin Hoff (Canada), soprano and Rachel Rensink-Hoff (Canada), pianist
  • The Nancy Bannick Mélodie Prize in Honor of Beebe Freitas ($250)

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    Title: Seusser Freund
    Poet: Adelbert v. Chamisso
    Composer: Robert Schumann
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    Title: Le Sommeil
    Poet: Maurice Car&eecirc;me
    Composer: Francis Poulenc
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    Title: Aragonese
    Poet: unknown
    Composer: Gioachino Rossini
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    Kristin Hoff was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and received a BA in vocal performance from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a student of Keith Brautigam. She is currently studying with Mark Pedrotti at the University of Montreal in Quebec. She has performed numerous song recitals in both Grand Rapids and St. Catharines and now in Montreal as well, featuring songs by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Schumann, Zemlinksy, Strauss, Debussy, Poulenc, Bolcom, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Barber, Earl Kim, and Judith Weir. She is currently working on an independent research project on Judith Weir through the University of Montreal and will present in April of 2007 a recital of several Weir works, including her unaccompanied opera for soprano, King Harald's Saga.

    Rachel Rensink-Hoff is a Doctoral candidate in choral music education at the University of Western Ontario where she teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting for the Department of Music Education. She is conductor of the Addison Women’s Choir of Cambridge, Ontario, and Impulse, a newly formed mixed choir in the Niagara Region and serves as Director of Music at Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. Rachel works regularly as an accompanist and private piano instructor and has served as adjudicator, clinician and conductor for numerous festivals and workshops including the Ontario Vocal Festival, London MusicFest, and the University of Western Ontario Choral Connections program. Her article, “I never saw another butterfly: Choral Settings of Children’s Poems from Terezin,” was published in the August 2005 issue of the Choral Journal, and her recently submitted paper on extended Canadian works for women’s choir is currently under review. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Calvin College, Michigan and a Master of Music in Choral Literature and Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She has appeared in conducting master-classes with Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks and Dale Warland and has completed additional choral studies at the Eastman School of Music Summer Institute and the Voice Care Network of St. John’s University, Minnesota.


    David Wilson (USA), Tenor and Thomas Bandy (USA), pianist
  • Audience Prize: Ruth Ballard ($250)

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    Title: Lob des hohen Verstands
    Poet: Anonymous
    Composer: Gustav Mahler
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    Title: Présent de couleur blanche
    Poet: Clément Marot
    Composer: Georges Enescu
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    Title: The Desire for Hermitage
    Poet: Anonymous
    Composer: Samuel Barber
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    Tenor David Wilson is an active performer of a variety of repertoire ranging from the genres of opera, to concert, to art song. In summer of 2006, he was featured as a soloist on the opening concert of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, with the AIMS Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Cornelius Eberhardt. He also performed with the AIMS Festival Orchestra at the monastery of St. Paul am Lavanthal. Wilson was selected to perform in 2006 at the national convention of the National Opera Association (NOA) in a performance of a new chamber opera by Nancy van de Vate, winner of the NOA’s chamber opera competition. Later that same year he was selected as a representative of the University of Michigan School of Music to perform excerpts from L’incoronazione di Poppea at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He has appeared in several operatic roles with the University of Michigan Opera Theater, singing supporting roles in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and leading roles in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O and Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. As a choral soloist, Wilson has appeared at Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), and Victoria Memorial Hall (Singapore). He also participated in the Boston premiere of Terry Riley’s multimedia work Sun Rings with the Kronos Quartet. In the field of art song, Wilson has sung in recitals and concerts throughout the greater Boston and greater metro-Detroit areas, and performed in master classes for renowned singers and coaches such as Walter Moore, Gabriela Lechner, and Sondra Kelly. Currently a student of Martha Sheil at UM, Wilson will complete his Bachelor’s degree in April of 2007, and plans to pursue graduate studies the following year. He has also pursued studies towards a Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.



    The 2006 Prizewinners

    DIVISION II
    Andrew Garland
    Bethany Johnson
    Danielle Talamantes
    Joy Puckett Schreier
    Peiyi Wang
    Thomas Bandy
    Shieh Yih Lim
    Pei-Chin Hong

    DIVISION I
    Debra Stanley
    Fan Yang
    Jonathan Michie
    Joseph Liccardo
    Kristin Hoff
    Rachel Rensink-Hoff
    David Wilson


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