Laura Strickling (MM ’06, Voice) was the first place winner in the 2011 Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition, presented by Community Concerts at Second. Natalie Conte (BM ’04, MM ’06) won second place, and master’s candidate Danielle Buonaiuto was an alternate.
Senior William Davenport, tenor, won second prize and the Boldyga Incentive Award in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition on April 10. Davenport also was admitted into the highly selective Academy of Vocal Arts starting this fall. In April, he was tenor soloist in the following: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Dvorak’s Requiem with Columbia Pro Cantare, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Peabody Camerata, and a program of arias and duets with the Maryland Concert Opera in Frederick, Md.
Audrey Chen (BM ’00) was named one of three winners of the 2011 Baker Artist Awards. She will receive $25,000 and be featured in an exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art from September 7-October 2, 2011, including a celebratory Late Night event on October 1 where she will perform. The winners were presented on Maryland Public Television’s ArtWorks Special: The Baker Artist Awards 2011.
Soprano Laura Strickling (MM ’06) has won The American Prize in Vocal Performance for 2011 in the professional opera division.
The American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, honors the memory of the greatest Wagnerian baritone of his age, Friedrich Schorr, who commanded the operatic stage between the world wars, and his wife, Virginia Schorr, who taught studio voice at the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School of Music for nearly fifty years.
Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Jennifer Edwards (MM ’09) was the recipient of the Sheryl Shrekengost Encouragement Award for the Virginia Opera Bravissimo Society First Vocal Awards Competition on May 7.