I am on my way back to Chicago - just time to let you know the two winners who will go forward to the National Semi-Finals in New York in March. In addition to going forward to the next stage they each receive $6,000 from the Regional Committee. They are:
Emily Duncan-Brown - Soprano 25. A Canadian from McGill University and Mannes College in New York
Michelle Johnson - Soprano 27. Formerly at Boston University Opera Institute, now at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia
The third prize with a handsome prize of $4,000 went to David Pershall, a 25 year old Baritone currently at Yale.
The encouragement award of $3,500, made to honor the 50 years of John Moriarty's participation as accompanist in the New England auditions went to Zachary Nelson, currently also at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Congratulations to them all! More later.....
Thank you to the Co-Chair of the committee, John VanScoyoc, for sending the photograph!