2018 Festival

Kendra Colton

Soprano Kendra Colton, Oberlin Conservatory, “carried herself like a goddess and sang radiantly and vividly”according to the NY Times and the Boston Globe described her as an “imaginative musician”.  Ms. Colton is a versatile singer who enjoys a career of great variety. She has sung with major orchestras across the country from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has performed repertoire from Monteverdi and Lully to new works specifically written for her.  Her career has been largely centered in the United States but she has also performed in many venues throughout Europe.

Allison Voth

Allison Voth is an associate professor of music at Boston University’s School of Music, and principal coach at Boston University’s Opera Institute. She is a well-know diction coach in Boston and New York and widely concertized with Lucine Amara of the Metropolitan Opera. She has worked as diction coach and/or répétiteur with such companies as Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Providence Opera, Granite State Opera, the Verismo Opera of New Jersey and Opera North. Festivals include Opera Unlimited, The Florence Vocal Seminar and the Athens Music Festival.

Gail Dubinbaum

Mezzo-soprano Gail Dubinbaum has performed both opera and concert works internationally. She has sung leading roles with some of the world’s most prestigious opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Israel Opera and L’Opera de Montreal. Nationally, she has appeared with Opera Pacific, Detroit Opera, Portland Opera and Arizona Opera. On the concert stage, Ms. Dubinbaum has sung with the Los Angeles, Israel, New York, Boston, Cleveland and San Francisco Orchestra and with such renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Carlo Maria Giulini and Leonard Bernstein.

John Massaro

John Massaro began his career in California working as an accompanist and coach for the Los Angeles Opera Repertory Theatre. He coached Lieder repertoire with the great soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, the Frankfurt Opera and also at her home in Zurich. After moving to New York, he became a coach for several of the members of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development program. During his time in New York, Massaro had the fortune of working closely with many wonderful singers and conductors including Leonard Bernstein, assisting him with his last opera A Quiet Place. During this time, Massaro began to expand his work into the field of conducting. He met Zubin Mehta for whom he served as a conducting assistant during a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Israel Philharmonic.

Dr. Carolyn Cruse

Dr. Carolyn Cruse is Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University, where she conducts the TTU Women’s Chorale and teaches undergraduate music education courses including choral techniques/methods, vocal/choral pedagogy, and curriculum and instruction in music education. Dr. Cruse is also active with the TTU Summer Master of Music Education program, teaching an intensive course each summer on topics related to choral rehearsal strategies, vocal/choral pedagogy, adolescent voice development, and choral conducting.

2018 Awards

Vocal Artistry Division
Excellence Award – $1000
Tychiko Cox
Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico Award – $500
Gregory Gallagher
Carmoline Grady Award – $400
Kathryn Schwaar
Schubert Award – $250
Amanda Rindlisbach
Astrid and Berent Groth Award – $100
Travis Bregier
Middle School Division
Excellence Award – $1000
Lindsey Bartlett
Marilyn Tyler Award – $500
Angela Rudd
Bower Music Award – $200
Cristian Zaragoza
Paul Roth Award – $150
Sophia Neal
Choral/Music Ed Division
Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest – $500
Michaela Bateman
Carse McDaniel and Rane Richardson Award – $250
Alexandra Truby (Gabriel Landstedt)
Donna McRae Appreciation Award – $225
Devin Crockett
Jane Snow Award – $175
Gilbert Chavez
High School Division
Excellence Award – $1000
Allison Lium (David Fu)
Marilyn Thomas Bernard Award – $600
Dana Portnoy (Jane Wei)
Friends of the Albuquerque Opera Guild Award – $450
Casey Hennigan
Christopher Ober – $250
Christopher Ober
Sandia Prep Award – $200
Colin Miller
Joanna Hart Award – $150
Analise Granados
Junior Division
Louise Loomis Award – $200
Avery Ross
Opera Southwest Daisy Beltran Award – $150
Aidan Lester
Barbara and Keith Baltz Award – $100
Katelyn Patchell
Collaborative Piano Division
Excellence Award – $1,000
David Fu (Allison Lium)
Air and Hammers Award – $300
Harmony Guan (Sofia Chavez)
Martha Dalager Award – $250
Gabriel Landstedt (Alexandra Truby)
Rita Angel Award – Karen Zhang (Hazel Krinsky) $200
Karen Zhang (Hazel Krinsky)
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