2021 Festival

2021 Virtual Program

World Voice Day | One World/Many Voices
Friday, April 16

Music by John Harbison
with John Harbison, soprano Kendra Colton, and pianist Kayo Iwama
Friday, April 16 | 7:00 pm

High School Division Masterclass with Kendra Colton
Saturday, April 17 | 10:00 am — PW: 08o@mF^N

Collaborative Piano & Vocal Artistry Masterclass with Kayo Iwama
Saturday, April 17 | 12:00 pm — PW: &Z^x6JsG

“Let Beauty Awake.” Concert
Baritone Edmund Connolly and pianist Maxine Thevenot
Saturday, April 17 | 3:00 pm

Young Artist & Music Education Masterclass with Edmund Connolly & AWARDS
Saturday, April 17 | 4:00 pm — PW: s#DtF==8

2021 Faculty

Edmund Connolly

Edmund Connolly, baritone A native of London, UK, Edmund Connolly studied Music at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar. He undertook postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the City of London where he studied singing under Professor David Pollard. A year after graduating with his Master of Music degree, Edmund was appointed a Professor of Music Studies at the GSMD, a position he held from 2004-2011. Over recent years Edmund Connolly has forged a career as an opera and concert singer, organist, piano accompanist and conductor, as well as developing a reputation as a private teacher and vocal coach to young professional singers. His students have included young singers preparing roles for companies such as Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as advanced students from the Guildhall School, the Royal Academy of Music and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Maxine Thévenot

Maxine Thévenot, pianist/organist Saskatchewan-born organist, pianist  and choral conductor Maxine Thévenot enjoys a distinguished international career and has performed throughout Europe, Great Britain, and North America at prestigious churches, concert halls and festivals. Maxine holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and Manhattan School of Music, New York, where she was admitted to the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance. She is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Royal Conservatory of Music and was made an Honorary Fellow of the National College of Music, London, UK for her ‘services to music’ in 2006. Much in demand as a recitalist, Maxine Thévenot has been described by the AGO as performing “with passion and brilliance”, and “…the music thrives with Thévenot’s superb playing and her masterful manipulation of the instrument’s myriad tonal colors”.

Kendra Colton

American soprano Kendra Colton is a versatile singer who performs repertoire from Baroque opera and oratorio to contemporary music. Trained in the United States and Europe she appears regularly in solo recital, in chamber music concerts, and with symphony orchestras. She has sung with conductors Bernard Haitink, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Seiji Ozawa, and Helmuth Rilling and with presenters across the country including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to name a few. Her singing has been described as “touchingly musical” in the NY Times and “skillful and imaginative” in the Boston Globe. Opera News wrote that Ms. Colton is a soprano who sings “with beauty, brightness and poise”.

Ms. Colton has developed a niche for herself in the oratorio and sacred works of Bach (including nearly all of the cantatas), Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Acclaimed not only for her performances of Handel and Mozart operas, she is also recognized as an interpreter of contemporary chamber music and has premiered and recorded numerous works. Works specifically composed for her voice are: Finite Infinity for soprano, oboe, and piano by Peter Child; Uncertainty is Beautiful for soprano and chamber orchestra and The Reckless Heart for soprano and piano by Andy Vores.

Kayo Iwama

American pianist Kayo Iwama has concertized extensively with singers such as Stephanie Blythe, Kendra Colton, William Hite, Rufus Müller, Christòpheren Nomura, Lucy Shelton and Dawn Upshaw throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and has performed in many prestigous venues including the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Yamaha Hall and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The Washington Post has called her a pianist “with unusual skill and sensitivty to the music and the singer” and the Boston Globe has praised her “virtuoso accompaniment…super-saturated with gorgeous colors”.

Miss Iwama is the associate director of the innovative Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she works alongside artistic director Stephanie Blythe. She has been a faculty member of Songfest, and for over two decades taught at the Tanglewood Music Center. At Tanglewood she also assisted Maestros James Levine, Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano in major operatic and concert productions in addition to coordinating the vocal program. As a former Boston resident, Miss Iwama was on the faculties of the Hartt School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston Conservatory.

John Harbison

Composer John Harbison is among America’s most prominent artistic figures. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. Harbison has composed music for most of this country’s premiere musical institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera (for whom he wrote The Great Gatsby), the Chicago Lyric Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Santa Fe and Aspen festivals. His works include five string quartets, six symphonies, a ballet, three operas, and numerous chamber and choral works.

2021 Awards

Music Education/Choral Division
AV Wall Award $500
Sebastian Calderon
Go Lovely Rose by Roger Quilter
My Lady Walks in Loveliness by Ernest Charles
Desca Music Award $150 with a Music Stand
Bryan Berard
Halt! by Franz Schubert and The Vagabond by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Joanna Hart Award $100
Nicholas Gallegos
Loveliest of Trees by John Duke and I’ll Sail Upon The Dog Star by Henry Purcell
Middle School Division
Lynn and Louise Loomis Award $200
Sophia Bonnell (Corbett Thomas)
La Vezzosa Pastorella by Domenico Bruni
Boats of Mine by Anne Stratton Miller
Louis Savar Award $100
Johanna Miller-Mutia (Grace Gao)
Du Bist die Ruh by Franz Schubert
Zions Walls arranged by Aaron Copland
Barbara and Keith Baltz Award $75
Oliver Groves
Ye Banks and Braes by Traditional Scottish Air
Railroad Medley arranged by Mark Hayes
Emily Villars Zander Appreciation $50
Isabel Soroos
Heiden Roslein by Franz Schubert
Wake Up! by Montague Phillips
High School Division
Bass Excellence Award $1000
Talia Czuchlewski (Gabriel Bennett Higbie)
Daphne by William Walton and Old Sir Faulk by William Walton
Marilyn Bernard Award $600
Allison Lium (David Fu)
O Tuneful Voice by Franz Joseph Haydn and Dear, my compass by John Harbison
Chris and Marilyn Barnes Award $300
Lily Clark
Spirate pur Spirate by Donaudy
When Love is Kind by Anon
Donna McRae Award $250
Marcos Cano
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal by Roger Quilter
Asturiana by Manuel De Falla
Albuquerque Music Teachers Award $150
Paige Gutjahr (Kate Shao)
The Bird by John Duke and Like Spring by John Harbison
Friends of the Albuquerque Guild of the Santa Fe Opera $125
Analise Granados
Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms and When I have sung my songs by Ernest Charles
Honorary Mention
Owen Margaret-Varrett
Vagabond by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Der Wanderer by Franz Schubert
Collaborative Piano Division
Bass Excellence Award $500
Gabriel Longuinhos (Shea Perry)
Nature, the Gentlest Mother by Aaron Copland
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß by Richard Strauss
High School Collaborative Piano Division
Bass Excellence Award $500
David Fu (Allison Lium)
O Tuneful Voice By Franz Joseph Haydn and Dear, my compass by John Harbison
Air and Hammers Award $300
Gabriel Bennett Higbie (Talia Czuchlewski)
Daphne by William Walton and Old Sir Faulk By William Walton
Albuquerque Institute of Music Award $150
Lily Shevitz (Clare Adams Crow)
She Never Told Her Love by Franz Joseph Haydn and Ouvre ton Coeur by George Bizet
Albuquerque Music Teachers Association Award $150
Julia Chen (Cleo Cummins)
Au Jardin De Mon Père by Pauline Viardot and Where the Music Comes From by Lee Hoiby
Middle School Collaborative Piano Division
Martha Dalager Award $125
Kate Shao (Paige Gutjahr)
The Bird by John Duke and Like Spring by John Harbison
Astrid and Berent Groth Award $100
Hannah Leng (Bonnie Li Peterson)
My Mother Bids My Bind My Hair by Franz Josef Haydn and I Will Go With My Father A-ploughing by Roger Quilter
Linda Liechty Award $75
Samuel Obermeuler (Isabel Soroos)
Heiden Roslein by Franz Schubert
Wake Up! by Montague Phillips
Young Artist Division
Bass Excellence Award $1000 (tie)
McKenna Brunson
V Tak Mnohém Srdci Mrtvo Jest by Antonín Dvořák and Amour by William Bolcom
Bass Excellence Award $1000 (tie)
Chandlar Head
Lied der Mignon IV: Nur wer die sehnsucht Kennt by Franz Schubert
Sure on this shining night by Samuel Barber
Polyphony Voices of New Mexico Award $500
Sophia Neal
Will There Really be a Morning by Ricky Ian Gordon and Villanelle by Hector Berlioz
Opera Southwest Award $300
Maya Muñoz
Lebe wohl by Hugo Wolf
Will There Really Be a Morning? From Elizabethan Songs by André Previn
Brahms Award $250
Jordyn Tatum
Adieu by Gabriel Faure
Hope with Feathers by Gwyneth Walker
Kay Fowler Award $200
Casey Hennigan
Phidyle by Duparc
Diaphenia from Six Elizabethan Song Cycle by Dominick Argento
Honorary Mention
Katrina Dignum
O del mio amato ben by Stefano Donaudy
Love’s Philosophy by Roger Quilter
Vocal Artistry Division
Quintessence, Choral Artist of the Southwest Award $1000
Lydia Grindatto
Anne Boleyn from Try Me Good King by Libby Larsen and Nebbie by Respighi
Schubert Award $550
Shea Perry (Gabriel Longuinhos)
Nature, the Gentlest Mother from 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß from Drei Lieder der Ophelia by Richard Strauss
Carmoline Grady Award $500
Cameron Smith
Now the leaves are falling fast by Benjamin Britten and Ihr seid die Allerschönste by Hugo Wolf
Cris & Marilyn Barnes Award $450
Jennifer Kuchar
St Ida’s Vision & Crucifixion by Samuel Barber
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