Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Scholarship Recipients

2019 Recipients

Rebeca Gonzalez Maldonado, 19, El Paso Chapter, $2,200, to attend summer opera training programs: Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, MI, SongFest in Los Angeles or Greve Opera Academy & Music Festival in Chiari, Italy.

Laura Santamaria-Mendez, 17, Florida East Coast Chapter, $1,200, for college tuition to continue studies in vocal performance.

Sam Dhobhany, 17, Greater New York Chapter, $2,000, to help pay tuition to study this summer at the Lunigiana International Music Festival Academy in Fivizzano, Italy.

Melanie Spector, 21, Greater New York Chapter, $1,000, to attend the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience project and Voice Studio in Orlando, FL and Savannah, GA.

Lauren Zinke, 21, Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, $1,000 to attend the LAH-SOW summer opera workshop in Minneapolis, MN

Bo Shimmin, 22, Bloomington Chapter, $1,000 to attend the Sherrill Milnes Voice Studio in Savannah, GA.

Marley Jacobson, 19, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter, $1,000 to study at the Chautauqua Institute summer program in Chautauqua, NY.

Loucine Topouzian, 22, Central Illinois Chapter, $1,000 to fund graduate studies in vocal performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Christine Cummins, 21, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter, $1,000 for a summer training program in vocal performance.

Emma Hicks, 16, Pittsburgh Chapter, $600, to study this summer at Oberlin College & Conservatory’s precollege vocal intensive in Oberlin, Ohio.

2019 Judges

A native of Poland, soprano Justyna Giermola made her European debut at the Polish National Opera House in Warsaw, where she was featured in a critically acclaimed concert promoting the works of the national composer Stanislaw Moniuszko.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Giermola has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and opera houses in Spain, Italy and Poland, where she was the featured soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Missa Brevis, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Messiah, as well as Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben, Rossini’s La regata veneziana and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. She is a featured soloist in the Palac Radziejowice annual summer concert series in Warsaw.
Her extensive opera roles have included Micaela in Carmen, Nedda in Pagliacci, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Mimi in La Boheme.
A US citizen, Ms. Giermola lives in New Jersey and continues to work with voice teacher Josephine Mongiardo and coaches David Maiullo, William Vendice, Kathy Olsen and Metropolitan Opera tenor Eduardo Valdes.

Mezzo-soprano Mariana Karpatova is a renowned opera singer and during her career appeared on the national and international stage. Mrs. Karpatova has maintained a private practice teaching singing since 2002 and is currently on the vocal teaching staff at Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.
She is recognized as a specialist in training singers for contemporary and classical music, in both the youth and advanced professional categories. Her students have sung on Broadway, in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, the Tanglewood Festival, Bel Canto Summer Program in Florence, Italy and competed in national vocal competition. Some have been accepted at prestigious college music programs at universities, including Catholic University of America, New York University and Northwestern University.
Mrs. Karpatova is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Professional Studies Program and the Juilliard Opera Center. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

American mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick is one of today’s most versatile artists. Her career has taken her around the world singing with orchestras, symphonies, ensembles and at festivals.
An accomplished performer and champion of 20th century music, Ms. Rearick sang the United States premier of Nicholas Maw’s Nocturne with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Bard College in New York. She collaborated with New York’s New Music Ensemble for the world premier of Mary Wright’s Sunflower and performed A Winter’s Journey – Douglas Cuomo’s setting of Wilhelm Muller’s text from Schubert’s Winterreise.
She sang and recorded the roles of Miriam, Ruth and the Witch of Endor in the world premiere of Kurt Weill’s The Eternal Road with Rundfunk Sinfhonieorchester Berlin under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. Frequent collaborations with the New York Chamber Ensemble include Ravel’s Trois poems de Stephane Mallarme, Ravel’s Chansons madecasses and Berlioz’ Les nuits d’ete. She has appeared on BBC World Service Radio, New York City’s WQXR and National Public Radio.
A native of Pennsylvania, Ms. Rearick is a founding member of the Britten-Pears Ensemble, a chamber group specializing in rarely heard contemporary works. She has been on the voice faculty at Princeton University for 15 years.

2018 Recipients

Lindsey Reynolds, Pittsburgh Chapter
Jeannie Miller, El Paso Chapter
Aaron Crouch, Washington, D.C. Chapter
Sophia Hunt, New Jersey Chapter
Bradley Bickhardt, Booomington Chapter
Matthew Soibelman, Greater Arizona Chapter
Clara Reeves, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter
Veronica Siebert, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter
Olympia Hatzilambrou, Washington, D.C. Chapter

2018 Judges

Jane Bunnell, mezzo soprano, who has enjoyed a long association with the Metropolitan Opera where she has sung 30 roles in more than 350 performances. She joined the faculty at Michigan State University’s College of Music in August, 2015, as professor of voice.

Maestro Joseph Rescigno, conductor, best known for his work in opera in North America and Europe. Since 1981, he has served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor for the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee. His commitment to young musicians and singers, returns him each year to La Musica Lirica, a summer program for singers in Northern Italy, where he has been Music Director since 2005.

Millicent Scarlett, soprano, received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Brandon University in Canada and her Master of Music in Opera from the University of Maryland. Currently Ms. Scarlett resides in Maryland and is a professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is part of an actively performing voice faculty.

2017 Recipients

Elena Stalnaker, Bloomington Chapter
Sarah Nalty, Washington, D.C. Chapter
Sarah Aaldering, Greater Phoenix Chapter
Madeline Whitesell, Central Illinois Chapter
Giana Gagliardotto, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter
Isabelle Scott, Florida East Coast Chapter
Lydia Graham, Kentucky Chapter
Austin Cripe, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter
David Davani, Greater New York Chapter

2017 Judges

Jane Bunnell, mezzo soprano, who has enjoyed a long association with the Metropolitan Opera where she has sung 30 roles in more than 350 performances. She joined the faculty at Michigan State University’s College of Music in August, 2015, as professor of voice.

Maestro Joseph Rescigno, conductor, best known for his work in opera in North America and Europe. Since 1981, he has served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor for the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee. His commitment to young musicians and singers, returns him each year to La Musica Lirica, a summer program for singers in Northern Italy, where he has been Music Director since 2005.

Renay Landsman is an American voice and opera coach who was a protégé of Alberta Masiello, Italian repertoire coach at the Metropolitan Opera. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory with Seymour Lipkin. She has coached productions for the Florentine Opera Company and National Opera of the Dominican Republic.

2016 Recipients

Michael Pandolfo, Kentucky Chapter
Mary Burke, Washington, D.C. Chapter
Ruby Dibble, St. Louis Chapter
Dorothy Gal, Florida East Coast Chapter.
Javier Castellanos, New York/Chautauqua Chapter
Kathryn Aman, New Jersey Chapter

2015 Recipients

Amy Broadbent, Washington DC Chapter
Caitlin Daniels, El Paso Chapter
Kresley Claire Figueroa, Greater Arizona Chapter
Thomas West, Birmingham Chapter
Mary Catherine Wright, Kentucky Chapter
Melissa Zgouridi, Chautauqua Chapter

2014 Recipients

Jonathan Champ, Washington DC Chapter
Benjamin Dickerson, New Jersey Chapter
Kresley Claire Figueroa, Greater Arizona Chapter
Anastasia Malliares, Central Illinois Chapter
Virginia Mims, Florida East Coast Chapter
Philip Stoddard, Greater Arizona Chapter
Julie Strauser, Bloomington Chapter
Crystal Vanrell, Birmingham Chapter
Matthew White, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter

2013 Recipients

Erika Baikoff, New Jersey Chapter
Ellen Catherine Chew, Ohio River Valley Chapter
Sammy Huh, Chautauqua Chapter
Margaret Flanigan, Chautauqua Chapter
Elizabeth Maurey, Bloomington Chapter
Virginia Mims, Florida East Coast Chapter
Vanessa Naghdi, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter
Royce Strider, St. Louis Chapter

2012 Recipients

Clare Demer, Greater Arizona Chapter Calvin T. Griffin, El Paso Chapter
Christian Ketter, Evanston Chapter
Johnathan McCullough, Pittsburgh Chapter
Riley Svatos, Bloomington Chapter
Jessica True, Bloomington Chapter
Jermaine Woodard, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter

2011 Recipients

Frederick Ballantine, Ohio River Valley Chapter
Lilla Heinrich-Szasz, New Jersey Chapter
Alize Roznyai, Pittsburgh Chapter
Amy Shaffer, Florida East Coast Chapter
Elizabeth Sutphen, Chautauqua Chapter
Hannah Zazzaro, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter

2010 Recipients

Brabdon P. Cedel, Pittsburgh Chapter
Calvin T. Griffin, Ohio River Valley Chapter
Lilla Heinrich-Szasz, New Jersey Chapter
Ian A. McEwen, Pittsburgh Chapter
Jason C. Ryan, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter
Nadine Christine Sierra, Florida East Coast Chapter
Megan A. Slack, Ohio River Valley Chapter
Crystal R. Vanrell, Birmingham Chapter
Thomas Waugh, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter

2009 Recipients

Loralee C. Culbert, Bloomington Chapter
Rachael K. E. Hirsch, Greater Arizona Chapter
Marisa Karchin, New Jersey Chapter
Joseph D. Lattanzi, Ohio River Valley Chapter
Ashley J. Park, Mid-Michigan Chapter
Alize F. Rozsnyai, Bloomington Chapter
Philip T. Stoddard, Greater Arizona Chapter

2008 Recipients

Timothy Gilbert Beeken, Birmingham Chapter
Patrick Rodger Dailey, Washington DC Chapter
Bridgette K. Gan, Pittsburgh Chapter
Shawn David Mlynek, Pittsburgh Chapter
Ashley J. Park, Mid-Michigan Chapter
Annie J. Rago, Pittsburgh Chapter
James-Grant B. Robertson, Evanston Chapter
Alize F. Rozsnyai, Bloomington Chapter
Amanda Therese Russo, Bloomington Chapter
Nadine Christine Sierra, New Jersey Chapter
Jeffrey Abel Taveras, New Jersey Chapter

2007 Recipients

Rachel Helen Arky, New Jersey Chapter
John Alexander Brancy, New Jersey Chapter
Ashley Danille Burroughs, Pittsburgh Chapter
Whitney Nicole Corbett, New Jersey Chapter
Ryan Jeffery Downey, Greater Arizona Chapter
Lauren L. Francovich, Central Illinois Chapter
Bridgette K. Gan, Pittsburgh Chapter

2006 Recipients

Stephanie A. Ball, Greater Arizona Chapter
Ariel T. Pistorino, Greater Arizona Chapter
Joshua David Quinn, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter
Adrian Nathaniel Smith, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter

2005 Recipients

Axel Hunter Anderson, New Jersey Chapter
Rachel Helen Arky, New Jersey Chapter
Allan Palacios Chan, Washington DC Chapter
Marc Andrew Day, Central Illinois Chapter
Christina Marie Goyne, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter
Courtney Nicole Huffman, Central Illinois Chapter
Sepideh Maofi, Greater Arizona Chapter
Adelaide Beth Muir, Central Illinois Chapter