Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Scholarship Recipients

2017 Recipients

Elena Stalnaker, 17, from the Bloomington Chapter, awarded $2,000.00. She plans to use her scholarship to attend a summer voice program at Brevard Music Center. Elena will perform at the NSAL Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, FL, June 1.
Sarah Nalty, 18, from the Washington DC Chapter, awarded $2,000.00. She will be attending either Little Patuxent Opera Institute or Boston Summer Program.
Sarah Aaldering, 17, from the Greater Phoenix Chapter, awarded $1,500.00. Oberlin in Italy or Chautauqua will partly be paid by the scholarship.
Madeline Whitesell, 22, from the Central Illinois Chapter, awarded $1,500.00. The scholarship will be used for private voice lessons with Cynthia Hayman-Coleman and coaching with Sussanna Lemberskaya.
Giana Gagliardotto, 17, from the Clearwater/Tampa Chapter, awarded $1,000.00. Scholarship will go toward a summer voice program, possibly Boston.
Isabelle Scott, 17, from the Florida East Coast Chapter, $1,000.00. She will have intensive voice training with Marilyn Mims paid by the scholarship.
Lydia Graham, 18, from the Kentucky Chapter, $1,000.00. She will use the scholarship toward the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program this summer.
Austin Cripe, 22, from the Clearwater/Tampa Chapter, $1,000.00. The scholarship will be used toward study at the Brevard Opera Program.
David Davani, 22, from the Greater New York Chapter, $1,000.00. He plans to use the scholarship for voice lessons and coaching.

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

Greetings to all who were involved with the 2016 Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Scholarship competition, and congratulations to the talented singers advanced by NSAL Chapters to the National level. It was a pleasure for our judges to hear so many wonderful singers, and adjudication was challenging! We are pleased to announce the following awards:
Michael Pandolfo (age 21), University of Kentucky; Kentucky Chapter: $2600, for private study or summer 2017 program.
Mary Burke (age 21), Peabody Conservatory; Washington, D.C. Chapter: $2200, for the Musiktheater Bavaria program, July 2016.
Ruby Dibble (age 20), Oberlin Conservatory; St. Louis Chapter: $2200, for “Oberlin in Italy”, summer 2016.
Dorothy Gal (age 21), Mannes College of Music; Florida East Coast Chapter: $1000, for private coaching with Joan Dornemann.
Javier Castellanos (age 21), Marymount Manhattan College; New York/Chautauqua Chapter: $1000, for private study.
In the Younger Category:
Kathryn Aman (age 17), a high school student; New Jersey Chapter: $1000, for private study or a summer program.

2016 Judges

Our 2016 judges, all of whom have considerable experience with young voices, the repertoire, and vocal adjudication, were as follows:
Dr. Carol Kimball, mezzo-soprano, is a noted author of books and articles on art song and opera, editor of widely-used song and aria anthologies, and a recognized specialist in French repertoire. A gifted recitalist and now Emerita Professor of Voice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she remains active as a clinician, lecturer, writer and adjudicator.
Elisabeth Pehlivanian, soprano and consummate recitalist, has given over 300 performances in premier venues in Europe, Canada and the U.S., with repertoire ranging from 5th-Century Armenian chant to the avant-garde. She has taught Voice, Diction, Art Song Repertoire, and Opera Scenes at Cal. State University, Long Beach since 1999, and now resides in Arizona.
Henri Venanzi, a distinguished keyboardist, multi-lingual vocal coach, opera conductor and lecturer, is currently Chorusmaster for both the Cincinnati and Arizona Operas. He has performed with internationally acclaimed recitalists and orchestras throughout Europe and the U.S. and has served as Music Director for Young Artist and youth music programs across the country.

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