Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
North Shore student Emma Haley was the winner of the New York section of the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, a competition sponsored by the William E. Schmidt Foundation open to talented vocal artists who are currently high school sophomores, juniors or seniors. The goal of the competition is to encourage and nurture young people in the arts.
Approximately 35 participants are selected from a written application and invited to compete. All rounds are open to the public, so real performance experience is gained. Three pieces are submitted from the classical Art song and operatic repertoire. The first round is comprised of the participant’s own selection; the judges choose the second piece. Emma chose “Solviejg’s lied” by Edvard Grieg, and then sang “Batti batti” from Don Giovanni by Mozart.
Emma was chosen among five finalists; she sang a third piece titled, “Sure On This Shining Night” by Samuel Barber. There were three judges: Sherrill Milnes, universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation; Stephanie Sundine, also an acclaimed soprano; and Jaque Trussel, the chair of opera performance/ vocal studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. The young artists were judged on beauty of voice, technical skill, musicality, accuracy, and presentation.
Emma Haley was awarded the first prize of $2,000 for her own vocal study and a $4,000 scholarship to Purchase College.
“It was a wonderful, friendly, informative well executed and planned day. As her teacher and mother, I recommend it as a wonderful opportunity for students and parents of future musicians to learn about their special vocal talents,” said Mrs. Haley.