See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!
2017 Finals Saturday, March 4, 2017
215 WEST MICHIGAN, JACKSON, MICHIGAN 49201 517-782-3221
Sponsored by the JACKSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A Competition In Which Operatically Trained Singers Prove They Can Entertain
The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition was formed to honor one of the finest Oratorio Tenors and stage performers of the last century, Harold Alberto Haugh. Upon retirement in 1960, he became active in local theater and starred in six productions for the Comic Opera Guild. Educator (for 34 years) and performer, Prof. Haugh died in 2000, aged 94.
The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition has no top age limit. It is open to all singers who are not professionally represented (under management) and who have not worked full-time as a professional singer. The competition is also intended to promote the variety of fine music produced by the composers of Light Opera. Singers can choose music from light classical sources that provide them a means to show their acting ability.
Many classically trained singers are not as familiar with light opera as they are with grand opera. For a list of Light Opera Showstoppers, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.
Singers will submit a vocal recording to be chosen to compete in the Semi-Final Round, in which they will sing two selections: one from LIGHT OPERA and a technical number of their choice. The goal of the competition is to reward singers who demonstrate that they can act as well as sing. The challenge to the singer is to choose the right numbers to perform: a good technical number and a light opera selection that shows their acting ability to the judges.
APPLICATIONS (Available below)
Please use the application form, digital or paper, and submit it with the following materials by FEBRUARY 1, 2017:
• A good quality CD or MP3 recording, demonstrating the applicant’s vocal skill. Applicant must include two selections on the recording. The selections should be:
1. A song or solo from the light opera repertoire
2. An aria from opera or oratorio
Selections must be well-recorded and clear. A poor recording will be rejected.
• A recent head shot (8 x 10 preferred, 4 x 6 acceptable)
• A check for $40 (add $5.00 if submitting digitally) made out to the Comic Opera Guild, as an audition/application fee and guarantee of appearance.
• OPTION: $50.00 and sheet music of your musical selections if you will require the services of a Guild accompanist.
DIGITAL SUBMISSION (option 1)
Click on DIGITAL ENTRY FORM to submit all the above electronically
MAIL-IN SUBMISSION (option 2)
Send all this information in a single envelope to:
Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition
c/o The Comic Opera Guild
3211 Packard Ann Arbor, MI 48108
All submissions must be received (postmarked, if by mail) by: February 1, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Contestants’ recordings will be adjudicated, and contestants will be notified by mail, or e-mail if they desire, if they have been accepted for the semi-final rounds by February 10, 2017. Audition times are assigned on a first- come, first-served basis.
Download Application Booklet for instructions and Mail-In Entry Form.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION BOOKLET
Download Digital Entry Form if desired.
CLICK HERE FOR DIGITAL ENTRY FORM
Prizes will be awarded (by check) from the Harold Haugh competition fund. Prize money has been increased: First place-$3,000. second place $2,000, 3rd place $1,000. All finalists will win $200. In addition. there is a $200 Young Artist award and the $100 Audience favorite award. Please note that the last three awards are independent of the main cash awards. All entrants, including those not chosen for the semi-finals, will be mailed comments. Finalists and semi-finalists will be critiqued by an adjudication panel. Singers will be judged on both vocal technique and artistic presentation.
Monica Swarthout-Bebow, mezzo soprano, Professor of voice at Eastern Michigan University, is a busy regional artist and seasoned voice teacher known for her versatile singing and engaging performances. In addition to operatic and recital appearances across the country, her singing extends to the genres of jazz, cabaret, and musical theatre. She is the Founder and Director of Front and Center Cabaret Works, llc.
Richard Fracker, tenor, is Chair of the Vocal Arts at Michigan State University. He has performed over 160 times with the Metropolitan Opera, including more than a dozen national and international “Live from the Met” broadcasts and has sung leading roles throughout the world. Known for versatility both vocally and dramatically, he explores both traditional and contemporary repertoires ranging from Britten and Beethoven, to Verdi and Philip Glass.
Melody Racine, mezzo soprano, senior associate dean for academic, faculty and student affairs at the University of Michigan, is a master teacher in the fields of classical performance and musical theatre. She is a recipient of the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio instruction. Her singing has taken her to music festivals in Aspen and Tanglewood, along with concert, oratorio, and operatic stages all over the United States and in Italy.
George Shirley is The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music (Voice) and Professor Emeritus at The University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. Shirley’s career as a lead tenor at the Metropolitan opera and international houses is renowned.
David Troiano, tenor, organist and choral director, has appeared in operas, oratorios and voice recitals throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and Europe. He has been COG music director for five operettas and can be heard on the majority of the 40 plus recordings of the Victor Herbert Operettas and Jerome Kern Musicals.
Thomas Petiet, baritone, Managing Director of the Comic Opera Guild, has produced more than 50 operettas. His vocal repertory includes lead roles in over 30 operas and operettas, and he has also worked as stage director and translator.
John Guidinger, Board Member
Brad Rondeau, Former President of the COG board, has also served as stage director and performer.
Heidi Miles, former COG Board member
Margaret Counihan, professional accompanist, has also served on the Board, as well as performing onstage.
2000 COMPETITION WINNERS
Gary Moss, baritone “Oh, Better Far” Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan)
Marcia Porter, soprano “Meine Lippen...” Giuditta (Strauss)
2001 COMPETITION WINNERS
Michael Ryan, tenor “Fritz’s Rondo” La Grande Duchesse (Offenbach)
Pei-Yi Wang, mezzo-soprano “Una Voce Poco Fa” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
2003 COMPETITION WINNERS
Michael Gallant, tenor “Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Jessica Medoff, soprano “Czardas” Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss)
2005 COMPETITION WINNERS
William Bennett, baritone “Largo al Factotum” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Kimberly Dolanski, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
2006 COMPETITION WINNERS
Sara Asmar, soprano “Olympia’s Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Nathan Brian, baritone “Come Un Ape” La Cenerentola (Rossini)
2008 COMPETITION WINNERS
Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano “Audition Aria” Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
Nathaniel Peake, tenor ”Dein ist Mein Ganzes Herz” Land of Smiles (Lehar)
2009 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Travis Pratt, tenor “It Ain’t Necessarily So” Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
2nd– Adam Fry, bass “La Calunnia” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
3rd– Carrie Winter, soprano “Quel Guardo il Cavaliere” Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Audience Choice Award Winner – Travis Pratt
Young Artist Winner– Janani Sridhar
2011 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Jenni Bank, mezzo-soprano “I Am Easily Assimilated” Candide (Bernstein)
2nd– Caitlin Cisler, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
3rd– Kathryn Leemhuis, soprano, “What A Movie.” Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
Audience Favorite – Caitlin Cisler
2012 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st–Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-Soprano “Sexy Lady” (Moore)
2nd– Rainelle Krause, soprano “Olympia’s Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
3rd–John Riesen,tenor, and Laura Strikling, soprano (tie)
Young Artist Winner - Christian Ketter
Audience Favorite – Johnathan Riesen
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – Kate Tombaugh
2013 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– John Riesen, tenor “Story of Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)
2nd– Anne Slovin, soprano “A Simple Sailor” HMS Pinafore" (Sullivan)
3rd– Timothy Bruno, bass, “Ha! Wie Will Ich Triumphieren” Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Young Artist Winner - Katy Early
Audience Favorite - John Riesen
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – John Riesen
2014 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Edward Hanlon, bass “Son Imbrogliato” La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi)
2nd– Rachel Sparrow, soprano “Glitter and Be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
3rd– Alan Palacios Chan, tenor, “A Wand’ring Minstrel I” The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Young Artist Winner - Yazid Pierce-Gray
Audience Favorite - Rachel Sparrow
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – Isaac Frishman, tenor
2015 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Kisma Jordan, Soprano "Ach, Ich Fuhl’s" -The Magic Flute (Mozart)
2nd– Heather Mc Callum, mezzo-soprano “Cruda Sorte" - L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
3rd– Amy Louise Yekel "My Man’s Gone Now" - Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Young Artist Winner - Kyle White, baritone
Audience Favorite - Rachel Sparrow
Jackson Symphony Contract Winner – Kisma Jordan,sopran0
2016 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Ashly Neumann, sop. “Italian Street Song” Naughty Marietta (Herbert)
2nd– Emmett O’Hanlon, bar. “Ha! Gia Vinta” Nozze di Figaro” (Mozart)
3rd– Josh Lovell, ten. “Ah, Mes Amis” Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
Young Artist Winner - Ryan Hurley, ten. “A Wand’ring Minstrel” The Mikado (G&S)
Audience Favorite - Conor Angell, bar. “Oh, Better Far” Pirates (G&S)