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See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!

Finals – Saturday, March 3, 2018

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.

To Enter

COMPETITION RULES

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.

SHOWSTOPPERS

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

Download the Application Booklet below to understand the competition rules. When ready, use the entry form, digital or paper, and submit it with the following materials by FEBRUARY 1, 2018:

• 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.

Download Application Booklet for instructions and Mail-In Entry Form.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION BOOKLET

DIGITAL SUBMISSION (option 1)

Click on DIGITAL ENTRY FORM below to submit all the above electronically

CLICK HERE FOR DIGITAL ENTRY FORM

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, 2018. 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, 2018. Audition times are assigned on a first- come, first-served basis.

2018 AWARDS

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.

JUDGING PANEL 2018

Drake Dantzler (tenor) is Head of the Opera Area and an Associate Professor of Music at Oakland University. Dr. Dantzler has performed opera, oratorio, concert, and recital repertoire across North America. He has also served on the faculties of the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and the Toledo Opera Camp. Dr. Dantzler holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Texas.

Stanford Olsen, tenor, is Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Department at the University of Michigan. One of this generation’s most successful and versatile artists, his career spans more than 1,200 performances on five continents over the course of 30 years, including performing more than 160 times with New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

Robert Peavler serves as Professor of Voice and coordinator of Voice Activities at Esastern Michigfan University. Dr. Peavler is the co-author of The Melodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press) and can be heard on his recording of American art song, From the Heartland (Albany Records- TR1349). He has presented his research at State, Regional, National and International conferences of NATS and the College Music Society.

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.

Jane Schoonmaker-Rodgers, soprano, is an Associate Professor of Voice at Bowling Green University. Her past operatic work includes appearances with Ohio Light Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, Michigan Lyric Opera, Ann Arbor Comic Opera Guild, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society and others in Michigan, Ohio and New York.

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.

COMPETITION STAFF

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.

Thomas Petiet

COMPETITION WINNERS

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)

2017 COMPETITION WINNERS
1st– Josh Lovell, ten. “Ah, Mes Amis” Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
2nd– Katy Clark, sop. “Chacun le Sait" - La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
3rd– Paulina Villareal, mezzo. “Carceleras" - Las Hijas del Zebedeo (Chapi)
Young Artist Winner - Leah Brzyski, sop. "Me llaman la Primorosa" - El Barbaro de Sevilla (Gimenez)
Audience Favorite -Nicole Joseph, sop. "Vilja’s Song" - The Merry Widow (Lehar)