ON APRIL 9, 2016, the Comic Opera Guild held the 13th Annual Harold Haugh Vocal Competition. The competition has no top age limit. It is open to all singers who are not professionally represented (under management), and is won by those who can do the best job of selling a song from Light Opera.
Over $6,000 was awarded to the winners and finalists. First place went to Ashley Neumann, soprano (“Sventurata” La Cenerentola- Rossini); second place went to Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone (“Ha! Gia Vinta La Causa” Nozze di Figaro- Mozart); Third place went to Josh Lovell, tenor (“Ah, Mes Amis” La Fille du Regiment- Donizetti). Judges were Jane Schoonmaker-Rodgers (Bowling Green Univ.), Melanie Helton (Michigan State Univ.), Nada Radakovich (Flint Performing Arts Ctr.), David Troiano (Wayne State Univ.) Freda Herseth (Univ. of Michigan) and Thomas Petiet (Comic Opera Guild). The event won accolades for organization, due to the efforts of John Guidinger, chairman, Brad Rondeau, Event Coordinator and Heidi Miles, Assistant Coordinator.