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2017-18 Season

PregardienFebruary 24, 2018
Christoph Prégardien
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Hoffman March 20, 2018
Theo Hoffman
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MulliganApril 28, 2018
Brian Mulligan
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NYFOSNovember 5, 2017
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BondarenkoDecember 5, 2017
Andrei Bondarenko
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ErraughtJanuary 9, 2018
Tara Erraught
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RoschmannFebruary 8, 2018
Dorothea Röschmann
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Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington, DC 20015



The George Washington University Department of Music
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"My Favorite Song"

Guest contributors select one song that has a special, personal meaning for them, sharing specific reasons about why they find the music and lyrics irresistible, and choosing a performance that they feel ideally captures the spirit of that song.

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Art Song Discovery Competition

Vocal Arts DC holds an annual vocal competition open to all singers who are residents of the greater DC area, including Baltimore and Annapolis, as well as Pennsylvania and Delaware. Singers are asked to submit a audio recordings of four (4) art songs along with a sample recital program that the singer is prepared to perform in recital. Entrants' submissions will be reviewed in a blind audition. From there, finalists will be selected for a live audition. The first and second prize winner of the competition are presented in recitals in Washington, DC and its environs to broaden appreciation for this art form.

First Place Winner Receives $7,000 and Will Be Presented in Recital in a Prestigious Washington, D.C. venue; Second Place Winner Receives $3,000 and Will Also Receive Area Recital Opportunity



Vocal Arts DC announced two winners of the 2017 Art Song Discovery Competition. The final round of the competition was held Saturday, May 13 at the Music Department of The George Washington University and were adjudicated by Lee Anne Myslewski, Director, Artistic Administration at Wolf Trap, Robert Ainsley, Program Director of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and Peter Russell, General Director of Vocal Arts DC.

Tenor John Matthew Myers, who garnered the first prize, will receive an award of $7000 and Christine Lyons, who captured the 2nd prize, is accorded a prize of $3000. Vocal Arts DC will present Mr. Myers and Ms. Lyons in a joint recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millenium Stage at 6:00 pm on January 4, 2018, and will present Mr. Myers in a solo recital at The Phillips Collection on May 24, 2018.

John Matthew Myers.John Matthew Myers, tenor, has garnered acclaim for his "smooth and rich" tenor and for giving "insightful and beautifully nuanced performances." Highlights from his 2016-17 season include a debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Mao Tse-Tung in John Adams' Nixon in China conducted by the composer, role debuts of the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Prince Sinodal in Rubinstein's The Demon with the Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Theater, tenor soloist in the Britten War Requiem at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and tenor soloist in Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Berkshire Choral International conducted by Kent Tritle. Highlights from his recent seasons included Bellini's Norma with the Los Angeles Opera, Trin in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, 6th Diener and 3rd Jew in Strauss' Capriccio and Salome, the world premiere of Higdon's Cold Mountain, and workshop of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs as Steve Wozniak with the Santa Fe Opera, Grivet in Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin with Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, and his European debut with Wexford Festival Opera in Mercadante's Virginia.

Christine Lyons.Christine Lyons, soprano, has been praised as "especially moving" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and as a "sparkling soprano" (Broad Street Review) who captivates with fearless presence. Upcoming engagements include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Berkshire Opera Festival and Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Ithaca.

Highlights from previous seasons include Manon in Massenet's Manon at the Liederkranz Foundation and Carnegie Hall, Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Symphony Space and at the Modell Lyric Opera House, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Sant'Anna dei Lombardi in Italy and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Lincoln Center. She has also performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 under Marin Alsop and as Carmen's Frasquita alongside Denyce Graves.

Ms. Lyons is a Second Prize Winner in the New York Lyric Opera Theater National Vocal Competition, an Award Winner in the Southeastern Metropolitan Opera Competitions and a Finalist in the Washington International Competition and Edward M. Murray Competition. She has also placed as a Semi-Finalist in the Alfredo Silipigni Competition, PARTNERS for the Arts Competition, and Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Competition. She is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University and the Peabody Institute.

Art Song Discovery Performance.

Art Song Discovery Performance.

auditionsAbove: Finalists in previous competitions. Millenium Stage photographs by Maija Budow.

Past Winners
2016 Zachary Burgess, bass-baritone (1st prize) and Chloé Olivia Moore, soprano (2nd prize)
2015 Vanessa Vasquez, soprano (1st prize) and Shabnam Kalbasi, mezzo-soprano (2nd prize)
2014 Colleen Daly, soprano (1st prize) and Julia Dawson, mezzo-soprano (2nd prize)
2013 Natalie Conte, soprano and Matthew Morris, baritone
2012 Heather Bingham, soprano and Jeffrey Grayson Gates, baritone
2011 Kate Jackman, mezzo-soprano and Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
2010 Laura Strickling, soprano and Melissa Wimbish, soprano
2009 Aundi Marie Moore, soprano and Jennifer Edwards, soprano
2008 Laura Stuart, soprano Steven Combs, baritone
2007 Brooke Evers, soprano Michael Gallant, tenor
2006 Lisa Eden, soprano Danielle Talamantes, soprano
2005 Randa Rouweyha, soprano Jeffrey Tarr, bass
2004 Sarah Wolfson, soprano Lee Poulis, baritone
2003 Lorriana Markovic, soprano Stacey Mastrian, soprano
2002 Amanda Gosier, soprano Joshua Saxon, baritone






Education Programs

Take Song to our Schools Classroom programs presenting young professional singers and song to students around the region inspire the singers and audience of the future.

Young artists.
Art Song Discovery Competition
An annual, juried competition for singers in the greater Washington area. Find more information here.