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2020 Tri-State College Vocal Competition
The Tri-State College Vocal Competition will be on April 5, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m. The location will be Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3939 Stonebridge Road, Kettering, Ohio. Ginger Minneman of Wright State University will be chairing this season’s Competition. Applications are being accepted now.
Singers from past Competitions have made substantive marks in the opera world. Click here to read some of their fascinating accomplishments. Most recently, the 2002 second place winner, Elizabeth DeShong, was just written up very favorably in the March 2020 edition of Opera News.
Preliminary judges for the 2020 Competition will include Jeffrey Powell, director for Dayton Opera Chorus, former music director of the Dayton Opera Artists-in-Residence program and the resident conductor for Dayton Opera. He has frequently accompanied opera singers at events and during this Competition. Jeffrey is also the piano director at Stivers School for the Arts. The second preliminary judge is Dr. Peter Keates, adjunct instructor of voice at Oklahoma City University. Besides his teaching, he performs in a variety of baritone roles. Dr. Keates is also the chancel choir director at Southern Hills United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Peter Keates
Judges for the finals of this Competition on April 5 will be Tom Bankston, Mary Henderson Stucky and Martin Bakari. Tom is the artistic director of Dayton Opera and is celebrating his 25th year with the company. Mary is a professor of voice at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Martin is an accomplished operatic performer called a “golden tenor” and “vocally charismatic” by Opera News and hails from Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Mary Henderson Stucky
Any student age 18-23 who attends college in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky, or is a resident of Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky and attends college elsewhere may apply.
Preliminary Competition Requirements
- A recent 8×10 photo
Digital photos (.jpg or .png format) can be uploaded using the online application. Photos are non-returnable if mailed.
- A good quality recording of three contrasting arias, each performed in its original language
Recording media may be: an audio CD or MP3 files on a data CD or flash drive, or MP3 if using the online application. Media is non-returnable if mailed.
- Two letters of recommendation from music professionals
Scans (.pdf format) can be uploaded using the online application.
- A $25 non-refundable application fee
The fee is collected by credit card if using the online application.
• Up to six finalists will be selected by preliminary judges.
• All entrants will be notified via mail by late March.
• Finalists will compete before a panel of judges on April 5, 2020.
• Winners may be asked to perform at an Opera Guild of Dayton event.
All Other Finalists…between $150 and $200
Inquiries regarding the competition can be sent to her Ginger’s email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may call Ginger at 937/287-0828.
Christopher Humbert Jr.
Raven S. McMillon
Katherine Lerner Lee
Congratulations to the 2019 Winners Shown Above.
2019 Tri-State College Vocal Competition
The Opera Guild of Dayton held its annual Tri-State College Vocal Competition at the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Sunday, April 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. It was a plethora of young singing talent. The winner was Christopher Humbert Jr., a bass-baritone from Capital University. Click here to hear a snippet of his winning vocals. Second place was earned by soprano Raven S. McMillon from College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Raven was also presented The Fran Michael Audience Favorite Award. Third place was awarded to soprano Katherine Lerner Lee of Oberlin Conservatory and College. Congratulations to all.
Jerry Reaper and Jeffrey Powell returned as preliminary judges for 2019. They selected six finalists for the event on April 7. Judges for the finals were: voice professor Jamie Cordes of Wright State University, voice professor Dr. Mark Spencer of Cedarville University and Tom Bankston, artistic director of the Dayton Opera. The Guild is grateful to Jeffrey Powell who acted as pianist for the Competition.