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Mar18Filed under: Central Kentucky Arts News, Classical Music, Music, Opera, UK; Tagged as: Alltech & UK Opera Vocal Scholarship Competition, American Institute of Musical Studies, Dawn Elizabeth Coon, Francisco Bedoy, Gabrielle Barker, Jacob Waid, Jermaine Brown, Juliana Moura, Mark Elliott Golson II, Michael Preacely, Seongcho Choi, University of Kentucky
Some familiar faces and new prospects walked away winners at last Sunday’s Alltech & UK Opera Vocal Scholarship Competition. The event, which has brought numerous current University of Kentucky stars to the voice program, attracted 22 competitors from the United States and abroad. The winners were:
First place Alltech undergraduate: Jacob Waid, a baritone from Paducah, won $5,000 plus full tuition to the University of Kentucky, $1,750 toward tuition to American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
Second place Bryant’s Rent-All undergraduate: Jermaine Brown, a tenor from Louisville, won $2,500 plus full UK tuition; and $1,750 toward AIMS.
First place Alltech graduate award: Michael Preacely, a baritone from Mount Laurel, N.J., won $10,000, plus full UK tuition, a graduate assistantship, $2,200 toward AIMS and the promise of a future Main Stage Role with Kentucky Opera in Louisville:
Second place Alltech graduate award: Mark Elliott Golson II, a bass-baritone from Lexington, won $7,500, plus full UK tuition, a graduate assistantship, $2,200 toward AIMS.
Bio-Cat, Inc. outstanding transfer student: Francisco Bedoy, a tenor from Ayutla, Jal., Mexico, won $1,000 full UK tuition.
William L. Rouse III “Barbara Rouse Kentucky Prize,” for a student born or educated in Kentucky: $5,000 to Gabrielle Barker, a soprano from Lexington.
Stoll, Keenon, Ogden PLLC “Gail Robinson Musicianship Award”: $1,500 to Juliana Moura, a soprano from Rio de Janiero.
Dippin’ Dots Audience Favorite: $500 to Dawn Elizabeth Coon, a mezzo-soprano from Versailles.
Barlow Truckline’s Encouragement Award: $500 to Seongcho Choi, a baritone from Campbellsville.
With Wait Until Dark in its final days of rehearsal for its opening tonight at Studio Players, we swung by to talk to actor Sharon Sikorski and director Bob Singleton about the challenges of presenting Frederick Knott’s play about a blind woman forced to outwit three thugs who invade her home in search of a valuable doll. The show runs weekends through April 4 at the Carriage House Theatre.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich