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THE 2016 HAL LEONARD VOCAL COMPETITION

Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest print music publisher and the world leader in vocal music, launched the exciting and innovative concept of a serious music competition for voice students comprised entirely of YouTube video entries. We believe this to be the first legitimate music competition for musicians of various ages, children through college, to be held entirely on the Internet.

The required repertoire was largely drawn from art song and musical theatre literature. The deadline for entry was February 1, 2016. To view the rules and required repertoire for the 2016 competition click HERE

Judging has been concluded, and we are pleased to announce the art song and musical theatre results in the four age categories of competition. Congratulations to the prize winners! We were encouraged by the commitment and seriousness of purpose shown in the video entries. If these are a representative sampling, there are clearly many dedicated students and teachers at all levels who have embraced our heritage of music literature. We thank all those who entered for confirming that this experimental venture was more than worthwhile. And we also thank the teachers and parents who guided the voice students in this competition. Thank you also to all the accompanists for their key participation.

To view winning videos from the 2015 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition click here.

To view winning videos from the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition click here.

To view winning videos from the 2013 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition click here.

To view winning videos from the 2012 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition click here.

To view winning videos from the 2011 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition click here.

2016 PRIZE WINNERS, ART SONG

College/University Voices
High School Voices
Early Teen Voices
Children's Voices

2016 PRIZE WINNERS, MUSICAL THEATRE

College/University/Young Adult Voices
High School Voices
Early Teen Voices
Children's Voices

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY VOICES, ART SONG
Undergraduates (AGES 18-23)

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First Place

CLARA PLESTIS

School: Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University
Voice Teacher: Steve Rainbolt

Second Place

JESSICA NILES

School: The Juilliard School
Voice Teacher: Marlena Malas

Third Place

JULIA GOMEZ

School: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Voice Teacher: Jana Holzmeier

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

NATHAN KESSEL

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CLAY MOTE

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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, ART SONG
AGES 16-18

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First Place

BENJAMIN WENZELBERG

Hometown: Tenafly, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo

Second Place (tie)

MARY ELIZABETH ADLER

Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
Voice Teacher: Nancy Zylstra

Second Place (tie)

TARYN SURRATT

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Voice Teacher: Jason Lester

Third Place (tie)

MARIANNE FREEMAN

Hometown: Graham, North Carolina
Voice Teacher: Sue Ann Phillips

Third Place (tie)

NIKO MANCERA

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, California
Voice Teacher: Kathleen Martin

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

SARAH AALDERING

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KATE BRODERICK

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CLAUDIA GIUGNI

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BORIS MOROCHO

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MUFFIN RUSSELL

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EARLY TEEN VOICES, ART SONG
AGES 13-15

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First Place

TYLER BOUQUE

Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Voice Teacher: Drake Dantzler

Second Place

MADELIN MORALES

Hometown: Fairfield, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: Jeanai La Vita

Third Place

ALEA VERNON

Hometown: Cheshire, Connecticut
Voice Teacher: Hilda Harris

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

JAYDA COURNOYER

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CARLY GRONINGA

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CHILDREN'S VOICES, ART SONG
AGES 12 AND UNDER

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First Place

ALIYAH DOUGLAS

Hometown: Oro Valley, Arizona
Voice Teacher: Stephanie Fox

Second Place (tie)

ISABELLA BANK

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Voice Teacher: Gloria Petrini

Second Place (tie)

DALEYNA DUNLAP

Hometown: Rolling Hills, California
Voice Teacher: Susan Wong

Third Place (tie)

SANGHOON JUNG

Hometown: Closter, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: HyeYoung Kang

Third Place (tie)

KAYA KONEVITCH

Hometown: New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
Voice Teacher: Marina Cherepinsky

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

LIRAZ BRAND

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SHAYLA HE

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AIDA SKARAITE

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2016 PRIZE WINNERS, MUSICAL THEATRE

College/University Voices
High School Voices
Early Teen Voices
Children's Voices

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY/YOUNG ADULT VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE
UNDERGRADUATES (AGES 18-23)

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First Place

JACK KAY

School: The Juilliard School
Voice Teacher: Robert White

Second Place

TOBIAS NORDLUND

School: Messiah College
Voice Teacher: Elaine Henderson

Third Place (tie)

ADAM BEI

School: Mesa Community College
Voice Teacher: Nicole Jensen

Third Place (tie)

CLAY MOTE

School: Mercer University
Voice Teacher: Richard Kosowski

Honorable Mention

RACHEL HORNER

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ABBY KURTH

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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE
AGES 16-18

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First Place

LEE METAXA

Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
Voice Teacher: Michelle Haché

Second Place (tie)

AMANDA CHILDS

Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Voice Teacher: Peg Waldschmidt

Second Place (tie)

AÏSSA GUINDO

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Voice Teacher: Martina Oslejskova

Third Place (tie)

ASHLEY HIESTER

Hometown: Atco, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: Melissa Daniels McCann

Third Place (tie)

MILLER KRAPS

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Voice Teacher: Debbie King Raque

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

SARAH AALDERING

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MOLLIE DEFILIPPO

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JACK JOHNSTON

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HOPE KLESSIG

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NIKO MANCERA

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BORIS MOROCHO

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KYLEE SHAFFER

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CAMERON VANCE

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JESSICA VANEK

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MEGAN WILSON

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EARLY TEEN VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE
AGES 13-16

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First Place

CHLOE HAYES

Hometown: Brazil, Indiana
Voice Teacher: Colleen Davis

Second Place (tie)

DALIA MEDOVNIKOV

Hometown: Woodbridge, Connecticut
Voice Teacher: Andrea Kennedy

Second Place (tie)

MADELIN MORALES

Hometown: Fairfield, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: Jeanai La Vita

Third Place (tie)

ERIKA HILL

Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Voice Teacher: Tiffanie Story

Third Place (tie)

NICOLE SUGARMAN

Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida
Voice Teacher: Melanie Leibner Perkins

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

ELYSE BELL

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ANNIE CAHILL

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OLIVIA IACONO

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CODY KONOP

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LEXI MELLOTT

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GRACE MOZITIS

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BUDDY NOVAK

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ZOË STEWART

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BRADY TUTTON

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CHILDREN'S VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE
AGES 12 AND UNDER

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First Place

ALEXA REEVES

Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: Melissa Daniels McCann

Second Place (tie)

ARIN SANDIDGE

Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
Voice Teacher: Larry Bridges

Second Place (tie)

MALIA VARELA

Hometown: Staten Island, New York
Voice Teachers: G. Mitzanov and A. DeMayo

Third Place

LAUREN SUN

Hometown: Rye Brook, New York
Voice Teacher: Jeanai La Vita

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

BENJAMIN BARHAM-WIESE

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ASHLEY BROOKE

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HENDRICKS COATES

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MALIYAH DOUGLAS

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DALEYNA DUNLAP

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DAVID HACKER

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MADELEINE HOTHAM

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GIDEON JOHNSON

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ANNELIESE KELLY

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KAYA KONEVITCH

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Click here to view winning videos from the 2015 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

Click here to view winning videos from the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

Click here to view winning videos from the 2013 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

Click here to view winning videos from the 2012 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.

Click here to view winning videos from the 2011 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition.