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Hal Leonard Vocal Competition - 2017 Winners THE 2017 HAL LEONARD VOCAL COMPETITION WINNERS Hal Leonard, 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, 2017. 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. View the Winning Videos from our Previous Years Choose a Previous Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 ART SONG WINNERS College/University Voices High School Voices Early Teen Voices Children's Voices MUSICAL THEATRE WINNERS Young Adult Voices High School Voices Early Teen Voices Children's Voices COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY VOICES, ART SONG - Undergraduates (AGES 18-23) First Place ANTHONY LEÓN School: La Sierra University Location: Riverside, California Pianist: Sergio Leiva Voice Teacher: Javier Gonzalez Second Place MERISSA BEDDOWS School: Manhattan School of Music Location: New York, New York Pianist: Luyang Liu Voice Teacher: Marlena Malas Third Place ALEX WUNDER School: Belmont University Location: Nashville, Tennessee Pianist: Bernadette O'Connor Voice Teacher: Mark Whatley Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) JOEL BROWN School: Nebraska Wesleyan University Watch Video LEAH BRZYSKI School: Michigan State University Watch Video AARON CROUCH School: Curtis Institute of Music Watch Video CLARE DEMER School: University of Arizona Watch Video EVAN LAZDOWSKI School: Manhattan School of Music Watch Video TAYTE MITCHELL School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music Watch Video HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 16-18 First Place ALEA VERNON School: Cheshire High School Location: Cheshire, Connecticut Voice Teacher: Lorraine Nubar Second Place (tie) SAM SIEGEL School: Independence High School (San Francisco) Location: Berkeley, California Voice Teacher: Rhoslyn Jones Second Place (tie) LIBBY SOKOLOWSKI School: Homeschooled Location: Hurley, New York Voice Teacher: Drew Minter Third Place (tie) BRITTANY BREWER School: Midway High School (Waco) Location: McGregor, Texas Voice Teacher: Julianne Best Third Place (tie) ANNE TEELING School: Dowling Catholic High School (West Des Moines) Location: Waukee, Iowa Voice Teacher: Gloria Olson Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) SARAH AALDERING Location: Los Gatos, California Watch Video ALEXANDRA KZESKI Location: Chicago, Illinois Watch Video NIKO MANCERA Location: Laguna Niguel, California Watch Video ALEX SMITH Location: Kalamazoo, MichiganI Watch Video MAYA THORSON Location: Manhattan School of Music EARLY TEEN VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 13-15 First Place MADELIN MORALES School: West Essex High School (North Caldwell, New Jersey) Location: Fairfield, New Jersey Voice Teacher: Jeanai LaVita Second Place (tie) PABLO RUBIN-JURADO School: Juilliard Pre-College, The Juilliard School Location: New York, New York Voice Teacher: Cynthia Sanner Second Place (tie) AIDA SKARAITE School: Glenbard West High School Location: Glen Ellyn, IL Voice Teacher: Rachel Olson Third Place (tie) CAITLIN CHISHAM School: Fatima Junior High School (Westphalia, Missouri) Location: Holts Summit, Missouri Voice Teacher: Michael Straw Third Place (tie) BRADY TUTTON School: Shorewood High School Location: Shorewood, Wisconsin Voice Teacher: Roberta Ricci Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) EMMA-BROOKE ALLEY Location: Lyman, South Carolina Watch Video EMMA BROYLES Location: Anchorage, Alaska Watch Video MAY COPPLER Location: Fostoria, Ohio Watch Video RUBY PINE Location: New York, New York Watch Video CHILDREN'S VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 12 AND UNDER First Place HARRIET CHILTON School: La Colina Junior High School Location: Santa Barbara, California Voice Teacher: Dauri Kennedy Second Place (tie) NORAH BERNSTEIN School: Palmetto Scholars Academy (North Charleston) Location: Charleston, South Carolina Voice Teacher: Loretta Haskell Second Place (tie) SHAYLE HE School: The Harker School (San Jose) Location: Saratoga, California Voice Teacher: Alison Collins Third Place (tie) QUINN DUNKLE School: Excelsior Middle School) Location: Marion, Iowa Voice Teacher: Cindy Shadrick Third Place (tie) EMMA STEVENS School: Longfellow Middle School Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Voice Teacher: Helen Ceci Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) BROOKLYN BURT Location: Gonzales, Louisiana Watch Video GRACE HUYNH Location: Westminster, California Watch Video SANGHOON JUNG Location: Closter, New Jersey Watch Video GREYLYN ZURITA Location: Tucson, Arizona Watch Video YOUNG ADULT VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - Undergraduates (AGES 18-23) First Place TREVOR VANDERZEE School: DePaul University Location: Chicago, Illinois Pianist: Paul Hamilton Voice Teacher: David Alt Second Place (tie) LIZA PICCOLI School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Location: Lincoln, Nebraska Pianist: Denis Plutalov Voice Teacher: Alisa Belflower Second Place (tie) JACQUELINE SAVAGEAU School: Clark University Location: Worcester, Massachusetts Pianist: Melanie Rucinski Voice Teacher: Julie Krugman Third Place (tie) LEAH BRZUSKI School: Michigan State University Location: East Lansing, Michigan Pianist: Judy Kabodian Voice Teacher: Anne Nispel Third Place (tie) PABLO LAUCERICA School: Northwestern University Location: Evanston, Illinois Voice Teacher: Kurt Hansen Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) MATTHEW CARTER School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Watch Video RACHEL HORNER School: Rutgers University Watch Video SARAH POLINSKI School: Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Watch Video HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 16-18 First Place ASHLYN COMBS School: Homeschooled Location: Lexington, South Carolina Pianist: Rebecca Whalen Voice Teacher: Elizabeth Briggs Second Place (tie) ZOE COLVIN School: Homeschooled Location: Smithville, Missouri Accompaniment: Recorded Voice Teacher: Stacey Stofferahn Uthe Second Place (tie) JULIA MESSENGER School: Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia) Location: Moorestown, New Jersey Pianist: Ruth Locker Voice Teacher: Cara Transtrom Third Place (tie) CHELSEA CHAET School: Eastern Regional High School Location: Voorhees, New Jersey Pianist: Melissa Daniels Voice Teacher: Melissa Daniels Third Place (tie) ARIA GRACE CRITCHLEY School: East High School Location: Salt Lake City, Utah Accompaniment: Recorded Voice Teacher: Rebecca Glade Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) JESSICA FURNSTAHL Location: Lake Tapps, Washington Watch Video ALANNA MCPHERSON Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba Watch Video CAITLIN NAVARRETE Location: Bronx, New York Watch Video CUBBY RUPERS Location: Hull, Georgia Watch Video KATHRYN SCHNEIDER Location: Muskego, Wisconsin Watch Video EARLY TEEN VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 13-15 First Place ALEK RAHMAN School: Desert Mountain High School Location: Scottsdale, Arizona Voice Teacher: Brenlie Nagy Second Place (tie) ALEXANDRA GOOD School: St. Ignatius College Prep Location: Chicago, Illinois Voice Teacher: Justin Nixon Second Place (tie) NICOLE SUGARMAN School: J.P. Taravella High School Location: Coral Springs, Florida Voice Teacher: Melanie Leibner Perkins Third Place (tie) AIDA SKARAITE School: Hadley Junior High Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois Voice Teacher: Rachel Olson Third Place (tie) BRADY TUTTON School: Shorewood High School Location: Shorewood, Wisconsin Voice Teacher: Roberta Ricci Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) MELISSA ALIOTTA Location: Rockville Centre, New York Watch Video ANDREW FELDMAN Location: Woodmere, New York Watch Video ALLIE JESSEE Location: Apex, North Carolina Watch Video ALLEGRA MILES Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Watch Video GRACE MOZITIS Location: Linwood, New Jersey Watch Video CHILDREN'S VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 12 AND UNDER First Place ALIYAH DOUGLAS School: Wilson K-8 School Location: Oro Valley, Arizona Voice Teacher: Stephanie Fox Second Place (tie) HARRIET CHILTON School: La Colina Junior High School Location: Santa Barbara, California Voice Teacher: Dauri Kennedy Second Place (tie) NATALIE WILEY School: Thompson Middle School Location: St. Charles, Illinois Voice Teacher: Dawn Harkins Third Place (tie) MADELINE HOTHAM School: Rotolo Middle School Location: Batavia, Illinois Voice Teacher: Dawn Hawkins Third Place (tie) GRAYDON YOSOWITZ School: Friends Seminary Location: New York, New York Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo / Gulnara Mitzanova Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically) GUILIANA BRUZZESE Location: Vorhees, New Jersey Watch Video SAVANA DORAME Location: Oro Valley, Arizona Watch Video PEYTON ELLA Location: Irvington, New York Watch Video BENJAMIN HARMON Location: Eagle River, Alaska Watch Video SHAYLA HE Location: Saratoga, California Watch Video ISABEL HERNANDEZ Location: Winnetka, Illinois Watch Video AVA JOLIE SAVINO Location: Moorestown, New Jersey Watch Video CASSIDY SCHERZ Location: Mount Laurel, New Jersey Watch Video ANDERSON ZOLL Location: Austin, Texas Watch Video Back To Top