Winners Announced of 9th Annual Hal Leonard Vocal Competition

MILWAUKEE--4/19/19--Hal Leonard, the world leader in vocal music, has announced the winners of the ninth annual Hal Leonard Vocal Competition for young classical and theatre singers, comprised entirely of YouTube video entries. There were over 1000 entries in the 2019 competition in two divisions: Art Song and Musical Theatre, with four age categories for each, children through college undergraduates. Hal Leonard gave away more than $10,000 in cash prizes and gift certificates to encourage singers to continue to follow their dreams and their vocal studies, and to recognize the good work of voice teachers. Unlike almost every other music competition, there is no entry fee or travel cost to an audition site for the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. Singers from all over the U.S. and Canada can compete with others in their age group and view the videos online. Playlists of results in each category may be viewed on the Hal Leonard Vocal YouTube channel.

First Place Winners for 2019 in Art Song: College/University Undergraduates (ages 18-23): Lindsey Reynolds from Curtis Institute of Music ? High School Voices (ages 16-18): Callie Iliff of San Marcos, Texas ? Early Teen Voices (ages 13-15): Anna Zavelson of Austin, Texas ? Children's Voices (ages 12 and under): Natalie Huzij of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

First Place Winners for 2019 in Art Song: College/University Undergraduates (ages 18-23): David Young from DePauw University ? High School Voices (ages 16-18): Saoirse Ryhn of Round Rock, Texas ? Early Teen Voices (ages 13-15): Aliyah Douglas of Oro Valley, Arizona ? Children's Voices (ages 12 and under): Alex Vacchiano of West Caldwell, New Jersey.

Rick Walters, Vice-President of Classical & Vocal Publications at Hal Leonard, states, "It's inspiring to watch all the singers who enter the competition. We thank all the students, teachers, pianists, and parents for their efforts in creating the audition videos. There is a bright future of singing in North America."

The rules, required repertoire and prizes, as well as top placing videos for 2019 and previous years may be found at http://www.halleonard.com/vocalcomp.