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THE 2014 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, 2014.

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

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

First Place

JACK SWANSON

School: University of Oklahoma
Pianist: Lorne Richstone
Voice Teacher: Linda Esther Gray

Second Place (tie)

ERIC FERRING

School: Drake University
Pianist: Michelle Havlik-Jergens
Voice Teacher: Leanne Freeman-Miller

Second Place (tie)

ALEXANDRA NOWAKOWSKI

School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pianist: Casey Dierlam
Voice Teacher: Cynthia Haymon

Third Place (tie)

STEPHEN MICHAEL HANNA

School: Stephen F. Austin State Universityc
Pianist: Geneva Fungn
Voice Teacher: Scott LaGraff

Third Place (tie)

NATHANIEL SULLIVAN

School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Pianist: Kurt Knecht
Voice Teacher: Alisa Belflower

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
LEE CLAPP

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KAITLYN JOHNSON

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JOSEPH LEPPEK

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ELIZABETH SYWULKA

School: Manhattan School of Music
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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 16-18

First Place

OLIVIA COSIO

Location: San Francisco, California
Pianist: Ben Malkevitch
Voice Teacher:Todd Wedge

Second Place

SARAH CLEMENTINE MIRE

Location: Wolfforth, Texas
Pianist: Regina Shea
Voice Teacher: Rebecca Wascoe

Third Place (tie)

CAITLIN HALE DANIELS

Location: Dallas, Texas
Pianist: Szu-Ying Huang
Voice Teacher: Linda DiFiore

Third Place (tie)

NATHAN KESSEL

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Pianist: Olga Rogach
Voice Teacher: Stanley Wilson

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
HAYLEY BOGGS

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NICOLE BURKE

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HANNAH KILPATRICK

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MONICA MUSIC

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MARY GRACE NASIM

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EARLY TEEN VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 13-15

First Place

BENJAMIN WENZELBERG

Location: Tenafly, New Jersey
Pianist: Glenn Gordon
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo

Second Place (tie)

CARLY COONEY

Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Pianist: Daniel Buchanan
Voice Teacher: Angela Niederloh

Second Place (tie)

KARLI FORTE

Location: Fremont, Indiana
Pianist: Jeri Mow
Voice Teacher: Lynn Syler

Third Place (tie)

NICOLE KELLY

Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Voice Teacher: Craig Wich

Third Place (tie)

CAITLYN McCONNELL

Location: Silverdale, Washington
Pianist: Cassie Gillis
Voice Teacher: Susan Trainer

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
MARY ELIZABETH ADLER

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MADISON BEASLEY

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NATALIE DULLERUD

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MADISON FITZPATRICK

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SALONI RAO

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CHILDREN'S VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 12 AND UNDER

First Place

MADELIN MORALES

Location: Fairfield, New Jersey
Pianist: Michael Fennelly
Voice Teacher: Jeanai LaVita

Second Place (tie)

EMMA BROOKE ALLEY

Location: Lyman, South Carolina
Pianist: Valerie MacPhail
Voice Teacher: Valerie MacPhail

Second Place (tie)

SHERIDAN ARCHBOLD

Location: Yorkville, Illinois
Voice Teacher: Rachel Olson

Third Place (tie)

LEXI LANNI

Location: Bristol, Rhode Island
Pianist: Madeline Grace
Voice Teacher: Elizabeth Grace

Third Place (tie)

LAUREN MAGEE

Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Voice Teacher: Pamela Riley

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
ALIYAH DOUGLAS

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AGNE GIEDRAITYTE

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OLYMPIA HATZILAMBROU

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YOUNG ADULT VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - Undergraduates (AGES 18-23)

First Place

MICHAEL HEWITT

School: University of Denver Lamont School of Music
Pianist: Joshua Sawicki
Voice Teacher: Kenneth Cox

Second Place (tie)

BRITTANY HOWK

School: Arizona State University
Pianist: Curtis Moeller
Voice Teacher: Carole FitzPatrick

Second Place (tie)

YAZID PIERCE-GRAY

School: DePauw University
Pianist: Amanda Hopson
Voice Teacher: Caroline B. Smith

Third Place (tie)

JOEL BAUMAN

School: Messiah College
Pianist: Daniel Dorty
Voice Teacher: Elaine Henderson

Third Place (tie)

ANGELA GILBERT

School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Pianist: Kurt Knecht
Voice Teacher: Alisa Belflower

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
LEE CLAPP

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CAITLIN SECREST

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CECILIA SNOW

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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 16-18

First Place

BENJAMIN WALKER

Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Pianist: Lisa Papili
Voice Teacher: Marian Johnson-Healy

Second Place (tie)

JILLIAN CAILLOUETTE

Location: Meriden, Connecticut
Pianist: Sean Pallatroni
Voice Teacher: Stacy Perrone Petta

Second Place (tie)

EMILY CIPRIANI

Location: Westerville, Ohio
Pianist: Stephanie Henkle
Voice Teacher: Stephanie Henkle

Third Place (tie)

JULIA QUANDT

Location: Seattle, Washington
Pianist: Serena Chin
Voice Teacher: Madeline Bersamina

Third Place (tie)

LILY LORD

Location: Falls Church, Virginia
Pianist: Ed Roberts
Voice Teacher: Muriel VonVillas

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
MICHELLE ANNE BAILEY

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CASSIDY GALLOWAY

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DEVON HAYAKAWA

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HANNAH KILPATRICK

Location: Wading River, New York
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LINDSAY ROLLAND-MILLS

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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EARLY TEEN VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 13-15

First Place

ALISON POGORELC

Location: Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Pianist: Diane Kachelmeier
Voice Teacher: Helen Ceci

Second Place

EMMA LEE

Location: Bolingbrook, Illinois
Voice Teacher: Greg Lee

Third Place (tie)

EMMA JOANIS

Location: Windham, New Hampshire
Pianist: Glenn Gordon
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo Group

Third Place (tie)

SARAH LAWLER

Location: Barrington, New Jersey
Pianist: Melissa Daniels
Voice Teacher: Melissa Daniels

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
MELINDA ORENGO

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JESSICA VANEK

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CHILDREN'S VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 12 AND UNDER

First Place

OLIVIA LOMBARDI

Location: Rye Brook, New York
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo

Second Place (tie)

MADELIN MORALES

Location: Fairfield, New Jersey
Pianist: Michael Fennelly
Voice Teacher: Jeanai LaVita

Second Place (tie)

ADRIANA SERRA

Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Voice Teacher: Kinga Mitrowska & Jeanai LaVita

Third Place (tie)

CORMAC CULLINANE

Location: Fresh Meadows, New York
Pianist: Gulnara Mitzanova
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo

Third Place (tie)

AKIRA GOLZ

Location: Hopewell Junction, New York
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
CODY KONOP

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ELIZABETH O'BRYANT

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ALEXA REEVES

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McKENNA SHAW

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NICOLE WILDY

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JOYCE ZHENG

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