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THE 2015 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, 2015.

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

SAMANTHA HANKEY

School: The Juilliard School
Pianist: Edward Kim
Voice Teacher: Edith Wiens

Second Place

PIOTR BUSZEWSKI

School: The Juilliard School
Pianist: Hojae Lee
Voice Teacher: Robert White

Third Place

MICHELLE BOGGESS

School: DePaul University
Pianist: Gregory Schifrin
Voice Teacher: Jane Bunnell

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
KRESLEY FIGUEROA

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ANNE MARIE STANLEY

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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

NICOLE KOH

School: Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
Pianist: Ben Malkevitch
Voice Teacher: Todd Wedge

Second Place

CAITLIN HALE DANIELS

School: Richland Collegiate High School
Pianist: Gloria Kim
Voice Teacher: Carol Wilson

Third Place (tie)

SYDNEY DARDIS

School: Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana, California)
Pianist: John Henri
Voice Teacher: Kathleen Martin

Third Place (tie)

BRENNA MCFARLAND

School: Trinity Christian School (Fairfax, Virginia)
Pianist: Chris Koeltzer
Voice Teacher: Michael Mentzel

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
TREENA CHAUDHURI

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ALEXANDER GRANITO

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SARAH ROSE PARKER

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KATHRYN RISCHEE

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EARLY TEEN VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 13-15

First Place

CARLY COONEY

School: Lake Oswego High School
Pianist: Daniel Buchanan
Voice Teacher: Angela Niederloh

Second Place

MARY ELIZABETH ADLER

School: Newport High School
Pianist: Beth Kirchhoff
Voice Teacher: Nancy Zylstra

Third Place (tie)

SARAH AALDERING

School: Los Gatos High School
Pianist: Chen Woo
Voice Teacher: Kathleen Ludowise

Third Place (tie)

MAEVE STIER

School: Homeschooled
Pianist: Susan McDaniel
Voice Teacher: Angela Niederloh

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
STEPHANIE CHEE

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CLAIRE KWON

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NIKO MANCERAE

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

First Place

EMMA-BROOKE ALLEY

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

Second Place

ALIYAH DOUGLAS

School: Wilson K-8 School (Oro Valley, Arizona)
Voice Teacher: Stephanie Fox

Third Place (tie)

CAITLIN CHISHAM

School: Blair Oaks Middle School
Pianist: Gretchen Huedepohl
Voice Teacher: Michael Straw

Third Place (tie)

LENA MOLYNEUX

School: The Center School
Pianist: Gulia Mitzanova
Voice Teacher: Amelia Demayo

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
SANGHOON JUNGE

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ELORA KARES

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LEXI LANNI

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ARIELLE PEDERSEN

Location: Spartanburg, SC
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YOUNG ADULT VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - Undergraduates (AGES 18-23)

First Place

JAMEELAH LEAUNDRA

School: Otterbein University
Pianist: Tiantian Liang
Voice Teacher: Keyona Willis

Second Place

KATHERINE RIDDLE

School: American University
Pianist: Andrew Welch
Voice Teacher: Linda Allison

Third Place (tie)

LEE CLAPP

School: McGill University
Pianist: Parker Scheil
Voice Teacher: Sanford Sylvan

Third Place (tie)

RACHEL HORNER

School: Rutgers University
Pianist: Colin Britt
Voice Teacher: Alisa Belflower

Honorable Mention
SARAH ADAMS

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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 16-18

First Place

LILY LORD

School: Mclean High School (McLean, Virginia)
Pianist: Ed Roberts
Voice Teacher: Muriel Von Villas

Second Place (tie)

MACEY ARRINGTON

School: Sharkey-Issaquena Academy (Rolling Fork, Mississippi)
Pianist: Carol Joy Sparkman
Voice Teacher: Chad Payton

Second Place (tie)

LINA SILVER

School: LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Pianist: Seth Weinstein
Voice Teacher: Amelia De Mayo

Third Place (tie)

CATE HAYMAN

School: Tam High School
Pianist: Dwight Okamura
Voice Teacher: Suzanne Darley

Third Place (tie)

ETHAN JAMES LYNCH

School: Morris County School of Technology (Delville, New Jersey)
Pianist: Ken Magos
Voice Teacher: Stan Dunn

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
MELISSA CAMPBELL

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SYDNEY HOWARD

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KYLEE SHAFFER

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EARLY TEEN VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 13-15

First Place

AMALIA CREVANI

School: Delaware Valley Regional High School (Frenchtown, New Jersey)
Voice Teacher: Alejandra Garrido

Second Place (tie)

ALEXA NEILEN

School: Homeschooled
Pianist: David Ludwig
Voice Teacher: Priscilla Bagley

Second Place (tie)

AUTUMN PLUCKER

School: Coeur d'Arlene High School
Voice Teacher: Andrea Olsen

Third Place (tie)

ARIA CRITCHLEY

School: East High School
Voice Teacher: Rebecca Glade

Third Place (tie)

MAEVE STIER

School: Homeschooled
Pianist: Susan McDaniel
Voice Teacher: Jay Frayley

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
ANNE ABRAMCZYK

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CAMERON VANCE

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

First Place

ELLA RUTMAN

School: Lamar Middle School Fine Arts Academy
Voice Teacher: Michelle Hache and Sylvia Casper

Second Place (tie)

SPENCER JONES

School: Robinson Elementary School
Voice Teacher: Lisa Casciola

Second Place (tie)

ALEXA REEVES

School: Beck Middle School
Pianist: Melissa Daniels McCann
Voice Teacher: Melissa Daniels McCann

Third Place (tie)

ALIYAH DOUGLAS

School: Wilson K-8 School (Oro Valley, Arizona)
Voice Teacher: Stephanie Fox

Third Place (tie)

AYANNA NAVARRO

School: Arlene Hein Elementary School
Voice Teacher: Leslie Sandefur

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
AKIRA GOLZ

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MERRIT GROVE

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ELLA RESCIGNO

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CHARLOTTE VARGA

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