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THE 2016 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, 2016.

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

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

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Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
NATHAN KESSEL

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CLAY MOTE

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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, ART SONG - AGES 16-18

First Place

BENJAMIN WENZELBERG

Location: Tenafly, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: Amelia DeMayo

Second Place (tie)

JOSHUA BERG

Location: Bellevue, Washington
Voice Teacher: Nancy Zylstra

Second Place (tie)

TARYN SURRATT

Location: Houston, Texas
Voice Teacher: Jason Lester

Third Place (tie)

MARIANNE FREEMAN

Location: Lower Burrell, PA
Voice Teacher: Sue Ann Phillips

Third Place (tie)

NIKO MANCERA

Location: Laguna Niguel, California
Voice Teacher: Kathleen Martin

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)
SARAH AALDERING

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KATE BRODERICK

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SAM DHOBHANY

Location: Brooklyn, NY
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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

First Place

TYLER BOUQUE

Location: Troy, Michigan
Voice Teacher: Drake Dantzler

Second Place

MADELIN MORALES

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

Third Place

ALEA VERNON

Location: 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

First Place

ALIYAH DOUGLAS

Location: Oro Valley, Arizona
Voice Teacher: Stephanie Fox

Second Place (tie)

ISABELLA BANK

Location: Cary, North Carolina
Voice Teacher: Gloria Petrini

Second Place (tie)

DALEYNA DUNLAP

Location: Rolling Hills, California
Voice Teacher: Susan Wong

Third Place (tie)

SANGHOON JUNG

Location: Closter, New Jersey
Voice Teacher: HyeYoung Kang

Third Place (tie)

KAYA KONEVITC

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

First Place

JACK KAY

School: The Juilliard School
Voice Teacher: Robert White

Second Place

TOBIAS NORDLUND

School: Messiah Collegey
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 (listed alphabetically)
RACHEL HORNER

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MICHELLE LANGONE

School: Vanderbilt University
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ABBY KURTH

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HIGH SCHOOL VOICES, MUSICAL THEATRE - AGES 16-18

First Place

LEE METAXA

Location: Cedar Park, Texas
Voice Teacher: Michelle Haché

Second Place (tie)

AMANDA CHILDS

Location: McKinney, Texas
Voice Teacher: Peg Waldschmidt

Second Place (tie)

AÏSSA GUINDO

Location: Montreal, Quebec
Voice Teacher: Martina Oslejskova

Third Place (tie)

ASHLEY HIESTER

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

Third Place (tie)

MILLER KRAPS

Location: 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 13-15

First Place

CHLOE HAYES

Location: Brazil, Indiana
Voice Teacher: Colleen Davis

Second Place (tie)

DALIA MEDOVNIKOV

Location: Woodbridge, Connecticut
Voice Teacher: Andrea Kennedy

Second Place (tie)

MADELIN MORALES

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

Third Place (tie)

ERIKA HILL

Location: Reno, Nevada
Voice Teacher: Tiffanie Story

Third Place (tie)

NICOLE SUGARMAN

Location: 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

First Place

ALEXA REEVES

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

Second Place (tie)

ARIN SANDIDGE

Location: Bellevue, Washington
Voice Teacher: Larry Bridges

Second Place (tie)

MALIA VARELA

Location: Staten Island, New York
Voice Teacher: G. Mitzanov and A. DeMayo

Third Place

LAUREN SUN

Location: 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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ALIYAH 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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