It is very exciting to announce that I have been selected as a semi-finalist in this prestigious national competition! The materials I submitted were for the Professional (most competitive category) Opera division were:
Caro Nome, Verdi's Rigoletto, with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre Orchestra
Kiss Me Again, Mlle. Modiste, Victor Herbert
Now that the competition has been narrowed down to the following semi-finalists, now there is another round of judging that happens, and finalists/top prize winners will be announced after that round. Cheers! Wish me luck! (It is so weird to not have to "do" anything for this competition, since it is judged off of the same recordings...you just have to wait! I like it! Haha) I DO wish, ( looking back at my application) that I had included the "BELL SONG" recording from my Carnegie Hall performance...but oh well!
Here is the official announcement from The American Prize's blog: ( I copied and pasted the text-- But you may go to the blog to see the other lists in the other categories of semi-finalists.)
The names that I have bolded are friends/ women that I have met before along the way. Lovely ladies, all, I wish them the best! : )
VOCAL semi-finalists, 2015 (WOMEN—OPERA: professional division) announced
The American Prize is pleased to announce SEMI-FINALIST women in opera for 2015 in the professional division. Congratulations! To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please "like" our Facebookpage or follow us on Twitter#AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.
The American Prize in Voice / Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award—professional opera division (women)
Betsy Archer Munster IN
Elizabeth Baldwin Sylvania OH
Ashlee Bickley Ft.Wayne IN
Adelaide Boedecker Sarasota FL
Samantha Britt New York NY
Joanie Brittingham New York NY
Gwendolyn Brown Chicago IL
Alice Burton Chicago IL
Becca Conviser New York NY
Kelly Curtin Alexandria VA
Joan Marie Dauber Chicago IL
Rosa D'Imperio New York NY
Annie Gill Baltimore MD
Kristin Gornstein Brooklyn NY
Dena Holland Hawley PA
Jeni Houser Chicago IL
Marci Jackson Indianapolis IN
Jodi Karem Brooklyn NY
Yelka Milanova Flushing NY
Jessica Elizabeth Mirshak Sherman Oaks CA
Amy Mitchell Hopkinton NH
Aundi Marie Moore Bowie MD
Lisa Newill-Smith Berlin Germany
Benedetta Orsi New York NY
Rebecca Rapoport-Cole Somerville MA
Anne Slovin Chicago IL
*Rachel Sparrow Evanston IL
You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook:
or Twitter:https://twitter.com/americanprize "
Here is something to get you in the Patriotic Mood~ This was performed one year ago.
Intro is about the meaning and importance of the words of this beloved Anthem, and recognizes the 70 + veterans that were present in that hall that day. (Singing starts at 2:16 if you would like to skip intro). I will never forget the most reverent standing ovation I have ever experienced from an audience, which occurred after this piece. It was in the way that the entire audience STOOD all at once and immediately, but no whooping or hollering, just tears and smiles---to acknowledge the veterans and patriotism we all felt in that room at that moment. Pretty special memory.
Happy Independence Day everyone- Be safe this weekend of parades and fireworks and remember what it is all about!
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.