I am honored to have moved on in the competition along with a couple of good friends! (See last post about the semi-finalist announcement, and the details for what was submitted for this prestigious competition.)
Here is the announcement, which is also on their blog.
My friend's names are bolded! Congrats ladies!
The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST women in opera for 2015 in all divisions. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page 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)
Elizabeth Baldwin Sylvania OH
Ashlee Bickley Ft Wayne IN
Adelaide Boedecker Sarasota FL
Samantha Britt New York NY
Gwendolyn Brown Chicago IL
Rosa D'Imperio New York NY
Annie Gill Baltimore MD
Kristin Gornstein Brooklyn NY
Jeni Houser Chicago IL
Jodi Karem Brooklyn NY
Aundi Marie Moore Bowie MD
Benedetta Orsi New York NY
Anne Slovin Chicago IL
Rachel Sparrow Evanston IL
As one of my favorite stage directors, Maggie Harrer likes to say:
"ONward and UPward!"
"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.