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Conrad Art Song Competition

Local physician and patron of the arts Dr. Marjorie Conrad gave nearly $150,000 to Bowling Green State University for music programs and scholarships in 1999. Approximately $125,000 was used to endow the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition.

A native of Philadelphia, Conrad practiced medicine in Wilmington, Del., for nearly 20 years before moving to Bowling Green in 1966 to marry local physician Dr. Roger Peatee. She began her medical practice here the same year, becoming the community's first woman on the boards of MidAm Bank and MidAm Inc., and, from 1987–89, served as the first woman chief of staff at Wood County Hospital. She retired from the active practice of medicine in 1991. Though she studied voice as a young woman, she began studying voice again in 1993.

A member of Pro Musica, the support group of the College of Musical Arts, she recently donated an additional $50,000 for scholarships in the College.

2014-conrad-art-song-winners

Congratulations to the 2014 winners!  

Graduate Division

First Place
Patty Kramer, mezzo-soprano and Emily Alley, piano

Second Place
Claire Chardon, soprano and Emily Alley, piano

Third Place
Xin Shao, tenor and Xueli Liu, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Amy Grams, soprano and Xueli Liu, piano

Second Place
Richard Channell Jr., baritone and Xiangli Kong, piano

Third Place
Mckenzie Frazer, soprano and Ioana Flonta. piano

General Information

The Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Fund provides financial prizes, for singers and collaborative pianists, for the annual art song competition in two divisions: undergraduate and graduate. Any year the competition is not held, prize monies will be available for scholarships. The goal of the contest is to encourage students enrolled at BGSU to approach the art song in a serious and intense manner and enhance their learning experience.

Date and Location

The 16th annual competition will be held in Donnell Theatre on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The first round will commence at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. After the jury deliberates, finalists will be announced at 6 p.m. The final round, in the form of a formal evening concert, will begin at 8 p.m. in Donnell Theatre. Formal concert attire is required dress for all contestants participating in the final round. Both preliminary and final rounds will be free and open to the public.  

Award

The total prize money for the competition is $6,500. All prizes will be awarded in voice and piano, with the funds equally distributed between both musicians. A total of six prizes may be awarded: two first prizes of $1,500 each, two second prizes of $1,000 each and two third prizes at $750 each. The first prize-winning duos will also be awarded the opportunity to perform one-half of a song recital.

Application

The 2015 Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition Application is available. Please complete the application and print it. Before you can return the application to Professor Christopher Scholl, you must have it signed by both applied teachers. The application forms are due by 5:00pm on January 16, 2015.

  1. The competition will be open to all students currently enrolled at Bowling Green State University. Before entering, contestants must have fulfilled respectively their piano and voice department jury requirements at the College of Musical Arts. There will be two divisions in which to compete—undergraduate and graduate. The singer’s academic rank will determine which division the team falls.
  2. Each singer/pianist duo team will seek each other out to form their collaboration; they will not be matched by any other process. Both artists must have prior approval from their respective studio teachers, whose nomination by signature will be an integral part of the application form. All applications are due by 5:00pm on January 16, 2014.
  3. Each duo will be required to prepare six (6) songs for the competition, with at least one song in each of the following languages: French, German, Italian and English. Each duo must also prepare at least one song from each of the following periods: Classical, Romantic and 20th century, as well as one song by a living composer. The remaining selections may be in any language and from any period the competitors may choose, with no more than two (2) songs in English. (Works must be from six (6) different composers.)
  4. Singers must be prepared to perform all of their selections from memory; pianists are permitted to use music.
  5. The judges will choose selections they wish to hear. The judges are required to hear no less than two selections per team lasting no more than 10 minutes.
  6. The first-prize winners are free to compete the following year in a different division, if they are eligible. Second- and third-prize winners may compete again the following year in the same or different divisions. Pianists may enter three times, i.e. with three different singers.
  7. Performers will be judged on the following criteria: technical, interpretive, musical and language skills as well as collaborative ability.

Graduate Division

First Place
Patty Kramer, mezzo-soprano and Emily Alley, piano

Second Place
Claire Chardon, soprano and Emily Alley, piano

Third Place
Xin Shao, tenor and Xueli Liu, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Amy Grams, soprano and Xueli Liu, piano

Second Place
Richard Channell Jr., baritone and Xiangli Kong, piano

Third Place
Mckenzie Frazer, soprano and Ioana Flonta. piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Stephanie Tokarz, soprano and Peng Zhang, piano

Second Place
Patty Kramer, mezzo-soprano and Ana Yoder, piano

Third Place
LeTara Lee, soprano and Xueli Liu, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Fidelia Esther Darmahkasih, soprano and Jeff Manchur, piano

Second Place
Patrick Scholl, tenor and Wen Zhang, piano

Third Place
Amy Grams, soprano and Xueli Liu, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Elizabeth Pearse and Karl Larsen

Second Place
Summer Aebker and Vitaly Serebriakov

Third Place
Briana Sosenjeimer and Vitaly Serebriakov

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Drew Ochoa and Vitaly Serebriakov

Second Place
Courtney Wallace and Sarah Puckett

Third Place
Grace Hirt and Akira Kaku

Graduate Division

First Place
Christine Amon and Heidi Clausius

Second Place
Theresa Zapata and Tatiana Gorbunova

Third Place
Amanda DeBoer and Karl Larson

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Melissa Penkava and Jacintha Ratnasamy

Second Place
Rachel Taylor and Melinda Sondag

Third Place
Cassandra Utt and Sara Tobe

Graduate Division

First Place
Erin Brooks, baritone and Kate Stubbs, piano

Second Place
Todd Doering, countertenor and Karl Larson, piano

Third Place
Rebecca Eaddy, soprano and Artem Anunchin, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Marcus Bedinger, tenor and Casie Dietrich, piano

Second Place
Nathaniel Hein, tenor and Peter Oehrtman, piano

Third Place
Eric Stephen Blair, baritone and Andreas Xenopoulos, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Jing Lin, soprano, (China) and Ivana Tjandra, piano (Indonesia)

Second Place
Tammie Bradley, soprano, (Versaille, Ky.) and Mariam Vardzelashvili, piano (Georgia)

Third Place
Todd Doering, countertenor, (Sarasota, Fla.) and Mariam Vardzelashvili, piano (Georgia)

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Abigail Renee Krawson, soprano, (Canton) and I-Chen Yeh, piano (Taiwan)

Second Place
Matthew Hayner, baritone, (Lock Port, N.Y.) and Sara Young, piano (Bowling Green)

Third Place
LaRiché Jones, mezzo-soprano, (Livonia, Mich.) and Cristina Vlad, piano (Romania)

Graduate Division

First Place
Megan Bell, soprano, (Columbus) and Stijn De Cock, piano (Belgium)

Second Place
Sara Emerson, soprano, (Traverse City, Mich.) and Laure Vermulin, piano (France)

Third Place
Tammie Bradley, soprano, (Versailles, Ky.) and Mariam Vardzhelashvili, piano (Georgia)

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Tim Bruno, bass, (Toledo) and Kate Musser-Stubbs, piano (Fort Loramie)

Second Place
Marissa Zacharias, soprano, (Celina) and Olga Topuzova-Meade, piano (Ukraine)

Third Place
Marcus Bedinger, tenor, (Trotwood) and Casie Dietrich, piano (Genoa)

Graduate Division

First Place
Courtney Cleveland, mezzo-soprano, (Louisville, Ky.) and I-Chen Yeh, piano (Taiwan)

Second Place
Elizabeth Hanson, mezzo-soprano, (Loveland) and Meggie Young, piano (Chaska, Minn.)

Third Place
Marlayna Maynard, soprano, (Dunlow, W.Va.) and Yee Von Ng, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Sarah Flammer, soprano, (Commerce, Mich.) and Stijn de Cock, piano (Belgium)

Second Place
Marcus Bedinger, tenor, (Trotwood) and Casie Dietrich, piano (Genoa)

Third Place
Jenny Meggitt, soprano, (Temperance, Mich.) and Stijn de Cock, piano (Belgium)

Graduate Division

First Place
Joan Cano, soprano, (Phillippines) and Pantelis Polichronidis, piano (Greece)

Second Place
Courtney Cleveland, mezzo-soprano, (Louisville, Ky.) and I-Chen Yeh, piano (Taiwan)

Third Place
Justin Randolph, baritone, (Zanesville) and Kate Musser, piano (Loramie)

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Katie Liesner, soprano, (Massillon) and Olga Cleianchina, piano (Romania)

Second Place
Ellen Gartner, mezzo-soprano, (Findlay) and Pantelis Polichronidis, piano (Greece)

Third Place
Allison Patterson, soprano, (Howard) and Melissa Fletcher, piano (North Royalton)

Graduate Division

First Place
Kisma Jordan, soprano, and Olga Cleianchina, piano

Second Place
Marcialyn Lopez, soprano, and Melissa Martiros, piano
Justin Randolph, baritone, and Kate Musser, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Rizo Arellano, counter-tenor, and Alena Gorina, piano

Second Place
Sarah Flammer, mezzo-soprano, and Stijn De Cock, piano

Third Place
T. Edward Federle, baritone, and Matthew Skitzki, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Lori Celeste Hicks, soprano, and Matthew Skitzki, piano

Second Place
Marcialyn Lopez, soprano, and Melissa Martiros, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Elizabeth Baldwin, mezzo-soprano, and Samee Griffith, piano.

Second Place
Rizo Arellano, counter-tenor, and Alena Gorina, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Not awarded

Second Place
Christina Gregory, soprano, and Bianca Hotea, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano, and Bianca Hotea, piano
Elizabeth Hansen, sorpano, and Alena Crossmon, piano

Second Place
Andy Catton, baritone, and Laronne Bomeli, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Sedalia Brown, soprano, and Marina Chamasyan, piano

Second Place
Alison Show, soprano, and Ondra Williams, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Chris Carducci, baritone, and Christopher Stephens, piano

Second Place
Stephanie Winslow, soprano, and Ondra Williams, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Jeffrey Wisniewski, baritone, and Stacey Barelos, piano

Second Place
Sedalia Brown, soprano, and Marina Chamasyan, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Juliane Goretta, soprano, and Marcelina Turcanu, piano

Second Place
Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano, and Anna Stembler-Smith, piano

Graduate Division

First Place
Not Awarded

Second Place
Jaunelle Celaire, soprano, and Catalina Teican, piano

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Traci Cotterman Weaver, soprano, and Erin Bonski, piano
Jeffrey Wisniewski, baritone, and Janelle Penn, piano

Second Place
Chris Carducci, baritone, and Maira Balacon, piano

2013 Conrad Art Song Competition


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