First Place Competition Winner Mezzo Claire McCahan shares, “I have immense gratitude to the members of DLOG. You all have been wonderful and supportive during my time here in Colorado, and it is always such a pleasure to sing for you and see familiar faces.
Many of my summer and fall plans have been canceled or postponed including the Fall Island Vocal Seminar for New American art song and the Aspen Summer Music Festival. However, I have been invited to participate in the Fall Island Seminar in May of 2021, and I will be singing Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Intermountain Opera in Bozeman Montana in April 2021. In the meantime, my DLOG prize money will help me to cover necessary living expenses while I search for new employment, but I intend to save the majority of it to assist in application fees and travel expenses for future operatic performance opportunities.
Your support and faith in me are incredibly valued, and I am continually grateful. I want you to know that I intend to remain dedicated to my art, and to support my fellow singers by looking for ways to adapt, encourage one another, and look to the future.”