2020 Competition for Colorado Singers

2020 DLOG Competition Awards

Denver Lyric Opera Guild is pleased to present the Winners of the 2020 Competition for Colorado Singers

First Place
$6000.00 – Galen & Ada Belle Spencer Foundation Award

Claire McCahan
age 31, Mezzo

Second Place:
$5000.00 – Kenneth King Foundation Award

Third Place:
$4500.00 – Myrle F. Hoffman Memorial Award

Fourth Place:
$4000.00 – Carole Johnson in Memory of Mary Wise Award

Elizabeth Hayes
age 26, Mezzo

Eric McConnell
age 27, Bass-Baritone

Kira Dills-DeSurra
age 31, Mezzo

Fifth Place:
$3500.00 – Shirley & Marlis Smith Award

Sixth Place:
$3000.00 – Bernard Polak Memorial Award

Seventh Place:
$2500.00 – Sherry Shepherd Sargent Memorial Award

Caitlin Moore
age 31, Mezzo

Brandon Tyler Padget
age 31, Baritone

Zoe Spangler
age 25, Soprano

Eighth Place:
$2000.00 – Dr. Frank Sargent Family Award

Certificate of Merit

Honorable Mention

Winona Martin
age 23, Mezzo

Certificate of Merit
$1000.00 – Carol Koclanes Memorial Award
Neila Getz, age: 31, Soprano

Certificate of Merit
$1000.00 – Liverpool Card Group Award
Erin Hodgson, age: 29, Soprano

Certificate of Merit
$500.00 – DLOG Members & Dr. Frank Sargent
Armando Contreras, age: 27, Baritone

Honorable Mention
$500.00 – DLOG Members & Dr. Frank Sargent
Christina Hazen, age: 25, Mezzo

Honorable Mention
$500.00 – DLOG Members & Dr. Frank Sargent
Christiana McMullen, age: 28, Soprano

Honorable Mention
$500.00 – DLOG Members & Dr. Frank Sargent
Rebecca Myers, age: 24, Mezzo

Honorable Mention
$500.00 – DLOG Members & Dr. Frank Sargent
Kelly Riordan, age: 23, Mezzo

The Louise Conter Master Class

Conducted by Cherity Koepke

Director of Education & Community Engagement Opera Colorado Young Artists Program

Competition Winners Share Gratitude and New Musical Videos

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.”

Third Place Winner Baritone-Bass Eric McConnell wrote, “My plan to use my award money has shifted a bit as I have lost my summer position with Central City Opera.  I plan to put a portion of that money towards necessities so I can focus exclusively this summer on furthering my own vocal development. The rest will be used for audition travel, voice lessons, and purchasing scores.

Should I be available, I’m hoping to participate in the DLOG competition again next year!  Thank you to all the members who make DLOG such a great organization and for all the support you give to artists. And now it is especially meaningful!”

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“One of the first competitions I participated in was Denver Lyric Opera Guild. Through the encouragement and feedback of the visiting judges and financial support of the Guild, I had the means to continue to pursue my “opera addiction.” As young artists, we encounter so many hardships, disappointments and setbacks. But because of DLOG, when these blows came down, I still had the means and encouragement to push through.”

Megan Marino

multiple year Competition winner and Metropolitan Opera and International Opera star

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