2012 Donald Chen Young Artist Award Winners Chosen!

After a lengthy deliberation by the panel of judges, the winners of this year's Donald Chen Young Artist Award were announced:

First Place: Rebecca Robinson, mezzo soprano

Second Place: Gillian Hollis, soprano

Third Place: Sara Litchfield, mezzo soprano

The Donald Chen Young Artist Award, established in 2008, supports and promotes young, emerging singers.  A competition, open to aspiring singers ages 19-26 who reside in the Chicago area, was held on Saturday, March 31st, 2012.  Nine finalists were selected from submitted applications, and competed in a live audition before a panel of judges. The audition took place at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Avenue in Wilmette and was open to the public. 

The audience was treated to fabulous concert, as all of the contestants were excellent.  Thanks to everyone who attended!

Click here to look at Saturday's program booklet and read about the finalists!


Prizes: Third Place – $100. Second Place - $250. First Place – $500 and a paid solo performance in an upcoming North Shore Choral Society concert.

Live Audition Requirements: Two selections, 8 minute maximum total performance. One operatic aria and one contrasting art song or oratorio aria, freely determined by the applicant, is required.  An accompanist will be provided for the live auditions and will rehearse with the contestants immediately before the competition on March 31st.

Solo finalists (left to right): Christian Ketter, Gillian Hollis, Laura Sauer, Kasey King, NSCS accompanist Sharon Rich Peterson,
Kelsey Betzelberger, Sara Litchfield, Rebecca Robinson, Corey Fretz. Mitchell Owens (missing)  All photos by Lenore Dupuis


Choral Society’s Young Artist Award judges (left to right) Dr. Julia Davids, Dr. Donald Chen, Dr. Anne Heider;  Rebecca Robinson, first place Donald Chen Young Artist Award winner with Dr. Donald Chen

Requirements: To be considered for the live audition, please submit the application, a sample solo recording (any repertoire), and one letter of recommendation preferably from the singer’s studio voice teacher. The application package must arrive by e-mail or mail by March 1st, 2012. Singers chosen for the live audition will be contacted by March 15th.

Submit all materials to Dr. Julia Davids, Director, North Shore Choral Society, or c/o Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL, 60091.

Here is the link to the application form.