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2014-15 Season

CargillApr 7, 2015
Karen Cargill
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NYFOSApr 30, 2015
New York Festival of Song
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RoseOct 19, 2014
Matthew Rose
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YendeNov 6, 2014
Pretty Yende
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Brancy Dec 10, 2014
John Brancy
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PolenzaniJan 14, 2015
Matthew Polenzani
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DeshayesFeb 3, 2015
Karine Deshayes
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Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington, DC 20015



University of Maryland Opera Studio
Wagner Society DC


Art Song Discovery Series

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Tuesday, May 19, 6 - 7 pm

Soprano Colleen Daly and mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson, the First and Second Prize Winners of Vocal Arts DC's 2014 "Art Song Discovery" Competition, offer a varied program to serve as an introduction to the endless richness of the classical song literature, ranging through different languages and musical styles, with an accent on American composers. Accompanied by Joy Schreier and Andrew Hsu, their program features spoken commentary by noted vocal instructor Elizabeth Daniels.

In collaboration with The Phillips Collection, Vocal Arts DC will also present a special recital in the museum's elegant and intimate music room on Thursday evening, April 16 at 6:30 pm. featuring soprano Colleen Daly.

Tickets to that program are $20 for the general public, $8 for members of The Phillips Collection. To make a reservation online, click this link:

Additional biographical information is below:

Daly. First prize winner of Vocal Arts DC's 2014 "Art Song Discovery" Competition, soprano Colleen Daly has established herself in the past several years as an emerging young artist of distinction on both opera stages and concert platforms. Recent career highlights in opera have included Violetta in La traviata with Opera Delaware, a role she also covered at New York City Opera, Musetta in La bohème with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Annapolis Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with International Opera, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Annapolis Opera, and Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera. Her many distinguished concert engagements have included the Brahms Requiem with the Columbus Symphony and the Handel Society of Darmouth College, Washington Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center, Washington Concert Opera, The Washington Chorus, Cathedral Choral Society for her National Cathedral debut, and the Post-Classical Ensemble. Colleen Daly has received awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Liederkranz Foundation, and the Washington International Competition. She completed her undergraduate studies at DePaul University, received a master's degree from University of Maryland, and continued her studies as an Artist in Residence at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts.

Dawson.Young Canadian mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson makes her Washington area performance debut participating in Millennium Stage. A winner of the Vocal Arts DC 2014 "Art Song Discovery" Competition, she also appears in concert during the 2014-2015 season at New York's Merkin Hall, performing in New York Festival of Song's "Caramoor Rising Stars" program. Currently in her second year as a Artist in Residence at Philadelphia's prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts, she has appeared with that institution in many principal roles, as well as with Opera Philadelphia's "Double Exposure" program of events. A 2014 apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera, she joins the Glimmerglass Festival as an apprentice later this summer. Ms. Dawson, who has received awards from the George London Foundation and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, received her BM from Oberlin Conservatory and her MM from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Past Winners
Previously presented in this series:
2014 Natalie Conte, soprano and Matthew Morris, baritone
2013 Heather Bingham, soprano and Jeffrey Grayson Gates, baritone
2012 Kate Jackman, mezzo-soprano and Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
2011 Laura Strickling, soprano and Melissa Wimbish, soprano
2010 Aundi Marie Moore, soprano and Jennifer Edwards, soprano
2009 Laura Stuart, soprano Steven Combs, baritone
2008 Brooke Evers, soprano Michael Gallant, tenor
2007 Lisa Eden, soprano Danielle Talamantes, soprano
2006 Randa Rouweyha, soprano Jeffrey Tarr, bass
2005 Sarah Wolfson, soprano Lee Poulis, baritone
2004 Lorriana Markovic, soprano Stacey Mastrian, soprano
2003 Amanda Gosier, soprano Joshua Saxon, baritone













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Education Programs

Art Song Discovery Series Winners of the Vocal Arts DC competition appear in free recitals at various venues in the community each Spring. More >

Take Song to our Schools Classroom programs presenting young professional singers and song to students around the region inspire the singers and audience of the future. More >

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Young Artists Competition
An annual, juried competition for singers in the greater Washington area. Find more information here. More >