New York, NY (April 11, 2014) —Last evening (Thursday, April 10), Manhattan School of Music announced the winners of the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition, held for a fifth year in the Ades Performance Space at the School. The winners are; First Prizewinner – Leela Subramaniam, soprano; two Second Prizewinners – Katherine Saik, soprano; Megan Samarin, mezzo-soprano and two Third Prizewinners – Hannah DeBlock, soprano; and Margaret Newcomb, soprano. Cash prizes totaling up to $40,000 were awarded.
The award is given to provide career-entry funding for graduating singers of outstanding professional potential in opera. The funding may support career advancement in any area including private instruction (vocal technique, coaching, diction, movement, acting, audition preparation); physical conditioning; creation/recording demo or debut CD; accompanist’s fees; agent’s fee; professional travel; living expenses during professional internship; wardrobe.
Funding for the Ades Vocal Competition was made possible by a generous gift from Joan Taub and Alan M. Ades, longtime friends and benefactors to the School.
The Ades Vocal Competition was created to encourage and foster the most promising and deserving young singers at Manhattan School of Music. The award, the winning singers (all graduating students of outstanding professional