May 20, 2024

Meet the winners of the prestigious 2024 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition

The winners of Manhattan School of Music’s 2024 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition are: YeongTaek Yang (MM ’24) in first place, Hannah Jeané Jones (MM ’24) in second, and Anna Maria Vacca (BM ’22, MM ’24) in third.

The annual competition took place this year on May 12 in Neidorff Karpati Hall and showcased seven finalists — MSM voice students who exhibit outstanding talent and strong potential for careers in opera. The first prize winner will receive a $15,000 prize, second will receive $10,000, and third is awarded $5,000.

This year’s finalists were SeongBeom Choi (MM ’24), Anna Maria Vacca (BM ’22, MM ’24), YeongTaek Yang (MM ’24), Katherine Malone (MM ’23, PS ’24), William Velasco (MM ’24), Hannah Jeané Jones (MM ’24), and Huiying Chen (MM ’23, PS ’24).

Pictured above are the 2024 winners with MSM personnel and this year’s distinguished panel of judges. Left to Right: Carleen Graham (Dean of MSM Vocal Arts), Brian Speck (Adjudicator), Hannah Jeané Jones (2nd Place), YeongTaek Yang (1st Place), Anna Maria Vacca (3rd Place), Michaela Martens (Adjudicator), Kensho Watanabe (Adjudicator), and President James Gandre.

  • YeongTaek Yang, first-place winner

    YeongTaek Yang sang Umberto Giordano’s “Nemico della patria” from Andrea Chénier and Wagner’s “O du, mein holder Abendstern” from Tannhäuser.

  • Hannah Jeané Jones, second-place winner

    Hannah sang Rossini’s “Cruda Sorte! Amor Tiranno!” from L’italiana in Algeri and Jonathan Dove’s “I bought this suitcase in New York” from Flight.

  • Anna Maria Vacca, third place

    Anna Maria sang Jonathan Dove’s “I bought this suitcase in New York” from Flight and Massenet’s “Ah! que mes sœurs sont heureuses” from Cendrillon.

  • 2024 Ades Competition winners with Carleen Graham, Dean of MSM Vocal Arts

    From left to right: Hannah Jeané Jones, YeongTaek Yang, Anna Maria Vacca, Carleen Graham

The distinguished judges for this year’s final competition are world renowned American mezzo-soprano Michaela MartensBrian Speck Artistic Administrator for the Metropolitan Opera; and celebrated conductor Kensho Watanabe.

The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition is made possible by generous support from Joan Taub Ades and the late Alan M. Ades, longtime friends and benefactors of the school. Mrs. Taub Ades is an MSM trustee emerita.

2024 Ades Competition Finalists

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