MSM voice alumna Yvette Keong (BM ’19) is the recipient of a prestigious $90,000 graduate school fellowship from the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, awarded to outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.
Originally from Australia, Yvette is one of just 30 individuals selected from a pool of 2,111 applicants from across the country, selected for their drive, creativity, intellectual spirit, and their commitment to the values at the heart of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Yvette has been recognized as a “soaring soprano” by Opera News and as “one of the most exciting songstresses in the world” by Cut Common Magazine. She has performed at notable concert halls including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and David Geffen Hall.
Yvette performing at Manhattan School of Music in Greenfield Hall
At Manhattan School of Music, Yvette completed her undergraduate degree in classical voice at in May 2019, where she received the Hugh Ross Commencement Award for an outstanding singer of unusual promise, and was named to the Dean’s List of Excellence for the entirety of her degree. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music at The Juilliard School.
“Yvette joins the dynamic community of Paul & Daisy Soros, which includes individuals such as former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; California Surgeon General Nadine Burke-Harris; Stanford AI leader Fei-Fei Li; Lieutenant Governor of Washington Cyrus Habib; composer Paola Prestini; computational biologist Pardis Sabeti; award-winning writer Kao Kalia Yang, and more than 650 other New American leaders,” says Craig Harwood, Director of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
The application for the 2021 Fellowship is now open and due on October 29, 2020. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.
Yvette Keong was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, after her parents emigrated from China looking for the possibility of a greater life. Yvette now resides in New York City, where she won the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery and is the first person in her family to be a resident of the United States. Her experiences as a New American have shaped the core of her identity as an artistic leader who uses classical music as a force for change.
Yvette completed her high school graduation exams in the top percentile of New South Wales, being accepted in the University of Sydney Law school. But, instead of pursuing the path ahead of her, Yvette followed her passion for opera, completing her undergraduate degree in classical voice at the Manhattan School of Music, where upon graduation she received the Hugh Ross Commencement Award for an outstanding singer of unusual promise. She was named to the Dean’s List of Excellence for the entirety of her degree.
Yvette has been recognized as a “soaring soprano” by Opera News and as “one of the most exciting songstresses in the world” by Cut Common Magazine. She has performed at notable concert halls including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and David Geffen Hall, and she performed Henrietta M. in Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, co-presented by the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts performance series, and The Juilliard School. Yvette was the recipient of The Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Eastern Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was named the Australian Music Foundation’s Nora Goodridge Young Artist. She has also won accolades from The Gerda Lissner Foundation, Opera Index Competition, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.
Yvette was a voice fellow at Music Academy of the West, where she performed in the West Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Passionate about diversifying the operatic audience, Yvette performs with Opera Under the Arch, bringing summer concerts to Washington Square Park. She has performed with OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network, aimed at advancing women leaders in the field of opera. Through her platform as an opera singer, she aims to champion classical music as integral to enriching our modern society.
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