March 17, 2022

The 2022 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition hosts five finalists on March 23

The 2022 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition for outstanding opera talent is taking place Wednesday, March 23 at 4 PM in the Ades Performance Space.

Of eight students nominated, five are taking part in this final round. They are Rosario Armas (BM ’20, MM ’22), Yerin Han (MM ’22), Jasmine Ismail (MM ’21, PS ’22), Hanbyeol Min (MM ’22), and Jouelle Roberson (PS ’22).

Held each spring, the competition features graduating MSM Vocal Arts students who are completing their formal studies and plan to build their careers after graduation.

These students exhibit outstanding talent and strong potential for careers in opera.

The distinguished judges for this year’s competition are Richard Gaddes Former Vice President of Opera America, Co-Founder of Opera Theatre St. Louis, and Former General Director of Santa Fe Opera; Melissa Wegner (MM ’05) Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Laffont Competition; Afton Battle General Director of Fort Worth Opera; and Myra Huang (MM ’01), Head of Music for the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera and Collaborative Piano Faculty Member at MSM.


  • Rosario Armas

    Tlaxcala, Mexico
    Student of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell

  • Yerin Han

    Seoul, South Korea
    Student of Shirley Close

  • Jasmine Ismail

    Winston Salem, North Carolina
    Student of Ruth Golden

  • Hanbyeol Min

    Seoul, South Korea
    Student of Neil Rosenshein

  • Jouelle Roberson

    Washington, D.C.
    Student of Cynthia Hoffman

Finalists were selected through a preliminary audition; all participants in the audition were nominated by their teachers at MSM. The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition is made possible by generous support from Joan Taub and the late Alan M. Ades, longtime friends and benefactors of the School. Mrs. Taub Ades is a former member of the Manhattan School of Music Board of Trustees.

We are pleased to acknowledge the finalists from the 2020 Ades Vocal Competition who were not able to compete in the final round due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Katharine Burns (MM ’20), soprano; Tiernan Chase (MM ’20), soprano; Shelén Hughes (BM ’18, MM ’20), soprano; Christina Kushnick (MM ’20), soprano; Eunsung Lee (MM ’19, PS ’20), baritone; Jimin Park (MM ’20), baritone; Laureano Quant (MM ’20), baritone; Natalie Rumer (MM ’20), mezzo-soprano.

Past winners include Hyeree Shin (MM ’18, PS ’19), Kelly Singer (MM ’19), Hannah Fresen (MM ’19), SeokJong Baek (BM ’16, MM ’18), Hongni Wu (MM ’17, PS ’18), Shaina Martinez (MM ’18), and Philippe L’Esperance (MM ’18).

The 2019 winners from left to right: Kelly Singer (2nd Place), Hyeree Shin (1st Place), Joan Taub Ades, and Hannah Friesen (3rd Place)

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