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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Iowa District

January 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hallmusichall1

Saturday, January 6, 2018  12 Noon- 5 p.m.
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, ISU Music Building, Ames, Iowa

Admission is free and open to the public.

Capacity: The first 35 complete applications received will be accepted.

January 6 MONC Auditions:

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For more information, contact Sara Compton (scompton@iastate.edu), 515-294-7389

Our judges photos (2018 Iowa MONC judges):

Sandra Horst – Director of Musical Studies for the Opera Division at the University of Toronto

Gayletha Nichols –  Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

George Shirley (tenor), Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan

2018 Iowa MONC Singers (24 photos) who have signed as of Nov 30 2017, we can accept up to 35 applications.

Courtney Kayser, Mezzo-soprano from Madison, WI

Sarah Curtis, Mezzo-Soprano, From Indianola, IA

Sean Galligan, Baritone from Boston, MA

Jocelyn Hansen, Soprano from Denton, TX

Mary-Hollis Hundley, Soprano from New York, NY

Meghan Kasanders, Soprano from New York, NY

Joseph Canuto  Leon, Baritone from Dallas, TX

Elizabeth Lewis, Soprano from Chicago, IL

Blair Remmers, Tenor form Sioux City IA

Alexandra Schiano, Soprano from Chicago, IL

Phillip Takemura Sears, Baritone form Boston, MA

Chad Sonka, Baritone from Van Horne, IA

Kimberly Watson, Soprano from Pittsburgh, PA

Stephanie Tokarz, Soprano from Bloomington, IN

Thomas Cilluffo, Tenor from Portland, OR

Leia Lensing, Contralto from Cedar Falls, IA

Chris Carr, Tenor from Quasqueton, IA

Megan Grey, Mezzo-Soprano from Cedar Falls, IA

Amanda Lowe, Soprano from Des Moines, IA

Claire DiVizio, Soprano from Chicago, IL

Emily Solo, soprano from Des Moines, IA

T. Hastings Reeves, Bass-Baritone from Dallas, TX

Thore Dosdall, Tenor from Minneapolis, MN

Alex Gmeinder, Tenor from Hartland, WI


Congratulations to the three 1st prize winners from the Jan 7 2017 Iowa MONC Auditions who competed in St. Paul on Feb 19 2017:


CHAD SONKA, Baritone  (NATS LINK)                        (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)

REGINA CERAGIOLI, Soprano                                     (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)

Pictured with our 3 Judges:

Emily Pulley

Ward Holmquist

Michael Heaston (the newly named Executive Director of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program)

Iowa District
Ms. Sara Compton, District Co-Director
Iowa State Center
Suite 4 Scheman
Ames, IA 50011-1113
Work: 515-294-7389
Fax: 515-294-3349



January 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall
ISU Music Building
Ames, Iowa,
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