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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Iowa District

January 5 at 12:00 pm

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hallmusichall1

Saturday, January 5, 2019  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 40 complete applications received will be accepted.


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

Judges for 2018-19 Iowa District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions:

Greg Carpenter, General and Artistic Director of Opera Colorado

Allen Perriello, Head of Music at Minnesota Opera and Director of the Young Artists Program at The Glimmerglass Festival

Ward Holmquist, former Artistic Director the Lyric Opera of Kansas City


Mr. Holmquist will conduct a masterclass for participating singers Sunday from 10am-1pm, providing an even greater learning experience for our contestants and audiences!


Auditioning Singers:  ( Flickr Album )      Playbill pdf for 2019 Iowa MONC Auditions

Hanna Carlson, Soprano   Current City: Boston, MA

Sarah Draffen, Soprano    Current city, Chicago, IL

Anna Laurenzo, Mezzo-Soprano   Current City: New York City

Samantha Long, Soprano   Current City, Houston, TX

Ashley McKinstry, Soprano   Current City: Chicago, IL

Michelle Monroe, Mezzo-Soprano    Current City: Cedar Falls, IA

Kate Pomrenke, Soprano    Current City: Omaha, NE

Veronica Richer, Soprano    Current City: Boston, MA

Chad Sonka, Baritone        Current City: Ames, IA

Evan Stenzel, Tenor   Current City: Millburn, N 

Megan Wilhelm, Soprano    Current City: Chicago, IL

Kaitlin Zardetto, Mezzo-Soprano    Current City: Omaha, NE

Mark Billy, Baritone     Hometown  Antlers, OK

Ashley ArmstrongMezzo-Soprano  Hometown: Winterset, IA     Current: Santa Barbara, CA

Jeremy Gussin,  Bass-Baritone    Hometown: Iowa City, IA   Current: Bloomington, IN

Abigail Rethwisch,  Hometown: Iowa City, IA   Current: Santa Fe, NM

Zachary Brown, Bass Baritone   Hometown: Indianola, IA     Current City: New York, NY

Jeffrey Luksik, Baritone   Hometown: Johnstown, PA    Current City: Chicago, IL

Karen Barraza, Soprano      Hometown: Mazatlan, Mexico     Current: Clear Lake, Iowa

Rachel Sweeney– soprano   Hometown: Norman, OK         Current: Norman, OK

Online Applications are available NOW at THIS LINK



Iowa District MONC Auditions held on January 6 2018 yielded 4 winners:

Megan Grey. mezzo-soprano   Photos from Upper Midwest Regional

Megan Grey won a first place in the Upper Midwest Regionals and will sing in the Semi-Finals on April 22 2018

Meghan Kasanders, soprano   Photos from Upper Midwest Regional Auditions

Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano   Photos from Upper Midwest Regional Auditions

Leia Lensing, contralto   Photos from Upper Midwest Regional Auditions




January 5
12:00 pm