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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions- Upper Midwest Region

February 19 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions- Upper Midwest Region

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The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Upper Midwest Region – will be held Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:00PM – 4:00PM at the BENSON GREAT HALL at Bethel University.  This is a beautiful facility and is used by the Minnesota Youth Symphony, the  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and others.  Benson Great Hall, seating 1,728, annually hosts several professional orchestras and choirs, youth conferences, graduation ceremonies, and corporate meetings.  We will be holding both the Minnesota District Auditions (which are on Saturday Feb 18), and the Upper Midwest Region Auditions in this Concert Hall. 

Parking at Benson Great Hall is FREE and conveniently located just across the drive from the Hall.  There is also a round-about which will allow you to drop off passengers and then proceed to the parking lot. (PHOTOS of hall & complex interior showing a very large lobby area)

All audition events are free and open to the public.

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Singers who have been selected during the District Auditions held in the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota-Manitoba, and Wisconsin Districts will compete for cash prizes and the honor to compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Final Auditions in New York City on March 12, 2017.

Contact:

Connie Fullmer, Upper Midwest Region co-director

5267 Nolan Parkway

Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

Home: 952 935 4717

Email:  info@metauditionsmn.org

 

Judges for the Feb 19 2017 Upper Midwest Regional MONC Auditions:

Melissa Wegner   Associate Director, National Council Auditions

THOMAS MURACO  Maestro Thomas Muraco has earned international acclaim as both pianist and conductor

      (Thomas will also teach a MASTER CLASS on Monday Feb 20 at Ultan Recital Hall- Univ of Minnesota)  (Flickr Album)

BRIAN SPECK director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the company’s renowned young artist program

Accompanist for Feb 19:

Mary Jo Gothmann  (BIOGRAPHICAL INFO)

2016-17 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Upper Midwest Region winners to date:

Oct 15 2016 Winners of the Wisconsin MONC District Auditions:

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Left to right:

Austin Sanders, Baritone   La Crosse, WI     Age 24    (website)   (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

Ariana Douglas, Soprano   Milwaukee WI     Age 25    (website)   (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

Reuben Lillie,     Baritone   Chicago     Il        Age  29    (Website)   (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

Emily Pogorelc,  Soprano   Philadelpia  PA    Age 20  (website)   (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

 

Nov 19 2016 Winners of the North Dakota-Manitoba MONC District Auditions:winners-north-dakota-monc-nov-2016-2

Nathan DePoint (judge),  AINSLEY WRAY (soprano), Robert Breault (judge),  JESSICA KOS-WHICHER (soprano), Keith Wolfe (judge)

Ainsley Wray                (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

Jessica Kos-Whicher   (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

 

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Congratulations to the three 1st prize winners from the Dec 3 2016 Nebraska MONC Auditions who competed in St. Paul on Feb 19 2017:

KELSEY PARK  –  Mezzo-Soprano         (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

Matthew Clegg  –  Tenor                  (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

HELEN ZHIBING HUANG  –  Soprano    (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

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

Benjamin Sieverding, Bass  (MN Opera site)  (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

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)

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Congratulations to the five 1st prize winners from the Feb 18 2017 Minnesota District MONC Auditions who competed in St. Paul on Feb 19 2017:

From Left to Right:
Christopher Colmenero – Tenor     (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)
Jessica Faselt – Soprano                      (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)
Mary Evelyn Hangley – Soprano        (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)
Whitney Morrison – Soprano               (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)
Lara Secord-Haid – Soprano                 (Flickr photos)     (Facebook photos)

Upper Midwest MONC Region Winners for 2017

From left to right:

LARA SECORD-HAID – Soprano                 (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)            MN District                  3rd Place winner

CHRISTOPHER COLMENERO – Tenor     (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)             MN District                   3rd Place winner

MARY EVELYN HANGLEY – Soprano        (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)             MN District                   3rd Place winner

EMILY POGORELC,  Soprano (WEBSITE)  (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)           WI District                    2nd Place winner

JESSICA FASELT – Soprano                      (FLICKR PHOTOS)     (FACEBOOK PHOTOS)             MN District                  First Place winner

 

2015-16 Upper Midwest Regional MONC Audition winners pictured below:

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L to R Tracy Cantin, Lauren Decker (Encouragement Prize) Kathryn Henry (2015 Grand Finalist), Kerriann Otano, Alison King

During our 2015-16 Upper Midwest Regional auditions (held on January 24 2016) we had three First Place Winners who auditioned in New York on March 6 2016 in the MONC Semi-Finals.  These were:

Minnesota MONC Auditions Winner:  TRACY CANTIN  Soprano   age 29  FIRST PLACE WINNER– will compete in New York Semi Finals on March 6 2016   FLICKR

Minnesota MONC Auditions Winner:  ALISON KING – Soprano   age 26      FIRST PLACE WINNER– will compete in New York Semi Finals on March 6 2016   FLICKR

Minnesota MONC Auditions Winner:  KERRIANN OTANO  Soprano   age 28  FIRST PLACE WINNER– will compete in New York Semi Finals on March 6 2016   FLICKR

Wisconsin MONC Auditions winner:  LAUREN DECKER, contralto   (PHOTOS)     ENCOURAGEMENT PRIZE WINNER FLICKR

 

 

Details

Date:
February 19
Time:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm