4th Fresno State Art Song Festival, 2021: Prize Winners

Top left to right: Micah Byers, Allen Gallego and Kana Kains. Bottom left to right: Lana Kains, Jeremy Boulton and Joshua Bravo

Six students were named as winners in the 4th Annual Art Song competition at Fresno State. During the competition, the poetry and composition finalists worked with vocalists to perform original works during the festival. The festival also included Masterclasses and a talk by one of opera’s biggest international stars, bass-baritone Gerald Finley.

Competition prize winners: 

Poetry Prize

Bradley Samore

Bradley Samore (Fresno State) for his poem:

Visiting the Shinzen Friendship Garden
Piecemeal clouds puff over the lake 
framed by trees whose red yellow leaves 
light more golden in the setting sun 
ripples that quiver the clouds’ reflection 
and leave behind them a new image
on which mallards glide and a great egret 
scans the shallows for fish 

Composition Prizes

Micah Byers

Judge’s Prize Winner and Audience Choice Prize co-winner: Micah Byers (Fresno State)

Performed by: Christopher Rodriguea, baritone and Drew Quiring, piano

David Gallego

Audience Choice Prize co-winner: Allen Gallego (Fresno State)

Performed by: Pardees Fayed, soprano and Drew Quiring, piano

Vocal Showcase Prizes

Lana Susan

Judge’s Prize co-winner: Lana Kains, soprano (Sydney Conservatorium)

Jeremy Boulton

Judge’s Prize co-winner: Jeremy Boulton, baritone  (Sydney Conservatorium)

Joshua Bravo

Audience Choice: Joshua Bravo, baritone (Fresno State)

Art Song Voice Prize Winner Performances (video)

Congratulations to all the winners!

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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