Photo: The 6th Annual Art Song Festival’s guest judges Alexander Hahn and Kelley O’Connor.
The 6th Annual Art Song Festival concluded with the announcement of the winners in the poetry, composition and vocal prize categories on Friday. The event is a three-part competition in which one participant writes a work of poetry, another composes music for it in the classical tradition and it is finally worked into an art song with a vocalist. An art song is a musical rendition of a poem performed by a pianist and singer, with each element being original works by the competitors. This year’s vocal competition featured esteemed guest judges Alexander Hahn and Kelley O’Connor.
The winners are:
Poetry Prize Winner: Sharon K. McClain for her poem “Unearthing Home”
Composition Judges Prize Winner: Marcus Overacker
Aunika Bull, soprano
Anthony Sarginson, piano
Vocal Showcase Prize
Vocal Showcase Judges’ Prize Winner: Michael Balerite, baritone
Audience Prize Winners
Composition Audience Prize Winner: Daniel Murray
Joshua Bravo, baritone
Alina Xiong, piano
Vocal Showcase Audience Prize Winner: Gena Chambers, mezzo-soprano
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