Lodging in Ithaca for Finals March 18th

There are some great lodging finds in the area whether you are looking for a bed and breakfast, AirBnB or a hotel. We suggest searching VisitIthaca.com, AirBnB.com or VRBO.com in addition to larger search engines like Kayak.com and Priceline.com to find something exactly right for you. 

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Travel to Ithaca for Finals March 18th

Driving from NYC takes approximately four hours. There are several bus lines that service Ithaca including Coach USA, Greyhound, Red Bullet and Cornell University's private bus service. Ithaca Airport is the closest airport followed by Elmira Corning Airport, Syracuse Airport and Rochester Airport. 

Repertoire Requirements 

A minimum of four arias and a maximum of eight

Judges for Finals March 18th

​Luca Fleury-Carter - Berger Artist Management

Valerian Ruminsky - Nickel City Opera

Lynn Craver - Opera Ithaca


Elizabeth Baldwin
Toledo, OH

Hyunho Cho
New York, NY 

Donata Cucinotta 
Indianapolis, IN

Juliana Curcio 
Mezzo Soprano 
Buffalo, NY 

Peter Drackley
Philadelphia, PA 

Anna Dugan
New York, NY 

Holly Flack
Portland, OR

Stacey Geyer
Halifax, PA

Alexander Hahn
Bayside, NY 

GeeSeop Kim
Bass Baritone 
Jersey City, NJ

Marjorie Maltais
Mezzo Soprano
Toronto, ON - Canada

Rachel Mikol
Richmond, VA

Andrew Pardini 
New York, NY

Geoffrey Peterson
Houston, TX

Natalie Polito 
New York, NY 

Scott Purcell 
Binghamton, NY

Gyu Yeon Shim
South Korea


Lauren Cook
Philadelphia, PA

Keely Futterer
Rochester, NY

Gillian Hollis 
Cleveland, OH 

Nicholas Huff 
Rochester, NY

Boris Van Druff 
Angelica, NY


Derrell Acon BASS
SeungHyeon Baek BARITONE
Nayoung Ban SOPRANO
James Chamberlain TENOR
Kara Cornell MEZZO 
Juliana Curcio MEZZO
Leah de Gruyl MEZZO
Julia Ebner SOPRANO
Courtney Elvira MEZZO
Virginia Hesse SOPRANO
Mark Hosseini BARITONE
Ann-Marie Iacoviello SOPRANO
Christine Lyons SOPRANO
Héctor Manuel Mir TENOR 
Albert Niedel BARITONE
Jordan Schreiner TENOR 
Jake Stamatis BARITONE

Cherisse Williams SOPRANO
Amanda Zory SOPRANO

The Winners of the 2017 Edward M. Murray

International Competition of Voice are:

1st Place:

Jordan Schreiner TENOR
Owego, New York

Tied for 2nd Place:

Leah de Gruyl MEZZO SOPRANO 
Sutton, West Virginia 

Jake Stamatis BARITONE
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mention:

Courtney Elvira MEZZO SOPRANO
St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Louis, Missouri 

Virginia Hesse SOPRANO
Houston, Texas 

In addition to the winners noted above, contracts for roles in future productions with Opera Ithaca were offered to finalists Kara Cornell, SeungHyeon Baek, Nayoung Ban, Christine Lyons and James Chamberlain. 

Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice

Sunday March 18, 2018 1pm-5pm


Community School of Music & Arts

​Hamblin Hall, 3rd Floor

330 East State Street, Ithaca

The 2nd Annual Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice is underwritten by

Jim and Dianne Orcutt

Housing for Opera Ithaca's

Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice Judges is generously provided by the Inn on Columbia


Opera Ithaca announces the second annual Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice to recognize outstanding emerging singers in the operatic field as well as pay homage to the lifetime achievement of the late Maestro Edward M. Murray who served twenty-five years as the director of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and over twenty years as the music director of the former Ithaca Opera Association. Finals will be held in Ithaca on March 18th. Fifteen finalists will be invited to Ithaca to compete before an audience and a distinguished panel of judges from the opera field.


Prizes will include contracts with Opera Ithaca in the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 seasons. Opera Ithaca has over $20,000 in contracts to award including roles in La Boheme, Hamlet, A Little Night Music, a world premiere, a baroque opera and more! Operas under consideration for future seasons include Le Nozze di Figaro, Rusalka, Madama Butterfly, a Verdi opera TBA and more. 


Open to Singers of all ages and nationalities, pending ability to get a work visa in the USA. Singers who have sung roles with Opera Ithaca previously or who have obtained contracts for future work with Opera Ithaca are still welcome to apply. 

Application Instructions

-Preliminary round of the Murray Competition will take place online. The deadline for submission is February 12, 2018. Finals will take place in Ithaca, NY on March 18, 2018. Finalists will be notified via email by February 18, 2018. Please note, the application fee of $35 is non-refundable. Those singers invited to participate in Finals on March 18, 2018 in Ithaca will be required to transport themselves to and house themselves in Ithaca for the competition. Opera Ithaca will not refund the application fee, nor will contribute to travel and lodging costs. 

-Please email your headshot, resume and three videos samples that showcase your operatic singing to Zachary @ OperaIthaca.org. Please note videos must be from the last 18 months in order to be considered relevant. Please include your name, voice part, current city of residence, email address and phone number in the body of your emailed application.

-Repertoire for preliminary online round: three video selections dating from the last 18 months. Repertoire requirements for Finals in Ithaca on March 18, 2018: four to eight arias of your choosing. A pianist will be provided for Finals in Ithaca on March 18, 2018.


-The application fee of $35 must be paid online via PayPal by visiting the Opera Ithaca Support page of our website and clicking the donate button. Please include LAST NAME, FIRST NAME - APPLICATION FEE when you submit the fee online. 

Click Here to submit your application fee

Application Deadline: February 12, 2018

Finalists Notified by: February 18, 2018

Finals: March 18, 2018 Ithaca NY