The Edward M. Murray International Competition of Voice

International Voice Competition in Ithaca

Sunday March 1, 2020 1pm-5pm

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Community School of Music & Arts

Hamblin Hall, 3rd Floor

330 East State Street, Ithaca

 

Opera Ithaca announces the fourth 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 1st, 2020. Fifteen finalists will be invited to Ithaca to compete before an audience and a distinguished panel of judges from the operatic field.

 

Prizes

  • Prizes will include contracts with Opera Ithaca in the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons.

 

Eligibility

  • 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

  • The preliminary round of the Murray Competition will take place online. The deadline for submission is January 13, 2020. Finals will take place in Ithaca, NY on March 1, 2020. Finalists will be notified via email by January 27, 2020. Please note, the application fee of $35 is non-refundable. Those singers invited to participate in Finals on March 1, 2020 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.

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  • Begin by clicking the "Enter the Competition" button and submit your contact information, voice part, and links to three video samples that showcase your operatic singing. Please note videos must be from the last 18 months in order to be considered relevant.

 

  • Please upload your headshot and résumé and three videos samples that showcase your operatic singing by using the "Add File" button (10 MB limit per upload). Please note videos must be from the last 18 months in order to be considered relevant. Please use the following conventions for naming your uploaded files:

    • Headshot: LastnameFirstname-headshot (e.g. DoeJane-headshot)

    • Résumé: LastnameFirstname-resume (e.g. DoeJohn-resume)

 

  • Repertoire for the preliminary round: three video selections dating from the last 18 months.

 

  • Repertoire requirements for Finals in Ithaca on March 1, 2020: four to eight arias of your choosing. A pianist will be provided for Finals in Ithaca on March 1, 2020 and singers are welcome to bring their own.

 

  • The application fee of $35 must be paid online, via the "Pay Competition Fee" button.

 

Application Deadline: January 13, 2020

Finalists Notified by: February 27, 2020

Finals: March 1, 2020 Ithaca NY

 

Travel to Ithaca for Finals March 1st, 2020

 

  • 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. 

 

Lodging in Ithaca for Finals March 1st, 2020

 

  • 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. 

 

Repertoire Requirements for Finals

 

  • A minimum of four arias and a maximum of eight

 

2017 Competition

Judges for Finals March 18th, 2017

​Susan Ashbaker - Tri Cities Opera

Susan Delly Cotroneo - Rochester Lyric Opera

Jennifer Williams - D.C. Public Opera

Lynn Craver - Opera Ithaca

2017 Finalists

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

 

Winners of the 2017 Edward M. Murray 

International Competition of Voice

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

Derrell Acon BASS BARITONE
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. 

2018 Competition

Judges for Finals March 18th, 2018

Luca Fleury-Carter - Berger Artist Management

Valerian Ruminsky - Nickel City Opera

Lynn Craver - Opera Ithaca

 

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

underwritten by Jim and Dianne Orcutt

 

Housing for Opera Ithaca's 2018 Judges generously provided by Inn on Columbia 

 

2018 Finalists

 

Elizabeth Baldwin
Soprano 
Toledo, OH

Hyunho Cho
Tenor 
New York, NY 

Donata Cucinotta 
Soprano 
Indianapolis, IN

Juliana Curcio 
Mezzo Soprano 
Buffalo, NY 

Peter Drackley
Tenor
Philadelphia, PA 

Anna Dugan
Soprano
New York, NY 

Holly Flack
Soprano
Portland, OR

Stacey Geyer
Soprano
Halifax, PA

Alexander Hahn
Bass
Bayside, NY 

GeeSeop Kim
Bass Baritone 
Jersey City, NJ

Marjorie Maltais
Mezzo Soprano
Toronto, ON - Canada

Rachel Mikol
Soprano
Richmond, VA

Andrew Pardini 
Baritone
New York, NY

Geoffrey Peterson
Baritone 
Houston, TX

Natalie Polito 
Soprano 
New York, NY 

Scott Purcell 
Baritone 
Binghamton, NY

Gyu Yeon Shim
Soprano 
South Korea

ALTERNATES


Lauren Cook
Soprano
Philadelphia, PA

Keely Futterer
Soprano
Rochester, NY

Gillian Hollis 
Soprano
Cleveland, OH 

Nicholas Huff 
Tenor
Rochester, NY

Boris Van Druff 
Tenor
Angelica, NY

 

Winners of the 2018 Edward M. Murray 

International Competition of Voice

1st Place

Scott Purcell 

Baritone 

Binghamton, NY


2nd Place
Elizabeth Baldwin

Soprano 

Toledo, OH

3rd Place

Stacey Geyer

Soprano

Halifax, PA

 

Boris Van Druff 

Tenor

Angelica, NY

 

Honorable Mention

Alexander Hahn

Bass

Bayside, NY 

 

Rachel Mikol

Soprano

Richmond, VA

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