Finals Concert Photos
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Competition

Charles Sy, Ellen Lopin Blair Award for First Place
Brian Giebler, Stanley C. Meyerson Award for Second Place
Kristin Gornstein, Janet Plucknett Award for Third Place
Amy Broadbent, Alfred F. Hubay Award
Christopher Richardson, Frances MacEachron Award
Devony Smith, Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award
Scott Brunscheen, Robert & Winifred Connelly-Green Award
Cairan Ryan, Leopold Damrosch Award
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Scott Brunscheen
Cairan Ryan
Amy Broadbent
Brian Giebler

Kristin Gornstein
Charles Sy
Devony Smith
Christopher Richardson

Scott Brunscheen, Tenor

Quando è parto dell’affetto, La Resurrezione (George Frideric Handel)
Ach, mein Sinn, Johannes-Passion (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Amir Farid, accompanist

Cairan Ryan, Baritone

Bugles sang, War Requiem (Benjamin Britten)
Estuans interius, Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Amir Farid, accompanist

Amy Broadbent, Soprano

Zerfliesse, mein Herze, Johannes-Passion (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Let the bright Seraphim, Samson (George Frideric Handel)
Amir Farid, accompanist

Brian Giebler, Tenor

Agnus Dei, War Requiem (Benjamin Britten)
His mighty arm, with sudden blow, Jephtha (George Frideric Handel)
David Shenton, accompanist

Kristin Gornstein, Mezzo-soprano

Oh Gods of wrath, Phaedra (Benjamin Britten)
Laudamus Te, Mass in C minor (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Amir Farid, accompanist

Charles Sy, Tenor

Nicolas devotes himself to God, Saint Nicolas (Benjmin Britten)
I must with speed amuse her, Semele (George Frideric Handel)
Amir Farid, accompanist

Devony Smith, Soprano

Lúa descolorida, La Pasion según San Marcos (Osvaldo Golijov)
Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit, Ein deutsches Requiem (Johannes Brahms)
Nikolay Verevkin, accompanist

Christopher Richardson, Bass-baritone

Mach dich, mein Herze, rein, Matthäus-Passion (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Thrice happy the monarch, Alexander Balus (George Frideric Handel)
Amir Farid, accompanist
P R E S E N T A T I O N  O F  A W A R D S
First Place
      The Ellen Lopin Blair Award was created in 2013 by the Society in her memory and in recognition of her contributions to the competition. Janet Plucknett, the competition chairwoman, will present the award.
Second Place
      The Stanley C. Meyerson Award was created in his memory by his family in 2004. His sister, Linda Amster, a member of the chorus, will present the award.
Third Place
      The Janet Plucknett Award was created in her honor in 2018 by chorus members Judith and Mary Vaughn-Williams. Mary Vaughn will present the award.
Alfred H. Hubay Award
      The Alfred F. Hubay for excellence in Classical performance was created in 2018 to honor his service to the Board and his many years as a judge of the Solo Competition. Evan Fein, a member of the OSNY board, will present the award.
Frances MacEachron Award
      The Frances MacEachron Award was created in 2012 in her honor by her son-in-law, Bruce Patrick. Ms. MacEachron is a long-time supporter of the Society. Mr. Patrick, a member of the chorus, will present the award.
Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award
      The Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award was created by Bruce Patrick in 2012 in memory of Lyndon Woodside, the Society’s Music Director from 1973 to 2005. Jane Woodside will present the award.
Robert & Winifred Connelly Green Award
      The Robert & Winifred Connelly Green Award was created in 2014 by Catherine M. Green, a retired member of the chorus and board, in memory of her parents. Ms. Green will present the award.
Leopold Damrosch Award
      The Leopold Damrosch Award was created in 2013 by Grace Matubis in honor of the founder of the Oratorio Society of New York and to celebrate its 140th anniversary. Ms. Matubis, a member of the chorus, will present the award.
      Amy Broadbent, soprano, is from Rockville, MD and lives in Washington, DC. She is a member of the U. S. Navy Sea Chanters Chorus and has sung with the Washington Bach Consort, National Cathedral Choir, Folger Consort,  Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and The Thirteen.
      Scott Brunscheen, tenor, is a lifelong resident of Chicago. He has performed works by Mozart, Haydn, Purcell and Marais with the Chicago Chorale, the College of DuPage, Chicago Opera Theater, Long Beach Opera, Madison Opera, and Chicago’s Haymarket Opera.
      Brian Giebler, tenor, is from Philadelphia and lives in New York City. He has performed with the Cleveland, Virginia Symphony, and American Classical orchestras, and the Trinity Wall Street Choir. Mr. Giebler was a prizewinner in the American Traditions and Biennial Bach vocal competitions.
      Kristin Gornstein, mezzo-soprano, is from Long Beach, IN and now lives in Beacon, NY. She has performed with the Loft Opera, On Site Opera, and at Caramoor. She has sung with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and was a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood.
      Christopher Richardson, bass-baritone, was born in Tasmania and currently resides in Sydney. He has sung with the Pinchgut Opera, and the Melbourne, Queensland, and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras.
      Cairan Ryan, baritone, is from Calgary and lives in Toronto. He has sung with University of Ottawa Choir, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the Nether- lands Touring Opera, and will perform with the Sugar Creek Opera this summer. He was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
      Devony Smith, soprano, is from Watsonville, CA and lives in New York City. She has participated in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, was a Fellow at Ravinia Steans Music Institute, an Eva & Marc Stern Fellow at Songfest, and made her Lincoln Center recital debut as the MIMF Art-Song Grand Prize Winner.
      Charles Sy, tenor, is from Toronto and lives in New York City. He has performed with the ensemble studio of Canadian Opera and the San Francisco Merola Opera Program. He is a finalist in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, a First Prize winner of the Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Competition and First Place and Audience Choice in the Canadian Opera Company Center Stage Competition.
F I N A L S'  J U D G E S
       James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music and as a noted preparer of choruses. He is also the Chorus Master for the American Symphony Orchestra. He was recently named Associate Conductor of The Orchestra Now (TON). James Bagwell serves on the faculty at Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

      Jonathan Griffith, acclaimed conductor, educator, and lecturer, is cofounder and Artistic Director of Distinguished Concerts International New York, which has brought together thousands of musicians and choral singers in concert at venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona.

      David Hayes is the music Director of the New York Choral Society, Director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies at the Mannes School of Music, and Staff Conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was Music Director of the Philadelphia Singers from 1992 to 2015 and served on the conducting staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 2000 to 2011.

      Kent Tritle is Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Music Director of Musica Sacra, Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music, and a member of the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School. He is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

      Soprano Jennifer Zetlan has performed in oratorio, symphony, opera, and on Broadway. With the Oratorio Society, she has performed in Carnegie Hall and on tour in Montevideo, Uruguay. This season she is performing at the American Museum of Natural History, BAM, the Museum at Eldridge Street, and the De la Cruz Collection in Miami, FL.
O F F I C I A L  A C C O M P A N I S T
            Australian pianist Amir Farid has collaborated as vocal accompanist with Ian Bostridge and Wolfgang Holzmair, as concerto soloist with Christopher Hogwood, Oleg Caetani, and Alexander Briger, and is pianist of the Benaud Trio.  He is currently a staff pianist in the Juilliard School Vocal Arts department.
T H E  L Y N D O N  W O O D S I D E
O R A T O R I O - S O L O  C O M P E T I T I O N
      In 1977 the Oratorio Society of New York inaugurated a Solo Competition to encourage the art of oratorio singing and to give young singers an opportunity to advance their careers. International in scope, the competition is well known in the music world and attracted 162 singers this year. Many of the competition’s winners have appeared in concert with the Oratorio Society and have been awarded contracts with major choral societies and orchestras around the country.
      In 2006, the competition’s name was changed in memory of Lyndon Woodside, the Society’s Music Director, and his dedication to the competition from its inception. The competition is held in March and April every year. Applications are available on the Oratorio Society website.
Janet Plucknett, Competition Chairwoman
Kent Tritle, Music Director • David Rosenmeyer, Associate Conductor
Judges: James Bagwell • Margery Daley • David Hayes • Jonathan Griffith
Frank Nemhauser • Rachel Rosales • David Rosenmeyer • Michael Sheetz
Kent Tritle • Jennifer Zetlan
Staff: Kate Cahill • Susan Kern • Grace Matubis • Judith Williams
Director of media and competition photographer: Timothy Dwight
Program development and production: Marie Gangemi
Stage flowers courtesy of Susan Fisher and Gary Schieneman
in memory of Grace Fisher and Dr. Bruce Schieneman.
Presentation flowers courtesy of Judith and Mary Vaughn-Williams.
2 0 1 8  S O L O  C O M P E T I T I O N  G A L A
This year, the Oratorio Society of New York will host its inaugural gala for the benefit of the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our past winners and help us ensure that support will remain available for the next generation of emerging artists. The gala will be held in a private Manhattan residence on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm, and will feature performances of opera and oratorio ensembles by soprano Jennifer Check, mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and light refreshments will be served.
      Click here for ticket information.
F R I E N D S  O F  T H E  S O L O  C O M P E T I T I O N
The Amster/Meyerson Family
Judith & Mary Vaughn-Williams
Catherine M. Green
Alfred F. Hubay
Florence Long
Grace Matubis
Karen McCahill
Bruce Patrick
Janet Plucknett
Albert Watson
Susan Fisher & Gary Schieneman  
DiAnn K. Pierce
Ellie Tewlow
In memory of Charles Tolk
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