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April 8, 2017, 1:30 pm, Weill Recital Hall 


Congratulations to the winners of the
2017 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition.
Please visit the Winners Page to see photos from the Finals Concert.

The Ellen Lopin Blair Award
First Place

Joshua Blue, tenor
The Stanley C. Meyerson Award
Second Place

Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone
The Docia Goodwin Franklin Award
Third Place

Isaiah Bell, tenor
The Johannes Somary Award

Hélène Brunet, soprano
The Frances MacEachron Award

Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
The Lyndon Woodside
Encouragement Award

Marjorie Maltais, mezzo-soprano

The Robert & Winifred Connelly
Green Award

Heather Petrie, contralto

The Leopold Damrosch Award

Melissa Kornacki, mezzo-soprano

2017 Finals - Concert Program
Honoring Alfred Hubay
for his many years of service and support to
The Oratorio Society of New York and
The Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition


Sarah Mesko, Mezzo-soprano

But who may abide, Messiah     

George Frideric Handel  

Armatae face et anguibus, Juditha triumphans  

Antonio Vivaldi 

Linda Hall, accompanist



Hélène Brunet, Soprano

Stumme Seufzer, stille Klagen, Mein Herze schwimmt   

Johann Sebastian Bach  

Rejoice greatly, Messiah              

George Frideric Handel  

 James Kennerley, accompanist



Marjorie Maltais, Mezzo-soprano

Erbarme dich, Matthäus Passion              

Johann Sebastian Bach  

Laudamus te, Mass in C minor   

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  

 Linda Hall, accompanist



Joshua Blue, Tenor

Jesu, Maria, Dream of Gerontius         

Edward Elgar  

Every valley, Messiah    

George Frideric Handel  

 Linda Hall, accompanist



Melissa Kornacki, Mezzo-soprano

Pie Jesu, Requiem          

Maurice Duruflé  

Liber scriptus, Requiem

Giuseppe Verdi  

Linda Hall, accompanist



Isaiah Bell, tenor

Sharp violins proclaim, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day

George Friderich Handel  

Mit Würd und Hoheit angetan, Die Schöpfung   

Joseph Haydn

 Linda Hall, accompanist



Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone

O misère des rois, L’enfance du Christ   

Hector Berlioz  

The trumpet shall sound, Messiah

George Frideric Handel

 Linda Hall, accompanist



Heather Petrie, contralto

Agnus Dei, Mass in B minor        

Johann Sebastian Bach  

Qui sedes, Gloria             

Antonio Vivaldi  

Linda Hall, accompanist

Alfred F. Hubay was born in Yorkville and has been a lifelong New Yorker. After graduating from high school in 1941, he began working in the mailroom of the Royal Globe Insurance Company. Two years later, his love of opera led him to take a part-time position as an usher at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was promoted to chief usher in 1956 and four years later became house manager, whereupon he resigned from Royal Globe. In 1962 he became the box office manager. He also became a panelist on the Opera Quiz during the Texaco Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. In 1978, the Metropolitan Opera National Council awarded him the Verdi Medal for Achievement. He retired from the Met in 1987 and from Opera Quiz in 2000.
     Alfred Hubay is a founding member of the George London Foundation and the Martina Arroyo Foundation, a life trustee of Glimmerglass Opera, and vice president of the Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts. He has served on the boards of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Clarion Music Society, as a trustee for the Lanie and Ethel Foundation, on the advisory board of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and has been a judge for the George London Foundation and the Gulio Gari Voice Competition.
     This season marks Alfred Hubay’s 25th anniversary as a member of the Oratorio Society’s Board of Directors and as a Solo Competition judge. On June 13th, he will celebrate his 92nd birthday.


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 chair, 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 Docia Goodwin Franklin Award was created in her memory in 2008 by her granddaughter, Joanne Spellun. Janet Plucknett, the competition chair, will present the award.
Johannes Somary Award


     Created by Alfred F. Hubay in 2012 in memory of Johannes Somary, a renowned conductor and Solo Competition judge, this award is given for excellence in Classical performance. 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 late Music Director. Jane Woodside will present the award.
Rober & 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. 


     Isaiah Bell, tenor, was born in Fort St. John, BC and lives in Victoria, BC. He performed the role of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River at BAM, with the Toronto Symphony in Benjamin’s Written on Skin and Messiah, and with the Edinburgh Festival, the Seattle Symphony, Opera in Metz, and at Tanglewood.
     Joseph Charles Beutel, bass-baritone, is from Ft. Wayne, IN and lives in NYC. He will perform the role of Peter in Elgar’s The Apostles with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Brahms Requiem with Music Aviva, and the Mozart Requiem with the Hudson Chorale. 
     Joshua Maxwell Vaspassion Blue, tenor, is from England and Chicago, and now lives in NYC. He made his debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2016 with selections from Rameau operas. This summer he will perform in the U.S. premiere of Glass’s The Trial with Opera Theater of St. Louis and as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Music Academy of the West. 
     Hélène Brunet, soprano, is from Quebec City and lives in Toronto. She will make her Lincoln Center debut in Nov 2017 in Mozart’s C minor Mass. She has sung with numerous Canadian & U.S. orchestras and performed on the album “Las ciudades de oro,” which won a 2016 Juno for Best Vocal Classical Album. 
     Melissa Lynn Kornacki, mezzo-soprano, was born and lives in Frederick, MD. She performs in the choruses of the Baltimore Lyric Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Washington Master Chorale, and Washington National Opera. Recent roles have been with the Union Avenue Opera, the Baltimore Concert Opera, and Opera Delaware. 
     Marjorie Maltais, mezzo-soprano, was born in Charlevoix, Quebec and lives in London, Ontario. She made her soloist debut in Messiah with the McGill Chamber Orchestra in 2016 and next month will sing Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. 
     Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano, is from Hot Springs, AR and lives in Houston, TX. She made her Met debut in 2016 as the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte). This summer she will sing Dejanira in Hercules at the Oregon Bach Festival. Next season, she returns to the Met in original and English-language versions of Die Zauberflöte

     Heather Petrie, contralto, grew up in Freeport, ME and lives in the Bronx. She sings with numerous metropolitan-area groups and performed on the “Clarion Passion Week” album, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2017. She is also a founding member of the Etherea Vocal Ensemble.


     Julianne Baird is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Rutgers and is best known for her recordings of baroque and contemporary work and as a well-traveled recitalist and soloist. She is also a noted voice teacher and presents master classes and workshops worldwide. 
     Steven Fox is Artistic Director and conductor of the Clarion Orchestra and the Clarion Choir, and founder of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Russia. He has served as guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, and on the conducting staff with major opera companies in New York City.
     Frank Nemhauser holds several prominent positions concurrently. He is Music Director of Berkshire Choral International and Director of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor at Mannes School of Music in New York. He is currently in his tenth season as Music Director of the Westchester Choral Society.
     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.
     Julian Wachner enjoys an international profile as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. He is Director of Music and the Arts at New York's historic Trinity Wall Street church where he also serves as the principal conductor of NOVUS NY, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.


     Linda Hall is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed with the Met Orchestra for operas that require a piano part and has appeared regularly with the Met Chamber Ensemble. She also collaborates with singers and instrumentalists in concerts worldwide. 


     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 159 singers this year. Many of the competition’s 
winners have appeared in concert with the Oratorio Society and have been awarded contracts with other major choral societies and orchestras around the country. 
     In 2006, the competition’s name was changed to honor Lyndon Woodside, the Society’s late Music Director, and his dedication to the competition from its inception. 
     The competition is held in March and April every year. 

Janet Plucknett, Competition Chairwoman
Kent Tritle, Music Director • David Rosenmeyer, Associate Conductor

Judges: Julianne Baird • Steven Fox • Frank Nemhauser 
Rachel Rosales • David Rosenmeyer • Michael Sheetz
Deborah Simpkin-King • Peter Stewart • Kent Tritle
Julian Wachner • Scott Warren • Jane Woodside
Staff: Kate Cahill • Susan Kern • Grace Matubis • Judith Williams
Program development and production: Marie Gangemi
Director of media and competition photographer: Timothy Dwight
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.


The Amster/Meyerson Family
Alfred F. Hubay
Bruce Patrick
Catherine M. Green
Grace Matubis
Janet Plucknett 
Joanne Spellun
Susan Fisher & Gary Schieneman
Anne Maxwell 
Karen McCahill
Roslyn & Gordon Silverman
Julia Turner 
Judith & Mary Vaughn-Williams
Albert Watson

For More Information
  Ms. Janet Plucknett, Competition Chairman
  Oratorio Society of New York
  1440 Broadway 23rd floor
  New York, NY 10018


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2017 First Place Winner

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