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2012 Donald Chen Young Artist Award Winners Chosen!

After a lengthy deliberation by the panel of judges, the winners of this year's Donald Chen Young Artist Award were announced:

First Place: Rebecca Robinson, mezzo soprano

Second Place: Gillian Hollis, soprano

Third Place: Sara Litchfield, mezzo soprano

The Donald Chen Young Artist Award, established in 2008, supports and promotes young, emerging singers.  A competition, open to aspiring singers ages 19-26 who reside in the Chicago area, was held on Saturday, March 31st, 2012.  Nine finalists were selected from submitted applications, and competed in a live audition before a panel of judges. The audition took place at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Avenue in Wilmette and was open to the public. 

The audience was treated to fabulous concert, as all of the contestants were excellent.  Thanks to everyone who attended!

Click here to look at Saturday's program booklet and read about the finalists!

Solo finalists (left to right): Christian Ketter, Gillian Hollis, Laura Sauer, Kasey King, NSCS accompanist Sharon Rich Peterson,
Kelsey Betzelberger, Sara Litchfield, Rebecca Robinson, Corey Fretz. Mitchell Owens (missing)  All photos by Lenore Dupuis


Choral Society‚Äôs Young Artist Award judges (left to right) Dr. Julia Davids, Dr. Donald Chen, Dr. Anne Heider; 
Rebecca Robinson, first place Donald Chen Young Artist Award winner with Dr. Donald Chen