The Rochester Oratorio Society is pleased to announce the rebranding of its signature fundraising event. It will now be known as the Rochester International Vocal Competition. The competition, now in its 13th year, culminates in a final round gala, featuring live performances and real-time commentary from a panel of distinguished judges.
“We see the rebranding as an opportunity to showcase the growth in talent and prestige the competition has gained over the last 12 years,” said Eric Townell, Artistic Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society. “What started as a showcase of local talent has expanded in to an internationally respected and highly regarded competition in the classical vocal world.”
The final round will be held on May 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton. The evening will feature 9 finalists as well as wine, hors d’oeuvres, desert, coffee, silent auction and raffle. “We look forward to another year of outstanding talent,” said Townell.
In 2018, First Prize and the Audience Favorite went to Jorell Williams, of New York, whose rendition of “Every Ranch Hand,” by Carlisle Floyd, left the capacity audience breathless. A baritone, Mr. Williams is an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, and top prize-winner in numerous national-level competitions. He then began rehearsals at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in early May for a production opening in 2019.
Judging the competition and offering entertaining, constructive commentary on each performance will include Metropolitan Opera baritone Jonathan Beyer, nationally-active pianist and vocal coach, Joel Harder, and Constance Fee, an internationally-experienced operatic soprano and vocal pedagogue. Townell will lead the panel and adjudicate the preliminary round of nationwide applicants, selecting 18 semi-finalists to compete in Rochester on May 4. The final round of nine contestants will perform in front of a live audience at Temple B’rith Kodesh, who will also vote for the Audience Favorite award.
Tickets are available at www.ROSsings.org or at (585) 743-2234.
ABOUT THE ROCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY:
Founded in 1945, the Rochester Oratorio Society is the region’s leading choral ensemble. The Oratorio Society has toured the world, commissioned and premiered major works and collaborated with the region’s finest vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles. The organization produces four to six performances annually as well as the Rochester International Vocal Competition each spring. Information on the Oratorio Society and its productions may be found at www.ROSsings.org or at (585) 473-2234.
ABOUT ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION
The Rochester International Vocal Competition is widely regarded as an essential step to advanced careers in professional vocal performance. Proceeds from the annual gala event support the artistic and educational agenda of the Rochester Oratorio Society, which is producing the competition for the 13th year. For more information on the Rochester International Vocal Competition, visit www.ROSsings.org.