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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’s 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

NSCS Gala Photos

We had a wonderful 75th Anniversary Gala and Soireé on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston!   In addition to our retrospective concert, the evening featured a silent auction, raffle, and champagne reception.  Corey Grigg, the first Donald Chen Young Artist Award winner, was the baritone soloists at the concert, which featured the world premiere of Pleasure Tunes My Tongue by Anne Heider, commissioned by former NSCS president David Hunt for our 75th Anniversary Season.  We also sang excerpts from two pieces commissioned for our 50th Anniversary Season: "The Cosmos" from The Geometry of Music by Donald Draganski and "Epilogue" from A Reason for Singing by Dan Tucker.  Don Draganski and the family of Dan Tucker attended the gala, as well as our former Music Director Donald Chen. 

A good time was had by all!

all photos by Robert J. Dowey