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2018 CAPA Vocal Scholarship Winners Announced

Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts held its first annual vocal scholarship competition on April 22, 2018. Twenty-eight talented high school students from greater Cincinnati area registered to compete in the competition.

The competition required performance of two memorized selections; one musical theatre selection and another of contrasting style: Classical, Pop, Gospel, Jazz or original composition. The competition was held at Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church at 5125 Drake Road Cincinnati, Ohio.

Samantha Cline of Blue Ash, received the top award of private vocal lessons for the 2018-19 school year which is an $800 value. Reilly Grace of Kenwood, was awarded first place $500, Jonah Sorscher of Camp Dennison, was awarded second place $250 and Abigail Wright of Indian Hill, was awarded third place $100. Six Rising Star Encouragement Awards ($50 each) were awarded. Rising Star award winners: Claire Striet (Milford), Kate Sebastian (Hyde Park), Andrew Hackler (Loveland), Elizabeth Donnelly (Indian Hill), Kailey Klimkowski (Anderson) and Brianna Taylor (New Richmond).


2018 Competition Judges

Dr. Audrey Walstrom is a voice pathologist at the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis & Rehabilitation in Dayton, OH. In addition to recently completing studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Miami University (2017), she has enjoyed a diverse career as a performing artist and voice teacher. She has appeared in principal roles with Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, and Santa Fe Opera and as mezzo-soprano soloist with Bach Society of Dayton, Louisville Choral Arts Society, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, Bourbon Baroque, Vocal Arts Ensemble, concert:nova, and others. Dr. Walstrom was a National Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She studied voice performance at Rice University (B.M. & B.A., 2007) and University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., 2009; D.M.A., 2013). She has taught voice at the University of Louisville, Wittenberg University, and Northern Kentucky University.

Dr. Walstrom’s professional and research interests include the singing voice and how to improve collaboration between singing teachers and clinical voice pathologists. She presented original interdisciplinary research at 2017 meetings of the Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association and The Voice Foundation in support of her master’s thesis, which examined differences in how singing teachers and voice pathologists perceive and describe disordered speaking voices. Dr. Walstrom continues to regularly perform professionally in the Cincinnati area.


Maggie Perrino is the Theatre Director for The Carnegie in Covington, KY as well as a theatre and dance professional with 25 years of training and performing experience. Maggie has previously worked as the Educational Events Coordinator for The Educational Theatre Association, Theatre Program head for Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, KY and has taught dance in various locales across the country and across the globe. She regularly directs and choreographs for many Cincinnati theaters and schools, such as Cincinnati Landmark Productions, New Edgecliff Theatre, Falcon Theatre, Thomas More College, and Walnut Hills High School. She holds a Bachelor’s from Miami University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in community arts programming and a Master’s in Teaching Theatre from Thomas More College. She is the Vice President of The League of Cincinnati Theatres and was selected in January of 2018 to be part of WCPO’s Next Nine, a program identifying rising stars in the region’s arts and entertainment field.

 


Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country. Mr. Rubio’s recent engagements have included company debuts with Asheville Lyric Opera singing Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Skagit Opera singing Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, as well as debuts with the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Evansville Philharmonic as the Bass Soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Internationally he was seen on tour in China with the ISING! Internatioal Festival in 2014. Other engagements have included a return to Portland Opera singing Morales in Carmen, a reprisal of Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Brava! Opera Theater, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Vespertine Opera, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tacoma Opera, and as the Baritone Soloist in Carmina Burana in Seattle with the Spectrum Dance Theater. In past seasons was seen with Cincinnati Opera in Galileo Galilei, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte for Tacoma Opera, Bob and Ben in The Old Maid and the Theif, and The Telephone with Brava! Opera Theater, Marcello in La Bohème and Le Mari in the US premiere of the Benjamin Britten adaptation of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Vespertine Opera, and Portland Opera for the West Coast Premiere of Galileo Galilei, by Philip Glass. He also made his New York City operatic debut to great acclaim in Angel of the Amazon by Evan Mack, a world premiere production with Encompass Opera.

He received his Artist Diploma and Master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. José Rubio is a three time alumnus of the prestigious Music Academy of the West summer festival where he worked closely with Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones, and music staff from the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera. He has also spent three summers in Italy performing and studying language at the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca. Mr. Rubio has been a two time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Competition.

Mr. Rubio is excited and very proud to have been involved in contemporary operas that have produced original recordings. He is featured in two of Philip Glass’s operas that were recorded on the Orange Mountain Music label: Orpheé and Galileo Galilei. He can also be heard on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Evan Mack’s American Opera, Angel of the Amazon.