Report from Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
We are thrilled so many of you were able to come to the MONC semi-finals and finals this season! What a terrific weekend with had with great opera, master classes, dinners together, meetings and of course, the Grand Finals Concert and reception. Attached (and at the bottom of this page) are just two of the many articles written about the concert. Perhaps there is something here you can use for your auditions publicity next season and for your websites now.
We had a very good Auditions Meeting Saturday and minutes will be distributed within the next couple weeks. Thanks again to everyone who returned the survey. We had approximately 85% participation in time to distribute information at the meeting. We'd still like to hear from everyone, it's not too late to facture in everyone's results before the end of the fiscal year.
I am already planning next season's calendar, including travel for both Melissa and myself. The sooner I have your district and region dates, the more helpful that is to me. Updates on the judges lists, Handbook and other forms in our FTP, will be made over the summer. We'll let you know when that's all ready to go with a new password.
Please enjoy these two photos attached … YOUR 2015 Met National Council Finalists!
Best to all,
Wall Street Journal Article (PDF)
New York Times Article (PDF)
Mid-South Region Auditions:
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Mid-South Region winner was Matthew Turner
Second place winner was Huanhuan Ma
The two encouragement award winners were
and Josh Quinn.
Official accompanist:Cliff Jackson
Kentucky District Competition Date:
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Memorial Hall, University of KY, Lexington, KY
Rebecca Farley, Matthew Turner, Christopher Kenny.
Gail Robinson Encouragement Award Recipients
Mary Catherine Wright, Shareese Arnold, Jonathan Parham.
Winners' prize money was $4,500 with no more than $1500 to each winner.
Gail Robinson Encouragement Award $500
Wolfgang Brendel taught the Master Class
on Sunday, Nov 23 at 2:00 pm