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January 31, 1996


An annual Eastertime event, the 5th Annual Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition for young classical vocal talents from throughout the State of Maryland shall audition l00 candidates between ages 8 to 2l from March 15 to 17, l996. The deadline for application submissions was on January 3l, l996.

The judges in the Competition shall be the Music Director of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation, Maestro Igor Chichagov; Competition Administrator, Miss Elayne Duke; authoress and lecturer, Dr. Mary Jane Phillips-Matz; Supervisor of Performing Arts Education, the New York Board of Education, Mrs. Linda Patterson-Weston; and renowned operatic mezzo soprano, Mme Blanche Thebom.

Featured as the centerpiece of the Competition will be a "Winners Showcase" Concert to which the public is invited to attend without charge, on Saturday, March 22, l997 at 8:00 P.M. at Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater.

Appearing in the Concert as the MC, will be Mme Blanche Thebom with guest artists who have been former Laureates of the Rosa Ponselle International Competition for the Vocal Arts. Also to be presented shall be a protégé from the l995 Blanche Thebom Opera Arts Training Program in San Francisco, along with the winners of the l995 4th Annual Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS'" Competition.

Award-winning piano artist, William Lewis, will be the accompanist for the evening. Musical preparation for the Concert shall be by Maestro Igor Chichagov, well known to the musical world as an eminent accompanist, vocal coach and conductor. The entire cast of performers, along with Blanche Thebom and baritone William Warfield, shall appear in Concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on Thursday, May 23, l996 during the 1st Annual Rosa Ponselle "YOUNG NEW YORKERS'" Competition. During the Goucher College "Showcase" Concert, the l995 Rosa Ponselle Gold Medallion Teacher of the Year Award is to be presented to SYLMA GOTTLIEB, a long-time resident of Bowie, Maryland where she has taught private piano and voice to young children for over 32 years.

Award-winning Maryland schools for l995, which are due to receive commemorative plaques for their contribution to the training of young classical vocal artists are Suitland High School and The Peabody Institute.

Up to two tickets per request may be received and must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope mailed to

The Secretariat
The Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Stevenson, Maryland 2ll53-9999
Telephone: (4l0) 486-46l6 - Fax: (4l0) 486-0495

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