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April 15, 2000


Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater was the setting for the 9th Annual Rosa Ponselle "YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS'" Competition for candidates from Maryland and Washington between ages 10 to 21 years from March 22 and 26, 2000.

The adjudicators included Enrico Aloi, John Ardoin, Maestro Igor Chichagov, Dr. Michael Cordovana, Elayne Duke, Ward Marston, Nicholas Russell and Dr. William Warfield.

The prize awards to each of the Medalists included a $1,000 training award for a "Showcase" Concert performance and a $500 cash award.

The Gold Medalist was 20-year old lyric soprano, Stefania Chaban, a student at the University of Maryland, whose teacher is the year 2000 Rosa Ponselle Gold Medalist Teacher-of- the-Year, Martha Randall.  Miss Chaban, who was awarded (in two previous competition years), the Rosa Ponselle Silver Rose, had studied, prior to coming to the United States, in the Ukraine, and in Baltimore at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  Her mother, Kateryna Douhan-Mychajlyshyn, is a world renowned painting restoration specialist and professor of restorations at Western Maryland College.

The Silver Medalist was 19-year old mezzo soprano, Shannon Angelakis, a Peabody Institute student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

The Bronze Medalist is 20-year old tenor, Matthew Wolff, a pupil of Russell Penny, who is also the teacher of the 1999 Rosa Ponselle Gold Medalist, Timothy Mix.

Silver Rose Awardees, who each received $300 cash prize awards and shall appear in a "Showcase" performance are:  16-year old soprano, Judy Bennett, The Baltimore School for the arts; 21-year old baritone, Christopher Rhodovi, The Peabody Conservatory of Music; 15-year old soprano, Nicole Vadala, The Eleanor Roosevelt High School; 19-year old soprano, Amanda Zalenski, the University of Maryland, College Park.

Five Honorable Mention awardees each received $200.  The are:  16-year old soprano, Francesca Aguado, the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School; 17-year old soprano, Melanie Friedman, the Gov. Thomas Johnson High School; 16-year old soprano, Stephanie Gioia, the LaPlata Senior High School; 20-year old tenor, David Marshall, and 13-year old treble, Daniel Westen, the Windsor Knolls Middle School.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Miss Elayne Duke
Administrative Director of Competitions, Scholarships,
Educational and Opera Training Programs
Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Stevenson, Maryland 21153-9999
Telephone: (410) 486-4616 Fax: (410) 486-0495

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