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October 30, 1999


Formerly presented as the Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS" competition, the 9th presentment of the Rosa Ponselle "YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS'" Competition will open its doors in March of 2000 to young vocal artists from the State of Maryland and Washington, D.C. who are between the ages of 10 to 21 years old.

The Competition will be held at Goucher College's Kraushaar Theater and will offer its program of events to the public at no charge between Wednesday, March 22 and Sunday, March 26, 2000.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2000, a special introductory event for contestants and the public will feature the newly produced film documentary on Rosa Ponselle, followed by a seminar with PBS producer and author, John Ardoin, and renowned pioneer in the field of audio restoration, Ward Marston. Marston, who wag born blind in 1952, has produced records for BMG, EMT, CBS, ROMOPHONE and PEARL including the complete commercial recordings of Rosa Ponselle for various labels.

The main topic Of the seminar will be the recorded radio years of Ponselle which Marston has recently produced on his EPONYMOUS label.

John Ardoin has written the program notes for the CD with Bill Park, Ponselle's official discographer, who assisted in the data' base for the broadcast recordings.

The audience will be treated to a preview of the recordings along with the historical circumstances and some of Ponselle's recollections to Ardoin as to how they were produced. The records may be purchased during the time of the Competition and at the "Showcase" Concert.

Attending the March 22 program will be jury members for the "YOUNG CLASSICAL SINGERS" Competition, Music Director of 'he Rosa Ponselle Foundation, Maestro Igor Chichagov; renowned operatic coach, Dr. Michael Cordovana; artistic administrator of the Glimmerglass Opera Company, Mr. Nicholas Russell, and Dr. William Warfield, celebrated concert, opera and film personality.

Both Ardoin and Marston will serve on the Competition's jury, and Ardoin will be the MC of the Rosa Ponselle "Showcase" Concert on Saturday, March 25, 2000 at the Kraushaar Theater at 8 P.M.

The "Showcase" Concert will feature the 1999 Medalists and Laureates of the 8th Annual Rosa Ponselle "ALL MARYLANDERS" Competition and guest artists from the renowned Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C. The Kirov Academy's celebrated ballet mistress, Mme Yelana Vinogradova, has choreographed the Academy's gold medalists and children's Corps de Ballet in vignettes created especially for the "Showcase" Concert.

The musical preparation for the Ponselle vocal artists will be by Dr. Michael Cordovana of The Catholic University of America.

The piano artist for the "Showcase" Concert and the Competition will be recording and concert artist, Maestro William Lewis of New York City.

Up to two complimentary tickets per request will he mailed upon receipt of a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Rosa Ponselle Foundation, "Windsor", Stevenson, Maryland 21153-9999.

The competition rounds will he held daily from Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25, 2000 between the hours of 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.

Award announcements and evaluations from the judges to the contestants will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2000 between 2 P.M. to 6 P.M.

For further information and inquiries, visit the Rosa Ponselle Website at:

or telephone:

410 486-4616
10 A.M. to 4 P.M. daily


410 486-0495

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Updated: 11/7/99
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