to download an application booklet

PURPOSE
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015
JACKSON SYMPHONY HALL
JACKSON, MICHIGAN
A Competition In Which Operatically
Trained Singers Prove They Can Entertain
APPLICATION BOOKLET AND ENTRY FORM
The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition was formed to honor one of the finest
Oratorio Tenors and stage performers of the last century, Harold Alberto Haugh. Upon retirement in 1960, he became active in local theater and starred in six productions for the Comic
Opera Guild. Educator (for 34 years) and performer, Prof. Haugh died in 2000, aged 94.
RULES
The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition has no top age limit. It is open to all singers who are not professionally represented (under management). The competition is also intended to promote the variety of fine music produced by the composers of Light Opera. Singers can
choose music from Pergolesi to Franz Lehar, Mozart to Romberg, from Elixir of Love to Show
Boat (see “Light Opera Repertory” on page 5).
APPLICATIONS
Please use the application form included with this booklet, and submit it with the following
materials:
• A good quality AUDIO CASSETTE or CD demonstrating the applicant’s vocal skill. Applicant must include two selections on the tape. The selections should be:
1. A song or solo from the light opera repertoire, showing style
2. An aria from opera or oratorio, showing technique
Selections must be well-recorded and clear. A poor recording will be rejected.
• A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH (8 x 10 preferred, 4 x 6 acceptable)
• A CHECK FOR $40 made out to the Comic Opera Guild, as an audition/application fee
and guarantee of appearance.
Send all this information in a single envelope to:
Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition
c/o The Comic Opera Guild
3211 Packard Ann Arbor, MI 48108
All submissions must be received (postmarked) by: FEBRUARY 2, 2015. Late or incomplete
applications will not be considered. Contestants’ recordings will be adjudicated, and contestants
will be notified by mail, or e-mail if they desire, if they have been accepted for the semi-final
rounds by FEBRUARY 14, 2015. Audition times are assigned on a first- come, first-served basis.
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The Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition is operated by the Comic Opera Guild, a
semi-professional lyric theater company that has performed in the Ann Arbor area (and toured
Michigan/Ohio) for over forty years. The Guild is dedicated to promoting and continuing the
tradition of classic musical theater, which is both vocally challenging and appropriate for aspiring vocal professionals. It is also sponsored by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Ella Sharp
Museum of Art and History, and by many donors in the Jackson area.
WHAT WINS THIS COMPETITION?
Because many talented singers diminished of their chances winning by not preparing for it as
well as others, we felt it was important to make some recommendations so that you have the best
possible chance of winning a prize.
n SEND A GOOD QUALITY RECORDING. We expect to have more applicants than we
have places for. If we can’t tell the quality of your voice, you may not make it to the semifinals. Make sure the miking is not distant, and that there is no distortion or background
noise. SELECTIONS NEED NOT BE THE SAME AS YOU WILL BE SINGING.
Listen to your recording before you send it in. Rerecord it if necessary.
n CHOOSE THREE SONGS CAREFULLY. You MUST have THREE songs prepared.
You will sing a technical and a light opera selection in both the semis and the finals. Your
technical selection should show your vocal ability, including range, flexibility, tone, diction,
intonation, phrasing, and pronunciation (in the case of foreign language). Your light opera
selection(s) must show acting, creativity, use of the stage, and personality. If chosen for the
finals, you must sing one selection not used in the semi-finals.
n CHOOSE THE RIGHT SONGS. Will your technical selection will impress the screening committee and the judges? It needs to show that you have the chops to compete with
the level of talent that enters this competition. As for the light opera selection, many singers
seem to have trouble choosing an appropriate number because they don't know the repertory.
Don't let this hamper you. If you don’t know what light opera is, ask someone—your vocal
coach preferably, or see SHOWSTOPPERS (page 5). We feel every singer needs to have a
show-stopping light opera selection in his or her repertory. If you don't, now's the time to
add one. It will be useful in concerts and auditions to come.
n SELL YOUR LIGHT OPERA SONG. Light opera is all about entertainment. Good singing alone is not enough. Whether the subject is comedy, romance or anything else, put
some time into staging it for yourself. Practice singing your song silently in front of a mirror.
Would you “get” the idea of your song from this? If not, keep working.
n DRESS APPROPRIATELY. You are performing onstage, so make sure you look good to the
judges. They can be critical of appearance. You don’t need a “costume.”
n PREPARE YOUR ACCOMPANIST. If you’re requesting our accompanist, you must send
us the sheet music for your songs so your accompanist can prepare it. If your pianist has to
sight-read at the competition, you're taking an unnecessary chance.
n SAVE YOUR BEST FOR LAST. Make sure you have chosen a knockout selection for the
finals. You may re-sing one of your semi-final selections in the finals, either technical or light
opera.
n RE-READ THE RULES. You’d be surprised how many intelligent singers do something
silly because they don’t read carefully.
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SEMI-FINALS
REQUIRED FOR FINALS:
Singers chosen for the semi-final round will be invited by mail or e-mail to compete in Jackson.
Singers must prepare THREE SONGS, two of which will be sung in the semi-finals. Directions
to the SEMI-FINALS, held at the Symphony Hall, 215 West Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI will
be sent with semi-finalist notification. The semi-finals will be scheduled from 10 am to 5
pm, Saturday, March 7, 2015.
If you ask for a specific singing time, we will make every effort to honor your request.
Preference will be given to those traveling greater distances to the competition. Singing times,
once assigned, cannot be changed.
REQUIRED FOR SEMI-FINALS:
• TWO SONGS OR ARIAS, ONE FROM THE LIGHT OPERA REPERTORY, AND ONE OF YOUR CHOICE, FROM MEMORY
These selections will be performed in front of an audience as well as the judges. You will be
judged on the combination of ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION and TECHNICAL SKILL
(see Required for Semi-finals). You will be judged on the appropriateness of your selections
for a light opera competition. You should expect to entertain. You will also receive credit
for attire and the way in which you engage the audience’s attention.
You will sing two selections, one from LIGHT OPERA and one of your choice. It is suggested that you sing the light opera selection last.
NOTE: You may re-sing one selection (either TECHNICAL or LIGHT OPERA) from the
semi-final round, but the other must be new.
ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION (50%)
• ONE ARIA FROM THE LIGHT OPERA REPERTORY, FROM MEMORY.
The light opera repertory requires acting ability in equal proportion to vocal skill. This makes it potentially more difficult than opera. You will be judged on your ability to “sell”
this song. Original language or English translations are allowed. The vocal difficulty of
this selection is not the primary consideration. You will be judged on the appropriateness
of your movement, attire, expression and use of the stage. You may use small props.
All finalists are asked to authorize the recording of the final concert, including their performance,
as well as the use of their photograph solely for the promotional use of the HHLOVC.
TECHNICAL SKILL (50%)
2015 PRIZES
• ONE ARIA FROM OPERA OR ORATORIO, FROM MEMORY.
English translations are allowed. This selection should show the highest level of technical
skill you have attained. It need not be musically complex, but should show skills such as
accurate intonation, range, power and agility, as well as the pure beauty of your voice.
Prizes will be awarded (by check) from the Harold Haugh competition fund. The first place winner
will receive $2500; Second place will be awarded $1500; Third place will be awarded $750. All other
finalists will win $200. There will also be the awarding of the Roger Wertenberger Prize (an audience
choice award). A Young Singer Award of $200, given to a promising singer below the age of 21, may
be awarded. In addition, Jackson Symphony conductor Steve Osmond will award a $500 contract to
the singer of his choice for a future contract to sing with the Symphony. Please note that the last three
awards are independent of the main cash awards. All entrants, including those not chosen for the
semi-finals, will be mailed judges’ written comments. Finalists and semi-finalists will be critiqued
by the adjudication panel. Singers will be judged on both vocal technique and artistic presentation.
Please note:
• Your selections in the semi-final round need not be the same as the selections on your application recording, which must include one from the Light opera repertory. You may re-sing
one of your semi-final selections in the finals, should you reach them. One of the selections for
the finals, however, must also be from the LIGHT OPERA REPERTORY. (see page 5)
FINALS
Finalists, announced after semi-final round, will be presented in public concert for final
adjudication on Saturday evening, March 7 at 7:30 pm, at the Jackson Symphony Hall.
Finalists will be posted at the end of the semi-final round, and singers are expected to determine
if they are finalists. Instructions on rehearsal time and call time for concert will be given. Order
of performance will be chosen at random.
Finalists who use an accompanist provided by COG may be able to arrange time to rehearse for
the public concert, if a piano room is available between the semi-finals and the finals, and the
accompanist is available. Other finalists may also request piano time, but priority will be given
to those with COG-provided accompanists. No rehearsal is guaranteed.
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It is important to understand that technical skill alone will not win this competition. You
will be in a theatrical setting and your goal is to act and sing in a way that makes your performance memorable.
ACCOMPANISTS
Contestants are responsible for securing their accompanists. If you do not have one available,
one will be provided for a fee of $50. If you require an accompanist, please check the appropriate
box on your application, include the fee in your application total. You must also send a copy of
your music with your application for the Guild accompanist to review. If you have any special instructions on your interpretation, attach them to the music.
In the event a contestant doesn’t make the semi-final rounds, the accompanist fee will be
returned with notification of same.
Several semi-private warm-up rooms with pianos will be available to singers and their accompanists prior to auditions. Every effort will be made to give the maximum amount of time to each
contestant, although we cannot guarantee equal time or space for all. It is your responsibility to
have completed rehearsal prior to competition day. Guild accompanists are skilled professionals
who will give you accurate accompaniment if you provide them with the music of your selections prior to the competition.
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LIGHT OPERA REPERTOIRE
JUDGING PANEL
Light Opera as a genre stretches over at least three centuries. The subject matter is typically
humorous, romantic or a combination of both, and usually non-tragic. Not only is this repertoire
more suited to lighter or younger voices, but, in the acting skills it demands, it is preparation for
attaining the highest dramatic level of opera. It is set apart from musical comedy only in the need
for classical training in the singer. For purposes of the competition, selections from musical comedy may not be as effective if they do not require operatic vocal skills. The Comic Opera Guild is
a resource for sheet music in this genre.
George Shirley is The Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music (Voice) and Professor Emeritus at The University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. Shirley’s career as a lead tenor is world-renowned.
Sample composers of the genre are given below. Keep in mind that not all compositions by
these composers fall into the light opera repertory.
If you have questions about a selection, you may inquire by contacting the Guild at (734) 9733264 or at [email protected]
GERMAN/VIENNESE
FRENCH
Johann Strauss
Jacques Offenbach
Oscar Straus
Adolph Adam
Franz Lehar
Ambroise Thomas
Franz Von Suppe
Francoise Boieldieu
Wolfgang Mozart
Charles Lecocq
Emmerich Kalman
Robert Planquette
Friedrich Von Flotow
Daniel Auber
AMERICAN
ITALIAN
Victor Herbert
Giacomo Rossini
Sigmund Romberg
Gaetano Donizetti
Rudolf Friml
Giovanni Pergolesi
Leonard Bernstein
Jerome Kern
ENGLISH
Gilbert and Sullivan
Wm. Michael Balfe
Edward German
Alfred Cellier
CZECH
Antonin Dvorak
Bedrich Smetana
SPANISH
Tomas Breton
Jose Serrano
Ruperto Chapi
AUDITION LIGHT OPERA SHOWSTOPPERS
Nada Radakovich earned her living as a professional singer for 25 years in both the United States and Europe. She is co-author of the book, "Auditioning in the 21st Century". Nada completed two National Tours with Columbia Artists' Community Concerts series and was the recipient of the "Outstanding Young Artist Award 2001," Hamburg, Germany.
Carmen Pelton, soprano, has been honored with two Grammy Awards during her years of performances with leading
opera, Equity, Off-Broadway, early and new music groups in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Pelton is Associate Professor of
Music in Voice at the University of Michigan and a recipient of the Harold Haugh Studio Teaching Award at the School of
Music, Theatre and Dance.
Melanie Helton is associate professor of voice (soprano) and director of the MSU Opera Theatre at the Michigan State University College of Music. She has sung leading roles at many of the world’s famous opera houses, including
the New York City Opera, Teatro Colon, Houston Grand Opera and Seattle Opera
David Troiano, Tenor, Organist and Choral Director has appeared in operas, oratorios and voice recitals throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and Europe. He has been COG music director for five operettas and can be heard on the majority of the 40 plus recordings of the VIctor Herbert Operettas and Jerome Kern Musicals.
Thomas Petiet, Managing Director of the Comic Opera Guild, has produced more than 50 operettas. His vocal reper-
tory includes lead roles in over 30 operas and operettas, and he has also worked as stage director and translator.
COMPETITION STAFF
John Guidinger
Brad Rondeau
Heidi Miles
Margaret Counihan
Thomas Petiet (see bio above)
If you want to study the light opera repertoire in order to choose a selection that might be right
for you, go to http://comicoperaguild.org/PAGES/VOCAL-COMPETITION.html and click
on the SHOWSTOPPERS link to download a list of great numbers. Included with each is a link
to a performance of the number on YouTube for you to audition.
WINNERS
The winners of awards in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition will be announced
after the adjudication at the public concert. Cash awards will be made at this time. All winners
are requested to credit their final award in the “Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition” in
their biographies and resumés following the competition. Press releases will be submitted to area
newspapers, as well as to news media in the award winners’ cities. Award winners will be asked to
provide information on their local media to which a release may be sent.
Please note: The judges reserve the right to withhold any and all prizes, to award honorable
mentions and to decide on the size and distribution of prizes. Their decisions are final.
ENJOY THE DAY
The competition provides a catered lunch and dinner at a local restaurant for all contestants.
Following the competition, a reception will be held, at which contestants can meet and greet the
judges and competition staff, as well as talk with fellow singers.
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2001 COMPETITION WINNERS
Michael Ryan, Tenor “Fritz’s Rondo” La Grande Duchesse (Offenbach)
Pei-Yi Wang, mezzo-soprano“Una Voce Poco Fa” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
2003 COMPETITION WINNERS
Michael Gallant, Tenor “Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Jessica Medoff, soprano “Czardas” Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss)
2005 COMPETITION WINNERS
William Bennett, Baritone “Largo al Factotum” Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Kimberly Dolanski, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
2006 COMPETITION WINNERS
Sara Asmar, soprano “Olympia's Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Nathan Brian, baritone “Come Un Ape” La Cenerentola (Rossini)
2008 COMPETITION WINNERS
Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano “Adele's Audition Aria" Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
Nathaniel Peake, tenor “Dein Ist Mein ganzes Herz” Land of Smiles (Lehar)
COMIC OPERA GUILD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2009 COMPETITION WINNERS
Travis Pratt, baritone “It Aint Necessarily So” Porgy and Bess (Gershwin)
Adam Fry, baritone “Quand La Flamme” La Jolie Fille du Perth (Bizet)
Carrie Winter, soprano “So Anch’io la Virtu” Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
2011 COMPETITION WINNERS
Jenni Bank, mezzo-soprano “I Am Easily Assimilated” Candide (Bernstein)
Caitlin Cisler, soprano “Glitter and be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
Kathryn Leemhuis, soprano, “What A Movie.” Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
James Cavalcoli, President
Robert Seeman, Vice President
Patricia Petiet, Secretary
J.B. Harris
John Guidinger
Sara Mayman
George Valenta, Treasurer
Faith Demorest. ex officio
Brad Rondeau. ex officio
Thomas Petiet, Managing Director
2012 COMPETITION WINNERS
Kate Tombaugh, Mezzo-Soprano “Sexy Lady” (Moore)
Rainelle Krause, soprano “Olympia’s Song” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
John Riesen,Tenor, and Laura Strikling, soprano (tie)
2013 COMPETITION WINNERS
John Riesen,Tenor, “Legend Of Kleinzach” Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach)
Anne Slovin, soprano “A Simple Sailor” HMS Pinafore (Sullivan)
Timothy Bruno, bass, “Wie Will Ich Triumphieren” Entfuhrung (Mozart)
2014 COMPETITION WINNERS
Edward Hanlon, bass “Son Imbrogliato” La Serva Padrona (Persolesi)
Rachel Sparrow, soprano ““Glitter and Be Gay” Candide (Bernstein)
Allan Chan, tenor ““A Wand’ring Minstrel I” The Mikado (Sullivan)
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APPLICATION FORM Please complete both sides, detach and mail. Be sure to provide ALL information requested.
Name _____________________________________________________________
Current address____________________________________________________
BIOGRAPHY:
70 Words or less. Please type or write in the space below or on a separate sheet, and include your
voice type (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass) If no biography is included, only your
name, voice type, and city will be displayed.
City, State, Zip______________________________________________________
Home Phone (____)________________ Cell Phone (____)__________________
Email___________________________ Fax No. (if any)____________________
Voice Classification_____________________ Age (as of 3/7/15)_____________
❑ I wish to receive Semi-finalist status results by E-mail
❑ I will bring my own accompanist
❑ I require an accompanist. Include $50.00 accompanist fee
❑ I have included information and/or music for my selections
Application Fee $40.00 Accompanist Fee $50.00
TOTAL FEE(S) ENCLOSED $__________________
List the two selections you will be performing if selected for the semi-final round.
Please include title, show and composer.
List the additional selection you will perform if chosen for the finals. Please
include title, show and composer.
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
Date Rcvd________________
❑ Check ❑ Rec. ❑ Photo
Email y____ n____
Sent
y____ n____
Aud. Time _______________
Confirmed y____ n____
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Please include this form with the other required materials
(sound recording, check, photo)
Send the above in one envelope to:
Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition
c/o The Comic Opera Guild
3211 Packard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015.
MATERIALS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.