Joy In Singing would like to thank the estate of Irving Brilliant, the Fadlou Shehadi family,
the Friends of Francis Poulenc foundation,
Violet Chang and our anonymous donors
for their generous gifts to the prize award fund for this event.
Lauded by The New York Times as “a dark toned, agile Mezzo soprano,” HYO NA KIM appeared at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is also a first prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Competition, a multiple grant winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini and Giulio Gari Competitions. She has won the Schubert Lied Competition in her native Korea, where she received her bachelor’s degree at Ewha Woman’s University. She earned her master’s degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music.
Raised in Murray, KY, pianist Bretton Brown holds prizes for music and poetry from Yale, where he received his bachelor’s degree with distinction. Past performance credits include Pierrot lunaire in Jordan Hall (Boston) and collaborations with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth at the Apple Store SoHo and o Sirius XM. Among Brown’s upcoming performances are recitals in Carmel, California (with Clarissa Lyons, under the auspices of the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition) and Paris. He has also accepted an invitation to Stephanie Blythe’s Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar and will be returning to the Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Piano Fellow. Brown is currently a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he studies with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett.
The adjudicators for this year's finals included: Lorraine Nubar, Lucy Shelton, Aram Tchobanian, Mark Moorman, and Thomas Bagwell. Joy In Singing would like to thank the judges for their service.