The season kickoff: The Joy In Singing 2015 Award Recital was October 19!
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Winning the Joy In Singing Award is often an entry into a successful career. See what our past winners are doing now: check the hotlinks to their web sites on our History page!
|The Joy In Singing Masterclasses
January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24,
March 9, 16, 23
|| Bruno Walter Auditorium
New York Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center
Join us for the Artist Award Masterclasses.
The semifinalists in this year's search
for a gifted art song recitalist features a true variety of song literature, performed by singers committed to the special art of the song. Come for a concert and a peek into the process of performance preparation. Finalists are chosen from this field to appear at the April 13 final round.
|In Memoriam: Nico Castel
We, the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing, were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Nico Castel on May 31, 2015.
Nico was voted the first winner of Joy in Singing by a unanimous vote from Lina Abarbanell, Lucrezia Bori, Povla Frijsh,Maestro Wilfred Pelletier, and Dr. Carlton Sprague Smith. It was 1958 and the organization had just been born as a competition program. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, raised in Caracas, Venezuela, educated in the United States, Germany and Italy, Nico could easily manage seven languages and several dialects by the time he climbed onto the world's stages to perform the 200 roles in his repertoire. However, he never left Joy In Singing far behind. He became Third Vice President of the Board of Directors for many years and upon the death of Winifred Cecil in 1985, Mr. Castel was the Master of Ceremonies at her Memorial Tribute at Town Hall. Many of us have worked with him as a musical coach but more specifically as a diction teacher. He was joy and laughter personified, dedicated as Winifred was to the very best possible methods for presenting the joy of singing to the world. We join his family and friends and colleagues who are the poorer for his loss.
Left: Nico Castel accepting
the first Joy In Singing Award
Additional Links of Interest
In his own words
Nico Castel: Bio and Resources
New York Times Obituary
In Memoriam on You Tube