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MONC NW News

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Congratulations to all who participated in the Northwest Regional Finals!

Advancing to New York Semi Finals Monday, February 24, 2020:

  • 1st place: Soprano Cara Gabrielson, Age 28, Portland, Oregon, $5,000.00
  • 2nd Place: Tenor Alec Carlson, Age 28, Red Oak, Iowa, $3,000.00
  • 3rd Place: Mezzo Soprano, Siena Licht Miller, Age 25, Portland, Oregon, $2,000.00

Audience Favorite: Tenor Alec Carlson, $200 prize awarded.

All contestants received $500 for competing.

Pictured From Left To Right:
Saori Debruyn, Soprano
Lindsay Webber, Soprano
Jordan Bownan, Soprano
Cara Gabrielson, Soprano
Alec Carlson, Tenor
Siena Licht Miller, Mezzo-Soprano
Lauren Kulesa, Soprano
Ann-Marie Macintosh, Soprano
Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone
William Goforth, Tenor
Lauren McQuistin, Soprano
Aria Minasian, Mezzo-Soprano

The Judges:
Paul Hopper, Associate Artistic Administrator, Metropolitan Opera
Christina Scheppelman, General Director, Seattle Opera
Brian Speck, Director of the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Studio

Northwest Region Finals

February 10, 2019

L-R: Nicole Joanne Brooks, Camille Sherman, Mariah Wilcox, Jasmin White
L-R: Nicole Joanne Brooks, Camille Sherman, Mariah Wilcox, Jasmin White

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano, Camille Sherman of Portland, Oregon, winner of today's MONC NW Regionals. She will travel to the Met for the semi-finals March 24. Soprano Mariah Wilcox, Las Vegas, Nevada, took second place.

Tied for third place were were soprano Nicole Brooks, Westaskiwin, Alberta, and Jasmin White, Portland, Oregon. Bravi Tutti!

Northwest Region Finalists
Northwest Region Finalists

Accompanist David McDade played piano for every singer. Guest Artist Morgan Smith sang and answered questions from singers while the judges deliberated.

Northwest Region Finals Judges L-R: Mark Morash, Melissa Wegner, Alex Fletcher
Northwest Region Finals Judges L-R: Mark Morash, Melissa Wegner, Alex Fletcher

Northwest News 2017

National Council Auditions Northwest Region Finals

SEATTLE, WA – A panel of distinguished opera judges chose soprano Pascale Spinney as first place winner in Sunday’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest’s Regional Auditions in Benaroya Hall. Spinney, a member of Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, bested a field of ten contestants, all selected through …

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Remembering Melvyn Poll

Temple member Melvyn Poll, spouse of Rosalind Poll,
father of Sydney Poll Calvo & Shaya Calvo and Ryan & Lisa Poll,
and grandfather of Sasha & Eli Poll and Sally Calvo,
died on January 12, 2017 – 14 Tevet 5777.

If you wish to make a donation to Temple De Hirsch Sinai
in memory of …

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Northwest Region Auditions 2016

Felicia Moore, 28, wins The Metropolitan Opera

National Council Northwest’s

Regional Auditions

SEATTLE, WA – A panel of distinguished opera judges chose soprano Felicia Moore as first place winner in Sunday’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest’s Regional Auditions in Benaroya Hall. Moore, who originally hails from Princeton, NJ, and now resides in Portland, OR, bested …

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MONC NW Region Auditions 2015

Region Auditions Winner 2015: Anne Maguire



Anne Maguire, mezzo-soprano, age 24 from Washougal, Washington, won $5,000 first place at Regional Auditions. She graduated from The Boston Conservatory in May 2012. Maguire provides private voice and music theory lessons for students ages 14 and older. She will compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Semi-Finals on March …

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