The Kristina Townsend Memorial Competition held in March 2019 had over 15 participants. Here are the winners and runner-ups in the three categories:
Category 1: Ages 15 – 17
1st Place: Darby Schmidt
Darby is a soprano studying with Annalisa Winberg. She is a senior at Oakdale Charter School and will graduate in 2020. She has already begun researching colleges and universities where she will pursue a career in Music/Vocal Performance and Opera. Darby will perform the role of Marie Bertram in Opera Modesto’s Story Into Song Opera, MANSFIELD PARK, in January 2020.
1st Runner Up: Luca Mitchell
Luca is a graduate of Hickman Charter High School and student of Annalisa Winberg. He is attending CSU Stanislaus this fall majoring in Music/Vocal Performance.
Luca is a tenor and will also be Opera Modesto’s production of MANSFIELD PARK performing the role of Mr. Rushworth.
Category 2: Ages 18 – 22
1st Place: Justin Ramm-Damron
Justin, a 21 years old bass, is a student of Dr Robin Fisher. He will graduate from California State University Sacramento this spring. After graduation Justin plans on attending Northwestern University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Music/Voice and Opera.
1st Runner Up: Christopher Rodriguez
Christopher is a baritone studying with Brigid de Jong.
He is finishing his Bachelor of Arst in Music/Vocal Performance at CSU Fresno in August of 2019, and will pursue his Master’s degree there following graduation.
Category 3: Ages 23 – 26
1st Place: Angela Yam and Tiffanie Trujillo
Angela Yam, soprano
A student of Dr Robin Fischer, Angela received her BA in Vocal Performance from UC Davis last spring and will continue at CSU Sacramento for a Master’s in Vocal Performance. Angela will perform as Mary Crawford in Opera Modesto’s production of the opera MANSFIELD PARK in January.
Tiffanie Trujillo, soprano
A student of Anthony Radford. Tiffanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from California State University, Fresno in 2018.
Tiffanie plans to attend Manhattan School of Music for her Master’s degree.