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Winners and Honorable Mentions for the 2019 Musical Club of Hartford High School Vocal Competition

1st Place Winner:  Sarah Marze, Soprano
Concert Performance Pieces: 
Amiamo by Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)  (3:00)
Fear no more the heat o’the sun by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) (4:30)
   From Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18; words from Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Accompanist:  Stephen Scarlato
Sarah Marze, a senior at Canton High School, is an Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellow at The Bushnell.  She has studied voice with Nancy Andersen at the Hartt School for eight years.  She also studies with vocal coach David Chrzanowski,  piano teacher Diana Lawler, and clarinet teacher Alan Francis.  Sarah has participated in the CMEA All State Festivals for band, orchestra and choir.  In the summer of 2018 she attended the WNO Opera Institute and performed at The Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.   She recently placed first in the High School Classical division of the CT NATS competition and placed as a finalist in the New York City Schmidt Competition.  In college, she looks forward to a major in Vocal Performance.
2nd Place Winner:  Charlie Uthgennant, Baritone
Concert Pieces:  Bright is the Ring of Words from Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams  (1872 -1958)(1:50)
Dolente immagine di fille mia by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)  (3:15)
Accompanist:  Stephen Scarlato

Charlie Uthgennant, a junior at Conard High School in West Hartford, is in his second year as a fellow with the Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship at The Bushnell, participating in monthly masterclasses and performing a final concert at the Bushnell in June.  He is an active member of the music and theatre programs at Conard, singing in Solo Choir, playing flute in the Concert Jazz Band and serving on the state board of The International Thespian Society.  Charlie studies voice with Nancy Andersen and Jared Trudeau and coaches with Tim Steele and Paul Feyer.  He studies piano with Greg Babal and flute with Greig Shearer.
3rd Place Winner:  Leah Bolles, Mezzo-soprano
Concert Pieces: 
Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)  (3:25)
Non so piĆ¹ cosa son, cosa faccio (from “The Marriage of Figaro”) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)   (3:01)
Accompanist:  Linda MacGougan
Leah’s most important performing experiences include a solo performance four years ago at Beth El Synagogue (in West Hartford) which was accompanied by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, a Texas All State mixed choir performance during the choral convention in San Antonio last April, and two Texas regional mixed choir performances consisting of jazz, contemporary pop and musical theater.  Recently she performed two solos at CCSU after earning honorable mention in the NATS classical and musical theater competitions this past November, as well numerous performances with a 17 member show choir at her school.
There were 2 Vocal Honorable Mention Winners.  Both are from West Hartford:

Rebecca Clark, Soprano:  Rebecca is a senior who is home schooled.   She currently studies piano and voice with family, violin with Christie Felsing and ballet at at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory.  Rebecca also plays and performs on harp and violin.

Sarah Lewis, Soprano:  Sarah is a senior at Hall High School in West Hartford.  She studies with Grace (Kim) Lee.  She performs in numerous vocal groups and productions at Hall H.S. and is active in musical theater.  She is also a writer whose poetry had been read at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and published in The Hartford Courant.