In the 26th Annual NOA Vocal Competition, 112 singers entered the Artist Division, with 13 advancing to the finals. 4 singers from this division were chosen to perform for the NOA banquet. Among the four finalists were 2 CCM Opera students. Catherine Martin (MM), an alumna who is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio program, was awarded 1st place and the Todd Duncan Legacy Award AIMS Scholarship. 3rd place, the Marjorie Gordon Award, was given to current CCM Opera masters student Yoon Geong Lee (MM).
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for 2011/2012 will be held at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on October 22, 2011 at 10 AM in Werner Recital Hall. The Judges for the Audition will be announced in early June. The Regional Auditions will once again be held in Chicago at the Music Institute on Sunday November 6. They are planning to broadcast the Regional Auditions on WFMT in Chicago. Details for 2011/2012 will be posted later this summer at: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/auditions/national/
This year the National Council is planning to make it easier for singers to register on-line.