Katie Frazier, Soprano
Kate Frazier, Soprano, will soon be graduating from Louisiana State University with her Master of Music degree. While attending LSU, she had the pleasure of performing Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff. She also had the pleasure of winning first place in young advanced women division in Louisiana’s NATS. During summer of 2017, Ms. Frazier was in Italy performing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Operafestival di Roma and the title role in Suor Angelica with La Musica Lirica. Before attending LSU, Ms. Frazier earned a B.M. from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. While there, she had the opportunity to perform with the Mobile Opera and to be in its Young Artist Program and performed in Madame Butterfly, The Mikado, Manon Lescaut, and Pagliacci. While a junior at USA, premiered the role of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the state of Alabama. Ms. Frazier is very honored to be named the first prize winner of the SIYAO competition and would like to thank the hard-working organization and her fellow competitors.
Caroline Camp Corrales, Soprano
Caroline Camp Corrales, Soprano, is a St. Louis native and graduate of Webster University. Recent stage credits include La Fée in Cendrillon, Madame Herz in The Impresario, and Maria in the world premiere of The Shell of a Troll. In 2016 she was a regional winner of the New York Lyric Opera Competition.
Mrs. Corrales is a current faculty member of The Community Music School of Webster University, where she maintains a private teaching studio.
This fall she will begin her graduate studies in Opera Performance at (School TBD - I will know at the end of this week).
Tomás Dominguez, Tenor
Tomás Dominguez, Tenor, received his BM from UW- Eau Claire and his MM from DePaul University, where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor Michael Sylvester. Recently, he was heard as Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola in Weimar, Germany and portraying Jimmy Reno in Opera for the Young's The Elixir of Love. He teaches voice lessons in the Green Bay area, including at the Birder Studio in DePere and as adjunct faculty at UWGB.
Evan Taucher, Guitar
Evan Taucher, guitar is a classical guitarist from Tampa, Florida. Evan holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from Florida State University where he studied with world renown pedagogue Bruce Holzman. There he had the opportunity to study with John Williams, Alvaro Pierri, Sergio and Odair Assad, and Soloduo among others. Evan is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he was awarded the Chancellors award and Mark Levin Scholarship. In less than two years in Milwaukee, he's won seven separate prizes in Division 1 solo competitions across the United States including first prize in the Schubert Club Competition, Appalachian State Guitar Competition, and most recently the SIYAO multi-instrumental competition. At UWM, he studies with world renown Cuban virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. During the summers he performs at Busch Gardens Tampa on both classical and electric guitar with the award-winning Burn the Floor dance company. Evan also maintains a large social media presence – where he livestreams technique workshops weekly to online audiences that contain aspiring classical guitarists looking to improve their technical abilities.
Madeline Wething, Violin
Madeleine Wething, violin was born in 1991, Madeleine Wething began playing the violin at age five. Madeleine was a winner of the 2012 International Education of Students Abroad Fine Arts Scholarship and the 2004 Roger Nierenberg Young Musician Commendation Award. Madeleine has been playing with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terra Haute Symphony this season. In 2013 she was selected to be a member of the Netherlands Philharmonic-CvA Academy. Previous orchestral experience includes the NJO Dutch Orchestra Tour in 2013, concerts with The Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestra from 2009- 2012, The Mannes Pre-College Orchestra from 2007-2009, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfield University Orchestra. Madeleine has taken part in various festivals and courses such as the Charles Castleman String Quartet Program, Promisek Back Workship, Round Top Music Festival, String Academy in France, the 33rd International Music Festival of Portogruaro, and Masterclass Viruosi in Verona, Italy. She has performed in masterclasses of Anner Bijlsma, Liza Ferschtman, and Elmar Oliviera among others. Influential teachers include Ilya Grubert, Nicholas DiEugenio and Katie Lansdale. Madeleine is currently a first year master’s student at Indiana University Bloomington where she studies with Prof. Kevork Mardirossian.
Joanne Chew Ann Chang, Piano
Joanne Chew Ann Chang, piano has been described for her captivating and poetic musical interpretations, Malaysian born pianist, Joanne Chew-Ann Chang has performed internationally in recitals, lectures, and masterclasses. She debuted with Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the New York Summer Music Festival and has performed in solo and chamber recitals playing traditional to contemporary repertoire. Joanne has been featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase (New York, USA), BFM’s Front Row Podcast (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center (Bloomington, Indiana, USA), Sphinx Connect (Detroit, Michigan, USA), and the National Youth Orchestra of China (Beijing, China), among others. Recent awards and success include third prize at the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization Competition, and winner of the IU Latin American Music Center Competition, which include a CD of Mexican violin and piano music with violinist Alan Snow. The album is to be released in Spring 2018. Joanne has participated and performed in the Chautauqua Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Ligeti Symposium (Florida State University), Florida Piano Pedagogy Symposium, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. A doctoral candidate in Piano Performance and Literature at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Joanne holds Minors in Music Theory and Arts Administration. She also served as Associate Instructor in Piano and Program Assistant to the Secondary Piano and Accompanying Department. Joanne received a Master’s degree in piano from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in piano from Kent State University where she graduated summa cum laude, alongside an honors thesis written on French piano duet music. Joanne is currently working on a written project titled "Franz Liszt: The Bridge to Modernism." Joanne’s primary teachers are Karen Shaw, Read Gainsford, Jerry Wong, and Patricia Lim. Her mentors include Menahem Pressler and Joela Jones.