(February 28, 2012)

Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition March 3-4

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Shreveport Opera is hosting the Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition at Centenary College March 3-4. Both events are free and open to the public.

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  • What: Semifinalist and Finalist Competition

  • When: Saturday, March 3, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, 1:00 p.m.

  • Where: Anderson Auditorium, Hurley School of Music

The Mary Jacobs Singer of the Year Competition is Shreveport's only national singing competition. Contestants travel from all over the country to compete for titles and cash awards:

  • Mary Jacobs Smith Award 1st — $2,500

  • Charles Maggio Award 2nd — $2,000

  • Robert J. Murray Award 3rd — $1,500

  • Lorena Bessey Mangin Memorial Award 4th — $1,000

  • Joe Festervan Memorial Award 5th — $750

  • Rae Selber Memorial Award 6th — $500

  • Honorable Mentions — $250

  • Jennifer White Memorial Award

  • Katherine S. Tyrrell Award

  • Dr. and Mrs. Bob Robinson Award

  • Shreveport/Bossier Opera Guild Audience Choice Award

The audience will listen to 20 semifinalists on Saturday, and the judges will announce the finalists. Sunday, ten finalists will compete for the top prizes.

This year's judges include Darren Keith Woods, artistic director of the Fort Worth Opera; Luretta Bybee, executive director and chair, opera studies at the New England Conservatory of Music; and Greer Grimsley, international opera star and Wotan in the Metropolitan Opera production of The Ring Cycle in 2013.

Singers in the competition must have performed at least one major role with a university, summer vocal program, or professional opera company to qualify for competition.

For more information, call 318.227.9503.